“I didn’t really jump on the opportunity at first,” said Carl. “I completely lucked out.”
Carl spent the next summer clearing brush with chain saws, using motorboats to place signs, and eating caribou. Although he says it was the hardest he’s ever worked, he ended up going back the next summer and now dreams of returning as a wildlife biologist.
“I like to think of a job search as a sort of Venn diagram. One circle represents your personal interests and what you feel drawn to. Another represents your skills and natural abilities, basically what you do well. A third is what people are willing to pay for, what jobs exist in the real world that pay a decent amount and you can subsist off of. Where those three meet is a kind of sweet spot where you should be looking,” said Carl.
After investigating different educational avenues, including a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, Carl started accruing credits at DeAnza College in Cupertino, CA.
“There have been set backs, huge leaps forward, and periods of growth,” said Carl. “Sometimes things might seem like two steps forward and one step back, but that’s just part of the adventure.”
Carl’s biggest advice to his fellow Bulldogs? Accept the pace of change in your life.
“Your progress doesn’t have to be at the pace anyone else expects it to be,” said Carl. “The sooner you embrace that, the greater the transformative experience will be.”