When we were little, everyone knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some kids changed their minds every day, and some stuck with one solid occupation, which is how I was as a small child.
- Me – all ready for school….
Except for a short period when I wanted to be a truck driver, I always wanted to be a teacher…until my senior year of high school. Then I decided to completely switch it up and go with Marketing instead…which I think was a solid choice. I love my major, but there are so many different ways that I could use it…so over the last few years I have been slowly deciding where I would fit in the business world, and trying to determine what I would like to do for the rest of my life. I think I might have my future plans nailed down now, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t have enough time to ever do everything that I would like.
This summer I am going to start my first real person job, with the Orr Fellowship. In two years I will have the opportunity to stay with the company, leave that job to go to grad school, maybe move on to another company, or do whatever my heart desires. That is where I have a problem….because there are entirely too many things that I want to do. I’m that kid who has unrealistic dreams and ideas about what can actually happen, and it kind of scares me. Luckily, pretty much everyone is saying that Generation Y will change jobs/careers several times in their lifetime, so I guess it’s not too bad that I just want to do anything and everything. Here is what I am thinking for my potential future…in no particular order:
- Work in politics – for a campaign, a legislator, or as a lobbyist
- Work with economic development – preferably in rural areas
- Work in retail – preferably on the corporate level
- Marketing – since you know, that is my major
- Sales – preferably with consumer goods, and maybe some B2B
- Plan events…maybe weddings
- Start my own business…not sure what kind just yet
- Be an interior decorator…or flip houses….maybe just on the side, for fun.
And I think that is all….I think that covers everything that I would love to do with my life. The positive side to this all is that there are so many areas that I would be interested in pursuing that it will hopefully be easier to find a job whenever the time comes. And truthfully…I’m so excited for the future. Thinking about the possibilities that I have before me is just plain exciting…because who knows what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years….but I know that I will love it, wherever I am.
Tagged: career, future, Generation Y, jobs, LinkedIn, marketing, Orr Fellowship, politics, school, senior year, teaching
This summer is my last official summer of my school days, and I am slowly but surely realizing how unfortunate that is. I love having free days when I can stay in my pajamas until 3 p.m. and watch Real Housewives of New Jersey reruns on Bravo all day long. Then I might go out to the pool, and lay out with my dogs, while eating Fla-Vor-Ice popsickles until my mouth goes numb. It’s a tough life out there for a bum, and that is how I have spent quite a few of my summer days….and I loveee it. But since I have an internship this summer, I haven’t spent any days doing this….which has been outrageously disappointing. Of course I am having a fabulous time with my internship, and I love what I do, but I have found that I am so much more busy now that I ever would have imagined.
Every day I get up around 7:00 a.m., and am at work by 8:30. I leave there around 5:15 or so…and before I know it…the night is over. A couple nights a week we do fun things with other interns, whether it means we are going to TinCaps games or having dinner together. On the other nights I keep myself busy watching my summer TV shows, writing papers for my internship class, and catching up with people on Facebook. Then on weekends I keep myself busy with visiting friends and family….basically leaving no free time for me. Is it bad that I am so busy now that I am looking forward to starting school again, simply so I might have some free time???
I miss hanging out on this deck so much now....
As I mentioned previously, I did quite a few outreaches in the last few weeks for the 500 Festival. Outreaches are classified as any time that a princess goes out and meets with the public basically in any form. I did some in the Indianapolis area, and I organized a few on my own in southern Indiana. This way I had something to get up and do while I was at home for a whole week…ha, like I needed to find something to do..
I was most excited about just going to schools in my hometown, because unlike in Indy, we don’t hear about it all the time, and the hype doesn’t extend all the way down to the southernmost part of the state. So, I kind of took it as my job to get the kids in the schools excited about it, and also to inform them of many of the things they just aren’t aware of. I met with two groups of fourth graders, and focused on the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the race itself with those groups. In Indiana, fourth grade is when you focus on Indiana history, so I gave those kids a taste of Indiana history…just in a different way. I also spoke with the third graders from my elementary school, the kindergarteners from the school my Mom teaches at, and a variety of different classes from another school. The biggest challenge of all was tailoring the material to each group, because they each have such different personalities, so they all respond to things very differently. So, with the third graders I let them ask lots of questions (which were very insightful), I made sashes and pit passes with the kindergarteners, and did short and fun lessons with the variety of classes. This way, I could switch things up quickly and easily whenever it was necessary.
Even though working with so many different groups of kids all in one week was rather overwhelming, it was so much fun to get to see how the kids reacted to the poster I had with the cars on it, or what they said when I told them that the Indy cars go over 200 miles per hour. Sometimes you forget what it felt like to be a kid….and I loved being able to be reminded of that!
The fourth graders from my elementary school...