The weather in Virginia Beach may have taken a while to catch up, but it is finally summertime! The finals are done, half of my friends are gone, and I am now on that nine to five work schedule. I currently work in undergraduate admissions where I have worked for about two and a half years now. Last summer I worked as a transcript coordinator. This involved a lot of detail-oriented work and data entry. It was a great start and really helped me get to know my coworkers in the office.
This summer I’ve moved on over to assist with special events. I also secured an internship within Regent working on orientations. I help plan Discover Regent events, welcome summer groups, and learn the nitty-gritty details of how an office plans SOAR, Transfer Transitions, and Campus Connection. Between my job and internship I’m working around 40 hours a week. In that time, I have found that I learn as much on the job about myself as I do in the classroom.
College is the perfect time to move around in different jobs, explore potential career paths, build a network, and really find out what you enjoy in a professional setting. This doesn’t mean that I don’t value the learning I do in the classroom. In fact, the two seem to go hand in hand. The communication skills I learned during the year I now implement in my office. I have learned so much about myself during this time.
For example, I’m an idealist and a big picture thinker. I only like working with the details through creative outlets. I have the most energy when I am interacting with others. All this and so much more are elements of my personality that were revealed through my job experience at Regent. So don’t waste time waiting to get a job until after you graduate. The time is now because the experience you gain and the people you meet will be beneficial later in life.