What I want

I will take any job.

The pandemic job market,

is extremely weak.

-A Haiku by Justin

I wish I could leave our blog with a colorful artistic piece this week but unfortunately this seems more of a Q&A type session. Please enjoy!

What is your desired salary range?

I would like somewhere between 40K – 50K. I don’t have much relevant work experience which would hinder my job application however I have solid relevant coursework which displays my entrepreneurial experience and extracurricular experience which shows my ability to work as a team and problem solve with others.

Does location matter?

Somewhat. I would like to relocate to the ATX area. I have a close friend there and I am looking for an LGBTQ+ friendly place to live so this seems like a place that would make a good fit. If I found a company who would like to have me in another geographical area I would be ok with that but we would have to discuss further. Something big in Texas, California, and NYC would definitely be hard to turn down.

What kind of coworkers/management style would you like?

I think flexible and transparent coworkers would be the best fit for me. I am looking into following a management pathway and would like my team members that are able to adapt and overcome challenges that we may face as a team as I lead them in a direct style of management.

What kind of office environment would you like?

I would prefer a hybrid style focusing on both virtual and in person format. I really enjoy some of the convenience of having a virtual workspace such as decreased commute, time for more sleep, etc. but I also genuinely miss face-to-face interaction with other human beings.

Do you prefer a settled routine or a spontaneous pace of work?

I prefer a more spontaneous pace of work. A settled routine honestly seems nice for a while but would leave me empty wanting more. I really would enjoy a workplace where I can have new challenges everyday.

Are you open to work travel?

Yes, Yes, YES! I would absolutely love to travel and see different parts of the world. I think it would be really interesting if I could see all of the different cities across the United States and even travel internationally (I’ve never been out of the United States).

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

This is a really interesting question. Ideally, I would like to find new positions within one company but realistically I doubt I would find such an arrangement. Also, I think finding new positions in different companies would really allow me to adapt my professional skillset and find new ways to grow my career path.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m not entirely sure. Being a rising senior who has no idea what their first out of college job will be, I’d like to think I would be settled down with a partner and have some established sense of life working a challenging and flexible job as a leader to my peers.

The Art of Adventure

I would be lying to you all if I didn’t say that I was a big nerd. I don’t fall into the typical film trappings of nerd culture. Anything that begins with “Star” is most certainly not going to interest me and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just a bore. My biggest interest in film takes the form of anime. Simply put, anime has two criteria. It has to be made in Japan and it has to be animated. Contrary to it’s simple origins, the concept of anime has been something that has grown over time since it’s humble origins in the 1960’s. Countless characters and protagonists have been created with something to tell from their creators. One of the most popular, Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, has laid the groundwork for character and worldbuilding in anime since it’s debut in the golden age of anime in the 1990’s and still running strong three decades later.

I started watching One Piece back in March during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting. I expected it to tell the tall tales and great adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew conquering the Oda’s beautiful hand-crafted complex world. And in a sense, you would be right but it didn’t end there. I heard beautiful stories of teamwork, bravery, and friendship that blossomed out of Oda’s cruel and complex world that he created full of multiple nation-states, dozens of unique and reoccuring characters- even decades after their premiers, and a full-blown civil war.

This brings us to Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist and it’s central message- nothing is original. In fact, once I started reading it, It reminded me of my own personal philosophy. How I’ve been collecting little pieces of advice and mentorship for the ones I love while Luffy’s been collecting members of his crew while going on his grand big adventure. We’ve both been building on our experiences forging ahead into the unknown knowing that our essence is far from an original creation but a colorful stained glass mosaic of the pieces that we loved in our lives. I would say that is creativity. The ability to see all these broken little pieces of the world- whether in fiction or in the real world- and craft them into something marvelous and grand that we didn’t even expect to create. That’s what I plan to do for the rest of my life. Keep stealing from others and creating my own little mosaic of the pieces I find like an 8 year me wanting all the cool seashells.

I’ve even been enjoying writing this, Taking a ruleset and carving my own take onto it and leaving something memorable for someone out there to enjoy. Having a loose ruleset while writing and thinking of it as a creative exercise to tie together pieces of your life is a great way to practice writing. It has helped me build my confidence greatly. I have other classes where I write just to write but this is something that I wholeheartedly enjoy- writing stories to tell stories. Look for opportunities to tell stories in your writing even where stories aren’t needed to be told. Practice telling these stories and expanding the horizons of your writing and your confidence will grow. Once your confidence grows you’ll practice more and the cycle will continue as your writing gets better and better. Even in the words of the Mother of Austin Kleon, “Garbage in, garbage out” Don’t let the stop the process. Although it may not be perfect, it’s far from garbage. Garbage is something that is without value. It may be poor writing but it can always improve.


Hi everybody! My name is Justin Whitaker and I am a Senior (woohoo!) studying Business Administration. My concentration is Entrepreneurship. Before I arrived at NC State, I attended ECU for just one semester and Wake Tech for three. I’d like to graduate and focus on marketing and down the road open myself up to entrepreneurial consulting.

My first distinct memory of my relationship with writing was when I had to take the statewide writing test in fourth grade. I remember my fourth grade teacher calling each student out one-by-one out into the hall. When it was my turn, He called me into the hall and told me that I failed. I felt like a FAILURE. All my other friends had passed so why hadn’t I? Although I had a rough start in writing, I’ve learned to get better over time and draw in the attention of readers. I even had a discussion prompt praised by a teacher earlier today.

I don’t have a lot of professional experience through internships. I am a member of a co-ed national service fraternity known as Alpha Phi Omega. I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the Executive Team this past semester as well as this one which has given me a lot of skills such as public speaking, working on a team, and changing a role for the better that I serve on. (If you’re interested in rushing, let me know!)

I honestly don’t exercise creativity all that much in a stereotypical way. Two hobbies of mine are gaming and cooking. Cooking is really fun to try and expand your skill set as a chef by trying new recipes while expanding on those in your repertoire. It’s a fun dynamic that I’ve yet to balance yet as a vast portion of my time is spent trying out new Tik Tok viral recipes rather than honing my culinary skills. Video gaming can be creative too. I really appreciate a well designed fighting game. It’s such a satisfying feeling to go head to head with someone at your skill level with a unique understanding of their character.

My MBTI is ENTP. I think this describes a good bit of my personality. I really love meeting people and getting to know their story. My career goals are value around strategic planning so it makes sense that intuition is something that comes natural. Normally, I receive Feeling as my third MBTI attribute but I guess growing up does something to your sense of reckless lack of self-discipline. My last sense is perception over judging. I would insert some witty dialogue about not being a judging person but I’ve never had perception and judging described to me in a way that makes sense. In all reality, I like these tests as they are a fun way to understand a basic level of how a person works.

I’d hope to get something positive out of this course. Whether that be a few memories of my only non-PCOM class (minus a 1 credit hour farce), a nice sharpening of my literary skills before my harsh awakening in mid-May, or even a mix of the two.