A RT Consulting first…

A RT Consulting first…

We were asked if we needed an intern.

I have to admit, at first I was off guard. Surely the college student standing in front of me was asking someone else.

This experience has allowed me to look back on the days when I was in college. I remember sending e-mails, making phone calls, and writing letters to see who was looking for an intern. Back then, it was hard as I can only imagine what it is like today. Some of the most valuable words of advice I have taken away from my internship are from some amazing professionals.

“Measure it. Make something happen and if you can measure it, then you can talk about it as experience.”

“Don’t settle for what work I assign you. Ask for more if you have the capacity.”

“Own your work. If you have a different idea than I do, tell me.”

“Stay off e-mail. If you can work without looking at it for a few minutes, stay off e-mail.”

“Communicate with me so we know if we are on the same page.”

“Learn. Learn. And be open to learn some more.”

A year later, I have become my own boss. I am an entrepreneur. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I am still learning. I always welcome new connections and new business if it aligns with the goals I have set for my business. What more could I ask for? Maybe an intern?

Is It My Time Yet?

We all go through different kinds of seasons where we wish some would pass us by quicker than others. We look at those around us and wonder, “Is it my time yet for ______?” (Fill in the blank.) I can be transparent and give you hope that you are not alone in this. I am in a season where I see people around me in a career instead of a job or in a relationship that is genuine, and wish it was my time. From the outside looking in, it appears other people have their life put together better than mine because it’s all coming together for them. This is where I sit back, seek God’s will and perfect timing while pushing forward through faith. I have humbled myself and realized everything is a learning experience to help me grow. I can only get better by learning from the experiences I go through.

Going as far back as high school, I remember trying out for Drum Major to lead a 3A (80 or more member) marching band. My gut told me to try out and my hard work kept me there. It was stressful because I wanted everything to be perfect and planned out, but it didn’t always happen.  During my interview with Publix almost 7 years ago, I talked about being a Drum Major and helped give me the job I hold today. An opportunity to move up into the office to lead others and manage more responsibilities came within 3 months. It is my job to handle a fast-paced environment and adapt to the demands of the day, which gave me an ability to flexible. After 5.5 years, I was given another opportunity to work in Apron’s Simple Meals as a meals clerk. This is another branch of customer service, but now I handle food and manage myself while serving customers food. Honestly, I have enjoyed the “Hey ya’ll, I’m Paula Deen” feeling and have grown to enjoy engaging with the public by myself or in a group setting.

In beginning of this year, I was in a college class called Advertising Campaigns. Everyone has told me their own “horror” story of how it consumed their life for entire 16-week semester. I laughed because I thought my experience would be different. (To make a long story short) I became Campaign Director, which allowed me to put on the hat of leadership and humility to ask 18 students to follow me and finish a campaign we had started. It was not easy to motivate everyone and get us all on the same page, but I did what I had to do to keep us moving in the right direction. This experience allowed me to see the “big picture” before it came and be decisive about which step to take next. It was my time to step up and trust in my faith that I could do anything I put my mind to by God’s gifts he has given me.

During Advertising Campaigns, I helped B-Fit Personal Training Centers with whatever the owner, Jason needed to be done. It started out as office work, but quickly became a way for me to speak to his members online. I was given permission to help manage his fan page on Facebook, which I still do to this day. My passion to have a voice and represent the company by  developing a connection with people over food and health. Now, it has branched into the CrossFit Experience with member wanting more ways to get in shape.

Currently, I am interning at the Dalton Agency and have a taste how client, business, and employee relationships really work. All my life I have known the retail or school enviornment, so this was a nice change. I remember going into the interview excited about an opportunity to be a brand ambassador for McDonald’s, but leaving uncertain if I was going to get the intern position. I decided to shake the doubt and share my experiences and promise I would give them my time and talents to do more. After my second of three reviews, I have realized my past experiences and seasons of change have brought me here for a reason. I was given this tough season to endure this “busyness” of internship, work, and school to increase my work/life balance. I have committed three days a week to interning, which has allowed me to “dabble” in different areas of the agency side while working on the McDonald’s account.

I will be graduating from college in December which seems like a long ways a way, but it’s only around the corner. I know it may not be my time for the things I want in life, but I am getting closer by going through the experiences that will help me get there.