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I thought I would take a quick break from writing about my travels to talk a little bit about Target. Now that its summer time I have been seeing lots of kids I went to high school and college with coming into the store. For a little background, I graduated from IU in December and have been looking for a job in the sports field since then. When I graduated I knew that I would have a lot of loans to pay back so I decided to head back to Target because they were flexible enough to let me come back during breaks throughout school. Is Target my dream job, No, but these past six months have been very helpful for me in paying back my loans as I’m almost halfway through paying them back.  Do I get a little embarrassed when I see people that I know, sure, but I know that I’m doing the right thing by going back. I could be sitting on the couch all day doing nothing but I would rather spend a year at Target so I can pay back all my loans and be free to do what I choose to do.

In the past six months I’ve been able to network with many of Indianapolis’ top marketers and I feel like I’m absolutely heading in the right direction. So even though there are some things that I don’t like about working for Target (those people that I’m close to know those reasons and then some,) I still feel like going back was the most practical decision I could have made. At the same time there are many great people that I work with that make those other things seem trivial while I’m actually at work. I am someone that always looks at the positive side of things so whenever I am at work I try to make the best of the situation and hopefully the people that I work with can see that. The way I look at it the friendships that I’ve made with the people that I work with balances out that crazy coupon lady, or the person who brings back their clothes that smell like an ash tray and tell you they never wore them.

Life is full of unexpected situations. If you had asked me my sophomore year of college if I would be at Target after graduation I would have told you you were crazy. Things happen however and its important to meet challenges head on. College has a way of keeping you in a bubble and the one thing that snaps that bubble is looking at your final loan amount due. I know that by putting in this hard mostly thankless work now I will be better prepared for the future. Because lets be honest if I can survive countless Carmel mom’s there’s not much that can stand in my way.

As a follow up to my introductory post on why I”m blogging I thought I would write about what my goals are for the future in terms of my career. I have been a huge sports fan for as long as i can remember but the first real memory I have comes from elementary school. As is true for any kid I really didn’t have a great sense of direction, lets be honest I still don’t, but when I was 2 my family moved to Queens, New York. We lived there for three years and all I remembered about that time was that our apartment was close to a baseball stadium. Seeing as the Yankees are really the only New York baseball team that gets talked about I just assumed that it was Yankee Stadium that I lived next to. So for many years I went around telling everyone that I lived 5 minutes from Yankee Stadium and thats why I was a Yankees fan. You can imagine my surprise  when I realized that I had been living a lie all these years and I really should have been a Mets fan because of our closeness to Shea not Yankee Stadium.

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My favorite team?

Since that mishap I have found a passion for pro football and basketball and intend to make a career out of this passion. My ultimate goal is to be the community relations director for the Colts. I have followed the team and its success since the arrival of Peyton Manning (I’m one of those people who uses the phrase “we” when talking about the team) This year I actually had the great opportunity to work for the organization as a guest relations staff member and I can say with certainty that it was one of the more memorable jobs I’ve held. There were 19 college students and myself who were responsible for hearing any fan complaints or suggestions during any of the ten preseason and regular season games held at Lucas Oil. Needless to say Lucas Oil and the Colts enjoy a very diverse fan base so each game held its own unique challenges and concerns. In fact I even had to break up a fight at one of the games that happened right in front of our guest relations booth (yes all 5’7″ of me broke up a fight between two grown men). I am returning to this position next season as long as there is no lockout in place (trying to keep from expressing my views on the lockout). I really respect the players of the organization who have created charities to help those in the community and would love to be involved in that process. I believe that your life is measured by the amount of people that you help along the way and I feel that this position would be a great way to positively impact the lives of as many people as possible.

Right now I am networking as much as possible to find a way to break into the sport industry to earn the dream job that I want with the Colts. While it feels like it is slow-moving I do feel like momentum has been on my side in the past few weeks. I’m looking forward to see what the future holds for me and as always if you know someone that could give me some advice I would really appreciate it.  Thats it for today. I feel like I’m getting a handle on this whole blogging thing and keep a look out for a new post coming either tomorrow or Sunday.  Thanks to everyone who made it all the way through those 600 words.

Lev

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