What’s Next? Details details…

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!

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5 Responses to What’s Next? Details details…

  1. cmfbianco says:

    I agree that all of our professional experiences matter; even though you aren’t graduating and looking to get hired yet, you are still getting valuable experience for your future career and an opportunity to make important connections for later on! I also think that the PDXSX is a learning experience for all of us to try and see where we can fit into our chosen industries. It’s scary to think we will all potentially have eight jobs in the next ten years, but comforting that we still have time to make changes if we need to.

    Great post, Guru!

  2. Adaira Floyd says:

    I think it’s exciting to have so many possibilities out there. At this point, we should have some idea of the type of environment we work best in – but not necessarily the industry, job, or even location. I’ve had my mind set on Portland for awhile – it’s close enough to home (Salem) but big enough for us to grow. Even so.. I’m still realizing that Portland isn’t the only option.
    You are doing fantastic figuring out how to apply your interests to your internship. I know they must appreciate the additional projects/videos you took on, because they can be used for years to come!

  3. Great post! I couldn’t believe that the average college graduate has more than eight different jobs before the age of 32. I find that statistic comforting because I am currently not sure of the exact direction I’d like to go following this last term of college. It’s nice to see that others take time to try out various jobs before finding the right fit.

  4. Hannah Olson says:

    Thanks for the post, Guru! It’s refreshing to hear you say that you don’t need to know exactly what you’re going to do and that you won’t until you try it out. As excited as I am to graduate and look for a full-time job, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t kind of jealous that you have a couple more terms to go 🙂 Enjoy the structure of college while you can and good luck with your last few weeks in Portland!

  5. Emily Kirk says:

    Great post, Guru! It isn’t the worst thing to not know exactly what you want to do. It’s refreshing! Why not test the waters in different areas? Maybe you’ll find something you’ll fall in love with because you took that chance. Luckily, we’re young and flexible. Something great will unfold in a way you didn’t see coming!

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