I don’t think it is very uncommon to feel like you don’t know what to do with your life. Over the past year, with online learning due to the pandemic and a lack of drive for school…also due to the pandemic… I was left feeling hopeless about my future and career. I am a senior Advertising major with a Brand Strategy concentration. While I love my courses, professors, and everything I’ve learned in my time at Temple, I didn’t know where I would fit in to the industry.
I began applying for internships early in the summer and felt like I was taking stabs in the dark. Seeing people around you getting jobs at their dream agencies is such a bittersweet feeling, especially when you don’t have a specific dream for yourself. One day, I saw that QVC listed their applications for Fall 2021 internships. I remember hearing outstanding praise from my peers about their time at QVC and decided it was worth putting in my application. I ended up applying for an SEO position, it was something that always interested me in my digital media and reporting classes and thought this was a perfect opportunity to learn more.
I knew that this was the place I wanted to work as soon as I spoke to the hiring manager on the phone. She was supportive and so helpful. This positive attitude was only affirmed when I talked to my now bosses over Zoom about the position. I talked to them about wanting to learn more about all things SEO and marketing. I was offered the position and could not be more thrilled to be working at QVC. I have gotten very lucky and have two very supportive bosses that want to teach me and see me succeed in the world of SEO. I was encouraged to watch summit videos, read articles, and continue my learning as I work. This has been such a helpful part of the learning process.
Although I do enjoy my day to day tasks as an intern, I think the best part about working for QVC is the company culture; it is so strong that I can feel it even while I am working remotely. Most of QVC’s employees are still working remotely due to the pandemic. At first, I was a little bit disappointed and thought I wouldn’t get the same feeling as in person. I can now say with full confidence that I can feel the compassion, support, and positivity so strongly, even through Microsoft Teams.
Working at QVC this fall has been an amazing experience. It has lead me down a marketing path that I never thought I’d be down. I went from being completely clueless about my future and career to finding a first stepping stone. If I could give advice to anyone who feels the same way I did before applying to internships it would be to take a leap of faith and apply to anything you are even slightly interested. If you’re lucky, you might find the employer or job you want to stick with. But even if you don’t enjoy it, you still can narrow down what you want to do in the future. I am so grateful to QVC and my bosses for making this experience as fulfilling and amazing as it has been.