This past week was a busy one. It was the first full week of school for the kids. Something else happened though. On the Career front that is. It’s pretty exciting. At least for me. This isn’t a paying job but an internship. However, the training is one that I’ve wanted for quite some time and Internships are always good for anyone looking to advance their career.
Let me explain a little of what I mean:
I did an internship during college with the local Rape Crisis Center. I went through a full semester of intense training before becoming a certified counselor/advocate for the center. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I didn’t just learn about the job and duties. I learned a lot about myself as well. I learned some very valuable skills, like Self-care, that I have use in my career and at home.
I worked there as a volunteer for almost two years. It was a very fulfilling job. Every time I counseled someone on the hotline or advocated for someone in the hospital, I felt… complete. I knew that I was answering to a higher calling and I was participating in something so much bigger than myself. That’s when I knew that helping people was the career path for me.
But it didn’t last…
My internship ended because I had gotten a full time paying job that took up most of my time so I had to leave. I really enjoyed it there. I felt like I was finally giving back but all good things must come to an end I suppose. The job didn’t pan out. The stress of the demands of my old boss were too much and I wasn’t feeling like I was furthering my career in any way. It left me depressed and lost.
Three months later I started my blog in hopes of expressing my thoughts and finding my path. I love writing and I will continue to write and help people through my writing but I need something more. I’ve spent the last two years trying to figure out what that was. I don’t just want a job though. I want my career to mean something. I want to leave an impact, even if it’s only a small one.
So What is this Internship?
I can’t go into details about it because like the Rape Crisis Center, it is a confidential type of organization but I will be working with survivors of Domestic Violence. I will be working with children and adults. I’m not exactly sure what my duties will be but I’m very excited to be a part of this great organization that I have wanted to work with for several years.
This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I am so hoping that it will further my journey on my chosen career path. I really want to work with children, teens, and young adults who have survived great childhood trauma. This internship will allow me to develop new skills to work with children. It will also allow me to really figure out the best way to do that.
There are many different ways to work with children. I just need to find my way and I can’t wait to find that out. Maybe it is going to ultimately be through writing. Maybe its through counseling. Or maybe it is both.
What will this mean for my blog?
Well first, I am not going anywhere. I adore my blog and I plan to keep writing as long as I have the words inside me to write them. I won’t be as active on the linkies and other groups that I am involved in because of the internship but I will still be here ready to interact with all of you lovely readers out there.
This blog has changed my life. The wonderful bloggers I have met and became friends have truly opened my world and I am so grateful for all of you. Writing has truly become my favorite outlet for expressing myself. I write for you but I also write for me. If I didn’t I’d probably go insane. It is one of the ways I keep my depression at bay too. So for you and for me, I am staying. Yay!
My training starts next week and I’m so excited for this new journey to begin! Wish me luck and I will certainly keep you posted.
Thanks so much for Reading!
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