I don’t know if it’s quite been finalized, but it looks like I’m going to be staying on at 12+ for the summer. I’m very excited. This is the first job I’ve ever had where I always looked forward to going to work, no exceptions. Every day, I leave knowing that I’m making a difference. Honestly, I don’t know if I can see myself working outside of the non-profit realm. I don’t care if I get paid a fraction of what others make, you can’t put a price on the satisfaction I receive from serving the community.
At this point I doubt that I’ll ever work at an advertising agency, but then again, who knows? College certainly has become more career-centric over the past couple of years (and that’s a subject for another day), but I think it’s important to realize that you don’t need to let your major define your career path. I spent two years haphazardly applying to agencies and never really got anywhere. My heart wasn’t in it and I think human resource departments could tell. Everyone says you need to start planning for your career your freshman year, but if I could offer any advice it would be to ignore that, or at least be willing to deviate from your plan. Presumably, you, the readers, are still young. If an opportunity comes across that sounds interesting, go for it!
As advertising majors, we are expected to learn how to sell ourselves. You can use these skills to position yourself for nearly any job. I never thought I would be qualified to work for a non-profit that centered around secondary education, but I found a way to make it work and I couldn’t be happier with where I am today.
That’s me in the bottom left. I’m an advertising major and I work in a high school. Weird, right?