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Career Event – Brandon Koretz

2017 April 14
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by bkoretz

For my career event, I attended the LinkedIn event in Mason Hall through Michigan’s Career Center. The workshop was focused on teaching students the ins and outs of LinkedIn, the premiere networking site for working professionals. The focus of the event was how to set up a LinkedIn account and use it effectively, building a profile that stands out among others. Though I already have an account that I use regularly, it was beneficial to hear the optimal strategies to promote myself. Upon explaining that a profile should include relevant work experience, it was noted that there is a distinction between this and a resume. A LinkedIn profile is meant to provide a brief snapshot of what an individual has done while a resume goes into more specific details. It is recommended that the two do not have the exact same content. The inclusion of one’s educational background is important to include, as it allows others from the same university to find each other more easily. There are also groups to join for each university that provide a centralized destination for those graduates on LinkedIn. It was noted that updating LinkedIn regularly with new experiences, accomplishments and positions is important so employers always have an accurate representations of an individual’s entire body of work. This is something that I do regularly, though I now need to update my profile with my internship this summer with FOX Sports at the Big Ten Network. Those running the workshop suggested using the endorsements feature to allow connections to promote various skills. Since the workshop, I have developed a question that I wish I would have been able to ask: should you accept requests from those you don’t know on LinkedIn? This workshop was also helpful in that professional headshots were provided. Students in attendance wore suits so they could get their photo taken, though I did not participate since I got a professional headshot taken the month before. The workshop was very beneficial for those in attendance and encouraged me to build my LinkedIn profile up even more than I already have. One area in which the workshop could have improved was in that much of the focus was on starting a profile, thus those running it showed how each function worked. Perhaps there should have been two sessions: one for beginners who do not have accounts and one that focused on how to strengthen a profile that already exists. Regardless, I took a lot away from this workshop and left feeling motivated to further expand my network and build connections with my parents’ friends, not just my own friends.

Informational Interview- Cameron Robins

2017 April 14
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by robincam

My entire life I have been a “car guy”. I have always loved cars and learning about them. Because of this passion, I plan to go into the automotive field. In high school, I took business classes and learned about management. My goal is to work in a dealership, work my way into management, and eventually become a car dealer. For this assignment, I requested an interview with the dealer. He has worked in various departments and management positions in dealerships. His experience seemed perfect for helping me understand what is important for entering and advancing in this field.
When I started the interview with Mr. Gary Minneman, I had ideas about his answers. I thought he would explain the business skills needed such as accounting, management, and data analyzation. I was shocked when Minneman told me that any well-functioning dealership, or business, has employees who take on most of these tasks. He said that he hires people with specific skills and degrees to do these jobs. Minneman said he is actually in the business of people skills and decision-making. Every day he has to deal with his employees and make sure they are happy. He also relies on remembering that happy employees lead to more sales and better business. Although he does not do accounting and things like that he still has to make decisions about day-to-day operations. Each department will propose new ideas to him. He said it is important to make every employee feel important in his or her job and he recognizes that they see things in their daily work that he cannot know. Because of this, he says he has to stay sharp and make sure he analyzes every suggestion seriously.
Although he is now older and partially retired, he told me about his typical workdays before retirement. He would start his morning with meetings. These meetings were with the head of each department such as service, sales, and management. These meetings were usually just an update of daily operations. He would make sure everything was running smoothly and everyone knew the expectations for their department that month. He always gave each department goals. After the meetings, he would do that day’s task. This could entail anything from reviewing financial information to calling the manufacturer to get more cars. After that, he would talk to employees. As mentioned in the skills section, he believes that his job is more about people skills. He wanted to make sure all his employees were happy and felt at home. To finish off the day he would review the day’s sales and service records. He always liked to know exactly how many cars were sold that day and how many cars were serviced. Minneman believes that if you do not know everything that is going on at your business you stand at the possibility of losing your business.
Lastly, I asked him what advice he would give to someone trying to get into his field. He blatantly told me to take any job at a dealership. He said that the car industry is constantly changing. Employees in this field change jobs often. Because of this, there are tremendous opportunities for advancement within a company. An entry-level job can quickly lead to an opportunity for advancement. He also told me that I should try to work in a variety of departments in a dealership so that I understand service, parts, and sales. If I hope to own my own dealership someday, I need to start investing now. I learned that getting a franchise from a major car company can be difficult and competitive. He said having a lot of capital helps a franchise to take you seriously.
Overall, the interview was very informative and surprising for me. His job is very different from what I expected. However, I was even more interested and excited about joining this field after my interview. The care industry is fascinating. Learning about the daily operations and skills required, I believe this would be a great career choice for me. I am very thankful for this opportunity to interview Mr. Gary Minneman and learn more about the car industry.

