Category Archives: My Life Goals

The job search…. AAAAAUUUUUUGGGGHHHH!!!!!!

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I’m looking for employment…

It …

Is….

Frustrating…

I’ve being applying online…

Unreliable…

This process is intimidating… I always find myself a tad bit over whelmed.

So many questions.

90% are the same question over and over again!

It’s like a interrogation!

“Where did you graduate high school?”

2 questions later…

“Where did you graduate high school?”

2 questions later…

“ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE NOT LYING ABOUT GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL?!”

2 questions later…

**”WE KNOW YOU’RE LYING! WHERE ARE YOU HOUSING THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS!!!”

Nonetheless this is definitely an experience…

In other related news:

Twitter recently released their video sharing app vine. I LOVE IT! But, it doesn’t seem to have many users yet. I made this ridiculous video as a reaction to my job search stress.  I personally find it to be a like the video version of a tweet. What do you guys think of vine?

Employment

Videos like that are probably why Vine isn’t popular yet…That is fair…

**This is a slight exaggeration

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The Plan

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I just spent my summer in Florida. I typically hate Florida. It’s ridiculously hot! I hate to be that person but it’s a different type of hot. People think Statesboro humidity levels are unbearable. Try walking outside in Florida heat after it just rained (which is just about everyday). It’s like the universe is sweating all over you! The air is so moist sometimes it’s hard to breath. But, I spent my whole summer in Florida and it was one of the best summers of my life.

A year ago, I was talking  to a friend about my plans to become an event planner. I talked about how I was planning to get into Art and Theater event planning. Then, he told me his sister, Natasha, was an event specialist at a company called Sun Nuclear. The company sells medical devices and his sister mostly worked on tradeshows. The company’s marketing department was pretty small and the always needed help. He thought she could really probably use an intern for the summer. It wasn’t exactly the direction I wanted to go in  but I knew the experience would invaluable. I told him to make the connection.

A few months and  an internship acceptance letter later, I got a call from Natasha. She told me that she got offered a better higher paying job and that she would be leaving Sun Nuclear the week after I was to start my internship. I was shocked! I didn’t know what any of it would have meant. Would my offer be revoked? Would I be working on the event myself? Would there be someone else to take her place while I was there? The one thing I knew for sure was that if I got the opportunity to work on this trade show, the biggest one of the year in this industry, I would be beyond excited. She told me that before they decided to keep me on, I was to have one more phone interview with the Human Resources director and the man I would be working under directly, the CEO of the company.

I can’t exactly remember what I said in that interview. I just knew I seemed confident. I tried my hardest to make it seem like I could handle the responsibility of putting this trade show together all by myself as a college junior. I found it easy to convey that since I had no clue what I was actually getting myself  into.

My plan worked. I spent my first week getting an AAPM ( American Association of Physicist in Medicine) crash course. Natasha quickly turned me into her apprentice. We got so much done that first week all while preparing    for the next 10 weeks. (Thankfully, Natasha agreed to come in once a week to check on my progress help me with task, and she composed precise a task list for to follow. She also opened her home to me. Giving me a comfortable place to stay and answering my questions on a daily basis. I don’t have words to fully describe  how much I appreciate Natasha and her husband  for all they’ve done).

The next 10 weeks were a blur. I became immersed in shipping details, Sun Nuclear products, labor, electrical details, and product datasheets. I was  becoming more organized, more proactive, more reliable. I was  not only learning a whole lot about the trades how industry, I was also learning about myself as an event planner. I was  becoming more efficient and Jeff, the CEO of the company and my direct superior noticed.

I think one of the most intimidating thing about the whole thing was working under Jeff. I only was able to get real time with him about twice a week at our 2 weekly meetings. Most weeks at least one of our meetings got canceled.  In those few 1 hour meetings I had to get everything I possibly could approved at that time. This wouldn’t have been that big a deal if I wasn’t responsible for thousands of dollars in fees, forms, and equipment. But, Natasha taught me well. She was my Obie Wan. She taught me how to do the job as if I was a pro and luckily, I picked up fast. As time passed by faster and faster, the more confident I felt about the task at hand. I always had this fear of failure that caused me not to try anything. In the trade show industry, you don’t have time for fear. All you have time for is making things happen and this was one of the most important lesson I learned.

Finally, the trade show came and I felt a little more in my element. I have quite a few years of theater planning under my belt. Trade shows are, shockingly, a lot like putting on a production. Once all your logistics are done and everyone has made it to the show it’s like planning for opening night. First you work with you labor team to get your booth assembled or “Installed”. Install is like building your set. Then you get members from your cast (sales people) all your surfaces cleaned, products and equipment placed, and literature out  and ready. This is all so much like set dressing . And of course the costumes (suits, and Sun Nuclear Button downs) and you cast starts selling the products (which takes some serious acting skills).

I enjoyed every minute of being at the show. Your trade show team becomes a family and we work hard all day and unwind at night. You get to know people pretty quickly. I was also fascinated by the trade show booth. The creativity you get to use in designing those things. I could look at them for hours.

I’ve always been a planner. I always planned my future 5 years in advance. I want _______ job in _______ city getting paid ______. Done. Stick to the plan. Always know exactly what you want. But in my experience as the “world oldest under grad” you would think that, by now, I would have learned the most important rule of event planning (especially trade shows). You can’t plan everything. Things will go wrong but, what makes you a good planner is being able to fix the problem creatively, quickly, and efficiently.

