Wednesday, May 5, 2010

on my way

I could often write a post about having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week.

This isn't one of those weeks.

Despite the fact that it's been rather dull, it has also been rather enjoyable. Maybe it's been enjoyable due to the fact that it has been so eventful - sometimes I just need weeks like this, which isn't to say I'm not being lazy this week. Quite the opposite, in fact.

This week has consisted of getting ahead on homework, working, relaxing, and making this delicious pound cake.

The best part of this week occurred when I went to my writing instructor's office hours on Tuesday afternoon. This week I have a "Job Packet" due, which consists of my résumé, a cover letter, and a field study on my job of choice.

This seems like a simple assignment from the outside looking in, but when it was assigned to me, I panicked.

The first piece we had to turn in was the field study, a nine-page document outlining every aspect of our dream job. The only problem? At that point, I had no idea what to do with my life (I still don't really know what I want to do with my life, but I'm not as lost as before). This made the field study extremely challenging. After deciding I would pretend to want to be a teacher, I put together a decent field study and managed to get an A.

After the initial panic of the field study (it took me around 14 hours of work to research and write it), everything got a lot easier.

The next piece was the résumé, something that I already knew how to do. I tweaked mine a bit, and called it good. The final piece was my cover letter, which I will be turning in with the other two assignments tomorrow afternoon.

To make sure my assignments were submission-worthy, I decided to go to my instructor's office hours. After reviewing my résumé and cover letter, he made a few small changes and sent me on my way with A-quality work.

As I was leaving, he started talking to me about my chosen career. I informed him I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but that I was leaning toward something in the writing and communications field.

This was the moment when he was going to bestow some teacherly advice upon me - career advice. He began to tell me about a job I would be perfect for, a job that would be right up my alley. I was intrigued by his introduction of this job that I would be so perfect for - I am looking for a summer job, and I would love to do something that could potentially further my career.

When he finally reached the point and told me what job I would be perfect for, I was disappointed and pleased with what he said.

"Have you ever considered a job with the sports information department?"

Why, yes. Yes, I have.

What my dear ol' instructor didn't know was that my current internship is in that very department. While I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to find another job to help me on my way to finding a career, it was nice to hear that someone thinks that what I am doing is perfect for me.

(***EDIT: This isn't to say I dislike my current internship - I love it. I've made a few good friends and I've learned a lot of valuable things that could help me in my career one day. The only thing I dislike about it is the fact that it follows sports...while I can appreciate sports, they aren't my favorite thing in the world, and it's more of a chore for me to follow them than it is for a lot of other people. Give me cooking blogs, celebrity gossip blogs, blogs about babies, and I'm a happy camper. I could follow those things if my life depended on it, but sports? Not so much!

When talking to my professor, I was hopeful that he would know about another opportunity for me to continue learning while going down a different path. Right now I'm all about figuring out what I love and why, because I think those two things are going to help me find a career I will love in the future.

I wasn't disappointed that he didn't have anything new for me in the sense that I have to begrudgingly stay with my internship another year - like I said, I love my job. I was more pleased than anything to know that a person who doesn't know me that well knows enough of me to realize that I'm headed in the right direction.)

I may not be any closer to finding a career to pursue, but it sure is nice to know that someone things I have a bright future (my instructor told me that, I'm not just reading into things, I promise) and that I'm well on my what, I don't know, but I know I'm headed in the right direction.

♥ abigail


  1. I'm anxious to make the cake. It sounds wonderful!

    Regarding the career - what is it about your current internship that is unappealing? You seem to be trying to veer away from it.

  2. The cake is fantastic! I just wish I had more people to help me eat's pretty hard to resist!

    And I updated the post to make it more understood that I do love my job, it's just not the field I would choose for myself. I enjoy the work I do, but would prefer if it was in another focus besides sports.

  3. I know what you mean about having others help eat the baked goodies. :)

    I understand about the area of focus. That can make all the difference in the world.

    On another note... I make the fruit & nut bars again. They turned out better... I forgot to take pictures!