I have been careful during the writing of these 110 posts not to offer advice of any kind. But the generation of new adults, I don't know what their moniker is, seems to have a commitment problem! They do many things and have many interests, but they, collectively, are not experts at any one thing! They seem to be happy with that condition but I also hear them complaining that they are not moving up their respective corporate ladders fast enough. I have the solution to that problem. GET DEDICATED TO YOUR JOB! That's right, to move up the ladder quickly, you must be the best at what you do. You must know everything there is to know about your chosen profession and you must be a walking book of knowledge about your chosen profession. You must know all the technical aspects, the history, the names of the super stars of your field, and most of all, you must be the best at doing what ever your chosen field does. Yes, volunteering at a national park is nice, but it will NOT help you promote. Knowing how to photograph ants running towards a melting candy bar may be a good conversation starter, but it will only get in the way of your professional growth. That is, unless you are a professional photographer.
Young people, choose your profession, and be the best at it! That is how you promote, gain others respect, and prosper. Save all the volunteering, interests, and off the wall classes until you are retired. For now, be the best at what you do and let your doing be the witness to your abilities.