On The Road


 

“But this road doesn’t go anywhere,” I told him.

“That doesn’t matter.”

“What does?” I asked, after a little while.

“Just that we’re on it, dude,” he said.”
― Bret Easton EllisLess Than Zero

After listening to our guest speaker, Linda Favero, talk about how we can navigate our internships into a career this quote came to mind.

If you haven’t read Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero than you may not know where this is coming from but even without its context there is still meaning to be found in it. I’ve given quite a bit of thought as to where this internship might go after this term and the truth is that I don’t know.

What I do know is that I love the job that I’m doing now and I hope it will blossom into a career some day.

Being part of the Portland Senior Experience has brought me to the realization that I’m not the only one figuring it out. Linda even reminded us that this may not even be our dream position or career path but the important aspect to take away from this is that we are out in the world, doing something and testing the waters.

It’s tempting to stay home and hopelessly, aimlessly, and tirelessly apply to jobs online and hope for a response. Instead we are engaging the unknown and discovering our career paths and ourselves.

-Chelsea Fung

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About chelseafung

Hello, I'm Chelsea Fung I live in Los Angeles where I work as the Social Media Manager for HollyShorts Film Festival where I get to connect with amazing filmmakers from all over the world! Check out my blog to see my Filmmaker Spotlight Interviews, travels and more.
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5 Responses to On The Road

  1. Troy says:

    A poster in my 7th grade science class said “We miss 100% of the shots we don’t take.” It was a picture of a pair of hands getting ready to shoot a basketball. And like the best bumper stickers and posters, the mix of corniness and truth really stuck. The point I’m trying to make is keep putting yourself out there, things will fall into place.

  2. cmckee2 says:

    We definitely have a greater opportunity here than we would if we stayed in Eugene and drifted alongside our liberal arts peers. Even if we don’t keep our current jobs, we’re establishing contacts with professionals that make it that much easier to find our ideal career path.

  3. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Chelsea. Sometimes it helps to remember that life (and careers) are not about the destination, they’re about the path. You’ll have a remarkable journey.

  4. lizazevedo says:

    Chelsea, congratulations on having an internship that you enjoy and could see yourself pursuing for your future career. That is a great place to be because now you can assess what you like and dislike about the position you are in and move forward towards a position that might fit you even better, or you can continue along this internship path and start kicking butt. I too found Linda’s talk to be hugely reassuring because it reminded me that nothing has to be permanent; we just make a choice on our career, jump in and learn from it. We are all in this place of confusion and we will all figure it out. I can’t wait to see where our individual career paths takes each member of our PDXSX cohort.

  5. sarahbrown90 says:

    Love this post. Hearing Linda talk was definitely beneficial. It really made me think a lot about my current situation and feel better about post grad life, knowing that we are able to use her as a resource to find a job. The PDX experience has been so beneficial in my life so far, as I’m sure it has been for everyone else as well. It has definitely made my career path an easier one to navigate with all of the stuff I am learning. This experience is just another stepping stone in our career path, ultimately leading us to our dream job.

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