Today, I’m handing the reins over to Kristin. She’s going to tell you a little bit of her story and how she found her way to her current career….
My journey to find my career begins back in 2011. I graduated high school in the top 10% of my class, and then packed my bags and headed east. I attended a public university in my state that is situated a short, but beautiful 10-minute drive from one of my state’s most beautiful beaches. It was a phenomenal 4-year experience that I wouldn’t change for the world. As I was applying to colleges and considering what I wanted to study, my parents always encouraged me to pick something I love. Even if it wasn’t cool or it wasn’t going to make me millions… “Follow your heart,” they said. And that’s exactly what I did.
I ended up graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. I had completed an amazing internship with our local District Attorney’s Office and earned an honors distinction in my program. I didn’t have a job in my beloved beach town after getting my diploma and went through a rough relationship breakup, so I moved back home with my parents (kicking and screaming of course – who wants to move away from the beach?!). I picked up a part time job working at a tutoring center for kids in primary school and knew that I wanted something else. So I made a typical Kristin move — I panicked and made a rash decision.
I applied to our community college’s Paralegal program to continue my studies of our legal system. I just graduated in December 2016, and am now working full time at a law firm that continues to teach me each day. It’s a quality that I think a lot of people don’t look for in a job. This isn’t just a place where I go to clock in each day to earn a pay check. I’m learning more and more, building my resume, networking, and helping people. It’s a part of my career. I’m no longer working at a place where I feel like I could just be replaced without batting an eye.
In addition to my daytime job at the firm, I’m also a blogger. It’s more of a passion and hobby than a job, but it’s something that I want to stick with for a long time. It’s my side hustle. I make a few bucks each month, but really my favorite part is putting together posts and taking photos. I love the feedback I get on posts and all the connections I have made with other bloggers like myself. It’s really encouraging and brings me a sense of joy.
I know I’m very young and still very early in my career, but I love where I’m at with my life right now. I’m also very lucky that I’ve found two different things that I’m passionate about already, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.