By Danielle Golinski, Career Advising Fellow
In going through my day-to-day duties and the hustle-and-bustle of all that I do, a co-worker of mine asked me what the biggest thing the fellowship has brought me. Woah! I stopped, slowed down, thought, and said with a smile on my face and said “professional peace”. But, Danielle, you ask, what is this professional peace that you speak of? Well, let me tell you!
Professional peace to me, is the feeling that I get inside EVERY SINGLE MORNING (yay!) of excitement, curiosity, thrill and maybe some anxiety thrown in (which, in my opinion, is okay – see my previous piece about how I am currently working through this!). It is the feeling, of readiness to start the day (sometimes with the kind assistance of a cup o’ joe), to accept the challenges and the crazy schedule, and get ready to sit down, get to business, and make an impact. It is the feeling that I can hold onto, when the day may be long or overly stressful. It is the feeling that I know that I am in the profession in which I will pursue for many more years to come. It is a super exciting feeling! I’m thrilled to welcome it, I embrace it!
Career Advising will be a part of my life in some way, shape, or form from this moment forward (how cool is this?!). This fellowship has secured my initial hesitations of answering “where do I fit within this world?” Looking back, I have seen my professional journey just toeing this field, without even realizing it. Starting in high school with the idea of becoming a teacher (I did an internship in an elementary school and realized it was definitely NOT for me), but that I loved the student component and the helping. Then, trying a hand in school counseling (loved the age group, the theory, the one-on-one, and the school environment but I wasn’t a big fan of the discipline. I most enjoyed working with students on their futures). Then, this fellowship. A combo of both teaching, and counseling/advising, with a lot of other things thrown in (all wonderful things may I add). What a package!
My common thread since the very beginning has been the want to help students out with their futures. Today, I am doing just that! I am so fortunate for this fellowship opportunity as it has pointed me in the direction of finding out what this professional peace is like and how it feels.
Are you experiencing a professional peace? Or are you still exploring? I would love to hear what this experience has been like for you.