In all honesty I have no idea what career I would like to pursue once I have completed my degree in two years. Although Business Management is a subject which interests me, I do not have my heart set on managing my own business or an aspect of another business in future. I chose to study Business Management as I didn’t really know what else to do with myself and felt like going from school straight to university was just a natural and expected path for me to take. I do not regret choosing to do this, however when people ask me what I plan on doing with my degree I am not quite sure what to tell them. Despite not knowing exactly what I want to do in future, there are a few things I am sure of, some of which I have decided after completing my internship.
I am very keen on staying and working in Dundee when I am older. When I was younger I always told myself that I would move away for university and I was very close to focussing my university applications on Edinburgh. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realised how much I didn’t want to leave everyone in Dundee behind. I am a very sociable person and feel very lucky to have the social circle that I do at the moment. I have a very good relationship with my family and a friendship group which I have been close with throughout school and even since leaving. The thought of leaving all of this and moving away really scared me and I couldn’t imagine having to meet new people and try to make new friends. I also had a part-time job at the time with no option for relocation if I was to move away. It was for these reasons that I chose to stay in Dundee, and why I plan on staying here for a while. I have not ruled out working abroad completely, however I would much rather stay here and go on holiday often, than choose to relocate permanently.
One thing my internship at Discover Opportunities has taught me, is that I would like my future career to be very “person-centred”. The thought of the work I do benefiting others is something which really appeals to me, and I’d love to be able to make a difference in peoples’ lives. Experiencing first-hand the work that Discover Opportunities do and the young people they help was incredibly inspirational. Some of the stories we heard about the barriers to employment that these young people are dealing with were harrowing, but the feeling the staff must get from helping get these young people on their feet and into employment must be so rewarding.
My internship has also highlighted to me the organisational culture I would like to work within in future. Discover Opportunities had a very open-plan office where all members of staff could easily interact with each other, should they need to. Although this might sometimes be distracting, due to my extrovert personality, I tend to seek approval of my work from others and I feel I work better when I am able to bounce ideas off my peers. Because of this, I feel I work better as a team than I do when working alone. Discover opportunities consists of a very close-knit team which made the working environment seem less formal and more enjoyable for the staff. This is very appealing to me as I don’t feel that work needs to be boring or repetitive. I feel it is very important that I get along with those I work closely with in future in order to get the best out of my career.