Twenty Four

Today I want to talk about something that is considered taboo and controversial in the career and professional world – wanting more.

I have always had big dreams and goals for my career, and sometimes my mind tends to branch out and want to do ten things at once. I am currently in grad school and have already decided on two more degrees that I want, and recently I have been considering going back and getting a second bachelor’s degree so that I have the option of someday going into veterinary school! (This one is my current top pick: https://vet.osu.edu)

It may seem like I can’t make up my mind, but really I am just passionate about so many things, that I want to get a taste of them all. I am currently studying media, because most of the careers I am interested in have an option for online media consultants, or will need one in the future (because the internet is only getting bigger).

But that doesn’t change the fact that my love for animals and their welfare is very strong, and I would love to be able to provide care for animals, particularly rescues in need.

 

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In two days, I will be turning 24 years old, and part of me feels like I should be well developed in my career already, but a much bigger part of me wants to keep taking classes, and learning everything that I can, so that I can truly be everything that I want.

In one of the classes I have been taking this semester, I have learned more about myself than I did in all four years of my undergraduate studies. I have taken courses from this professor before, and she is truly the best teacher I have ever had, but this particular class has really motivated me to work harder towards my career goals, and continue learning everything that I have a desire to learn. Throughout the class, I have ended up not only reading and watching the required materials, but than researching the topics from them more, because I found them so interesting.

I had to read so many awful, boring books during my undergrad studies, that I grew to loathe reading, but this semester, I got to read a book that I not only enjoyed, but that I actually learned from. I was able to learn how to build a platform online, which is helpful for everyone, but especially me since that is something that I hope to do a lot of in my career.

Here is the author’s website: http://michaelhyatt.com

For now, I plan on continuing my education on the business side of things, but I have already looked into a few science classes and veterinary programs for my other goals.

I hope that everyone reading this is inspired to go after what they want, and remember that settling for anything less is never going to make you truly happy – whether you want to be someone with ten potential careers, or if you’re happy with just the one, don’t let anyone else’s ideals impact what you want out of life!

 

Creative with a Conscience

Who Am I?

My name is Katie, and I have spent most of my life trying to figure out how I’m going to make a difference in the world. Animal rights are very important to me, and I always dream of winning the lottery and immediately ending things such as pet homelessness and animal testing.

A little over a year ago, I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. I am now in grad school, and will receive my Master’s degree in Journalism – New Media later this year. Ultimately, I would love to work for a company as a social media liaison. Preferably a company that is related to one of my big passions – music, beauty, or animals. Or, even better, I would love to work in all three industries in some way.

Earlier this week, we learned about storytelling. Storytelling is going to be a huge part of my career, because I will always be telling a story of some sort, whether it be the story of animals in need, the story of a local band that you should be listening to, or the story of a fabulous beauty product that could transform your skin.

My Plan

Now that we’ve spoken a bit about storytelling, I would like to share a story with you about my goals. About two weeks ago, I took a trip to Columbus, Ohio. While I was there, I visited a store called Lush:

https://www.lushusa.com
Have you ever walked into a place and just felt right at home? Lush is a company that stands for everything in which I believe. They fight animal testing, they support multiple charities, protect the environment, and purchase ingredients ethically.

https://www.lushusa.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Lush-Site/en_US/AboutUs-OurStoryShow?cid=we-believe

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I had great conversations with everyone who was working at Lush, and I after researching their company more, I really hope to work for them someday, and share their story with the whole world, and get more people involved in their vision.

In the meantime, I am working as a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora inside JCPenney. I have also decided that after I finish my current Master’s degree, I would like to enroll in a music business master’s program through WVU, to better learn how to work with the bands that I love, and share their stories with potential fans.

It may seem like I have very different career interests, but I truly want to ensure that I have a great career, full of things that I love and that are important to me. There is nothing that makes me happier than introducing my friends and family members to a new band, product, company, or cause that I love, and it would be fantastic to be able to do that in my career.

I plan on utilizing this blog to document my everyday life, and sharing where my story takes me. I hope that within my lifetime I can see some great advancements for animal rights (and I hope that I was able to help with those advancements), and that I also get the chance to work with some of my favorite bands and companies.

Until then, please take a look at what Lush is doing to fight animal testing, and what you can do to help end animal testing as well!

http://www.fightinganimaltesting.com

Also, feel free to contact me below!