A New Adventure is About to Begin on the Career Front

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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.

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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.

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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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38 thoughts on “A New Adventure is About to Begin on the Career Front

  1. congratulations Michelle on this exciting new opportunity for you. I have no doubt that you will be a real asset to them. xx

  2. Oh definitely good luck lady! What a great internship to get and so worthwhile. I admire anyone who can work with vulnerable people like this. Hope the training goes well… don’t forget the best thing about blogging and your blog is that it’s there for you when you need it and cutting back to do something else is never a problem!!

    ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    1. That’s good to remember. Thank you for reminding me that my blog is always here and sometimes we just need to do something else. I sometimes put a lot of pressure on myself to do everything at once. Thank you so much for your support!

  3. Ah, how wonderful, congratulations. I trained to be a counsellor for a while, as like you, I felt that I wanted to help people, but it was really tough for me because I kind of soaked up their sadness and feelings, if that makes any sense? I can certainly see why you would go home feeling accomplished and doing something that actually meant something! Best of luck!

    1. Thank you so much Tracy! It is a tough job and I hope that I am able to live up to the tasks. Soaking up others’ feelings and sadness means you are an empath. It sounds more hokey than it is and is used is some Psychology circles. I am an empath too and for this reason I am a little nervous about doing this work but I am also passionate about wanting to help children so I need to try. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment!

  4. You are such a good person, well done for helping those who have been subject to domestic violence. I know that they will be very grateful for your help. I did the same for abuse victims when I was younger x

    1. Thank you Ana! My main goal is to help survivors of child abuse but within the domestic abuse realm, where often times this is the child’s first experience of abuse, I will get to work with children and I will get to see how things work and I will learn new skills. Thanks so much for your lovely comment!

    1. Thank you! Yeah it starts next week. I got my email from the director giving me the info about the training so I’m very excited!😁

  5. Congratulations on getting the internship! It sounds whilst challening, also incredibly rewarding. I spent 6 years volunteering for the Samaritans here in the UK. As you say, you lean so much about yourself and I hope at some point when time allows to go back to volunteering. Good luck X #MG

    1. There is something to be said about volunteering that people don’t always realize and that’s how emotionally rewarding it is. Thanks so much for you comment!😊

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