My work allows me to combine the foundation of BUILDING THINGS and the interests of TECHNOLOGY and WRITING.
DAY IN AND DAY OUT
Each day is different in its own right, but I usually start my day with some common tasks:
1. Eat breakfast -- very important.
2. Make a to-do list for the day, prioritize each item, and check things off as I complete them.
3. Keep a calendar of important meetings on your schedule.
SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED
Skills I use daily that I did not learn in school are the following:
1. People Skills: working professionally with unprofessional personalities, respecting other people's time, looking for opportunities to provide value and be helpful to others.
2. Self-Learning Skills: finding ways to take initiative, solve problems on my own, and educate myself. Google is a great resource for this.
3. Organizational Skills: developing a system to keep all my work-related materials and projects accessible.
Associate's Degree / Some College - Fullerton College
SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL
1) Choose a major before entering college. It's okay (and usually inevitable) that you will change it later, but goal-setting is important.
2) Meet with someone who has done what you want to do, and interview them over lunch or coffee. The information they provide is invaluable and will probably stick with you for the rest of your life, even if you don't understand everything they say right away.
I took this person's advice with a HUGE grain of salt. Although, there is some truth to what was said (i.e. there IS a lot competition), I believed in what I wanted to do, and did a lot of soul-searching to understand my own strengths and weaknesses. Even if the noise has a ring of truth to it, there are still ways for you to find success in what you do.
STRUGGLES I OVERCAME: DEATH OF MY MOTHER
Although I was already working when my Mom died, I knew that I would have to work through my grief and carry on because that's what she would have wanted.