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.
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.