“Graduation is a time when everyone focuses on career preparation, but I believe it’s more important to focus on life preparation.” – Cheryl Bacon
Bacon is a firm believer that your career is not your life. It certainly is a part of life, but it is not the only important factor. It was incredibly refreshing to speak to a woman who is so established in her career and hear her say that a career is only one single part of life.
Importance of Internships
Before a college student graduates, it is very important that this student has gone through some sort of internship. They need exposure to what a post-college career is going to be. If they graduate before gaining experience through an internship they should not jump right into a new job they should still plan to go through an internship. Bacon believes it will provide excellent exposure and preparation for a successful career.
Life is Not a Job
After graduation, Bacon shared with me that deciding where you are going to reside is one of the most important decisions you will make. Work is only a portion of the day. Deciding where you want to live, raise children and have a life can completely alter a person’s overall experience and allow for a positive lifestyle in the long run. Bacon’s specific advice was to join a church community where you can get involved with voluntary work and not just attend. Bacon shared that having a community where you live would greatly increase the satisfaction of the lifestyle a person will gain when managing a career and a family.