Welcome to my new blog post series! I’m pretty excited about this project. I even bought a Dictaphone. The plan will be to interview my friends on a myriad of topics and share what I’ve learned in an article. The purpose of this is two-fold. I’ve always enjoyed writing. Most of my writing has been in the form of journaling and I was looking for a way to expand my writing repertoire. Secondly, one of my favorite things in life is learning new perspectives and listening to other people talk. Put me in a large or small group of people and I would MUCH rather ask others questions about themselves than talk about myself. I like to absorb information. I’ve always been inquisitive. I listen to potentially an unhealthy number of podcasts and interview segments. This seemed like the perfect way to be able to all of things I love—listen, learn, and write.
The first series of posts are going to focus around the theme of Career and Life Decisions. I chose this as it’s been a topic on my mind lately after having recently passed the 4-year mark post-grad. I’ve now been in the real world longer than I’ve been in college. It also doesn’t help that my supervisor keeps asking where I see myself long term. I DON’T KNOW. DOES ANYONE KNOW???
But to be honest, it’s something I’ve always struggled with. Ever since high school trying to decide what to major in, to college trying to decide which career sector I wanted to go into with my degree, to post grad thinking “is this what I want to do with the rest of my life”, I’ve always been unsure.
When I look around at all of my peers it’s hard not to get the feeling that everyone else has it all figured out, at least on the surface. Do they really have it all figured out? How? Why not just ask them?! I’ll discover one of two things with this project—either everyone else doesn’t have it all figured out and I can take some solace in that or maybe they sort of do and I can learn a new perspective or a better understanding of what motivators they have for decisions. Then, I can share what I’ve learned with others and hope they find it as interesting as I do.
I conducted my first interview with my lovely friend, Catie Cohen. She was so enthusiastic and willing to participate in my project and only a little bit nervous around the Dictaphone. Catie is a former chemical engineer turned Restaurant Front of House Manager, although she doesn’t refer to herself as a former engineer anymore (more on that later).