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Confessions From a Career-Focused College Student

Kayla is my name and Journalism is my game.

I can’t believe I just used that lame line.

In all seriousness, though, I am a prospective junior pursuing a degree in both Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. My goal is to work my way up to an analyst/anchor position for networks such as ABC, CNN, or even ESPN.

The work force is such a competitive place. For my generation and the future ones to come, having a degree is just not enough to ensure a job. Sure, it may have its advantages, but employers are looking for more now. They are looking for more than just the grades; they are looking for experience, innovation, and thought leadership.

Experience comes in all forms, but internships are the major ones followed closely by volunteering.

So experience is what I gain throughout the school year. Whether it’s working with my school’s television broadcasting station, working on-air for the radio station, or blogging, I take whatever opportunity I can get.

In which your author is a bit lame, overthinking hurts the brain, and fear is mundane.

You will find in college that there are some people who are career focused and some who are not. Being the latter is definitely not a bad thing (they probably deal with less stress that way). In fact, sometimes I wish I were not as career-focused as I feel I am.

Why? Isn’t it good that I have (think I have) everything figured out?

Yes and no.

As a career focused college student, I find myself thinking about my future a lot and setting personal goals and years I want to have them completed by. I find myself wondering where I should apply to further my career. I look up top cities in which my field would do the best.

Those are only the work perspectives of my career-focused mind.

Then, there’s the personal perspective.

Even before I started dating, I found myself wondering if pursuing the career of my interest would leave me with time to get married. I wondered if I would end up getting married later than I wanted or than my friend (then again, my Facebook newsfeed is showcasing my friends either getting engaged or married now and I cannot say I am jealous). I worried about at what age would I have children of my own.

Even worse, I feared that my career would make it impossible to have kids.

These are some of the thoughts that went through my mind, a mildly career focused college student.

Keyword: went.

For those of us who have this career focused mindset and worry about the above: stop. It’s unnecessary. It will drive you crazy and cause many sleepless nights.

If you want to do something or have something, then you yourself can make time to do so.

Careers that control lives don’t do so because they are too demanding; they control lives because individuals let them. Don’t let a career or the idea of a career control your own life.

You control it.

Continue to be a career-focused individual; that’s fine. I know I am one and will continue to be one, however, I want a life of my own; a family of my own.

I am just as focused (if not more) on my personal life than my career.

Figure out what matters.

Good Luck,
Kay

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35 thoughts on “Confessions From a Career-Focused College Student

  1. I was mostly career focused as well, and I think it was mostly due to the fact that I knew what I wanted to do, and I knew what I wanted to study at school. Luckily being in a sorority have be a social life and friends, and some career benefits. Finding the balance can be hard, but isn’t that what life is all about? Exploring all the choices?

    xoxo,
    Meghan
    Southern Belle Secrets

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    1. I definitely agree with you, Meghan! Finding the balance can be hard, but once you find it everything becomes a little easier. My friends definitely help me make it through. I’m so happy you found your balance. Thanks for reading! I hope to hear form you again!

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  2. I think it is great to be career focuses. I was more “school focused” through college (if that makes sense). I was always focused on doing well in my classes/studying/taking extra credits on subjects that interested me but never was very focused on internships/volunteering/networking/etc. I’m happy I focused on school but I do wish I would have spent a little more time focused on a future career. Now that I will be in grad school I am determined to reorient myself towards focusing on my future career as well.

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    1. I know what you mean. Congratulations on being in grad school, by the way. I know it’s no easy feat, but I’m sure you’ll do great! College (and maybe life in general) is definitely about finding a balance between school, experience, and friends! Thanks for reading! I hope to hear from you again!

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    1. PR looks so interesting and I think if I wasn’t so completely in love and invested in Broadcast Journalism that would be my next choice of major. I’m sure you’re going to do well, too. Good luck and thanks for reading! I hope to hear from you again real soon!

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    1. Journalism Majors unite! This past semester I worked for my school’s radio and it was great! You’ll love it! Thank you so much and I hope to hear from you again! Good luck!

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    1. Hey, you’re talking to the girl who changed her major at least three times in her freshman year to get to where I am now! You’ll be fine! Just keep exploring different options. Exploring majors will definitely be a future post! Thank you and I hope to hear from you again soon!

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  3. This is a great post. I worry daily, as a college student myself, what if my profession doesn’t leave me time for my husband or future kids? Maybe I’ll just change it & not pursue that “dream” job for a different job that gives me more time! However then what if I’m not happy. A lot of us just need to relax!

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    1. As selfish as this may sound…never EVER settle! You need to be happy! You can pursue your dream job and have time for a family. It’s all up to how you prioritize your future! I know just from reading this you’re going to be great! Just take time out and think for yourself. Good luck and thank you for reading!

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  4. That is wonderful that youre career minded and focused. Im unsure of how old you are but you will experience much more of that wandering feeling… Why? Because there IS always more out there for us and if we settle or get complacent… That boat will sail.
    And when we think we have it all figured out.. The universe takes it from us.
    Stay hungry, humble, forever grateful, work on yourself, and be the best you can be in your field quicker than anyone else! It sounds like youre already on that path 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m 20 and still learning! Everything you said is true and something that we all must do (stay hungry, humble, forever grateful…) if we want to achieve our dreams. Good luck and thank you for reading!

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  5. You are completely 100% right. The job market today is fierce and trying to get a leg up now a days is sooooo hard. I tell this to my husband all the time as he is currently working towards his masters degree. Just because you have experience you have to have the education to back it and the same goes the other way around. Employers want the whole package now. I wish you the absolute best in your career goals!

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    1. Exactly! It’s so much more now than having just the degree. Experience is key! Good luck to your husband and I hope he gets to where he wants to go! Thank you and I hope to hear from you again!

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  6. Love this post! I think it is important to relax but also to keep your eye on the prize and be driven, otherwise it would be pretty hard to make your dreams a reality! Good luck moving forward, clearly you have the passion to be very successful!

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    1. I love that thought (everyone has the same hours…)! It’s such a good mindset to go by when it comes to stress. Take your time! When the right thing comes you’ll know! Don’t stress! Good luck and thank you for reading!

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    1. Thank you so much! It is extremely interesting! I’m literally an advocate for the major. Oh, and can I just say Breakfast at Lilly’s is amazing and I love reading your posts!? Thank you for reading and I’d love to hear from you again!

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