“Where might my capstone take me in the future?”
I think a lot of seniors are in the same boat at me at the moment, and that is that we don’t know where we’re going to end up. Well, I would like to pretend that I even know what city I’m going to be living in, in two months but I don’t. I’d also like to pretend that my previous job experience and academic career will set me up for success in a position I enjoy, but I think many of us currently are at a point where we will take anything we can get in the current economic environment. I’d love to think that this effects only my short-term plans and not my long-term, but to tell the truth I have no idea.
While I frankly don’t have any idea where I will be, or what career choices I will make even a month from now, I do hope that my academic pursuits at Lewis and Clark do continue to play a roll in my career as I move forward.
When looking at my original plan, I was hoping to continue my job in Portland, saving up and building experience working with other people from many different backgrounds. My eventual goal was to save up enough to make my way to New Zealand, where I still hope to at some point live on an indefinite visa. This is still my plan because while I don’t know the time scale or how I will get there is still what I want to do.
Here is where I think my capstone and time of Lewis and Clark are Important. I am a person who needs to really enjoy and get behind what they do. Like many, my work needs to have some sort of significance and I need it to be rewarding. Desires like these are why I initially sought out Environmental Studies and why I continued to stay in the program.
I had lunch with the leader of my abroad program when he was visiting in the fall, and he mentioned several programs I might be interested in such as the Wellington Water Council and several firms that work and earthquake resiliency. My draw toward careers like these is where my capstone can offer some important lessons.
So the answer to the question is that I see my capstone taking me into a career where I don’t have to choose between one group or the other, and where Equity is not something that is a roadblock but rather informs how would I do can be made better.
I don’t know where I will be heading next but I know how I will be doing it.