If, in addition to being one of my darling readers, you happen to be friends with me on Facebook, then you probably know that two weeks ago, I was obsessing over my resume and the fact that my job history makes NO sense.
Honestly, I blame that mostly on necessity -- I took the jobs that were available because I needed them, and I took the opportunities that were there because they were there. So much of what they teach us in school/college these days revolves around preparing for your future: you need work experience in high school because it looks good on your college applications, then you need internships and good grades in college because they look good for graduate school. And god forbid, you don't get that summer internship in DC because then how will you ever rise to the top of the Democratic Party and then become the youngest President in U.S. history? And they drill this into us. Even today, at the orientation I had to attend to study abroad in the fall, they stressed thinking about how this experience will relate to your future career plans.
Which is why I say my resume makes no sense. There is literally NO cohesion between one entry and the next. I've gone through 9 different jobs and internships, some paid, some unpaid. Mostly paid. I took a minimum wage job because I needed the money. I took an internship for a science museum because it was offered to me. I've been a camp counselor and an office monkey, a research intern and a writing consultant. And I don't want to hide any of it. Those weird jobs and internships made me who I am. Thanks to that weird resume, I have worked alongside dinosaurs, improved my communication skills (and to some degree, my patience), learned how to decorate cakes, learned way more about the human spine than I think I ever needed to know, gotten passionate about how terrible mental health care is at highly competitive universities, learned to mine a client database, and been background checked more times than most kids my age. I wouldn't be the potential employee I am, or the blogger I am, or the person I am if I hadn't had so many odd experiences that weren't supposed to relate to my future plans.
And so I think it's kind of messed up that there's this drive to already know what you want to do with your life and have it all figured out. I think it's crazy that you're expected to already be set on this path and ready to go from before you even go to college. I still have no idea what I want or how any of the crazy jobs or hobbies I've had in the past will relate to what I decide to do. But I want to do them. All of them. Just because there's no way to know how they might shape who I turn out to be.
Wandering, but not lost,