Interviewing into the Real World: Kylie

Interviewing into the Real World: Kylie

I really value advice from different people especially people who are the same age as me or in the same stage in life as me. I think they are really the people who know what I’m going through and how I am feeling in the moment. I thought I would start a little series interviewing friends, family, acquaintances, etc. about their professional life as well as how they stay active and healthy. I think everyone’s story is unique and interesting and I think everyone has their own piece of advice to share.

My first interviewee is my friend Kylie! Kylie and I met in the dorms our first year of college. We quickly realized we were both from the Bay Area and progressively started bonding more and more throughout the year. Kylie is probably the easiest person to talk and always listens to my rants without any judgment. Let’s get to know Kylie!

1. Introduce yourself (school, major, job, hobbies, etc).
My name is Kylie, and I graduated last spring from University of Oregon. My majors were Environmental Science and Geography. I’m now working part time as an intern for Santa Clara Valley Water District. My hobbies include hiking, painting, climbing, and planning my next travel adventures 🙂


2. How did you join the workforce and get your job?
Technically I don’t have a real job yet … but I applied to my internship last winter, had my interview in March, and started in April. I’d applied to internships there before, but this was the first time I got and interview and I ended up landing the job!

3. What was the biggest transition from college to working?

Biggest transition from college to working is probably realizing when I’m home after work, I have no homework to work on and am free to do what I want until 8am the next morning! Also, I moved back to my hometown so it was an adjustment to go back to the place I grew up, and the people I spend time with differ from my social routine in college.


4. Tips for people looking for jobs? 

Hmmm… well I’m still looking for a full time job, so I don’t know if I’m the right person to ask, but apply to everything you’re interested in, even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone and or qualified skills. Also, I know everyone says this, but connections really help! My coworkers like me and my work ethic and are always willing to be a reference on the job apps I put in, which can really get your foot in the door.

5. Now that you’re working, are you able to stay active as much as you would like?

In general, now that I’m working, I’m as active as I’d like to be. Some days at work are long and when I get home I just want to be a potato but some school days were like that as well. I think I’ve done a good job transitioning my active routine to balance my work life, but the biggest struggle right now is it gets dark so early, so I’m not able to run or hike outside after work.


6. How do you stay active?

I stay active by hiking, running, and climbing. I try to run two times a week, hike two times a week, and I climb every Friday night with friends. I’m trying to up my activity and am going to start training for a 10K again, and am planning on swimming once a week now. Sometimes, especially around the holidays, I don’t have time to do all of this, but that’s okay.

7. Any last things you’d like to say. 

I love reading your blog Taylor and you have always been an inspiration to me for staying in shape 🙂


Isn’t Kylie awesome? Doesn’t she inspire you to go hiking or travel? I know she really makes me want to go hiking! Thanks for the great interview Kylie!




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