College, internships, careers; sounds stressful, huh? This is because from the moment we begin elementary school we expect the next year to be so much harder. In middle school we are told, “You kids better be ready for high school, you need to pay attention and have a good GPA for college applications”. In high school we hear, “Start preparing for college; the work is harder and this is where ‘real life’ begins”. I was always the type that didn’t want to think ahead. Yeah, I filled out college applications, but not until the last day possible. Yeah, I went to the career fair, but it was after my parents and teachers told me numerous times how important it is and how “it won’t be that bad”.
After my sophomore year at Purdue I realized that life is actually a whole lot different than college. The amount of free time changes when you have a full time job and you can’t head over to the dining court for meals prepared by someone else anymore. When I went to the career fair at Purdue last year I was so nervous. I walked in with my sweaty hands and black portfolio that I didn’t really know what to do with. I talked to several companies but never felt super welcomed or very excited about the positions. I thought to myself, “so this is what the real world is going to feel like; I don’t fit in here.” The last company I spoke to was Target. I immediately felt welcomed and everyone seemed happy I stopped by the booth. I asked lots of questions and finally began taking notes in that black portfolio.
The rest of that story is history. This is now the 6th week of my internship and I can’t believe how much I have learned and how many new friends I have made already. If this internship is a look into what a career at Target is like, then I do belong in this kind of ‘real life’. I want to love what I do every day and Target has provided me that. There is always a new challenge to overcome and great mentors to help guide you in the right direction.
I am not saying this because I now work for Target; I am saying this because hard work pays off. And when you work hard enough you will find a place that ‘fits’ you. The feeling of not knowing what to say or how to act is temporary, so don’t settle. Search for culture… and the rest will fall into place.
Post by Sophia, stores intern
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