Sick Opportunities

Today, the most awful, stressful, horrifying thing happened: my boss was out sick. With the responsibility of creating a newsletter that goes out to nearly 9,000 professionals throughout Portland and only one newsletter release under my belt, I could have panicked.

Instead of curling up in the fetal position and quietly sobbing, I took the mature approach and diligently moved forward with my duties. I wrote my boss an email outlining my work plan for the day so that she could alert me of any assignment I forgot. Then, I dove in. Among other tasks, I handled all our social media posts for the day and wrote two blog posts for publication tomorrow (yes, this is the third blog post I have written in one day). Instead of being intimidated by the CEO like I was in my first internship, I respectfully asked him if he would edit my blog post, time allowing, and we went through his edits together. Reaching out to him for help was a great way to get to know him better, while receiving helpful tips for my future company writing. As the University of Oregon Career Center website highlights, networking is the best way to find a job; hence, as an intern, who better to develop a rapport with than the CEO of the company.

As interns and young professionals, it is easy to be afraid of failure and pushing ourselves but if we are going to prove our worth as an employee, we have to be willing to take chances and dive in headfirst. According to an article in the Huffington Post by Mickey Goodman, “Teachers, coaches and executives complain that Gen Y kids have short attention spans and rely on external, instead of internal motivation.” Let’s prove them wrong.

Up to this point, our life has been mapped out for us and now it is time to step up and show initiative. Inevitably, as young professionals we will be confronted with many new, scary situations; it is deciding whether to curl up and weep or to rise to the challenge that determines who is ultimately successful.

-Liz Azevedo

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About lizazevedo

I am currently a senior-graduating December, 2012-at the University of Oregon in the school of journalism and communications. Majoring in both Advertising and PR has allowed and encouraged me to be interested in many things. I am a writer, a planner, a creative, a thinker, a doer, a communicator, a strategist, an athlete, a curator and an artist (to name just a few of my roles).
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3 Responses to Sick Opportunities

  1. Good job for taking responsibility and refusing to crumble under the pressure. It’s hard to take initiative when maybe it’s something we’re not completely confident in, but asking the CEO to edit was smart thinking. Hopefully it brought some helpful networking your way.

  2. Chelsea Fung says:

    I’ve had days where my boss is so busy that she can’t get out of any meetings to give me a check list on what to do. I know how you feel when there isn’t a mentor around to give you a checklist. You handled it well!

  3. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Liz! I’m so proud of you for taking a difficult situation and seizing the opportunity to kick some serious butt! It sounds like you probably made an incredible impression on your coworkers with your mature handling of the situation. Also, great strategic move by seeking out the boss for edits and feedback. Color me very, very impressed.


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