I’ve been doing a lot of thinking – rather, self-assessing. Now I actually have the time to focus on myself, free from work and other distractions like a college environment. I can sense myself becoming more and more confused.
In Chapter 1 of our textbook The Don’t Teach Corporate In College, there is a section called “The Self-Assessment Journey.” In this section, I found it extremely important to take the time to reflect on what my values are. While I have always known that the broadcast news industry is something I want to be a part of because I value storytelling, I can’t help but notice my personal interests float their way into my job selection.
Personally, one of my interests is the outdoors. I spend every free couple of days I have going to the coast, taking a long hike, camping for the night, or soaking in the sun. As I grow older, I see my interests like being outdoors, finding joy in recreation, and travel all taking priority in my life. Now the problem is, how do I combine these two passions (storytelling and the love for outdoors/recreation/travel) into a career?
On top of that – as our dear friend Anderson Cooper addressed yesterday in the Q & A at Portland State University – how can you turn something you love into something you can earn a comfortable living off of? Not only do I have to worry about fulfilling my passions, but also paying for bills and becoming a full member of our economy and society.
I’m terrified of having that “nine to five” job: stuck in a cubicle, horrible florescent lights, enduring monotonous workloads. I need a job that is different everyday for my own sanity – whether that be a different news story to cover, or different weather pattern to report, or new brewery opening in an obscure Oregon town, or documenting a new state park.
However, as a SOJC alumnus, I know that will never be the case.