At the beginning of this semester I really put myself out there and learned a couple things along the way.

  1. “Safe” Options don’t mean guaranteed. Over the summer I was a manager at a climbing park called SOAR Adventure Tower. Becoming a manager was a challenge within itself. Working at SOAR was the second job I had ever had and I was just a summer employee. Not to mention there were employees older than me that had been working at SOAR far longer than I had, and to me felt more qualified, but either way my boss chose me and so I went for it. By the end of summer, I felt I really comfortable in my position and thought I gained a lot of valuable skills, but more importantly I thought having Manager on my resume meant I would be very attractive to future employers.

Once I returned to Knoxville I began looking for jobs that I thought would be easy to get just to make some money and to my surprise it was harder than I thought. The deal is, no one should hire you just because you have something special on your resume. It may give you a better chance of being considered, but if they like someone else more then they like someone else more and that’s it. My job search experience seemed to go better when I didn’t expect anyone to hire me due to my lack of experience than when I expected everyone to like my experience. But I tried not to think too much about why an employer didn’t want to hire me and kept looking. This leads me to…

  1. Ambitious Options aren’t impossible. While looking for more jobs my boyfriend, Francis, sent me a tweet from UT Creative saying they were looking for interns. Now UT produces some pretty insane graphics and I hadn’t done much with Photoshop since high school so I wondered if this was even something possible to achieve, but I figured the worst that can happen is they say no, which I had heard quite a bit lately, so I’d send in my resume just to see what happens. After my interview, I was sent a test project to complete and to my surprise my graphics weren’t too bad and I was hired onto the team. I have now been working there for about a month and have learned far more at this job than any one I applied to before.

This experience really got me wondering why I always saw rejection as a bad thing? It put me in a position I never would’ve thought about otherwise and has inspired me to make even more ambitious goals in the future. You never know what employers are looking for and it might not be the picture-perfect resume you feel you don’t have. Now when I get back that rejection I don’t feel the need to ponder what went wrong and why they don’t want me, but instead I’m happy my name was put out there which is more than a lot of people can say and look for the next option. But more importantly, I’ve stopped holding myself back from trying something because I think I’ll get a no in return. So sorry rejection, you’ve lost your sting.


Barbara Januszkiewicz 

"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change."

Pablo Picasso

"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense."


Yo-Yo Ma

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."