An enhancing career

Fellow students, I come to you to tell you that a large percentage of your life will be spent working. It is of utmost importance that you define your career criteria early and try to follow through. Statistics show that over half of Americans, or more specifically 53%, are unhappy with their work. (Forbes) When taking this in consideration what do you plan on doing to be in the 47%…

Q: What are your intentions following graduation?

This summer, the end of my junior year, I plan to try and work with an Agriculture related company of some sort. I have attended CareerCon and interviews and found them to be very useful but I am eyeing Smithfield Foods. My father has a contract with them and I am going to try hard to join their team this summer for valuable experience and maybe joining their workforce after graduation.

Q1: What locations have you been looking at for work?

In all honestly, anywhere in North Carolina would work for me. Somewhere either closer to Raleigh or close to my hometown would work. There is a Smithfield plant around 45 minutes from my house that would be most optimal. However, this is only 1 hour from Raleigh so it is essentially in the middle so I am flexible.

Q2: What are some tasks that drain you?

From past job experience I find that the most draining tasks are office tasks. I am one that cannot stand to read or sit and file paperwork for long periods of time. I will try hard to steer away from this aspect of work, though I know it is not unavoidable.

Q3: Does salary matter?

The question of salary is one that I think we can all agree on. We all want to make good money. This is why we invest time, money, and hard work into our educations as students. Personally, to me salary doesn’t have to be something crazy, just something reasonable that I feel is fair and I can live comfortably on.

Q4: What is the most important thing you’re looking forward to in your career?

I can say that I am really ready to get done with school. We have all been in school for around 14-18 years and it gets old. I look forward to starting a new chapter and providing for a family, etc.

Q5: How are you with overtime hours and extra shifts?

I am not one to turn down extra work. I have worked on the farm where sometimes I would work from 7am to around 10 at night. I would not want to do this often as I get older but I feel as if most young employees try to work as much as possible.

Q6: Does liking your boss have any play in a career?

Personally I think you have to be able to function with your boss to enjoy your career. I have worked in Retail where you’re often scheduled with many different people every day of the week. Sometimes I do not like the people I work with but at the end of the day it is tolerable. Im not one to get easily agitated so I feel as if I would like most bosses or be able to work In any condition.

Q7: Would you rather stay and move up within one company or are you looking to build a career across multiple companies / industries?

My goal is to start with a good company after college and work my way up. Once I have became finally independent and stable I may look into opening a business or something of that nature.

Q8: What are some of your five year goals?

My goal is to graduate from North Carolina State University with at least a 3.5 GPA. I also hope to have an internship this summer within my field. Shortly after graduating I want to mold myself into a hardworking man where in five years I can be financially stable and independent.

Q9: How do you do with others in your workforce?

I mesh well with most coworkers and enjoy a close camaraderie. I find it easiest to work with people I get along with and are close to. When farming, I often work with people I am very similar with and the days go by faster.

Q10: What shifts do you prefer to work?

I prefer to get an early morning start to the day. The ideal shift for me would be a 7am-3pm shift. I hope to work something similar to this. I feel as if a morning shift gives you time to have your afternoon free for kids or travel and eating.

Q11: Do you prefer hands on or desk work?

Hands on work is by far the best way to keep someone working with passion. In todays world most work and schooling is being done from behind a screen, sitting down. There is no wonder more people are failing and isolation and loneliness is leading to depression.

Q12: How long do you plan on working in your lifetime?

I plan to work until I am around 70. Once I reach this stage in life I hope to spend time with grandkids, volunteer, and do other things to stay busy.

Q13: What kind of benefits are you hoping to receive?

With my job I plan to have stable 401K plan along with dental and health benefits. I don’t won’t to have to worry about if I get sick and need to take time off.

Q14: Do you plan on taking vacation time?

I want to be able to take time off for Christmas to be able to spend time with my family.

Q15: What are some tasks that excite you?

Some things I look most forward to are group tasks. Whenever we are assigned group breakouts I get excited. Whenever summer work season comes for onion harvesting I work with two of my really close friends. Other than this I can say I look forward to being able to lead projects and try out new positions as-well.

Works Cited:

Nordstrom, David Sturt and Todd. “10 Shocking Workplace Stats You Need To Know.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 8 Mar. 2018, 

TodayShow. “New Dads Hilariously Channel ‘Classic Dad’ Fashion Looks on Social Media.”, 27 Feb. 2020, 

One Reply to “An enhancing career”

  1. Hello!
    I enjoyed reading your post as well as the pictures! One thing we agree on in your criteria is collaboration with coworkers and management. I have worked retail ever since I turned 16. Work can become super draining when others don’t collaborate well or treat others in a way they wish to be treated. I also see this struggle in zoom meetings during breakout sessions. I get so excited to practice my new skills and then… crickets. When the teamwork does not feel forced and everyone is equally participating, things run effortlessly.
    It seems that you really have your expectations completely mapped out. I applaud you for that! Although I’d rather have a desk job, I understand your viewpoint on physical work. I’m sure I will get tired of paperwork too, eventually.
    I also agree that having time for family is super important. Yes, money. But when it comes to the point where I must choose between more money and missing important quality time with my family or loosing minimal amounts of money, I will always choose family.
    Thank you for posting and I wish you well throughout this journey!

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