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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Wiping the Slate Clean

This week in capstone it was Aidan’s idea to blog about skills we each have that would enable us to do something outside of broadcasting after graduation. I love this idea because, while most of us know what field we want to go into as of right now, I have a little less of an idea J. So, here are some things I know about myself that could be valuable to future employers:
1. Reliable. If I say I’m going to be somewhere or have something done at a certain time, there is an excellent chance that will happen. I want to be the kind of person that other people know they can count on and I will really try my best to help.
2. Good Listener. I have been the go-to advice-giver for my friends for as long as I can remember. I love listening to what other people have to say (whether it’s their latest love crisis or their political perspective) and being able to help them out if they need advice.
3. Organized. I wouldn’t say I’m a perfectionist, but I’ve been pretty neat and organized since elementary school. It honestly didn’t occur to me until about the 5th grade that some kids didn’t do their homework on time. (maybe this trait should be re-named loser…)
4. Personable. Maybe it’s the southern girl in me. I’ve always been comfortable around people, and I hope I make other people feel comfortable as well. I love to talk and joke and work together…which is why broadcasting at Westminster is so much fun for me.
5. Open-minded. I am very open to change, and kind of like not knowing what is going to come next. And as much as I love learning about politics, I am usually the one sitting to the side and listening to others debate and forming my own opinions out of that. I change my mind all the time and I’m not one to be stuck in one place too long…some may label that as flighty…but I think it’s fun!
6. Independent. The funny this is, I was the opposite of independent growing up. I was the kid who couldn’t even have sleepovers without getting homesick…and summer camp? Forget it! Then, when I came to college, it was like I became a completely different person that thrived on being on my own and creating a life separate from my family.
7. Hard-working. I expect a lot out of myself which means I am always trying to do better. Sometimes I’ll get frustrated if things don’t turn exactly right, but I know I put a lot of time into projects so I can be proud of them.
8. Punctual. Even though I am notorious for taking some time to get ready (I’m easily distracted at times…), I am pretty good at being on time. Actually, for the most part, I like to be early to give myself time to get settled and ready for class/work/whatever.
9. Good Sense of Humor. Don’t ask me how this will help in future jobs, but I have a way of lightening the mood sometimes when people are frustrated or upset or stressed. I absolutely love making people smile/laugh and seeing that I’ve made a difference in their day.
10. Fast typer. Just throwing this out there…I took a few years of keyboarding classes in my day and I can type at unknown speeds!! If I was a superhero that would probably be my power.

Thanks to everyone (Mr. Weaver and those in capstone especially) for easing the anxiety of final projects and graduation. Thank you for reminding me to enjoy my last semester and focus on what I have accomplished instead of what more I could’ve done. I think we’ll all be alright because we are all unique and I really think Westminster has had a lot to do with me finding that out.


At 8:21 AM, Blogger twyandbn said...

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At 2:32 PM, Blogger Brad Weaver, BC Instructor said...

Sounds like you have qualities that make you a great candidate in the job market. If we could just get someone like you into public office.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Tandi Lane said...

I think these are great skills to have and as I posted on Liz Farry's blog, you will find that the skills you've developed WILL help you find a job in many different fields. Based on your descrition of skills and qualifications, if broadcasting doesn't work out, you might be a great Office Manager somewhere.


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