I was convinced I hated Florida.  The heat was unbearable. I was never a beach bum. I hate tourist attractions. But this summer, for a short time, I loved Florida. I never though about working in the medical industry. It was never something that struck my interest. But this summer, for a short time, I was fascinated by it. How the devices worked. What made Sun’s products better ( or in a few cases worst) than our competition? And the trade show industry was a back up plan something I would do if I absolutely had to. But this summer, for a short time, I found the industry that I love the most. An industry that intrigued me and kept me wanting more.

My future career path? I’m not a thousand percent sure yet. I want to try another internship in a completely different industry. I would like to explore. The best part about PR is that we have so many options so many different paths we can take. I didn’t learn what career path I want this summer, I learned that I have all the options in the world that I just found an amazing option for my exciting future.

My New Years Resolution: Step one- Escape from college

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Hi, I’m Kadia and I’m the worlds oldest undergrad.( I mean not counting the 80 year olds who are fulfilling dreams or 40 year old moms gaining a sense of independence.)This year has been my final straw. This year I finally got tired of being an undergrad. I never thought I would reach this point. We’re in a recession, the job market sucks, and I get enough financial aid to live comfortable for at least most of the year (if I don’t drink it too quickly). College is the best possible place for me to be right now, right? So why the fuck am I so damn stir crazy? Why do I feel like I’m living in a slightly more fun purgatory? Why do I feel less productive than my post undergrad friends living in their parents basement with no job? I’m losing my motivation. I’ve been in college for almost 6 years…I’m so tired.

So I guess you’re wondering how the hell I managed to pull a Van Wilder. Well, have you ever seen Van Wilder? That’s pretty much it. Here’s my college career in a nut shell

I did not have half as much fun as he did... but I did come pretty damn close.

  • Year 1- Freshman year- Drunk 24/7
  • Year 2- Freshman year(part deux)- Drunk 12/7
  • Year 3- Sophomore year (barely)- Drunk 24/7 (we moved into a house)
  • Year 3 part B- took my sorry ass back home for 2 semesters….
  • Year 4- Game on. was a junior by the end and raised my average at record speeds
  • Year 5- Baller status and I got a job
  • Year 6- working hard but can’t get my gpa high enough (by like 1 point mind you) to take my last classes…gay

Not to mention all the major changes (5 in all). And now I’m stuck. I have another year and a half  here…all my friends have graduated (or will before I do), I feel like I’m in pre-school (There is a big difference between 18 and 23, trust) and I feel like a ass…seriously. So this year, my New years resolutions will be more structured. They will all help me deal with being stuck in purgatory and help me prepare myself for the great escape.

1.  Write in this thing bi-weekly

I started this blog because I was forced to  for my PR class. I didn’t take full advantage of this opportunity and in all honesty, I should have.  I need to work on my writing for my career. As a PR practioner, I will need to get used writing regularly and besides, this is probably going to be pretty fun.

2.  Have a day-to-day “to do” list

I NEED  to do this. List are the best ( especially since I’m so forgetful) Each night before I go to bed I’ll write a 2 list; one for all the stuff I need to get done the next day and stuff I would like to get done the next day. It’ll help make my life less hectic and definitely help me with my other resolutions. It’s like setting daily goals. I love competition and I love to win so finishing my “to do” list makes me feel like a winner everyday. I’ll be more efficient, less frazzled,  and more organized.

3.  Meet new people

This is key if I don’t want to go insane. The last of my original core group of friends is leaving me and I love the new group I hang out with but,  they just don’t go out as much as I would like ( or at all really). Some new blood would definitely help me feel less trapped and make the next year and a half more pleasurable.

4.  Learn the Ukelele

This is something I always wanted to learn to do. If I stick with my daily “to do” list I can get some practice time in. I’ll be playing Ke$ha covers in no time!

5.  Successfully plan a music festival

More to come on this one…much more

6.  Learn to swing dance

Another thing on my life bucket list. I think I’m going to join Swing Cats ( Georgia Southern swing dancing club) along with the Swing dancing class I’m taking next semester. By this time next year, I’ll be a swing dancing, ukelele playing, one woman show!

7.  Spend less on cloths

I will not online shop...after I buy these boots

Hi my name is Kadia and I’m a shopaholic. They say the first step towards recovery is admitting the problem. Well, I spend WAY too much time and money on online shopping. There! I said it! I’ve decided that I will allow myself to buy something once a month…THAT’S IT! This is one of my toughest challenges. Especially since I love cloths and online shopping is like getting Christmas gifts from your self all year round. This past year I spent way too much money I didn’t have on clothes from websites. The buck stops here America!!! I will stop… hopefully.

8.  Always look on the Bright side

I really need to work on that “glass half full” shit. If I’m going to be stuck in Statesboro, I have to stop thinking that I’m stuck and think that get to be in college. That’s kinda hard to do after 6 years but I’ll work on it.

Travis McCoy said it best " can't keep my hand out the cookie jar"

9.  Date more nameless faceless guys ( I’m using the term “date” loosely. Seems wrong but I totally need it)

I just got out of a 2 year relationship. It literally took us a good 3 months before we really broke up (the whole process was long and awful and sad) So now I would like to “date” a guy that is good looking, a little stupid and has no want or need for a relationship. Sounds a lot easier than it is (trust me). My first attempt ended with way too much caring! It’s time for someone I hate! (Suggestions are welcome)

If he's available, I'll take that one.

10.  Travel! Some where! Any Fucking where!!!!!

I need a nice, fun, affordable, relaxing trip seriously…this is needed. I’ll even accept just spending the weekend in Savannah

 

Hopefully by this time next year I will successfully do all this(and freaking escape).

Happy Holidays!!!