Alas, my friends, this is to be my last post as intern! I have to first say, the experience I have had with Linda has been beyond anything that I could have imagined. I have learned more about myself and where I want my career to go than I could have planned. So, thank you to Linda and thank you to all of YOU who have read what I had to say, participated in conversation and gave me some great feedback. Today, I would like to tell you a little story and the importance of taking chances.
It was January of 2014 when I remembered I hadn’t checked the mail. So, I stepped outside and saw the packet that changed the course of my life; it was my acceptance to Pace University’s masters in publishing program. After I freaked out, I began to think about what I was going to do next. I decided to leave my job, that way I could do as much networking as possible. It’s how I was able to get this internship, as well as the other internship that I’ve been working at.
Since then, I’ve navigated a year and a half of school along with two internships. As I’m almost finished with the program, I began sending out resumes. I’ve been going on interviews and getting denied, but with each interview I’ve been able to learn something new about what I want and where I want to go.
So, after a lot of rejection, after feeling like I was just going to be another year older and still have “nothing to show for it,” after some personal disappointments in my life, I was feeling like nothing was ever going to work out. However, I maintained a belief in myself and trusted that I had done the right thing in pursuing my dream; I just had to keep moving forward, doing the next right thing and making decisions that were in my best interest.
It’s funny how my reality usually comes up with something far more amazing than merely attaining my dreams could have given me. But, it was those dreams that let me reach for what I wanted in the first place! I’m so pleased to let you all know that I’ve accepted a position as a Digital Sales and Marketing Assistant at Kensington Books. I’m starting my first real job in publishing!
Thank you to everyone for cheering me along in the process, I wish you all wonderful things. Remember to stay true to who you are and always follow your dreams, because anything is possible!
Until recently, Kimberly Richardson interned for Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, while pursuing her Masters degree in Pace University’s Publishing Program. She also interned at the National Association of Professional Women. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @kimberly_ann688.