Graham How to Do What You Love- Camille Hollins

2017 April 14
by Camille

When I was younger, and my imagination wilder, my wish was to be a witch when I grew up, but when asked, I constantly told people that I wanted to be a doctor or a scientist because that is what I thought they wanted to hear and what I thought they would praise me for. Growing up, I continued this cycle; when my family asked what I wanted to do, I told them I wanted to be a doctor and have a high paying job, it seemed to make them very satisfied, but I never thought about what I really wanted to do with my future.


Graham tells that many people are like me and say they want to do any job that they think will benefit them in the future. He says that finding and doing what you love is a difficult task that many people do not often achieve because they are blinded by other priorities. I believe that this may be true for some people; I think that some people get trapped in jobs or careers that does not suit them because they chose to take a route for the benefit of their future. But, I also believe that not all people who get a job for money or prestige (praise from others) are failures of their own happiness. Some college students see silver linings when they think about the money or prestige they will make when they get their future career; they work hard and push towards their goal of the best paying, high-praising, job on the market. Sometimes these people love their jobs and are happy with their careers, and sometimes they are regretful.


My argument is that doing what you love is doing what you want to do the most. If it were to invent, build, experiment, write, teach, eat, run, swim, sing, dance, dig, clean, be rich, poor, or in between, then you should pursue your dream. Graham comes up with many tests to identify what you want to do in life, but my test would be to sit down and think about your future career. Think of any career, job, or interest that you may like. What is it? Is it different than what you want to do with your future? If it is, then you are in the wrong area of pursuit.


1)      What would you love to do with your future?

2)      Did Graham change your mind about what you want to do with your career/job/life?

3)      Did you agree with Graham about how to decide what to do with your future?

Career Event – Amanda Halper

2017 April 11
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by halper

I attended the Winter Career Expo, and it was quite a failure on my part. First of all, I showed up in a bright red sweater, leggings, and boots. Everyone else was dressed business casual or business professional, and one of my friends showed up dressed like me and we laughed about it and left. But I stayed for about thirty minutes before I found her, and before we bonded over how sorely we stood out, and those thirty minutes weren’t very productive either. I was looking for an internship in New Jersey for the upcoming summer, and most internships were being offered in the midwest or in major cities.

The Career Expo did provide me with experience and boosted my confidence when a man asked me to give him a sales pitch on a hamburger. He told me that I did exceptionally well, and it was completely on the spot. I also have no prior experience with sales, so that was exciting for me. I also got to practice pitching myself and giving firm handshakes, which are apparently very important.

Some of the lines to talk to recruiters were ridiculously long and I think there should be a sign up sheet to speak with recruiters for larger companies, or at least they should bring in more recruiters for those companies. Also, some of the time I’d want to talk to a recruiter but he/she would already be speaking with a different student so I’d just listen in and then not really get to network.

I’m glad that I attended the career expo because I got more experience with networking and pitching myself, however, I did not find it very useful besides that. It also taught me that I really need to dress better for networking events and I went and bought a pant suit when I went home for break. I call it my Hillary Clinton pant suit.

Career Event- Morgan Moubayed

2017 April 10
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by moubayed

For my career event, rather than going to the Careers Fair, I attended a workshop called the Networking Workshop held by the Career Center by Chelsea Moore. The main reason I attended this session was that because I am President of the American Advertising Federation for the UofM chapter, I arrange and host several events that have to do with potential career opportunities or anything to help the members benefit from a career event or workshop to educate them on what is needed for the real world. Thus, I contacted the Career Center and they host and partner with UM clubs to organize events for groups of students. Chelsea and I had continuous conversations about what event would be most beneficial, and decided a networking event would be best. So on the day of the event, there were about 15 members that attended this session held by Chelsea who held a great informative and interactive Networking workshop.

