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HowDoIGetoverMyFearofApplyingtoJobs?

I'm a second semester senior, graduating this coming May, and I don't have job yet--which I am partly to blame for. In a sense, I'm almost too scared and confused to apply, which really does hold me back. I know I am qualified and capable of holding my own in a "big girl" job, but three things truly stop me from applying. 

1. Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing the right thing, as in my planned career is not what I am intended to do. I'm a Public Health major, which I love, but I have always dreamed of going into journalism/broadcast journalism, and even acting/film, but I just never saw it as practical, so I leaned more towards health care--something more practical. As I came into my senior year and as of recent, I have been thinking more deeply about my career and what I am truly meant to do with my life; all that introspective thinking usually leads me down a rabbit hole of fear and anxiety. However, I love health care and really want to work in it as well, such as make strides in a non for profit like Be the Match or work with underserved communities with access to quality health care. I just don't want to end up in a job where I feel stuck and unhappy, but I know that if that were the case, I would just move on and look for something better. At the same time, there's no rule that says I can't do both as in work in health care and on the side, explore my aspirations in acting and such. I just fear that I will miss my opportunity to do something I've always dreamed of ,while I'm young, in order to please the "man" or system. 

2. There are several jobs and focuses within the Public Health field that I just get so overwhelmed about because I don't know which is right for me. Many of the positions I have come across, I have never seen or heard of before, so it's hard for me to imagine myself in those settings. However, I like the idea of being at a job that is out of my comfort zone, and expanding my knowledge, but I just don't want to disappoint due to my inexperience in that setting. In reality, I'm sure I would be taught many of the inner workings of the job and go through an on-boarding process, but it still makes me nervous to think I could fail miserably. 

3. This is a combination of the two, but recently I have been interested in health care tech, and very much so want to pursue this, but I've never really worked in or have much experience in tech such as different softwares, programming, etc.. On the other hand, I am extremely willing to learn and do what I need to successfully be in this field. I don't want to be turned away because I don't have the proper experience or knowledge, especially when I am willing to learn and educate myself. Also, I am now confused on whether I should solely pursue health care tech or just push it to the back-burner for some time until I learn more about the industry, and navigate my focus towards what I initially planned to work in: non for profit efforts and underserved communities (but of course I can always do both). 

Any words of wisdom to help me overcome this fear and figure out how to narrow my interests?

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  • Ameris Jimenez
    Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
    over 1 year ago Champaign, IL, United States
  • Zainab Chhatriwala
    Zainab Chhatriwala Creative Writer, Serial Doodler and Travel Lover
    over 1 year ago Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

    Dear @Ami Nakrani , all I am going to say is that the only person you should be afraid to disappoint is YOURSELF. Everyone else's expectation is secondary (polite way of saying screw them). I am a commerce graduate who was pursuing her plans to enter law school. But, after a year of tug and pull with exams and preps and everything, I decided to chuck it all. And, I decided to do what I actually loved doing but had no experience in it whatsoever, it was writing. Fast forward it to a few years later, and I was an editor that dealt with the finance sector. My commerce degree helped me in better understanding the fiscal concepts compared to most of my 'Mass Media Graduate' colleagues at work. My 'Different' degree was what gave me an edge. Remember one thing always, your educational background is suppose to enable you, not hold you back. Your degrees do not define your career, your grit and work does. Best of Luck! :)

    Dear @Ami Nakrani , all I am going to say is that the only person you should be afraid to disappoint is YOURSELF. Everyone else's expectation is secondary (polite way of saying screw them). I am a commerce graduate who was pursuing her plans to enter law school. But, after a year of tug and pull with exams and preps and everything, I decided to chuck it all. And, I decided to do what I actually loved doing but had no experience in it whatsoever, it was writing. Fast forward it to a few years later, and I was an editor that dealt with the finance sector. My commerce degree helped me in better understanding the fiscal concepts compared to most of my 'Mass Media Graduate' colleagues at work. My 'Different' degree was what gave me an edge. Remember one thing always, your educational background is suppose to enable you, not hold you back. Your degrees do not define your career, your grit and work does. Best of Luck! :)

    • Ami Nakrani
      over 1 year ago

      I love this so much, thank you. You've actually helped me gain new found hope and perspective. Also I'm so glad that writing worked out for you, and your sentiment of not letting my major define my career really struck a chord with me:) Again, thank you--much appreciated!

