In college I spent a lot of my time contemplating where I wanted to be after graduation and what kind of agency or organization I wanted to work for. So I graduated, but still really didn’t have an idea of what I wanted for myself professionally. At this point it has been a year and I am just figuring out what, I think, is right for me. It took quite a bit of effort to figure it out.
First, I had to think about what I really liked. What could I do and be happy doing it every day for the next few years. I had to ask myself that infamous question, “What is something I love so much that I would do it for free?” (
Second, I had to figure out what it was that interests me most. This was no short list. I had things on my from music to advocacy, to fashion. I had to seriously narrow this list down to about five or six things that I could all incorporate together, to help me find a job I knew would fit me.
Third, I had to figure out what part of the working world did I want to be apart of. There was the federal government, the non profit sector, private sector or become an entrepreneur. There are pros and cons to all of these and who at some point does’t want to have their own business.
After much thought, and a lengthy amount of time passed, I had seriously started to consider what my options were. I had gotten to the point where people would ask me what I wanted to do and I simply could not answer them. This was something I knew I could not continue to do. I knew that when talking to colleagues and people who could possibly help me out in my job search, telling them “I really don’t know what I want to do” was not going to cut it. In the year since I have graduated I have learned several things about myself.
- I like purposeful work. When you are on the job everything is being done for a reason, but some things are just processes and systems that require similar actions over and over again. Then you have work that is being down towards to purpose, I see a lot of this type of work done in non-profits. These projects or tasks work towards events, products and collaborations; usually something with an end result that you can see, feel and ultimately be proud of.
- I like behind the scenes work. Projects and events that require a lot of planning and actions really get me going. I love to see the finished product of this kind of work come together for a great outcome. The panic and the rush of making sure everything is ready to go really gives me a sense of success.
- I like opportunities where I can continue to learn. As I have learned it takes alot to find an influencer in the workplace, especially for young professionals. I truly am a sponge, I like to meet as many people as possible while I am in any particular position. I’d like to say I know someone on every floor, all the way to the top. This gives me an opportunity to meet an array of seasoned professionals that can teach me vital things that I can carry into another job or my personal life. This opens the door for me to gain a mentor or have the opportunity to job shadow.
- I am excited by advocacy. If it involves children, women, education, health or creative work you immediately have my attention. Most jobs or internships I research or apply for are non profit organizations that serve a purpose in the community. These jobs also provide purposeful works (see #1, lol).
These four things helped me find my place, and realize that the non-profit industry is where I want to be. I can’t express how excited I am to start this new journey in my life and I am so excited to share it with you.