The purpose going into this session was to develop an understanding of networking and its importance, examine personal and potential networks that I have in order to connect with professionals, identify ways to expand my network from what it currently is, and lastly understand what to do for an information interview to help you network. Chelsea first explained what networking really was and it was to build relationships, ask good questions, and find commonalties. She mainly focused on building relationships and how it can benefit us as young professionals entering the work force. Something interesting that I had never thought about, that Chelsea informed us about is how there is a web of network contacts that we should be looking to, some including professors, advisors, organizations you may be involved in, sports organizations, friends, family etc. Those were just a few on the web she presented of a couple dozen of potential connections to look to.  In the middle of the session, Chelsea had us do an exercise where each member at the session had to make a personal quadrant including family, friends, alumni and supervisors/ faculty as each section, and think of as many members for each community in these sections that could potentially be networking connections to look to in the future. This really helped me as I had never thought of some of these people like professors that I was close with whom I could speak with for potential opportunities to build relationships with. In addition, I thought of some family members who I had never thought about contacting for their input that could be helpful in the industry I want to go into. Even so, if the person cannot directly help you find a job, Chelsea made it clear that building a relationship and networking is not all personal and shouldn’t only be for your benefit, but should be to gain insights into potential industries or interests, and just to get to know the person better to see if there are commonalities that you could connect on, and maybe you could even end up benefit the person you are networking with. It should be a mutual benefit for both people partaking in the networking, as you never know what the future may hold where you contact them for guidance or they may contact you for insights.              Chelsea then proceeded by explaining potential ways to expand your network. She gave some ideas including attending lectures and conferences in your field, get involved with professional organizations, informational interviews, attend a career immersion (career fairs), get on mailing lists, attend information sessions, volunteer/ job shadow and lastly, use online professional networks such as the UM Alumni LinkedIn page.  Finally, the best piece of advice was to maintain the relationships by keeping up with the connections once you’ve made them. You never want to just drop in with the person when YOU need them, rather keep up with it frequently and check in, whether its online through social media or email, or stop in to meet in person.


Informational Interview – Brandon Koretz

2017 April 9
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by bkoretz

For my informational interview, I spoke with Melissa “Missy” Isaacson, a family friend who is an award-winning sportswriter for ESPN and an adjunct lecturer at DePaul University and Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. She has been working for ESPN since 2009 after spending 19 years with the Chicago Tribune. Missy’s career took off after her time as the beat writer for the Chicago Bulls championship teams of the 1990s, led by Michael Jordan. She later spent time as the Tribune’s beat writer for the Chicago Bears for seven seasons while becoming one of the paper’s most prominent feature writers and columnists. During her career, Missy has covered countless major sporting events: both the Summer and Winter Olympics, over a dozen Super Bowls, the Final Four, college football bowl games, Australian Open, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open (tennis) and the British Open. She also covered the Chicago White Sox during their World Series-winning playoff run in 2005 and the Chicago Cubs during the 2003, 2007 and 2008 playoffs for the Tribune. She then covered the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning playoff runs in 2010 and 2013 for ESPN. Simply put, Missy has had an extensive career in sports journalism, covering various sporting events at the highest level for decades.

