Shortly after I graduated from college, I took a temporary position assisting the staff at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine as they prepared for their annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. The organization, I would soon learn, had thousands of members -- mostly M.D.s and Ph.D.s -- from all over the world who specialized in the research, development, and application of MRI. These members would soon converge in Denver for a 7-day accredited medical convention with 9 parallel sessions, over 1500 poster exhibitions, and a technical exhibition featuring the latest equipment from 50+ companies including GE, Philips, and Toshiba.
My job, which I bit into with great force, was to assist the staff in anything and everything. I alphabetized paperwork, ran errands, found files, took phone messages, and tied up loose ends. Four short years later -- after learning from every conversation and transaction that came my way -- I'd wiggled my way up to top of the meetings staff and was directing conventions and workshops in Europe, Asia, North America...you name it...all because someone had given me an opportunity on that very first day by opening the door.
We all have stories like this. We've climbed ladders, gone out on limbs, built things from scratch; our pathways are varied and unique. But I'm sure we all have something in common, too: strong hands that have reached out to guide us, pull us forward, and to lift us.
Kimberly & Katie
I love when doors open for me and I love opening doors for others. It's the way the world works. If you're in a position to take an intern under your wing I encourage you to connect with the career centers at Chico State and Butte College.
Open the door to your business, invite someone inside, and change a career path (and a life!) in the process.