Exploring your Interests

What you are about to do is very courageous. You are, as a teenager, taking the risk of figuring out some things that you might be interested in. This can be scary:

  • What if I find out that what I thought was interesting to me really is not?

  • What if I find out that I am not good at what I am interested in?

  • What if what I am interested in is not so "cool"?

  • What if I try really hard to get an internship in an area I am interested in and I simply can't find one?

These are all really valid questions. Let's try to answer them:

 

What if I find out that what I thought was interesting to me really is not?

This is really common. It is totally normal to have ideas about a job or profession that is not what the job or profession is really like. THAT IS ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF INTERNSHIPS! If you go to a shadow day or internship, and find out along the way that it is not as interesting as  you thought it would be... that is a really important thing to learn. And trust us, it is better to learn this at 15 or 16 than at 40 or 50! If you go to a shadow day and it was not what you expected, you do not have to pursue it as an internship! If your internship is not as interesting as you thought it would be, you are to communicate this to your advisor.  Give it a little time first, but if you still do not love it, gracefully end your internship and find a new one.

 

 

What if I find out that I am not good at what I am interested in?

Plan on not being good right away at what you are interested in.  If it is worth doing, it is likely hard and will take time to be good at. But trust yourself. You will be good at what you love! Just give yourself time to practice, fail, try again and again, and build up your talents. Remember, you are at an unpaid educational internship. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO PRACTICE AND LEARN.

 

 

What if what I am interested in is "not cool"?

You should change your perception of cool. The reality is the most interesting people in the world are those people who are following their passions and doing what they love!

 

What if I try really hard to get an internship in an area I am interested in and I simply can't find one?

We want you to follow your interests, but..... you probably as a teenager will not find an internship at MTV or the New York Yankees. Very specific interest areas can leave you without an internship. But remember that you are trying to pursue your interests and build up your experience. So, perhaps working at a local TV station will help you make connections for going to college and studying video production for that future job at MTV. Or perhaps interning at the local minor league baseball team will help you make connections and build your resume so that after college you can do sports marketing for a major league team. Just remember that, as a teenager, getting interesting experiences on your resume (as internships) sets you ahead of most everyone else when you go to find that dream job.

 

One last note.

You are NOT making a lifetime commitment. Just exploring your interests to see if they develop into passions! If you don't like an internship, no problem.

If you have a hard time thinking about what you are interested in, it is sometime helpful to think about all the things you know you are NOT INTERESTED IN. Make a list of these and see if it help you find some direction.  Also, remember that we acquire interests through experience. You may not have a many interests yet, because you have not had many experiences.  That is what shadowing is for; you get to experience something for a day!

 

YOUR ASSIGNEMNT

Print out the Interest Inventory #1-7 worksheets and do them! Do them all. Take your time and think about it. This should take you about 2 hours.

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