In discussing Missy’s normal day of work, she said she teaches at Northwestern once or twice a week. To my surprise, she said ESPN strongly encourages this to expand the company’s brand and connect with more young students. Another ESPN reporter, J.A. Adande, serves as Northwestern’s Director of Sports Journalism. Missy’s coverage of the Olympics and sports like tennis and golf has expanded in recent years as she works with ESPN International, causing her to travel to much further destinations than her previous roles. She said she loves working for ESPN International as it is the company’s fastest growing division, expanding to India, Asia, Africa and more. A majority of her days are spent researching for stories and interviews, conducting phone interviews, writing, reporting and conducting the occasional radio or TV spot. Missy says she has to be flexible in her job, as she is often tasked with helping out ESPN’s coverage in other departments, like when she helped cover a Kentucky vs. Louisville college basketball game earlier this year. Though I do not intend to pursue a career in sports journalism, I considered it at one point. I was the editor-in-chief of my high school’s student-run newspaper and my “specialty” was in sportswriting. I now plan to pursue a career in sport business, particularly in marketing and branding. However, I asked Missy what advice she’d give to someone trying to enter her field. Her answer was simple: create your own niche. She said there are people doing things in media that they essentially invent on their own. This is particularly the case of a former University of Oregon journalism student who was hired by the New York Giants in public relations. That former student helps shape the brand of the players by covering them in a unique way. The players confide in her and she provides excellent content for the team, causing the Giants to be voted the most media-friendly sports team multiple times. This is interesting because it is true for anyone entering the workforce: carving a unique niche and providing value in ways others have not or cannot often leads to success.

Missy noted that writing appears to be somewhat of a lost artform, particularly in sports journalism. She said, “Everyone wants to be a sideline reporter and thinks they can get there without learning the basic writing skills.” Missy then pointed out that ESPN would rather pay talented writers than people who only look good on camera. That point on the importance of writing is something notable for all professions. It seems simple and obvious, but skillful and effective writing is a vital tool to have upon graduating college. Missy gave a piece of advice that I find to be applicable in fields other than journalism as well: use youth as a benefit. For most companies, young people are the single most important demographic. Leveraging my youth and knowledge of how young people think and behave is a vital trait that can add value to any company if applied correctly. This interview allowed me to connect with Missy on a more professional level and learn about her career specifically, though I have had countless encounters with her on journalism in general over the years.

Career Event- By Maddy Osman

2017 April 7
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by msosman

Career Event


Earlier today, I visited with MPACT and met with my advisor, Maurice Washington, for a career meeting. MPACT is a program/organization within the university that assists student-athletes in career planning and will do all they can to help you find an occupation suitable to your interests and pertaining to your major of study. It is amazing to have a resource like this here at Michigan because it is time to realize that we will not be athletes forever. Someday we will be done with collegiate athletics and it will be time to go into the real world and find a job. The education Michigan offers prepares us with knowledage, but MPACT assists you in finding a line of work that will benefit and interest you. A meeting with MPACT would be most useful for any student-athlete that is struggling with uncertainty of what to do with your major. They are amazing at what they do.

With my broad major of Sport Management, I honestly have no idea what I would like to do nor do I know the options for employment I have with this major. I have met with Maurice before and he has helped me look at different occupation possibilities. Today’s meeting was very informational in the fact that it was about building a resume, which is the next step in finding internships and work. He went through every part of the resume, informed me of how to fill in certain aspects of the document, showed me how to market myself to potential employers and internship personnel, and most importantly, relieved my stress for not knowing how to construct my first resume.

I was also shown a website called ONet, which is a site that provides information about any career you can think of. You can look at job information, find out potential annual salaries, and requirements needed for the job you are looking at. It is a great resource and I am so glad I was shown how to use this fantastic tool.

MPACT is an amazing establishment that will truly help you to be the best you can be and lead you down the best path to success. Even though student-athletes are swamped with time consuming athletic and academic demands, MPACT will work around your schedule and do all they can to get you to the next level. Another benefit is that they work with you your freshman through senior year and help you develop into someone that is ready to conquer life outside of college. The only thing MPACT could improve on is possibly allowing students other that student-athletes with this exclusive opportunity. With more exposure, more students will want to make meetings with them and get career help. Overall, my meeting today and past meetings have been extremely helpful and I can’t wait to continue working with MPACT in the future.

Informational Interview-Morgan Moubayed

2017 April 6
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by moubayed

For my informational interview, I interviewed Amy Weisman, a University of Michigan graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Amy graduated UofM in ’85 with a BBA and a focus in finance and marketing. She also took several courses in LSA Psychology in order to gain a background in human behaviors that she can apply to consumers in the Business world. I have known Amy for years now, as she is a family friend from my hometown growing up. I have always looked up to Amy as a role model as she is a great example of a successful woman in business and similarly pursued a career in business through recruiting at the Ross Business School. I chose to interview Amy because I’ve heard her speak at several Business panels at Ross and she proudly represents women in business and loves to speak to current Michigan students (especially women) about pursuing a role in Business full time. Before speaking with her (and after) I was interested in her career path, entering straight into the work world in business after her undergraduate degree.

