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Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to reflect on love (a love defined by your current relationship status), romantic comedy films, candy and more. However, Valentine’s Day gave me an opportunity to reflect on my Spotify music and listen to Sade: my favorite singer of all-time. While she poetically sings about romance, love, social justice and more, her song titled “Hang on to your love” reflects on commitments in relationships. Here is an excerpt from her song:

Be brave when the journey is rough
It’s not easy when you’re in love
Don’t be ashamed when the going gets tough

It’s not easy don’t give up

While Valentine’s Day focuses on commitments between people, this kind of dedication can extend unto our job goals and current academic pursuits. Our pursuit of a job doing what we love can be rough because doubts evoke giving up. Relationships with our work can be fragile and lead to questions which deter us from being committed. Here are several questions that can come to mind:

Will the pay be enough for my future family? Are there many employment opportunities in that field? How competitive is the market in that workplace? Where would be an ideal place to live so I can have a better chance at being employed? What about internship opportunities? What makes me unique compared to other people applying for the same position? How can I make living in a box work if I fail?

My passion, work and academic development have been geared towards journalism. Journalism is where I devote my time in improving my skills, learning new programs and building my resume.

I am committed to improve as a reporter, but it’s not easy at times due to the decline of employed journalists.

According to the Pew Research Center, “Newspaper newsroom employees dropped by 45% over the period, from about 71,000 workers in 2008 to 39,000 in 2017.”

What a daunting statistic to look at; however, the industry is evolving towards online outlets, which means I must adapt as well.

Part of a commitment is knowing what you’re getting into and calibrating yourself to confront tough questions about the workforce. The questions I listed earlier can emit terror for future you, but deal with adversity and hang on to your love.

In a sense, you build the relationship with your future job and it requires work. If you’re a college student wondering what workforce to enter, my advice is to aim for something you love to do and then DTR from there.


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