Stop. Look. Listen. Let Your Passion Guide Your Career

Lauren Berger, The Intern Queen

Lauren Berger, The Intern Queen

I’m Lauren Berger and I’m called ‘The Intern Queen’, a fictional name that I created. I now run a business and live the life I want to live each day as ‘The Intern Queen’. People said it would never happen. They said I could never make a living calling myself ‘The Intern Queen’.  I proved them all wrong. It’s so important to do what you enjoy in life. Work shouldn’t be so much work, it should be something you enjoy, something you’re passionate about. I encourage everyone (young and old) to take a long serious look at their lives and focus on letting your passion drive your career.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself so you can get started!

What are my interests?

I suggest that individuals looking into their first career or looking to switch careers find a listing of all potential fields. Go to any large college website, and find a list of the majors they offer. Circle any that have the slightest bit of interest to you.

When I did this as a freshman in college, I circled public relations, film, advertising, creative writing and meteorology (random, I know).  Doing this exercise eliminates options that don’t work for you and creates more of a focus.

What have I achieved?

Have you won any awards? Done anything that’s been recognized on a larger scale? Have you taken any specific classes for a long time? Are you skilled or trained in a specific area?

Answer these questions to start your passions list. I had won a few writing awards back in the day. I took dance classes for a long time. I had 15 internships and that was the kicker that really stood out on my resume and list of passions.

What do you enjoy?

This is the time to name your hobbies, what you like doing in your spare time.

I really enjoy writing, researching, and meeting new people. I enjoy laying by the pool, making my own schedule, socializing, and going to Barnes and Noble.

What do I enjoy and what makes me unique?

After looking over your list of potential careers and answering the above questions, look over your answers and circled choices. Does anything stand out to you? Are any of your hobbies, your accomplishments unique or make you stand out?

For me this “Stand Out Factor” was my 15 internships. I knew this was different than anyone else, I just needed to find out how to create a business around it.
I asked my friends on Twitter what they thought about doing what you love:
geointlinc@InternQueen because life is short. Do what you love.

sabrinareid@InternQueen It’s best to do what comes easiest to you. That way you will have the maximum potential to be @ the top of your industry.

CrisN73@InternQueen because it is what will take you up the career ladder and enjoy it along the way

LaurGrob@InternQueen doing what you love gets you through the times there are few other rewards ($) for your work (like in a crummy economy).

kaneishnorthern@InternQueen Because when you do what you are passionate about, you will never work another day in your life!

lindsayglatz@InternQueen if you do what you love it never feels like work. You will achieve great things if you focus your energy on your interests.

jjaime@InternQueen because you get bored, unmotivated and finally stop being productive. And above all you are unhappy.

JohnExley@InternQueen It’s important to do what you’re passionate about in your career b/c you’ll probably out-perform those who are purely $$-driven.

rachelesterline@InternQueen If you aren’t passionate, then you won’t be willing to be put in the effort needed to become great.

BiancaMercedes@InternQueen think about all of the classes you took in college and hated… Now think about the ones you loved. I aced the ones I loved

Lauren Berger is called “The Intern Queen” after completing 15 internships during her 4 years of college. Lauren is the expert on everything internship-related and she actively pursues opportunities to help educate Students, Parents, Professors, and Employers about internships.