Amy currently works at Sterling Investment Partners, a middle market private equity firm, based out of Westport, CT. At first I was not aware of what a private equity firm was, so Amy explained how they invest in a broad range of companies with revenues of 100-300 million dollars. When I asked about her day-to-day responsibilities, she said that her personal role as a Business Development Director, is to proactively look for investment opportunities for the firm to invest in, which involves tasks such as outbound calling to investment bankers or attending networking meetings throughout the country. She also initially screens and reviews the business opportunities for the firm to make sure they are logical investments. Lastly, Amy oversees and manages the entire process of getting deals in the firm and tracking them to make sure they are being analyzed and looked into. So some of her typical day duties are to make calls, sit in on meetings, and she frequently travels in order to meet with potential clients to invest in for their firm.

I then asked Amy about how she got her first job out of college and if it was from a connection or through a job panel or recruiting resources and she then went on to explain that she personally went through the UMich alumni directory (there was no LinkedIn type resources) to contact an alumni working in the business industry and “aggressively networked.” She said that during her time at Michigan, Ross did not have as many recruiting resources for Investment Banking as they do now, so she had to reach out to as many contacts as she could find and take initiative. So she ended up finding a UMich Alum and took her first job in investment banking right out of college to a bank called Drexel, and then was forced to switch after two years because that bank went out of business. She then went into investor relations from an old connection she had at the firm she first worked at. Now, she is currently in Private Equity working 10 minutes away from her home in Weston, CT where her family resides.

Another question I asked her after she described her career path was what was the most important thing she learned throughout switching jobs and in her overall career path since college. Amy began to discuss that networking and making connections was by far the most crucial and important part about growing up in the real world and moving into the Business industry. She said that we are fortunate as millennials in this day and age that we have the technology and recruiting resources where we can almost find any person’s contact information whether its through LinkedIn, online job sites or in person connections, that we can utilize to find a job. She said that we should be over utilizing networking through LinkedIn and keep our profile up to date so it appeals to current employers or human resource employees looking to recruit. She said any alumni from the University of Michigan would probably be more than happy to help us find a job or lead us to the right direction to a person or resource so it doesn’t hurt to reach out. Amy also mentioned that attending career events and networking events that the University holds is also an amazing opportunity and at our hands because you never know who you may meet that may end up opening doors for you in the future. Lastly, she said take everyone’s Business cards and always send follow up emails to make yourself memorable, because you may contact them in the future or want to keep up a relationship with them if you ever cross paths in the future.

Overall, Amy taught me so much about her career path and gave me some amazing advice and insights into what it may be like to go into the Business world. I will be going into Marketing right after college and I am so excited to have Amy as a mentor who I can contact for advice during the start of my career. She mentioned that if I foresee challenges or run into doubts along the way, to contact her and ask for her advice because she has had so much experience in this industry. I really appreciate the time Amy took to speak to me, as it made me even more eager to start my career path in Business.

Career Event- Camille Hollins

2017 April 6
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by Camille

I attended the Spring Career Fair, March 14, 2017. My initial purpose for attending was for the ALA 101 class. I believed that I would not receive much information or talk to many companies because of my current sophomore status and because I did not want to apply to any positions at that time. I went the Spring Career Fair my freshmen year; my experience was not beneficial or exceptionally noteworthy. I deemed all of the career fairs to be boring and worthless to any students not graduating. I had a preconceived notion that I would have the same experience this year as well.

Going to the Spring Career Fair this year opened my eyes to the numerous opportunities for my areas of study. I spoke with a range of companies; from an auto tech company to a national program designed for families in need. I did not expect to have the constant available support from the LSA Opportunity Hub and Career Center. Both of these programs provided “elevator pitch” practice, resources, and verbal support before meeting the different companies. It reassured my feelings about the Spring Career Fair because it boosted my confidence before I entered the room to speak with different people.

