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 don’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!