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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Hasta La Vista Baby

Today is my last day as a 27 year old. Woo hoo! I celebrated by giving myself a facial and pedicure.

Also, Andrew and I have officially been together for 3 years-3 months which is the longest I've maintained a continuous relationship, so to me that's practically 33 years, or forever. I think I'll keep him around a bit longer.

This week I have started to do the pee-pee dance about school, and it's more in an "I can't handle this, I have so much to do" kind of way. I have started some of the tests and counselor meetings and readings and homework [cringe] that has to be done BEFORE I EVEN SET FOOT ON CAMPUS, but I still hate that I can't relax during the summer. I am so spoiled. Plus, I have this feeling like, am I even going to like this? Andrew's answer is a hearty "you better!" because he sees the dollar signs. OK, I see the dollar signs too, I just hope I squeeze every opportunity possible out of this experience, and enjoy it in the process. Is that too much to ask for?

In my counseling session yesterday about career choices, I was a bit taken back. Well really, maybe it is totally in line with my schizophrenic attitude. All the different personality and career tests I've taken contradict each other, so the counselor didn't know what to make of me so much as "you obviously don't know what you want to be when you grow up, but it looks like you don't want to do number crunching or be a sales person." So I have my research and work cut out for me. Things that did sound up my alley were new product development and consulting. I am going to a few conferences in the fall that will hopefully give me a better idea. I will be trying to hone some time management skills in the near future... I think I will miss my freedom now, sooner rather than later. Rice is about to own my ass.


Ethan said...

Marketing firms LOVE people with engineering backgrounds because they understand numbers. A lot of marketing (new product development, brand management) has to do with understanding what the numbers are telling you. You don't have to crunch them yourself (that's what entry level people do), but you need to be able to make the right decision based on the data. Engineering people get that. Advertising/ creative types (usually) don't.

You should check out Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I didn't agree with the presentation of his thesis (it oversimplifies things), but he includes a lot of really great examples that highlight product development and product research.

BryNate said...

Well, Happy Birthday tomorrow!! And anything you do, anywhere you go that company will be lucky to have you!

Anonymous said...

One of the most important things in job changes is knowing what you DON'T want, so good on you for that. ;)

You can also take the alternate tack of listing your strengths and then finding jobs which work to them (most university career centers should have something like that). Even if you don't find *the* job on the list, it may give you some better ideas about direction.

Happy birthday!