One of my fabulous co-workers has taken it upon himself to help me network here at the Lab. This is good news for me because I am notoriously bad at networking. Seriously. I used to tell people that I’m secretly shy, because I act confident but new people scare me a little.
Today I met with the editor of one of the labs magazine publications. Super sweet lady, she told me about her journalism background and the few years she spent doing PR for a college. Unfortunately, her prominent word of advice for me is to get an internship in the industry that I want to work in, and than network up until I get where I want.
If the idea of networking being the secret to success didn’t stress me out enough, she is suggesting that I pick an industry right now.
I am lucky to have an internship at a primer research facility. I enjoy the work, the people, and the atmosphere. But my dream job is just not this scientific.
However, I did feel like I had a lot in common with her. I felt like she was just as clueless as me once, yet now she’s successful and happy. (So there is hope for me!) She was also kind enough to say that I seem to have it all figured out.
I’m just too big of a dreamer. I have all these aspirations and no idea how to reach them. (HA!)