If you’ve ever been in desperate need of a job, you’ve probably been a victim of Career Induced Nausea (C.I.N.). This is a term I have coined regarding the phenomenon that occurs after you have been asked, “Where are you interning this summer?” or “Have you heard back from them yet?”
Although this may not be a real phenomenon, it’s a real feeling. It’s also where this story starts.
In the fall, I’ll be a senior majoring in Broadcasting and Mass Communication at SUNY Oswego. As I began my search for a summer internship, I applied for 10 positions across NY State. I heard back from two. The first I heard back from was NCPR. The second was ESPN last week, months after my initial application, letting me know that their intern position had been filled—this was extremely helpful.
I am back in the North Country living at home this summer. I intern at NCPR part-time in the morning, and head to downtown Potsdam after lunch to finish up my workday as a consultant for Wholeshare.
As I go to sleep in the place that was once my bedroom, but has been turned into a shrine with photos of me since I left for college—sound familiar? no? I guess my parents just love me like a boat-load— I reflect on what got me here, to the perfect ergonomic (not) desk chair at NCPR.
What I realize is this–I was definitely bitter in the beginning when I didn’t land a summer internship with ABC, ESPN or Fox. I know, why would I ever think brewing coffee and grabbing dry-cleaning for others is fun, not to mention educational? I was brainwashed, people.
After a few weeks here at NCPR, I now appreciate working with an organization where interns are expected to be substantively productive. It’s great! This is where the voyage begins.
Does the voyage continue? Not to be taken for granted. My generation has been bombarded with warnings about the danger of venturing into the workforce upon graduation. Why? We’re told there’s not much space for recent graduates in the workforce.
What are the facts? Statistically, the news isn’t great. And, we know it’s especially difficult to find a career in a field related to your college degree. Indeed, the possibility of that seems like some kind of endangered species lately. So how do we combat this? How can we as students, parents, and educators be proactive as opposed to reactive? How do we take back what is ours- making a decision on a career, not having it made for us?
Let’s start a conversation. I invite you to offer your insights and follow along as we discover the hardships (and hopefully some opportunities) on the employment landscape in New York State and the United States. I’ll be here every two weeks with some punny anecdotes and the always encouraging and stimulating Bureau of Labor Statistics latest! Stay tuned for potentially stagnant stats and college level insights as people share their stories and C.I.N. episodes with me.
I need your help. Right now. Please let me know in the comment section if you’re a college-aged student interning or working this summer…or if you’re struggling to find a job or internship. Maybe we can get a conversation going on the air as well as here. But I need to know you’re out there. Thanks.