Now that the first few weeks of my internship have gone by I have come to a few realizations.
First, while the SOJC has taught me more information than I thought I needed to be equipped to enter the workforce, knowledge is not experience.
Secondly, being out in the workforce feels much more fulfilling then producing student work week after week. Actually implementing plans and ideas rather than letting them stay just plans allows you to learn quickly what works and what doesn’t.
At my internship I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to an array of new skills and opportunities. I am encouraged to speak up and share my “fresh” perspective as well as take initiative on any projects I am interested in. I have been able to utilize the skills I have learned from my time at the SOJC while adding a few new ones to my repertoire.
I already know I have made the right decision by getting as much of a head start on the job search as possible by joining the Portland Senior Experience. I have been told time and time again how even though we are graduating into a better economy we are still at a disadvantage because of our lack of experience. Putting in the extra work now to utilize the knowledge we already possess to gain experience will leave you with a much better trajectory in your future career.
No one has ever regretted setting themselves up for success in the future.