We are super excited to welcome Helen to the Holstee family as our Community Love Intern! Helen will jump on board our Community Experience Team to continue to keep the customer experience at Holstee the best it can be. Welcome to the fam, Helen! Thanks for sharing these words on your journey:
The post-graduate world, the environment in which you find yourself once the cap and gown are gone, tassel turned, brain brimming with information, new ideas, fresh knowledge, and big hopes, is not exactly kind. The combination of the dreaded economy, the sudden panic-mode that comes with what we can and can’t afford, where to live, to go, to be, to become, are all factors that come with being an educated-sans-experience-twenty-something. I truly believe that graduation, schooling, degrees galore or even an acutely specific idea of what comes next can’t prepare you for, well, what actually comes next.
I attended a small, liberal arts college at the gold-and-black clad heart of western Pennsylvania. A head-scratching experience unto itself, I made my way through four-years of undergrad as most pensive, dramatic, writing majors do: lots of late nights, poetry, espresso, last-minute inspired stories and papers being furiously typed only minutes before their deadlines, all projects crafted and honed with careful intensity and unified flourish. Still, towards the end of it all, I didn’t know how to plan out the next few years of my life, let alone the next few timid steps. I’m not sure, is what I told everyone when asked what I planned to do after graduation. I’ll figure it out.
While writing is an intrinsic part of my person, while I will always find time to jot down new ideas, foster characters to completion, pull over while driving to scribble out an opening line (all the time, it’s true), I found out that merely enjoying a craft or even being good at something, anything, was not necessarily the window to forming a career, or even necessarily the right reason in doing so. The job market, guarded by a solid and infinite wall with no place to gain footing or traction, left me hung to dry after nearly three years of searching for the right way in. Things weren’t going to just open up before me; I had to work for it, I had to really think it over. I had lots of time for self-examination, to be challenged, to cultivate growth, to find out what really mattered in terms of me living my best life, and moving in that direction, however slowly or off-beat.
This journey of somewhat epic proportions is what rightfully led me to Holstee. My first introduction to this company was through their profoundly worded Manifesto, which I took to be a beacon of encouragement in this ever-unknown situation. I found it both moving and motivating, both of which led me to dig deeper into what Holstee is all about, where they began, and what they’re doing now. Reading further into their philosophy, I was struck with a new sense of hope, a reason that was deeper than just wanting a place to work or a job to cling to for financial security. Being brought on to Holstee’s team has renewed my faith in possibility, that there is something in this world that can excite us, can bring us through, can give us purpose. While I believe we’re never through learning about the people that we are, I’m ready for what this brand new opportunity will teach me about myself, about my world, and about how those two things are meant to meet. I knew that the right fit for me would be a place that encouraged creative thinkers, implored me to live mindfully, urged me to be grateful, to do those things (like writing!) that bring me joy, and remind me that life, with all its ups and downs, my constant job search being a nearly perfect example of that, is beautifully simple.