Coming home for summer break early May, the only thing I was certain of was that I could not wait to get home and relax. After ending the second semester of my sophomore year all I wanted to do was eat, sleep, and see family! Sooo… I did that! However, as much as I love doing nothing ALL DAY EVERY DAY, it got old quickly.
This summer I was fortunate enough to have two working opportunities. I worked part time as a Sales Associate for Lord and Taylor, while interning for Time Warner Cable Media in their Human Resources Department. I went from doing nothing and getting my relaxation on, to working in the city full time 9 to 5 and honestly I would not have it any other way. I love my experience working with people in retail, I am able to develop my customer service skills, merchandising, and styling talents while learning a lot about fashion. However, I realize how lucky and blessed I was to receive the TWCM internship through Holy Cross. Every day I had a little taste of working in the “real world.” Every week there was a speaker series in which we would listen to prominent people at TWCM talk about their experience, job, and the future of TWCM. I was able to work closely with my supervisor, within the department, and collaborate with the other interns to present a final project. This experience taught me so much about myself, the business industry, and the importance of networking and constantly learning.
Along the way I met some fantastic people, took away some important lessons, and gained tremendous experience.
I learned that it is okay to not know what you are doing for the rest of your life
1. Many of the leaders the interns interacted with took unique paths to get where they presently are today. There is no set path to get where you want to go, the important thing is to love what you do. We can never know where we will end up but be open to possibilities!
2. Navigating through NYC is actually easier than it seems. One of my personal goals was for this Jersey girl to take the Subway – I did that!
3. Human Resources is the center of any business. HR holds the business together and creates the environment for the workplace. The reason I enjoyed my time at work is because HR was very hands on and always had something going on for the employees! Without a great HR department , a business can not be successful. It is similar to the admissions and orientation teams at HC.
4. Personally I learned that I want to work in the sports or fashion industry but on a business level, whether it is HR or even Marketing, maybe even corporate law- who knows?
What I do know is that this summer has been one focused on growth. However, I did have some fun including going to the beach, exploring the city, even visiting Philadelphia a couple times and taking some painting classes! I went from 0 to 100 real quick (Thanks Drake!) and I am ready to go back to HC to start my third year of school….. Crazy how time flies!
My advice for anyone, especially Freshmen is to make a visit to Career Planning. The earlier you get involved with that fantastic office- the more prepared you will be and the more opportunities you are aware of at HC and beyond!
Inez Asante '16