      I love this so much, thank you. You've actually helped me gain new found hope and perspective. Also I'm so glad that writing worked out for you, and your sentiment of not letting my major define my career really struck a chord with me:) Again, thank you--much appreciated!

      • Zainab Chhatriwala
        Zainab Chhatriwala Creative Writer, Serial Doodler and Travel Lover
        over 1 year ago Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

        @Ami Nakrani You are most welcome! I really hope you conquer the world with your work! :D

        @Ami Nakrani You are most welcome! I really hope you conquer the world with your work! :D

      • Ameris Jimenez
        Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
        over 1 year ago Champaign, IL, United States

        I definitely agree with @Zainab Chhatriwala. My major is Econ with a concentration in communications and I, in no way, want to do anything with investment banking, working for the government, or going into academia which is what the majority of my fellow Econ majors do. What most people don’t realize is that Econ is not just math but it’s also a social science that practically studies both on a micro and macro scale on how we allocate our resources due to scarcity and trends in behaviors. But what did I get out of this? A vast amount of knowledge that I can channel through another career especially in the tech industry (which is something you mentioned interest in). You could work as a product manager for a health tech firm if you train yourself to think like an engineer and you don’t even need coding experience. So therefore you got the double edge sword of having that public health degree to give you a competitive edge because you’re also thinking from public health perspective. The internships that I applied for are in the media industry such as journalism and podcasts. I could use my studies in Econ to create a reporter package on why trump is becoming more isolated from a globalized economy, I can even make a podcast about college tuition on whether the high expense is worth the investment or not for the consumer/student. Other internships I applied for are in marketing for other tech companies. To wrap it all up, you just need the confidence and the willingness to branch out a bit if you feel like the jobs that solely belong in the health sector doesn’t seem fulfilling to you. 

        I definitely agree with @Zainab Chhatriwala. My major is Econ with a concentration in communications and I, in no way, want to do anything with investment banking, working for the government, or going into academia which is what the majority of my fellow Econ majors do. What most people don’t realize is that Econ is not just math but it’s also a social science that practically studies both on a micro and macro scale on how we allocate our resources due to scarcity and trends in behaviors. But what did I get out of this? A vast amount of knowledge that I can channel through another career especially in the tech industry (which is something you mentioned interest in). You could work as a product manager for a health tech firm if you train yourself to think like an engineer and you don’t even need coding experience. So therefore you got the double edge sword of having that public health degree to give you a competitive edge because you’re also thinking from public health perspective. The internships that I applied for are in the media industry such as journalism and podcasts. I could use my studies in Econ to create a reporter package on why trump is becoming more isolated from a globalized economy, I can even make a podcast about college tuition on whether the high expense is worth the investment or not for the consumer/student. Other internships I applied for are in marketing for other tech companies. To wrap it all up, you just need the confidence and the willingness to branch out a bit if you feel like the jobs that solely belong in the health sector doesn’t seem fulfilling to you. 

        • Ami Nakrani
          over 1 year ago

          I love what you're doing in terms of finding these internships and stepping out of your comfort zone to do what you truly enjoy--such a go-getter. You actually really do inspire me to do something beyond my major and to really do what I love. Thanks for the advice<3

          I love what you're doing in terms of finding these internships and stepping out of your comfort zone to do what you truly enjoy--such a go-getter. You actually really do inspire me to do something beyond my major and to really do what I love. Thanks for the advice<3


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