Opportunities are Knockin’

We should all be grateful for a couple things. First, we are graduating in a couple weeks. Second, we have accomplished being accepted to one of the best internship programs in the country. Third, we are living in one of America’s favorite cities.

Two weeks ago when Ms. Favero came to talk to us, I don’t know about you guys but I felt very motivated from what she told us. I took her advice and started reaching out to family and friends to “get my name out there.” I contacted two of my family members and both were very willing to help me out with contacts. I suggest that you all do the same. You will be surprised of how willing people are to help you out. I figure the more you learn now the better. Even though you might not get a job after your informational interviews, I have learned that it doesn’t hurt to practice your interviewing skills, while learning about different jobs.

Opportunities are knockin’. People are willing to help us and guide us. I have decided that I will return the favor to individuals in the future because I have had such a good experience with people taking the time out of their day to meet with me. Part of the networking, I believe has a little to do with karma. If you take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way (even if you don’t think you will like it), you will definitely benefit in the long run.

In my internship, I have worked on projectskarma1 that have to do with the health care industry. Coming into my internship, I never thought that I would end up having an interest in health care. Now, I am interested in pursuing that industry and I would have never known that if I hadn’t taken advantage of that opportunity.

Meghan Shea

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5 Responses to Opportunities are Knockin’

  1. lockerobster says:

    Just had the same conversation with my supervisor today! I love that you appreciate all these people we are connecting to and plan to pay it back in the future.

  2. Summer Luu says:

    Great post Meghan, I can’t believe that it’s almost half way through our internship already. We definitely do have so many opportunities to seize after this internship and it’s our job to go after them. I found Mrs. Favero’s talk pretty motivational as well, especially when it’s simple networking that can land you a job, I guess that means being a people person can really out and in a field such as Public Relations and Advertising, I feel all of us have a good grasp of that and can interact with other people on both a social and professional way. See you Monday and happy hour afterwards!

  3. I have found that too. People are far more willing to help than you think they are. And in return, you should always be willing to help out others.

    Its great that you have found an industry that you really like. I think Josh was saying that a similar thing happened with a past PDXer, where they decided to go back to school to become a nurse after the program. We’ll have to talk to Josh on monday to clarify!

    – Nick

  4. I always find it hard to actually go and ask for help. For some reason, it makes me fee week or dependent…two things that I’m not a fan of. But, as time has gone on, it became obvious that it’s a very normal thing! I like your point about asking family. I wouldn’t have really thought about that.

    Great post!


  5. jackiemc90 says:

    It’s awesome that you figured out that you like working with Health Care now, while we’re still in school, and didn’t have to wait four years after graduation to discover it! It’s crazy how much this industry relies on connections for jobs, even like at Edelman when the HR director said that she doesn’t even read the resumes without an employee referral. I think we’re all setting ourselves up nicely.

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