I read through all the web links and I’m not convinced of LinkedIn’s actual practicality. I get the impression that there’s a good reason that only 40% of users use the site daily. If being on LinkedIn got consistent results, then it seems like everyone would use it. If making a LinkedIn profile actually got people recommendations and jobs on a regular basis, then any alternative to it would be outmoded. But I feel like there’s no way that the site works for most people.
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It seems like the work in my internship has hit a bit of a lull, for the time being. It seems like things are going to start ramping up a bit as different projects take off, but most things I've been doing this week aren't exactly thought-intensive or creatively fulfilling. Most of what I've done is just edit calendar entries, which is inherently repetitive. I've got their event calendar set until June, but I can't help but feel like this kind of thing could be automated.
It seems like the stage of transition we're meant to be in is “Disorientation.” I can't say that I feel all that “disoriented” as Anson and Forsberg are presenting it, though. I understand my role and what my responsibilities are. Scheduling is kind of complicated and sporadic, but the tasks I've been assigned make sense to me. Working independently isn't really a problem for me and, based on that, I'd say I'm on the “Transition and Resolution” stage.
I just had a round-table meeting with a few people at CFI and honestly had a lot of fun. People joked around a bit, but they also put a lot of different ideas out there as to what CFI’s next steps should be on a few of their projects. It sounds like we’re getting another intern that will work on the PR side of things a bit more and I’ll probably be working closely with him on a few projects. It’s so interesting to me to see how people’s talents and specialties mesh together and catalyze one another.
This semester, I'll be interning at CFI - Michigan. The Center For Inquiry is a secular group that promotes free-thinking and they put together different events where people get together to talk about and debate different issues. They even have events where kids can come and play games to win prizes.