Heard on Campus: Neilye Garrity, founder of Candid Career

"I had a full-time job at IBM and the biggest challenge in deciding to start my own company was convincing family and friends that this was the right choice for me. Most people hold back because they are afraid of failing. It is one thing to have a good idea, but you have to be prepared to put yourself in 150 percent and be passionate about what you’re doing; If someone tells you, 'no,' or that they don’t find value in your idea, you can’t let that hold you back. My biggest advice for entrepreneurs is to stick with what you originally set out to do. It is easy to get distracted so figure out your niche and stay focused on your original idea."

-- Neilye Garrity, co-founder of Candid Career and IST alumna, who spoke April 13 on the final day of the College of Information Sciences and Technology's Start-up Week.

Candid Career is a video-based career exploration website that hosts informational interviews with industry professionals. Candid Career’s notion is that everyone can learn from the experiences of others. The company is dedicated to providing the inside scoop on careers to better inform and prepare viewers about what really lies ahead. Garrity worked as an IT consultant for IBM in the Washington, D.C., area for six years prior to starting Candid Career. Garrity is a 2004 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State and lives in Annapolis, Md.

Garrity spoke on April 13 at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) on the final day of IST's Start-up Week, a weeklong celebration showcasing talented young entrepreneurs from around the country, including alumni from the College of IST and Penn State. For more information, visit ist.psu.edu/startup.

Recorded sessions from Start-up Week can be viewed on IST's UStream channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ist-startup-week online.

Last Updated April 24, 2012