How an internship is making my job-search a lot harder
I can probably pin-point at least three times during my freshman year where I was asked the infamous “where do you see yourself in five years?” And sure I had just started college, things were slowly taking their place and I was beginning to get the hang of this, but it was honestly hard to envision where exactly I wanted to be in five years. While my typical responses may have involved investment banking, starting my own company, or becoming the President of El Salvador (ok, maybe not in five years, but the plan had always been CV2034), I never thought I’d be in the position that I am in right now:
looking for a team where I can market ideas and build products that enhance the human experience.
See, before moving to San Francisco for my first co-op, I met with my advisor who threw in the expression “Carlos, you are jumping the shark!” It wasn’t until I found myself working in an private asset manager in London that I got around what he meant by that. It stuck with me that perhaps it was true and I was starting a career with something so big that everything thereafter would feel like a decline. Looking for full-time opportunities, I can’t help but think that for the past five co-ops, and especially during my current one at HubSpot, I have been doing exactly that — jumping the shark.
My personal journey to finding a team to work with after graduation isn’t on LinkedIn or Indeed or Northeastern’s Careers Site. I get to look at the screen of my phone. It involves swiping through my home screen and determining which companies are at the forefront of figuring out
how big of a human problem can we solve.
It’s about how I can Uber to a Spanish restaurant in the South End, or find an Airbnb in Yosemite for Spring Break. It’s about my SnapChat story from last night, my incomplete playlist on Spotify, my four unread Messages on Facebook. The Venmo that is still pending from Superbowl Sunday. It is about teams concerned with building on people and their emotional state, ideas and quirks. It’s about Instagram, Slack and Square Cash.
I experience this first-hand every day at HubSpot: working at a place that makes our users are both the ends and the means. Where we solve for the customer. Where we work for thousands of people who believe in an idea, a movement, a way of thinking and doing business. And for teams — and mentors — like these I am eternally grateful. I know that a career that is not concerned with touching people’s lives is fortunately not for me. And while investment banking and asset management in London seemed like hell of a lucrative future during my time there, I get to choose the world of tech and payments, experiences and automation.
I’d like to put a thought in your head that has been bugging me since I came across it. It was printed on a sticker meant for the back of my computer but hasn’t made it past the back of my head. It remains motionless ever since. It read: “I know I won’t be around forever, so my plan is to build things that are.” This is precisely how I am going about life post-May 6th, 2016.
For now, I turn on the light on my desk which brings life to a stack of resumes, cover letters and Greenhouse submit buttons that going after teams who instead of asking themselves “wait, can we build it?,” understand that more and more the answer is yes, we can build anything…
the question for us is what future do we want to build together.