Congratulations to Genevieve Calderon from Hillsboro, Oregon, winner of the first prize—an iPad and autographed Clark Little photo—in the Shorebreak Contest!
A student at Portland Community College, Genevieve has worked hard to stay focused on her dream of a career in business administration. But it hasn’t been easy. Like Teresa Maldonado (see last week’s “How to Pick a Career When You Love Them All”), Genevieve’s problem hasn’t been finding a career she loves—it’s choosing which one!
In our interview below, see Genevieve’s trick to shutting out competing interests in order to give her career choice a chance.
How has Find Your Calling helped you?
Find Your Calling has helped me realize that we’re all meant to do something we’re passionate about. The best thing about FYC is that it gives you the courage, support, and little push that you need to move forward in finding your calling.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian, pediatrician, and lawyer (all in one) which has definitely changed multiple times as I’ve gotten older!
Did you find careers that interested you on FYC?
Yes, I found exactly what I’ve been looking for! I found one to pursue: business administration, which I’m already focusing on here at Portland Community College.
What led you to select Portland Community College?
The college offers good programs for my field of study, including online classes that fit my busy schedule. But Find Your Calling did provide more school options that I’m currently considering.
What do you think the main challenges are for high school and college students today?
I think the main challenges are the fear of debt and the fear of wasting time studying something they don’t have a passion or desire for.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in pursuing your dream career? How are you working to overcome it?
My biggest challenge has been sticking to my major because there’s so many things I’d like to do. I’ve overcome it by staying focused and motivated to continue down my path of success, working hard, and continuing to challenge myself.
What would you advise other students going through similar challenges?
Times may get tough but as long as you keep your head on straight and focus on that dream of yours, you’ll be fine. Try not to let outside influences cloud your vision too much. Stay positive!