As a graduating senior “what I’ll be doing with my life” has crossed my mind about a million times. It’d be nice if that was an overstatement. The thought is insurmountable at times. The thought is exhilarating at times. So let’s take a look at what I’ve come up with…
- The thing you currently think you’ll be doing with your life
What I currently have planned is absolutely exciting. If you were to have asked me what I was doing one year ago – heck, six months ago – I would not be telling you what I am telling you now. I have bought a one way ticket to London, flying out one month after graduation. I have money saved up to last me at least 6-8 months – more if I budget wisely. I don’t plan to stay in London (it is extremely hard to get a visa as an American citizen) rather use it as a home base as I travel throughout Europe. I already have parts of France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and Germany figured out. My plan is to write. I will start out writing small. I will find my voice – find what I like to write about and find what I am good at speaking on. With a little time I hope to find my niche and launch a blog. I also plan to build my writing portfolio and work as a freelance writer. I think this will be a good start.
Year 1: Travel Europe. Begin writing. Find niche. Freelance write. Launch blog.
Year 2: Apply for Visa in New Zealand or Australia. Dedicate time to working with a food company (preferably in the communications department). Blog part time. Freelance part time. Save money.
Year 3: Travel more. Build on stories for blog. Become financially secure working as a writer and traveling.
Year 4: Consider starting business. Take business classes.
Year 5: Begin writing business plan for communications company.
2. The thing you would do if the current thing disappeared tomorrow
Another version if I was for some horrific reason unable to make that flight to London – or any flight over to Europe for that matter – is get accredited as a Dietetic Technician Registered. This is job security for working in clinical dietary departments.
Year 1: Take the DTR registration examination. Prepare my Dietetic Internship application for Wellness Workdays in Boston, MA. Choose the Communications & Marketing for Nutrition Professionals concentration.
Year 2: Move to greater Boston area. Finish 1200 hours supervised practice work.
Year 3: Sit for Registration Examination and become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Begin job search. Give myself 6 months of year three to secure a job – anywhere in the United States or beyond.
Year 4: Work as a communications RDN. Magazine, contract food companies, etc.
Year 5: Contemplate getting a Master’s in either Business or nutritional science.
3. The thing you would do if you were financially secure, and no one would ever laugh, go ahead, what would it be?
Year 1: Begin year by travelling the world as a blogger and freelance writer. Gain invaluable insight into global food cultures.
Year 2: Begin writing business plan of future communications company – with special attention to nutrition and dietetic professionals who can work for food company’s as the communications/marketing specialists.
Year 3: Launch international business – contract at least 5 international companies
Year 4: Expand business. Success won’t be easy…but it will be worth it.
Year 5: Maintain business. Expand business.
My version 1 and version 3 may sound similar – however, in my mind they are very different. My version one is my realistic approach and timeline to what I have planned. Version 3 is diving right into starting my own company – which is hard to do with little to no financial backing…but that’s not the point of version 3, is it? Version 1 gives me the time to accumulate a portfolio, accumulate clientele and potential a funding source. Truly, either would be great!