Today word got around that I’ll be joining the news apps team at the Chicago Tribune when I finish my internship here at the Post. While I’m sad to be leaving my incredible colleagues here at the Post, I’m also completely excited for this new opportunity. I can’t wait. I also can’t believe it. I’ve followed the Tribune’s work for the better part of two years, and I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t fascinated by it. They do a little bit of everything, which is exactly the sort of team I want to be a part of.
Some of you know I was blessed and bewildered to be in a position where I had more than one job possibility. Certainly not ever the dilemma I thought I would have in journalism! Deciding what would be right for me was the toughest decision I’ve ever made. I do not say that lightly. But I was also fortunate to be surrounded by very wise friends and family. Here are synopses and paraphrases of some of the best pieces of advice — from serious to silly — I got from them:
Work at a good place around good people. That combination will open all sorts of opportunities regardless of the actual work you’re doing.
If you’re going to go somewhere with a harsh winter, get a damn good job so you can afford all the clothes you’ll need to buy.
Be willing to do whatever unglamorous work you have to do. Realize the future is more flexible than you think it will be.
If you’re having trouble making a decision, you haven’t gathered enough information yet.
Be strong and ready to forge your own path.
Focus more on the people and work you’re attracted to than the location or the sexy (or unsexy) name.
(EDIT: Meant to include in my original draft that the above advice about working with awesome people is a large part of what made it so very difficult for me to choose. There were no bad potential coworkers!)
There were many, many others, and I am grateful for every one of them. I wouldn’t be in this position without the support and encouragement (and, sometimes, the disagreement) from everyone around me. I’m humbled by the people who have offered me everything from advice to the chance to screw up their websites (oops) to late-night chocolate to last-minute conference hotel rooms. From the time I first got pulled accidentally into the journalism world at The Collegian, the people around me have been the best part of every place, every project.
I’m going to need your support in the coming months, too. It’s going to be a wild ride.
PS: #BC9 and Leslie Thornton, a special thank-you for you. Thanks for giving me a chance to practice my razzle dazzle. <3, Sorceress