My story goes as far back as grade school when I was asked the famous question “what do you want to do when you grow up?” I had always wanted to be a teacher. Not just a teacher but a teacher for whichever grade I had just completed (i.e. I wanted to be a 2nd grade teacher after completing 2nd grade). Each grade seemed more appealing as I grew older.
Then freshman year of high school came; they asked me again. This time I didn’t really like the idea of being a 9th grade teacher or even a 2nd grade teacher anymore. I really had to think about the question. What do I want to be? What do I want to do? Hmmmmm. The big picture answer was that I wanted to help people. That answer was good enough for myself and everyone around me, so I went with it. I picked Psychology as my major at joined SUNY Oswego. I decided I’d figure it out there. I changed majors to and really dug the idea of studying people and working with them still. Cool I like this working with people now what. I still haven’t really picked what I want to do with my life…..
I got involved in college. I tried volunteering with the local nursing home, other various community service activities in hopes of finding the right cohort of people to find passion of working with. Then, I got into an internship with The Compass. The Compass was this nifty little career services center at Oswego, that helped students figure out their lives. If your reading this and wondering if your current or previous college has one it probably does (stop reading and check it out). The things I learn at the Compass need to be shared with others. There is so much ‘stuff’ that job seekers and career builders need to know to become successful.
The Compass taught me so much about the job market and my life. I became obsessed with the skills gained at The Compass and decided that is how I wanted to help people. How freaking cool would it be to take all this knowledge about how to get a job or how to write a resume and get paid to tell someone all of these great resources? And I would get to help people of most any age, in all stages of life. Amazing, the perfect job for me. And this is where this blog comes into play.
Hard to believe, but the girl that loves career services cannot (yet) get a job in career services. So instead of bottling it inside and hiding it from the world, I want to share it all with you. Technically am still teaching… maybe little Kendra knew a thing or two about her future!