1 MORE WEEK!!!
I can’t believe that the moment I could only dream about last year is finally arriving. As school is wrapping up and we all have our heads in our books until the early morning, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. School is almost over. It started off shaky. I was scared and nervous of going back to school after taking a 10 year break, unsure of what to expect, and wondering if I were cut out for it. One year ago, I was lost and not sure how I wanted to advance my career. Growing up, my ideal dream job must have changed about a dozen times. First I wanted to be a star on stage singing my heart out, but that was quickly shot down once I realized I have absolutely no singing talent. Then I wanted to be a vet. I wanted to work with animals, as I love them so much. But 10 years of school was not an attractive feature. The list went on from a fashion designer, to lawyer, then a surgeon, and lastly a nurse. I was thinking not objectively, but more just spur of the moment, whatever trend or TV show I was into that sparked my next vision.
Then I finally took the next big step and met with the University. I needed to figure out what I can do that I am good at, but I will also enjoy for years to come. Upon doing my research, speaking with academic advisors and taking numerous personality tests, I discovered I love people. I may not show that lately, as I have been living off minimal sleep and no income for the past 13 months. That can make anyone a little crabby sometimes. I was encouraged to take the Public Relations and Marketing program at the U of W. I was a little apprehensive, as I wasn’t sure what job opportunities there are after the program, but I decided to take a chance.
Am I ever glad I did. I didn’t realize all the different aspects of PR there were. There is media, crisis communications, strategic planning, and more.
What I loved was the options. Since I was always changing my mind on what I wanted to do as my career, it was calming to know that there were numerous back up plans available. There are also different industries in which you can practice public relations. First there is corporate, which is an industry I would like to get into one day, once I get a little more experience under my belt. There is also not for profit, which is an organization that has a warm environment that allows flexibility, and freedom. An inviting atmosphere full of individuals who all share the same goal, to better the community.
Lastly, there is government. The one that scares me, and bores me at the same time. I do not live under a rock. I try my best to keep up to date with politics, especially when it will be affecting me, such as our upcoming elections, but other than that, I stay far away. I do not follow every last word, and fall for every promise or new campaign that is launched. I would definitely struggle in a career in government.
There are many challenges that have made me come to this conclusion. Government is a very by the books job, where every move is under scrutiny and you are constantly being observed. This already makes me anxious, as growing up as an only child, I have grown to love some alone time. I also have my own preconceived notions about government, and how difficult it would be to put a positive spin on every aspect that gets questioned. I know that person could not be me. I am very blunt and honest at times, so to make statements that I don’t always agree with could get me in some hot water eventually. I am best to just stay out, and focus on what I know I can really shine at. Helping a cause or corporation I am truly passionate about.