The past few years have been a journey of self-exploration and growth. I started at Cuhaci & Peterson as an architectural intern and student with a passion for the architecture industry and design. As I advanced through college and gained a better understanding of myself, it occurred to me that my strengths and desires were leading me down a new path.
I was faced with a choice that eventually led me to chase an incredibly different career goal than my original dream of becoming an architect. After over a year of drafting construction documents, building architectural models, and drawing prototypes, I took a leap of faith and changed my major to marketing, and hoped I could move from architectural intern to marketing intern.
As I was finishing my last semester of college, people were always telling me “Follow your passion”, but no one mentions that passions can evolve, and it is okay to change career paths. People often get too comfortable in their current situation and resist change even when it is an incredible chance to grow.
Diving headfirst into my marketing journey taught me the importance of being able to adapt. At the time, my fear of change convinced me I was jeopardizing my job as an architectural intern, my connections with coworkers, and leaving behind everything I had learned throughout my time at Cuhaci & Peterson.
The opposite proved to be true—my team fully supported my choice, encouraged my growth, and worked with me to pave out the next steps in my career path. My uneasiness transformed into excitement, and I discovered that working hard, trusting my instincts, and surrounding myself with the right company culture will never lead me down the wrong path.
Even in the middle of a pandemic, at a time when many people were losing their jobs, I was given the unique opportunity to transition from the architectural team to the marketing department. Along with this, my team at C&P encouraged me to partner with the business development team and attend events to gain further exposure of the industry.
Taking a chance and trusting my desire for change gave me an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in multiple departments and develop a unique skill set designing and marketing within the architectural industry.
My growth and development would not have been possible if it were not for the flexibility and trust of the people I work with. This has not only reassured me to feel valued by the company but also excited to grow and lean into new opportunities. Being part of a company culture that values taking risks, having courage, and being curious has inspired me to aspire, create, and accomplish my goals, and I am thankful for the encouraging attitude of my team.
Update: While writing this blog, my career at C&P has taken another unexpected but very appreciated turn. My college classes were winding down and with no firm job offers, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous.
That changed when my new boss called me into his office to go over “some paperwork” to finalize my internship. Well, that paperwork turned out to be a job offer, my first as a soon-to-be graduate and that was so exciting! I was very surprised and extremely grateful.
I’ve now been full time just a few weeks as Marketing Coordinator but I’m learning a lot and couldn’t be happier. From learning about the request for proposal (RFP) process, to social media posts and designing graphics for digital signage, I have been engaging in new projects every day. Each assignment is helping me develop more proficiency in my field and grow with Cuhaci & Peterson.
As Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Working for a company that values improvement, transformation, and new ideas makes my workflow exciting and encourages us all to make space for possibilities.
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