“I do a lot of pre-planning, so I think about what skills I might be able to bring to the table at an organization, what skills I might be able to obtain and how that might develop into a role I might see myself in in the future,” he says. “I’m a big structure person, and I definitely ask questions about that in my interviews. I like when there’s clear expectations, when there’s clear direction and just a clear vision from the top down.”
Gathering titles and joining prestigious organizations is less important to Gianni than the skill-acquiring and skill-building he can do in a particular role. He advises students to be open to opportunities as they come and to follow their paths even as they change. He never thought he would go back to school and change his career path, but when he realized teaching wasn’t a good fit anymore, he made the change to social work and is happy with the choice.