All posts tagged: path

How I Went From Journalism Dreams to Pastoral Counseling

Originally posted on Tara Pook:
Last week I began the second year of my Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care masters program. And despite having a few semesters under my belt, I’m still asked the following: Wait, what happened to journalism? So are you trying to be a pastor? The reason behind my career goal evolution can best be summed up in Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Just a few short years ago, I thought I had it all planned out. Upon graduating with a journalism degree, I would secure an amazing internship at my favorite magazine (they would love me of course), and I would be right on track to becoming the editor-in-chief of my own magazine. From there I’d work my way to the top while squeezing in a 2-year stint of graduate school. It made sense and I didn’t see how it couldn’t happen. Until well, it didn’t. I didn’t get that dream internship. I didn’t get any internship to be honest. Instead I…

History, Herstory, and Yourstory (You know what I mean)

If I’ve learned nothing else this year (though for the record I have acquired much knowledge in my first year as a post grad) I have been reassured that there is more than one way to pursue a career. Two summers ago, I ventured to Los Angeles for internships. Many of us went with the expectation that the summer experience would provide us with an answer. An answer to the ever-present question: How do I break into the industry of TV/film? The answer we always received was: There is no clear-cut path. In addition, we were advised to: Intern as much as possible Network Create a demo reel/build a portfolio Find ways to set yourself apart from others in job settings Explore! Make sure what you think you want to do is what you actually want to do …and so forth. At the end of the day it was up to each of us to figure out how we wanted to DESIGN OUR OWN PATHS. There are basic traits that can be a great foundation – hard work, being …