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Ben Carpenter

Ben Carpenter is the author of the bestseller THE BIGS: The secrets nobody tells students and young professionals about how to—Choose a Career, Find a Great Job, Do a Great Job, Be a Leader, Start a Business, Manage Your Money, Stay Out of Trouble, and Live a Happy Life. These secrets are revealed by reading about Ben’s progression from a naïve student, to the owner of a wild bar in Manhattan, to the CEO of a major investment firm, to the worried father of a recent college graduate. After a 35-year career that included being the owner of a legendary bar in Manhattan and a Wall Street CEO, Ben Carpenter received a shock that changed his life. He realized that his eldest daughter, a recent college graduate, had no idea what the work world was about to demand of her. In a panic, Ben wrote her 22 bullet points of everything she needed to know to survive and thrive as a professional, an email that led to his writing The Bigs. Since publication two years ago, Ben has been in high demand as a speaker by high schools, colleges, the U.S. military, corporations, and other organizations. Details about Ben’s speaking can be found at www.thebigswebsite.com. The Bigs project is Ben’s way of giving back: he doesn’t accept compensation for speaking. Ben has also written a condensed version of The Bigs for high school students, and has designed a unique career-training program for high schools. As with his speaking, Ben offers this turn-key program on a not-for-profit basis. Interested parents and schools can contact Ben at bensbigs@gmail.com. Ben is the father of three daughters and resides in Greenwich, CT with his wife, Leigh. Additional free Bigs content--including excerpts, videos and blogs--can be found at www.thebigswebsite.com.
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How to Read Your Interviewer and Interview Questions

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

When going in for the big interview, it is important to set the right tone with your interviewer. You can do this by learning how to “read” your interviewer. Reading in this case translates to understanding how to best know what your interviewer is asking you, and how to relate to them. Below are some tips on how to do just that!

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Topics: Job Fair

Choosing Your Best Career Path

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In light of many graduating in the Spring, we revisit a popular blog by guest author Ben Carpenter!

Some of life’s greatest pleasures come from the ability of choice. Whether we are thinking about where to live, who to love, or what to buy, we all like the ability to choose. The same can be said about choosing your career path. While there is no magic formula or treasure map to follow that will ultimately lead you to your ideal job and career, there are a few things you can do to help make the decision easier.

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Topics: Passion, career, Success

Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

While starting a business may not be for everyone, for those who wish to pursue a career as an entrepreneur, it’s a good idea to know what you are getting yourself into as far as risks and rewards. As a fellow entrepreneur, I can say that I’ve had my successes, but I’ve also had my fair share of failures. Below is some advice to take into account when you are weighing the pros and cons of starting your own business.

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Topics: career

Should I Really Get an MBA?

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

As the end of the semester starts to wrap up, and seniors start to graduate in late April, there are always a few students that want to extend their college degree to a master’s program. In this case of business, an MBA.

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Topics: College, career

Five Lessons for the Aspiring Entrepreneur

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

While many people choose to work for a company that is already established, an alternative is to start your own business. If you are thinking about starting your own business someday, whether it is right out of college or later down the line, below is some important information to keep in mind.

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Topics: career, Success

How to Turn Failure into Success

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

While we can all have a general path we hope to follow in our careers, sometimes our careers make take a turn we are not expecting. Maybe even a turn for the worse. One of the most surprising twists in my own career was when I was promoted to be the sales manager for the U.S. Treasury Bonds.

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Topics: career, Success

How to Manage Your Finances

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

One of the most important aspects of success comes from personal financial management. Despite being a key skill, virtually no young adult understands how to manage their finances well. Simply put, good financial management is nothing more than buying the right amount, of the right stuff, at the right time.

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Topics: career, Success

How to Excel at the Workplace

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

So you’ve finally made it. You’ve put in all the hard work needed to land your first job in the ‘bigs’. While you probably are feeling a mixture of nervousness and relief, just remember your journey into the working world is just beginning. After hearing my daughter was thinking about requesting more time to tie up loose ends for her first job, I decided to write The Bigs to help give her career advice for her first job. While originally intended for her, I believe that all recently hired college graduates should pay particular attention to these tips about how to do great at your first job.

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Topics: first job, career, Success

How To Be a Leader Not a Boss

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are still in college, or just starting your first job, leadership qualities are often shown long before receiving a leadership position. In fact, the right time to show leadership is the first day you report to work. While you may think leadership is a long way off, if you work hard every day, and do your job with a great attitude, you are already a leader. You need credibility to be a leader and the only certain way to get credibility is to lead by example.  

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Topics: career, Success

What to Say During Interviews

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

You’ve done the work applying to jobs, you’ve waited weeks to hear back, but the day has finally come where you’ve been asked to interview for your desired position. Before you start imagining working there too much, you have to remember that the interview can make or break your chance at landing that dream position. During my time on Wall Street, I’ve had the opportunity to see both sides of the interview process as the interviewee and the interviewer. Below are some tips to help you nail your interview and get your dream job.  

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Topics: job offer, career