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As you go out into the “real” world…

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Dear graduating seniors,

 

Here are some things I thought you should know:

 

  • Life is not over; it is beginning anew.
  • Fun is not over; working will enable you to find new kinds of fun.
  • You do not have to say goodbye to your friends,
  • Though it will be hard to see each other when life gets busy and you will miss having them so close.
  • What is cool now will change; what you think is a lame idea for a job may be exactly what you want to do in 10 years, and
  • It’s okay!
  • What you think is a lame waste of time now may be exactly what you do for fun in 10 years, and
  • It’s okay!
  • If you can choose a job that aligns with your future plans, do so. Otherwise, get any experience and make the best of that experience.
  • The job you take now may not even exist by the time you retire, and
  • It’s okay!
  • Being in the “real world” is exactly what you make, but YOU have to make it – don’t let other people decide what’s real for you.
  • It can be scary to be the one making decisions, but you must do this in order to do the above, and
  • You will make mistakes, and
  • It’s okay!
  • You also don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite professors forever.
  • Your college/university will call you for donations – give if you feel you’ve gotten.
  • You may find yourself in a minivan, and
  • It’s okay!

Even if you have no idea what you are going to do for a job or where you are going to live, it’s okay. It’s okay in the grand scheme of life, anyway. Your parents probably have other expectations. You may or may not live up to those expectations, but as long as you know the things above, it will be okay.

 

Happy graduation!

 

Congratulations to my intern, Heidi!

Epic Careering Internship

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My internship with Epic Careering re-framed my future.  I have new goals, new contacts, and new skills that melded with my previous knowledge in ways that continue to provide me with ideas and excitement.

Karen introduced me to her company in early June.  When I found out that she crafted her company from the bottom up according to her interest in helping people in a way she knew how, I lit up.  Immediately, I became fascinated by the idea of entrepreneurship.  It has become a seed in my head that has been pleasantly haunting me as I start my senior year.

As the weeks went on, I learned about Karen’s suite of services and watched her processes of building a résumé from start to finish.  I acquired many new skills not only by observing her, but by participating in the social media sites on behalf of Epic Careering.  I learned how to use Hootsuite, search engine optimize, and spin articles among many other social media practices.  Karen also let my creativity flourish in creating my own projects. One such project being that I created youtube playlists for motivation, doubt, success, leadership, and beginnings by compiling music videos, TED talks, and other inspirational content on youtube. My hope is that anyone who uses Epic Careering’s free resources on the web can view them and be inspired to action somehow in their lives.

As I take the first few steps into my last year at Ursinus College, I am grateful for my internship at Epic Careering.  It taught me a lot about my own career goals.  It made me realize that everything starts at a basic level and grows according to how you nurture it.  That includes entities in the professional and personal realms.  As I turn into the real world, I will try to nurture the entrepreneurial seed that Epic Careering put in my head as well as the professional relationships I made this summer.  Here’s to the future!