So What’s Your Plan?

The question that we all are probably going to get from family members and friends in the next couple of weeks or months is “What’s your plan?” Well, do we have to know exactly what is going to happen. I would say no. I have found that sometimes the best things happen when we are least expecting it.

This kind of realization is hard to understand considering I like things to be planned out and know “what’s next.” Through this internship opportunity and experience, I have been able to deal with that reality better. This experience has provided skills to create our own plan, which does reflect a Millennial attitude. Ironically this morning, I tuned in to the TODAY show and there was a segment about the Millennial generation (search “Millennial Attitude: Confident or Entitled.” My apologies there wasn’t a direct link). This is an example of how our generation is being watched. It seems as though we are the generation to watch because of how we were raised with the sense of confidence or entitlement (depends on the side you are on).

In some ways this characteristic of the Millennials should make it easy to answer the question “So what’s your plan?” I think we all have ambitions and dreams. My advice is success_010don’t loose sight of those. Make sure you can feed yourself at least, but go after those ambitions. One major takeaway I have while in this program, is what my true strengths are professionally. This is something that you could never have learned sitting in a classroom. We should all take time to reflect on the experiences we have had in our internships. I know for me, working in a fast pace agency it can be hard to take the time to digest everything that has happened.

So what’s my plan? Well, make sure that I use everything I have learned and apply it to my ambitions and dreams. Maybe it is the confidence or entitlement that makes me think we are all going to be great and successful professionals, wherever we end up. I wish the best of luck to everyone. We will kick butt!

Meghan Shea 

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8 Responses to So What’s Your Plan?

  1. littlebrittanyb says:

    Great post Meghan! I have definitely been getting a lot of those questions lately. In addition to expecting a lot of ourselves (Millennial trait), I feel like people are also expecting a lot of us. The “what’s next” question can be a bit disconcerting at first, because entering the workforce is a bit scary. I agree that finding your strongest skills is not necessarily something that can be done sitting in a classroom. I enjoy your “can do” attitude and appreciate your encouragement, I think that’s something we all really needed.

  2. jackiemc90 says:

    I totally agree Meghan, it’s hard not knowing what is coming next. Are we going to be stuck doing internships forever?? Your post was great about just trying to relax and let each day pass. It’s definitely a hard task!

  3. *lose in line three of the third paragraph.

    I totally agree…in the journalism school, it’s near impossible to learn everything you’ll need to know in the professional world out of a book. I have said and will continue to say that my education did not come in a classroom, but through opportunities that my University provided for me. I look forward to seeing what you do and how you do it! It’s going to be a fun ride.


  4. Great post, Meghan! I agree. I am a person that always wants to know what will be in the future, and I want it planned 🙂 I think it’s also important that we don’t lose hopes of those long-term goals and dreams. Although at times we will be discouraged, we must remain driven, which will ultimately get us seen! We will do our best at whatever we do, I am confident about that.

  5. Nick Smith says:

    Meghan it kills me to not know what is going to come next. I try to plan everything in my life and it’s uncomfortable for me to let go of that control. Eventually we have to learn that life can’t be planned, not matter how painful that is for us to admit. No matter how much of a planner I am I do believe that the best things in life happen when you least expect them.

  6. kttodd says:

    I’ve been getting exactly this question more and more lately and it’s hard not to be a little freaked out (leaving school, not being sure what’s coming up next and the like). I agree, it’s definitely hard not to have everything planned out, but it’s awesome to be able to recognize you strengths and goals in the workforce. Great advice!

  7. I sure hope we all kick butt. I’m sure we will.

    There are a lot of questions floating around — not to mention self doubt — as to what to do after college. I think the people of our generation put a lot of pressure on themselves to be great and successful, especial at a young age. But remember, “to succeed” in life is to enjoy it. I’m not saying that we should lie on the beach all day, quite the opposite. If is an industrious career that makes you happy, then go for it. Do everything within you power to succeed at what you want to. You only get one life, so go for it. But remember that things take time and we can’t expect to all be all stars in our early twenties.

    – Nick

  8. lockerobster says:

    I could not agree with you more, not knowing what’s coming next is the most difficult reality to internalize. It’s especially difficult with the media scrutinizing our every move and advising or criticizing what we could or should do next. I just tell myself that this happens with every generation coming-of-age, growing pains I suppose. Great post!

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