Amy Robertson, junior majoring in journalism from Raleigh, North Carolina, knows the feeling of juggling both school and work very well. While at Auburn, Amy has worked as a part-time nanny and in the packing department of a local boutique. Her sophomore year she began to blog for a local wedding planning agency, "Make It Perfect" as well as worked weddings on the weekends. She now works for a local bridal boutique handling the companies social media and in-store services.
Nearing the end of her junior year, it is clear that she has lived out the portion of the Auburn creed that states "I believe in work, hard work." While all her hard work has paid off and she is now grateful for her work experiences, she says, "Initially, I didn't always feel that way."
Her sophomore year she began to blog for a local wedding planning agency, "Make It Perfect" as well as worked weddings on the weekends. She now works for a local bridal boutique handling the companies social media and in-store services. Nearing the
end of her junior year, it is clear that she has lived out the portion of the Auburn creed that states "I believe in work, hard work." While all her hard work has paid off and she is now grateful for her work experiences, she says, "Initially, I didn't always feel that way."
Amy was a full-time nanny every summer in high school and after she got her license would take on babysitting jobs when she could on the weekends. However, working throughout college was not on her radar until a few unfortunate events landed her in a tight money position.
"I didn’t really have the choice to not work in college," Amy says. "When I totaled my car freshman year, my parents basically cut me off monetarily. I had to get a job to pay for my daily expenses and save for a new car."
Considering the circumstances, she says that "I resented having to get a job because I saw it as a distraction from my social time, but now I am so grateful that my parents made me take responsibility for my mistakes and start working."
By the time she saved enough money for her car and was back in her parents' good graces, she found that having a part-time job greatly benefitted her future and even took on two part-time jobs while maintaining her studies.
"I usually try to keep up with two jobs at a time; one fiscally driven job and one job that is giving me great experience for the future. Sometimes those are combined into one job, but most of the time the jobs where you learn the most aren’t necessarily the ones that pay the best."
She believes that aside from money and great professional experience, she has learned "time-management skills, how to be independent and [has gained] the confidence I need to prepare me for the real world in a way that school can’t."
However, she says that it isn't always as easy as it sounds to maintain this lifestyle. "It can definitely get overwhelming to try to balance college, working, a social life and maintaining my mental and physical health. Sometimes it is easy to forget that our bodies and relationships are just as important as school and work and that we need to prioritize taking care of ourselves. It’s also really hard when I know that I’m missing out on social events with my friends because I have to work, and I would say that it is more difficult to keep up a good GPA having responsibilities outside of school."
Amy says that the best advice she can give to students looking for part-time employment, either for financial or experience reasons is to "find a job that you enjoy going to."
"Whether that means you like your coworkers, like the actual work or know that it is going to look great on your resume for the future. It’s a lot easier to have a good attitude about a fun job versus a boring one!" she says.
Although it hasn't always been easy all of the challenges that come with working have paid off. Amy interviewed for several internships for summer of 2017 and has landed her dream internship at Intertwined Wedding and Special events group in Orange County, California. She believes that she has her work experience to thank for the reason why she landed this incredible opportunity at one of the top event groups in the country.
"I was interviewed for internships at several different companies and I was never asked about my GPA, but I was always asked about the work experience on my resume. I am thankful that I’ve had the chance to acquire some great jobs to prepare me for this internship."
Amy thinks that this next step will only further her career goals and will hopefully better direct the direction she will head in after graduation.
She says, "I have two loves; writing and planning. My dream has always been to write for a bridal magazine called The Knot, but I am also very interested in wedding and event planning. I am still trying to figure out which path I am going to follow, but either way, I plan to revolve my career around celebrating weddings and life’s biggest moments."
Although Amy has loved being a part of the Auburn Family, she cannot wait to head to a big city after graduation. She is excited for her summer plans in California and hopes to get a taste of what life after graduation will hopefully be like.
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