We all would love to walk out of college into the job of our dreams. But the reality is, is that what you are expecting is just that, a dream. You have to realize that a dream job comes with many years of experience. So, in order to land that job, you must be willing to put in a lot of grunt work. So what will assist you in getting to that point in life is taking on roles that are not as glamorous, but they move you in the right direction. And that is where taking on a “ship” may aid you. And you might say, a “ship,” what is a ship? Well a ship is an internship, fellowship, apprenticeship.
An internship is the most widely known position that a college student is able to attain that will place them around the career they are pursuing. Interns work in the trade of what ever they are pursuing in life with the hopes of gaining experience. Now, for the most part you will be going on coffee runs or drafting up paperwork. You are not going to be working directly doing anything financial in an internship in the financial sector. No one will be listening to your opinion, nor asking you questions. The goal is to network and keep your eyes and ears open to the environment around you. Now, this is not to be confused with a fellowship program.
Now, a fellowship is different where you are working along side someone with the same common interest. The sole purpose of a fellow is to come together with someone of more knowledge in your field to aid in increasing your abilities in your practice. The majority of fellowships come by way of the education environment where fellows purpose is research that contributes to the faculty. You usually are working under the tutelage of a superior, like in a teaching fellow you are a teaching assistant. I myself was apart of a fellowship for theatre about two years ago.
Now, here is the “ship” which the apprenticeship. And this one is the most important of the three. Because traditionally, you are paid, low wages, but paid. And you are somewhat of an employee working side by side with professionals. Here, you are going to be working to be more specialized in you craft. And here is the most difficult of the three ships as well because this could make or break you in your career.
A lot of times when we need to build our careers, it takes financing. Financing that the average person does not have in their pockets. So what do you do when you need the money to get started. For me, I have an interest in filmmaking, writing, and photography. So my initial investment in writing is cheaper than filmmaking and photography. Filmmaking and photography are both expensive, so you have to start with small investments. Or, you could try saving up over a long period of time. Then again, there is the reaching out to family and friends, or trying to crowd fund, or trying to get grant money, or a loan, or contest. So as you can see, you have to look under every rock for resources.
how to start
Everyone needs to have a start in life. For me I started writing at the age of 23 years old. I am now 7 years into the writing experience of the novel and screenwriting process. I started filmmaking at the age of 26 and photography in the past 1 year. I started writing with Microsoft word on the school’s computers and eventually bought myself a laptop. But raised funding for my short film through Indiegogo website. I also just so happen had a refund from grad school and bought a starter camera. Since then I bought a prime lens. And now I am taking more and more photos while also writing my first book and self-publishing it.
From the previous passage, you have to now take it a step further by growing your audience in whatever it is you’re doing. For me, I have my social media platforms that I have invested a lot of time and energy. And yet, it is still a work in progress. This is a growth stage that seems to be going nowhere, because in the paradigm there is no movement. You are up and then back down. But over time you start to see the results. Results that typically take years to accomplish.
living life is more important
The reason so many can’t save money is not because of bills. But it’s actually because they want to live their lives. People want new clothes, a car note, and date. And who can blame them, but you now have to be willing to sacrifice your dreams. Because in the building stages, there is no room for both. You have to put these types of things on hold for something much greater.
There is nothing like the feeling you get once you have accomplished something big. Mine have come in the form of education and sports growing up in life. I have yet to hit that momentous point in my career. But, I will say that it is a work in progress. Yet for those that do win, they must understand that the fight is not over. Not only is it not over, but you have to continue to play the game like you have not won much at all. You should never get complacent because there are more people ahead, and even more behind you. So be practical with where you are in life. Know that you are not in first place, more like 4th place. And that there are three people ahead of you, and four people behind you just as hungry.
cocky is a death sentence
Understand that even with major jumps in your success, you’re in reality not on top of the world even though you might think you are there already. What do I mean by that? Well, you have for instance, entertainers that get one hit song and think they have just conquered the world. And that is because the heat is so strong. But in reality, they have done what the greats have done, 20, 30, and some 40 times over. This is how some of those people with a new hit become one hit wonders. Because by next year, everyone will want some new hit music. And with no new hits, they fall through the cracks. So don’t get too beside yourself where you’re not able to fully gauge your level.
appreciate your current space
As you come into your success, don’t get complacent and don’t get cocky, but also appreciate where you are at this stage. So many people get caught up in the idea going forward, sometimes they forget how far they’ve come thus far in life. And that loss of appreciation can prove to be disastrous as well. Because you may rise, but not appreciating where you’re at and stacking yourself up against others can lead to depression. You will never feel good enough to continue forward. So persevere, but don’t think you’re bigger than what you are; yet at the same time know you have come far and appreciate that move forward from where you used to be.
We all have these visions of doing all these great things in life. But we have to be practical and think in scope of reality. You have to understand the fight along the way as well as understanding your own capabilities. If you don’t, then you’re going to find yourself with no real direction. And your vision will only remain just that, a vision. Goals have to be looked at through a lens that is honest, yet very few can do that. We all think the way we think is grand and wonderful. But those that succeed acknowledge they are not good and work to be better. So how should you look at your life in scope of reality?
You want to be a top fashion designer, then you have to have a start. Go to a reputable fashion institute, but the entire time you should take on internships. Also, create pieces (clothes, shoes, purses, etc.) while in school to showcase your craft. Once school ends, then you might want to consider working for a fashion house if not working for yourself. Either way, be prepared to put in years. Donna Karan, creator of DKNY didn’t see fashion week for 15 years. Now DKNY is a major brand, but you’re talking over 20 plus years of continuous work. And here is where the problem lies, the time out into the job.
time time time
Here is where so many people fall short. The time one must put into their work to make themselves pop into something great. They think of life as this microwave ready dinner you eat in 30 minutes. Because who really want to stand over a stove and prepare a meal over the next few hours. And the real reason we think things should happen overnight is because we live in such a right now society. If we don’t get a promotion after 6 months on the job, we think the time put into our work was a waste. But what you don’t realize is that 7-10 years on the job is considered overnight success. So a lot of people don’t hit their success mark because they are not fully dedicated.
Me myself, I have not broke into my career, but I am in leui of it. My pursuits are as a writer (screenwriter and author), filmmaker, and Photographer. A process that takes a lifetime of work to stay relevant in your career. But for the month of July, I want to focus on answering some questions. The questions will be geared toward directions to take when confused about your future.
drive, will, determination
When pursuing a career, you need to be prepared for the long arduous road of pain to prosperity. And the hardest part is that there are no guarantees. No are not promised this pot of gold and that’s tough to cope with. I guess it’s why we look to have a job with security instead of entrepreneurship. Either way you see it, you must be willing to focus, and fight hard. Ignore the naysayers and take control of inhibitions. Conserve your energy when possible because you’ll need along the way.