As a member of Generation Y, I can admit that we are a technology-driven generation and possibly more free-spirited than most when it comes to a job search. I mean can you blame us? With all of this technology, there are so many opportunities to be part of something great, or be part of “the next big thing.” We have been told that we are the future and special and that in turn has led to the argument that we are job hoppers and have a sense of entitlement when it comes to skipping entry-level roles. I can’t argue that there is the desire to be part of something extraordinary and surpass ordinary and mundane, but if I have learned anything from being part of Gen Y, it’s that it’s empowering to know we have the means to change the world.
There’s a quote by Napoleon Hill, “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way” which I have always found to be true, but sometimes lose sight of. Not all of us will be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg…but then again why not?
I am a 2011 graduate with a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology and Media. I was part of a DI track and field team and was lucky enough to be a captain. I participated in a number of internships and independent studies and worked throughout my college career as a student-athlete tutor. I followed all the steps, x,y and z, to set me up for success. I did everything that was expected of me and excelled in every area when given the chance. But when I graduated, I was handed a degree and not a job offer. I found myself, along with the countless other graduates, scrambling to find a job and pay off student loans, and worse I was not handed a manual on how to succeed in the “real world.”
I did not have a coach telling me how many sprints to do or professors telling me what material to study. In fact, I only received support from people assuring me that I would be successful at whatever I did…but what did that exactly mean? Finally, I got it. No one was going to tell me what I should do with the rest of my life and success was mine to define.
The summer after graduating, I was fortunate enough to receive the incredible opportunity to be part of a year-long internship program in sports media that I am forever grateful