I am very happy that I was able to attend the Mass Com week here at Texas State. It is a bad habit of mine to stay in my own little shell and not go to the University sponsored events. UTSA also has a Mass Com Week and I rarely went to the events that they had going on during my undergrad, which now I regret since I now know how informative they are.
The most influential for me was the Careers in Web Development Panel, and not just because it was required, but because it opened my eyes to what my future might be like. I loved the energy the panel brought to the room and they actually seemed to love what they do instead of going through the motions.
I asked the question was there ever a light bulb moment and do they love doing what they do. The second question was very important for me to get answered. I have always struggled finding something that I am 1) really good at and 2) love doing. I have always had one or the other but never both. For example I am really good at managing my employees at my job but at the same time I do not love managing a bunch of teenagers. Which leads to the first question of having a light bulb moment. I have personally have struggled finding my niche. I grew up the youngest of three children and my older siblings knew what they were going to do ever since middle school. I always thought there was something wrong with me because of this.
This semester, when I put up my website that looked like it was from the 90s, I was so freaking proud of myself. I made something from scratch that I had no idea that I could do and even though it looked out of date I still did it! I kept thinking “I can do this. This could be my thing”. I had my light bulb moment that I thought I was never going to get.
This panel showed me that my light bulb moment also means that I have a future in an industry that I will actually like to work in. All three participants spoke so highly of their careers and although said it can be challenging at times the benefits outweigh everything else. If I could work somewhere that gives me the same feeling that I had the first time I made a website then I’m sold!