Honestly, I am Generic.
Trying to find the balance between being generic and overly-specialized in your career path was a lot easier to figure out than I thought at first. It is not only how you figure it out, but it is by not doing certain things. Ilana Gershon states, “If most people know the same rules for the game, when someone doesn’t follow those rules, it is likely to be noticed”(p. 62). I took this information in two different directions. One way was that if I played by the same rules as everyone else then I will go un-noticed and be generic, and the other way I took it was as that if I do not follow the rules everyone else does then I will stand out and be more noticed. The two ideas I got from this one sentence was a game changer for me. Did I want to play by the rules and be generic in my field, or do I want to stand out from everyone else and be something more unique? With that question came another about how I could stand out from other applicants and what traits would be vital to me in doing that. It is not an easy question to ask when you barely have an inkling of an idea of whether or not you may still be wanting the same career path in the next two years.
Along with that, I feel like I have an advantage to being so far ahead in my degree and career path at such a young age that it gives me more room for trial and error. Not only trial and error, but being able to weigh my strengths and weaknesses and develop them over the next two years is a vital asset to myself and differs me from a lot of other people. Taking myself more seriously as a person starting to come up in job searches and getting my name out there at a young age is getting me ahead. “Having a business card can indicate a person’s familiarity with the job search process”(Gershon, p. 67). In high school I was given the opportunity to create my own business card for the future and looking back at it my career path is still going in the same direction almost four years later and that is baffling to me. Having my own business card made me feel proud of myself in a way that I could go up to someone give them my card, and proudly tell them to email me or call me if they ever had an internship opening or job. This one little card gave me the strength I would need to build off of for the next years to come as I grew up and it truly did help. “Job seekers, in order to be hired, are never using just one genre; they are producing a genre repertoire”(Gershon, p. 68). One thing that does not help me against other applicants is that I more than likely will have the same major as most of them. That is why I am double minoring to give myself more of an edge against other applicants, and to stand out instead of blending in.