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学生时代的暑期工作如何塑造商业领袖?(上)

2017-08-14    来源:FT中文网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

我们采访了五位商界领袖,请他们分享暑期工作经历。没人通过暑期工作发了大财,但他们都收获了宝贵的人生体验。

School is out, which brings opportunities for teenagers and students to earn extra cash. For some, the money is a necessity, for others it buys luxuries. But what else do we gain from summer jobs?

对大学生和中学生来说,假期是挣点儿零花钱的大好时机。对有些学生来说,这是必不可少的经济来源,而对另一些学生来说,这笔钱可以用来购买奢侈品。不过,除经济收入外,我们从暑期工作中还能得到什么呢?

From neighbourhood lawn-mowing to a geological expedition in the Kazakh desert, we asked five business leaders to share their experiences of summer holiday jobs. No one earned a fortune, but all learnt lessons for life.

我们对5位商界领袖进行了采访,请他们分享从事暑期工作的经历,从帮助邻居修剪草坪,到深入哈萨克斯坦沙漠探险。没人通过暑期工作发了大财,但他们都收获了宝贵的人生体验。

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Kristo Käärmann, co-founder and CEO of TransferWise

TransferWise的联合创始人兼首席执行官克里斯托•卡尔曼(Kristo Käärmann)

In the summer of 1993, aged 12, Mr Käärmann took a job at a business directory, verifying that the companies were indeed at the given address, their phone numbers were correct and the directors really existed. “It wasn’t an investigative job,” he reflects. But it was hard work. “I was on my feet every day.”

1993年夏天,年仅12岁的卡尔曼在一家编制公司名录的公司找到了一份工作,他的职责就是,核实那些公司是否真正在所列的地址经营、他们的电话号码是否正确、以及公司董事是否真正存在。“这不是一份研究性质的工作,”他回忆说,但确实是一件苦差事。“我每天靠步行完成工作。”

It gave the young Estonian a chance to see capitalism up close as his country became independent after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. “It was very chaotic. Everything was new.”

1991年,爱沙尼亚在苏联解体后成为独立国家。此次暑期工作给了这位爱沙尼亚少年近距离了解资本主义的机会。“当时国家处于极度无序状态,一切都是新的。”

His next schoolboy job was planting trees in forests, which he liked for being “outdoorsy”. But the chief lesson he learnt from these stints was that work paid. “I could buy things like french fries, which were super-exotic.”

他的另一项假期工作是在森林里植树,他非常喜欢这项工作,因为是在“户外”。不过,他从这些工作中学到的最重要一点是,工作可以获得报酬。“我可以买薯条等超级洋派的东西。”

Summer jobs, he says, helped him develop socially. Today, when it comes to recruiting young workers for his London-based fintech company, the 36-year-old Mr Käärmann says there is no right or wrong summer job to adorn a CV. But, he says, it is important that candidates have worked.

他说,暑期工作培养了我的社交能力。卡尔曼今年36岁,他的金融科技公司的总部设在伦敦。他说,当公司招聘年青人时,简历上的暑期工作能起到加分的作用,什么样的工作不重要,重要的是,求职者有过工作经历,他说。

Whitney Wolfe, founder and CEO of Bumble

交友网站Bumble的创始人兼首席执行官惠特尼•沃尔夫(Whitney Wolfe)

The dating app entrepreneur, whose service has 18m users worldwide, says she is not suited to a 9-to-5 job. She does not do well in “structured positions” — a lesson learnt as a youngster, when she spent most summers working on internships, babysitting and serving in boutiques.

在全球拥有1800万用户的交友应用的创始人惠特尼说,她不适合朝九晚五的工作。她在那些“按部就班的职位”上干不好——这是她年少时将暑期的大多数时间用于从事暑期实习、临时帮人看护小孩和在小店帮忙后发现的。

But in 2010, aged 20 and looking forward to the summer of her junior year at a Texas college, an opportunity to try something else presented itself — the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

2010年,当20岁的惠特尼正在筹划她在德州一所大学的大三暑期生活时,一个尝试不同生活的机会出现了——英国石油公司(BP)深水地平线钻井平台(Deepwater Horizon)泄油事故的善后处理工作。

“There was news coverage all day every day about the animals affected. I wanted to find a way to raise money,” Ms Wolfe says. The result was her first entrepreneurial endeavour — an eco-friendly tote bags fundraising business.

“当时,有关动物受到影响的报道整日滚动播出,”沃尔夫说,“我想找一个办法来筹集资金。” 这成就了她的第一次创业——利用环保手袋为泄漏事故筹款。

“Every business starts with your own micro network,” she says, reflecting on her main takeaway from the project. “I started selling to the people I knew, and the people they knew. A lot of people said yes, and a lot of people said no.”

“每一项业务的起步都是始于自己微小的社交网络,”在回想这个项目带给她的主要收获时说,“我开始就是把产品卖给我认识的人,然后就是我认识的人所认识的人。许多人买了我的产品,但也有很多人拒绝了我。”

Ms Wolfe took the fledgling venture back to college, “but my grades were suffering, and I had to make a decision”. She focused on college. “I’m glad I learnt how hard it is to run a business — I hated it then, of course, but I’m glad now.”

沃尔夫把刚刚起步的企业带回大学,“但是我的成绩不断下降,我不得不做出决定”。 她选择了先完成学业。“我很高兴,这让我懂得了经营一家企业有多难——当然,当时的情况让我很烦,但现在我很高兴当时懂得了这一点。”
 


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