The Real World is Coming. Are You Ready?


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.

-Shannon Nelson

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4 Responses to The Real World is Coming. Are You Ready?

  1. kalinske says:

    Yeah, knowledge is power but experience is wisdom.

  2. chriskeizur says:

    There is nothing like that first moment when you are thrust into a situation beyond the sterile environment of a classroom-proctored assignment. While we would often go out into Eugene for my journalism classes, everything was always laid out before you. A guideline had been implemented, and all you had to do was follow the lead of your professor and fellow students. While support systems are still in place in the real world (aka our internships), there is a lot more self-initiative. You have to be motivated to do well.

    I think part of what makes it easy to tap into that motivation is the idea you touch on, that we are completing projects that are much more fulfilling.

  3. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Shannon. Nothing beats experience, which is why we make you put your education at the bottom of your resume. 🙂 It’s what you can do for an employer on day 1, not what they can do for you. So psyched to hear that you are kicking such butt at your internship!

  4. sydneyandree says:

    Great job, Shan! I especially appreciate the part where you mention that knowledge is not experience. I see this reflected in employers preference for portfolio pieces that were created for real clients over projects assigned for class. Your internship will surely give you useful experience and awesome great portfolio pieces!

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