(The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Al-Fanar Media).
The transition from a student’s lifestyle of studying, taking exams, and working on theoretical material, to that of a professional who is required to apply knowledge practically, can be challenging. As a fresh graduate working in the field of human rights and research, I found myself lost in the process of figuring out my true career goals. I was passionate about what I do, yet still felt perplexed. There is more to achieve, I kept thinking. I started to look for internships, freelance opportunities, and part-time vacancies in fields similar enough to mine, but I had to explore my potential in a new way.
I applied for a job in a news agency but fate played its part and, by a happy coincidence, I landed an internship with Al-Fanar Media. It was scary at the beginning, knowing that I would be handling tasks that are new to me, even in a field that I am interested in. My manager talked me through it at the beginning, telling me to keep an open mind towards the tasks and that it would be a learning experience. I followed through with that guidance and learned a lot in spite of my fears.