Stay Curious

I’ve spent much of my free time at college agonizing over The Big Decision—or more specifically, what I want to do for the rest of my life. They tell you time and time again that that’s what college is all about, so the longer I spent at Temple without making up my mind, the more panicked I felt. While I have managed to graduate from the ‘All I know is that I don’t like math’ phase to something a little more concentrated (double-tracking in Copywriting and Art Direction as an Ad major), I always struggled with never feeling like a perfect ‘fit.’
My thoughts that began as:
“Once I start taking more classes for my major, then I’ll know.”
turned into
“Once I start taking more classes in a concentration, then I’ll know.”
then turned into
“Once I get my first internship, then I’ll know.”
Well I’m here to tell you as I am now completing my second internship in the advertising field that I still don’t know 100% exactly where I want my career to take me. But I’m not so worried anymore.
After working on design and writing projects at my SBDC internship this semester, I’ve learned that if you want to work in advertising, the ability to handle variety is a definite plus. Any designer, copywriter, or account manager can only benefit from exposure to another aspect of the process. Even when I eventually must choose to focus on one path over the other, there will still be a chance for me to at least participate in other aspects of the advertising field.
I’m grateful that the SBDC has allowed me to explore both the writing and visual side (and postponed my need to choose for a little longer!). I’ve learned that it’s okay to not know everything that you want from your career, and that it’s important to always explore your interests rather than try and limit yourself for the sake of feeling like you’ve figured it all out. If anything, gaining skills in both copywriting and art direction has helped me to develop a more well-rounded understanding of how the two fields work together. Getting experience isn’t always about settling on that one thing you must do for the rest of your life. It’s about learning about your likes and dislikes, and maybe even stumbling into a new passion along the way.
I’m happy to say that I’ve accepted a part-time position for the summer and coming semester at the SBDC. I’m excited by what is to come—even if that just means continuing to explore.

2 Comments

  1. Rachel, I could not agree more. In my experience as a student I am constantly questioning what I really want to do with my future career. I often times struggle with accepting that it is okay not to know right now. Reading this has reminded me that I am not alone. Everyday is a day closer to figuring everything out. I have learned that each opportunity that comes through anyone’s way is a chance to grow and figure out what is best. Thank you for reminding me that everything will always fall into place at the end of the day.

    • Reading this was very refreshing I also agree that our jobs as students usually revolves around the idea of what to do next in advertising. By reading this I’m reminded of that ideas that others also are without a clue. With that being said every chance in advertising should be tried and explored before being ignored, there are many different areas in advertising and its nice to continue to pursue them.

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