I’m not going to lie. December is looking to be a challenging month for me. Most people will be thinking about the holiday season and what gifts to buy their family and friends. I get to think about, among other topics, graduating and what I’ll do for a living afterwards.
But wait, I also have to think about what gifts to buy my family. D’oh!
But anyways, like everyone else in the Portland Senior Experience, I’m considering where I want to go with my life post-graduation. Exactly what options I’m considering may be irrelevant to you, but broadly speaking we’re all in the same situation. If we haven’t graduated, we’re close to it.
Some of us are getting jobs or internship extensions. For the rest of us, where do we go now?
If I had a quick fix to this dilemma, I would’ve written a book about it and sold the rights to it for millions. Truthfully, I’m not always sure I have the right answers for myself, let alone others. But wherever I go I know I’ll apply the lessons learned through my internship and the PDXSX.
A lot of these lessons we already know and have discussed. Developing your business persona, communicating in-person, networking and exploring your passions through volunteering are only a few of the skills we’ve learned through the program. Now that we have to apply them to the real world, the most important lesson to remember is that what we have are tools, not magic pills that solve all our problems.
Everything we learned from our internships, our college degrees, our professional networks, etc. are obviously advantageous for anyone to have. But as the majority of college graduates are finding out, no one tool is enough by itself or without the knowledge to use it effectively. In other words, it’s not what we got but what we do with it.
All of us have had an incredible experience this term. It’s time we use it to fulfill our dreams.