Talk Title:
Experience Over Degrees: The Blueprint to Get
You the Job Your Degree Doesn’t

Career Management

Rishav Khanal

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Presentation Overview

Experience Over Degrees: The Blueprint to Get You the Job Your Degree Doesn’t

“College is the best four years of your life.”

If you’re 18-24 years old, this phrase may sound familiar.

But if we’re being honest with ourselves, did we truly maximize on the opportunities given to us if we consider being broke,waking up at noon and saving every penny to find a happy hour deal as the best years of our lives?

(I hope the answer is no.)

On top of that, as soon as most of us leave our academic bubble, we struggle a lot. It’s because we aren’t given the blueprint to build foundational skills, but instead, we’re treated like the messengers of a continuous Nike campaign with people telling us to “just do it.”

To provide value and close this opportunity gap, I’ve co-authored Experience Over Degrees along with Alex Strathdee to give the tangibles that can get students and young professionals a job in any industry of their choosing. It’s the same method that worked for us to land interviews with Under Armour, Google, Microsoft etc.

To help you in your efforts, Rishav will share the following job search strategies:

  • A Networking formula that sets you apart from the endless sea of college graduates
  • Conversation framework that will always make you memorable
  • Framework to discover your unique talents

…and much more!

Presenter: Rishav Khanal

Growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal, I can’t count the number of times I sat in front of the TV mesmerized by Agent Cody Banks and Home Alone.

It was my perception of a “Hollywood America” that enhanced my excitement when moving to the States. However, as I got older, it was tough to fathom the level of apprehension that my mom must have felt when she was traveling to a foreign country with an eight-year-old son. Economically, we were not wealthy.

However, looking back on our journey, I consider myself to have been surrounded with great fortune. I saw my parents work tirelessly to improve my life by utilizing people and technology to foster self-empowerment. The fortune of seeing the value of practical passion and purpose at an early age shaped my thinking to go beyond the norm. This has set my foundation to dream big and achieve the unattainable.

As a former food stamp and free lunch recipient, I have lived through the hardships faced by many Americans. The experience of having lived in underrepresented districts and in a third world country gives me the added perspective not shared by many. In fact, it allows me to draw in the voices of those who feel as though they are not heard.

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