Spring 2103 Blog #3

Last Thursday we discussed “episodic and semantic memory”.  Which do believe is best for young professionals when networking with an employer?  Would you prefer an employer to have an episodic or a semantic memory of you?  Why?

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4 Responses to Spring 2103 Blog #3

  1. John Bordano says:

    I think that having a employer remember you semanticly would be better for someone my age and with relatively no work experience whatsoever. The employee needs to remember you for what you know and not they experience that you bring to the table. Now it would be different if someone already had work experience and a lot of it. In this case I think that episodic would be better. But as for my position right now I would rather walk out of the interview with the employeer having a semantic memory of me.

  2. Olivia Elliott says:

    In my opinion, I would want an employer to have a semantic memory of me. Semantic means that he remembers what my intentions are and what some of my qualities are, not just what I was wearing or where we were. I want employers to understand who I am as a person so that they know who they are hiring and what they are going to get when they hire me. Episodic memory is also important, but it doesn’t hit as hard and leave as lasting impression as semantic memory. I like for my employer to know exactly what they are getting with me. I don’t want someone to just hire me on my grades or GPA alone, I want them to see my personality and know that I would be a great fit at their business.

  3. Sam Welles says:

    I would want a possible employer to have a semantic memory of me. I feel this is better because they would remember more of my traits and qualities, opposed to a episodic memory where they would remember me as the candidate who had his meeting at a certain time in a certain place. I would much rather them have a memory of me where I would have shown more of who I am and what skills and personal qualities I could being to the table if given the opportunity to work for them. I feel that is a much better representation of me and better way to remember someone as opposed to going through a stack of resumes and picking the person with the highest GPA, most internships, and over all best looking resume, even though that person might not fit in or be the kind of person they are looking for at all.

  4. Katrina Beavers-Gutierrez says:

    When contrasting episodic and semantic memory function, I understand episodic memory as being related to remembering, whereas semantic memory is related to knowing. Remembering always implies knowing in contrast to knowing which doesn’t always imply remembering. I believe both are essential in how they work together as memory systems since to even store information as an episodic memory it must first go through semantic memory. I think Thursday’s lecture could have helped me decipher an answer, but for now I believe the best is an episodic memory for a young professional when networking with an employer. The employer will not only remember the episode with the individual, but will also have a feeling attached which hopefully is a good one if the first impression went well. Any type of connection that the employer makes personally to the individual in relating what is on paper to experience is better. I would prefer the employer to have an episodic memory of me for this reason. I would like to be remembered the next time the employer has an opening that is just right for me.

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