I did not have specific companies I wanted to speak with, but the ones that I spoke with gave me information about their programs, advice for future years, and opportunities to join them after I graduate. I gained a lot of information about how to deliver my elevator pitch to people. I also learned how to introduce myself to companies I find interesting, but am not too familiar with. I learned to trust myself in quick situations as well (I was unprepared of which companies would be present at the career fair, but my decision was to make quick conversation with them).

I believe that career fair is an amazing opportunity for any students who want to participate. My recommendations for improvement would be to give freshmen students workshops for practicing/developing elevator pitches and research about companies. Instead of freshmen being required to attend career fairs, they should be required to attend workshops to build professional skills before entering career fairs in their future college years. The Spring Career Fair was an amazing opportunity and I am truly glad I went.

Informational Interview – Program Manager

2017 April 5
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by ahadt

During my undergraduate career, the Community Action and Social Change minor has been one of the greatest influences on my career interests. It is through CASC that I discovered a passion for social work through a social justice perspective. My love of CASC led me to join the CASC Student Board and it is through my position on the CASC board that I met Amber Williams. Amber is currently the CASC Undergraduate Minor Program Manager. She has held a variety of positions in student affairs at different offices at U of M – from the Ginsberg Center, to MESA, and finally CASC. The work that she has done throughout her career is very similar to my own career aspirations in student advocacy work, and thus, I knew she was the perfect person to interview. Through this interview, I discovered how fluid work within this field can be and how the skills gained are very applicable to a variety of areas.

As the program manager, Amber’s main responsibilities consist of developing relationships with other academic and student life programs in order to help extend and expand the CASC network by building connections with various faculty and staff that are engaged in social justice work. She ensures that the minor is accessible to all students by building these partnerships. Additionally, one of her primary roles is to make sure that the nuts and bolts of the program are in place by engaging in student advising, keeping up student records, budgetary needs, branding and communications, and course management. Because her position requires so much of her, no day is typical as her responsibilities differ on a day to day basis. For the most part, she spends a lot of her time in meetings that range from student advising appointments, meetings with internal staff, potential partners, graduate students interested in joining the program, and providing individuals with connections so as to further their learning or career aspirations. A lot of her time is also spent emailing individuals as a follow-up to these meetings, an aspect of her position that she finds challenging due to the sheer quantity of emails she receives. As someone who is very passionate about student affairs, she strives to prioritize students over everyone else.

As a large portion of her job responsibilities include building relationships with others – whether that is a student, faculty, or outside program – Amber believes that one of the most important skills needed for her position is effective communication, particularly with off the cuff conversation. Additionally, her position requires her to connect with various team members in order to keep them up to date with all of the things that she is going. Because the CASC community is so interconnected with the School of Social Work, she is required to work together with multiple people at a time, making it very necessary that she be an efficient communicator. In addition to this, Amber believes that an important skill that a program manager needs is in risk management. Because the CASC Program Manager oversees a great deal of tasks, it is of use to predict and create solutions to issues before they arise, so as to increase one’s chances of producing successful projects. Leadership skills are yet another necessity for a successful program manager so as to ensure that one’s team is working efficiently and productively.

When asked to give advice for people interested in a career in her field – that of student affairs – Amber emphasized the importance of building connections as one moves through their life. Through networking, one can build a relationship with an individual that can be of much help down the line, specifically in gaining useful resources. Additionally, she discussed how an individual interested in becoming a program manager must learn to take ownership of their time. Because this position requires so much of an individual, it can get very difficult to work as one quickly becomes drained so it is important to leave time for reenergizing and rebooting, so that one can give as much as they can.

My interview with Amber was very invaluable as I was able to gain a lot of helpful information about what she does in her position. Although I work with Amber on a weekly basis, there was a lot that I didn’t know about her work schedule regarding the sheer amounts of time and effort she puts in. As someone who is very passionate for student advocacy work, I was grateful to learn more about the different types of tasks and responsibilities that are expected of an individual holding a student affairs position as this is a career pathway that I can see myself going down.