Blog#3: My Kind of Job

When looking for a job, the foremost criteria I have to consider is my own passion and satisfaction thereafter in having that job. Knowing that there will be testing times in every college graduate student while pursuing their career, there are many factors that come into play when making a decision for ourselves. For some of us, it is the utmost joy of holding a job that pays us handsomely, while for others it’s all about passion and personal satisfaction on what we do. Nevertheless, there is not one way that can be considered as perfect for each individual. For me, the most important thing is to find a job that relates to my own interest. I love being creative and value my own input in everything I do. I also prefer my own personal space to grow while I am completely flexible working within a team or group. 

Monetary situation is one of the most important factors of today’s job market. In an ideal situation, we all want to get paid well, but that is not always possible given our career position such as experience and qualification. When I think of my own salary, I want to get paid well as much as I can, but I also want to be realistic on what I can achieve with the level of my skill, field and the current economic environment. As I mentioned before, I will always put my interest first in what I love doing everyday at my work, and then focus on how much I can earn. In the end, I would still want to be making enough money to sustain my living while doing what I love the most. 

In the best case scenario, we all want our coworkers to be the best as possible. With that being said, it’s not always feasible to have someone we can get along with and there will be times and days when we disagree with each other. Then again, if I have to work with someone for the best part of my career and see them everyday, and possibly achieve some of the biggest milestones in my work history, I would want them to be at least personable, trustworthy, dependable, reliable and joyful. 

This is one of the most important factors in deciding to accept employment in today’s world. People have their own personal preference about the geographical location they want to settle in while considering a job offer. I personally would not mind living anywhere as long as I can have my family with me. If my family is willing to make a move, then I am more than flexible to make that audacious trip to change location to start my new career. After all, I value my own interest and passion before anything else, and in that case if I can bring my family on board, that would be a win-win situation for me. 

For me, the career I have chosen in the first place after careful consideration is the one I want. So there is not obviously any motivation issue for me to come to work. The most obvious reason that excites me to come to work everyday is to live my passion and to do things that I love whether it be within a team or a solo project. 

I would consider working for a company that would value empathy of the individual employees and encourage them to speak up and share their ideas. The company should also have commitment to sustainability. 

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Blog #2

In general, I define creativity as the ability to create something on my own. It could be a simple  expression of oneself into the form of a product that is materialistic or sometimes an idea or emotion. Getting inspired by the things around us that I am passionate about is something that drives my inner thoughts and creations.  I used to think of creativity as a form of art, writing, music or dance. After reading “Steal Like an Artist”, I was able to learn creativity in more depth. He explains that “nothing is original” and when people create something from the idea that has already been in existence, it still expresses their creativity. 

Confidence injects a life into your creativity. Therefore, it is necessary to assert confidence in your writing to express yourself as genuine. Nowadays, readers can easily discern a piece they are reading whether or not it possesses an author’s assertiveness in it. Lack of confidence often results in something that is shallow without any dimension. Such works create lack of empathy in readers as they cannot connect to it or draw relevance to it. In other words, confidence is an expression of seriousness of an individual’s intent. 

There is an old saying “practice makes man perfect”. I believe one of the best ways to build confidence is practice or doing things over and over until you are comfortable doing it. For example, an athlete or a player becomes more and more efficient in his or her skills after long hours of practice over time. This also implies in writing. Consistently writing something with dedication over time builds confidence in an individual’s ability to write with more conviction. 

I enjoy spending time in  my small business. I feel this is where I am most comfortable, productive and creative as I tend to put my effort into it wholeheartedly. I plan to continue on this and build my career in the future. In the book it mentions,  “Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started”. I really like this piece of  advice because I believe that no one is ever going to be ready and be able to figure out what they really want or who they really are. It is great if you are able to figure who you are, but it is not necessary to wait for that moment to begin something. Sometimes you only know your true self after you dive into something and experience it first hand. 

The piece that I disagree with is “Fake it till you make it”.  First of all, I am really bad at pretending to be someone that I am not. It adds unnecessary stress and burden on me and instead I lose focus on my goal as a result of it.  I believe  being honest and learning to accept criticism from others is beneficial to make things right next time.  Making mistakes is not a failure, but learning from those mistakes and moving forward is the path to success. 

Introduction Blog:

Hello, my name is Rojina Ghale Gurung. I am originally from Nepal and I moved to the United States four years ago. I am currently a junior in NC State University as a transfer student  majoring in Fashion and Textile Management with a concentration in Brand Management and Marketing. My future goal is to pursue entrepreneurship in some capacity. I would like to build my own brand and start a business of my own. My relationship with writing is “okay”. I have always struggled with writing and expressing my thoughts through words have always been a difficult task. English is one of my weaknesses and it has always been a challenge to read and write in English comprehensively. One main reason I believe for my hardship to master the English language is because it is my second language. I only write when I have to do the assignments for college or for work which is why I don’t feel so confident in my writing and reading. But I hope with this class I get to learn more on how to write in a professional manner and boost my confidence in writing. 

My professional experience so far has been working part time jobs in retail stores such as Dillards and Target as a sales associate. Even though it was a mere part time employment, the experience itself was vital where I was able to learn in and out of  retail store operations. It was a great experience interacting with people and working as a team for a common goal. I feel my creativity is well expressed via other skills and mediums such as sketching, coloring, and making diy items. One of my current projects is creating new handmade products for my little etsy shop which I have recently started. Through this project, I intend to showcase my creativity while providing service as a novice entrepreneur. I plan to build on this project in the future in a step by step process. It is these little freelance projects where I feel myself the most comfortable and happy. 

My MBTI type is INTJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging). The test itself was very fun and interesting to take and I feel like it helped me better understand my personality which I hadn’t given much thought before. Some of the aspects were pretty spot on like being an introvert, to have a strategic plan, procrastination, feeling isolated and misunderstood often. There are other aspects to my personality which I did not particularly think this test addressed. Overall, it was a good survey-like activity to participate in. My personal goal for the course is to improve my writing skill and learn much as I can to enhance my knowledge in professional writing. Although I do not plan to pursue a career in writing, I strongly believe a good writer with an adequate writing skill is always admired by people no matter what field you work on. I hope to be able to gain valuable experience in this course so that I can write in a more professional manner which would be an immense help for my future career.