After more than half a term’s worth of blog posts up here already I was struggling to think of anything worthwhile to add, but I realized I am in a different situation than all the other interns here.
I’m the only one that doesn’t graduate until Spring term.
I know, technically this program is supposed to be the last term before you graduate, but my specific internship is a little unusual. I only got it, or even knew about it, because of my participation in a big event last year, which happened to be in the fall. So even though this isn’t my last term, they needed me to help run that big event again. My point?
I have to go back to normal school after this. Plus I’m not looking for a career in what I have been doing this term for my internship. Although it has been a lot of fun and a great glimpse into a semi-corporate world, it’s not my passion. And again, there is a point here.
You still have to treat everything with the highest amount of professionalism, there is no slacking off even if you know there is no future there for you, it just turns everything sour. You cannot know for sure until you try something, and I’m not about to say no to a chance to work with some really great people from the UO. At the very least, if you work hard, you can probably get good references for the future.
The average college graduate has more than eight different jobs before the age of 32, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, so it’s not the end of the world. And the more you try things out, the more you narrow down what you really love.
I know I can make almost any job fun for myself though. I managed to squeeze my passion for multimedia into our big event, somehow making time to run around later in the day with a DSLR and monopod, and ended up with a really fun video. Nobody asked me to do it, I just knew that there needed to be one. Again, take the incentive, you never know until you try!
So when the day comes that I graduate (which is not next month but still very soon) I have to start looking, for real, unlike all my fellow interns here who are already there. And most of them probably already know the specific career path that calls to them, and of course, a few might also better know what they do not want now. But overall we’re a step ahead, because we know how to take our first steps in a corporate world thanks to this program, and we know we are bound to fail at some point. It is better to make smaller mistakes in the beginning, and learn from that, than to mess up really big later on and fall hard. But don’t stop trying and don’t stop looking, it’s not going to be perfect the first time around. Everything is a learning experience, you don’t know until you try.
Aaand yes, just keep swimming!