I made a promise to myself years ago that when I turned 25 years old I would figure out my career. Like everyone always said time flies, and here is my decision time. The amount of pressure I put upon myself about this decision is no way being affected by anyone but me, and it is heavy.
As my last two classes before my degree requirements approach the day after my 25th birthday, I will be going towards a professional career. There have been a few opportunities that have blossomed through the networks I have built throughout the years. I also have gained a strong confidence that I can not only learn anything thrown at me, but exceed even my own expectations. I thought the graphic design classes I took really opened my eyes to a possible route to take in my career path. Here is a link to my portfolio I made for one of my classes. http://danielmurra0.wix.com/offhoursproduction#!home/mainPage
Getting Out of my Comfort Zone
I have never been in the professional world. It’s time to buy some suits, shave on a daily basis, get a weekly haircut, and clean the tools out of my truck. Interviews are always nerve racking, but with proper preparation can be quite relieving. Dealing one on one with an interviewer or group of interviewers is something I am actually excited to do. I always feel like I get my story across better when it is a face to face interview, rather than over the phone. The nerves leading up to an interview and the relief afterward remind me of when I was playing sports.
I always have been conflicted through the interview process about one major thing, honesty. I have learned through many of my classes that interviews are a very subjective thing, and you can only control so much of the way the interview goes. With that being said I am a very honest person, and I am not sure if I am too honest for some interviewers. Do they want to hear responses that have been prepped? Do they want to hear what they expect for answers? Here is an example of what I mean: What is your biggest weakness? Do they really want to know what my weakness is or should I be honest and level with the interviewer? Now, I know that obviously that question is multi-layered because it should show how you either have overcome it or are working on improving it. Should I tell them, “My biggest weakness is that I am a perfectionist that does everything perfectly, and have a hard time dealing with perfect perfection not being achieved.” That is obviously not something I would truly say during an interview and is not really a characteristic of who I am. Now obviously I would like everything to go perfect but who is… no one. An honest answer to what my biggest weakness is from me would be, “My biggest weakness is: lack confidence in answering this question, over-thinking this silly analysis of who I am as an individual, frustration over not ever knowing what you are writing after I respond to this question, and inability to bury my conscious and lie about some false attribute that I plan to fix.”
So, now that I have pulled out my hair about that. It will be fun to get going on some applications and interviews. It is also nice to always know that I have my masonry background that I could always go back to, and a very supportive family and friends.