As I was sitting outside of a coffeeshop enjoying this amazingly odd 80 degree October afternoon, I happened to overhear a conversation when I came back from the restroom. The 30 year-old woman, who had previously been talking about her recent career and nasty divorce, said, “It was an incredible experience and it makes my resume look amazing”. Woah. Wait just a minute. PAUSE! I chose to go to the bathroom at the wrong time! But have no fear, Cate, who is rarely afraid to approach people, stopped this woman as she was leaving. I wanted to know just what that experience was. What I’m in the middle of trying to figure out is this thing called life. Does anyone really have it figured out? Well, probably not. Regardless, I wanted to know her secret to that amazing experience that boosted her resume. So I asked her.
Instead of her telling me what the secret was, she asked me what I’m doing now and what I want to do. The answer to that is, “Interning at a marketing company, and considering everything from getting a Master’s degree to learning to make coffee in Paris to buying a franchise”. How do I decide? Mr. Marketer next to me coughed Paris under his breath, and she said experience. What I need to do is make a list of everything that is jumping out at me (ie all of the above mentioned), Pro and Con it, and then go fo
r it. Without the experience the franchise is probably not the best idea, and there is always the possibility to get a Master’s degree. There will also always be franchise possibilities, even though I can just see the potential in this one and the reason to act now. But I don’t think I’m quite there yet.
Of course this is all stuff my friends and family have been telling me for awhile. But sometimes it helps to hear it from a complete stranger who doesn’t know me. I know I’ve written before that advice should be taken with a grain of salt because every experience is different. However, sometimes we hear things we need to hear at that moment because, well, we need to hear them at that moment whether it’s from a successful 30 year-old going through a nasty divorce or a Taylor Swift song. Either way, all advice is encouraged.