What is your story?

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Jennifer Browne, Director, Career Development & Experiential Learning

I love stories.  Hearing, reading, telling, and sharing stories has been and continues to be an important part of my life.  The great thing about stories is we all have one.  I have chatted with many people who are not happy or uncertain about where they are in their lives.  This quote reminds us we are the ones who decide what’s next.  Does the plot thicken or is some conflict resolved?  Is there action or do things slow down?  Is there a twist that you never saw coming or does your story unfold like the rungs of a ladder?

Our careers are a big part of our story and when we start university it is hard to imagine where our education, studies and experiences will take us.  While that may be scary, isn’t it also exciting?  Trusting that great things do lie ahead and being open and ready when opportunity strikes, whether planned down to the second or coming out of left field, is exciting.

The story doesn’t end when you graduate, it doesn’t end when you get your first job or even twenty years into your career.  Who knows what’s behind the next door you open or next travel experience or new contact.  New opportunities, new networks, new goals and dreams will present themselves.  The trick is to be ready for the opportunity when it arises.  Look at the opportunities all around you right now while you are at Memorial.  Do you want to study abroad for a semester? Then do it!  Check out http://www.mun.ca/goabroad/ and make it happen.  Do you want to work with a renowned professor in an area you are passionate about?  Then go after it and apply for a MUCEP position or just go chat with them and see if they are hiring.  Explore the opportunities available all around you and then turn some of them into reality!

I can’t wait to keep writing my story and I have no idea the ending just yet but I know the chapters ahead will be full of surprises, maybe some disappointments but the main thing is to remember that I am the author of my own story.

I hope you think about your story so far and where you may want to go.  The stories of the bloggers that will be shared here will engage you over the coming months and I invite you to share your thoughts and even a bit of your story.

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