Problem-Solving Attitude

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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“The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.”

Captain Jack Sparrow

Experienced climbers know that when faced with a challenging route, feeling defeated before even starting is a horrible strategy. Instead, it is best to carefully examine the problematic area, focus on information you have about it, develop a course of action, and start climbing. That is a great problem-solving technique, and it works not only for climbers. For example, a little over a week ago, the Career Development team completed a case interview training. One thing that stood out for me was a reference to an improv technique: when faced with a topic or issue you know nothing about, pretend you are an expert and have at it. Take a deep breath, relax, and look at the facts. If you approach an issue with the idea that this is the issue that will bring you down, then this is exactly what’s going to happen. If you, instead, visualize solving the problem as the expert and start with what you have, you might find out it wasn’t that hard after all.


Want to learn improv techniques and become a more effective problem-solver? Consider attending the upcoming improv workshops: on October 20th in Harbor East and October 22nd in DC. Register through Carey Compass.

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