Overcoming the COVID-19 Job Slump Through Initiative and Hard Work With Mitchell Kennedy of Holon Publishing

Through taking his career into his own hands, Mitchell Kennedy proves college students don’t have to sacrifice their passions and settle for the jobs only available at career fairs and on LinkedIn.

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As a child, Mitchell was always reading. Everything else went to the back burner. To this day his bedroom is a library in progress. 

When highschool came around, Mitchell continued to dive head first into reading. And as he did, he soon developed a passion for writing as well. 

Then came Senior year, where he had to start thinking about college Majors and future careers – It intimidated him. Reading and writing were his passions, but he struggled to find a career that incorporated these. 

Like many high school and college students, he was depressed by the thought of having to settle for a job which didn’t satisfy his personal passions and interests. 

Mitchell graduated from high school and moved on to attend the University of Dayton. 

As a First-Year student, he was still confused and undecided as to what he wanted to pursue, so he decided to remain undeclared and not pursue a specific major. 

Near the end of his first year, Mitchell sat down with the head of UD’s English Department. After a  two hour conversation, he learned he did not have to not sacrifice what made him happy for the sake of a secure and unfulfilling job at a corporate desk.  

The next day Mitchell went into the English Department office and registered as an English Major. 

He did not ask his parents, friends, or other relations for their advice or opinion. He knew they would ask, “What are you going to do with an English degree?” 

Mitchell took the initiative to determine his own career without sacrificing what he loved. 

Refusing to Settle as a Senior During the Covid Epidemic 

Mitchell entered his Sophomore year as an English student. He loved the classes, and even interned at a local hospital, writing grants and reports, and conducting research. 

In the 2nd semester of his Junior year, the first Covid-19 lockdowns went into place and Mitchell went home. 

Like many other college students, his internship was cancelled, and he had to go into his Senior year with nothing to show on his resume except for some high school and summer jobs. 

In 2020, when collegiate students were allowed to return to their universities, Mitchell did so knowing he needed to do everything he could to find a job and develop his professional skills and portfolio. 

The problem was no one was hiring. Few internships remained, and those that did were mainly in business or engineering. Dayton offered little in the way of Humanities opportunities. 

The job and internship fairs Mitchell hosted by UD were equally uninspiring. Every booth was also a business or engineering company. He, like many other English and Humanities students, had no opportunities presented to them. 

The safe choice was to settle for one of the few companies there who did want an English Major. 

But Mitchell didn’t settle. Instead, he decided he would develop his professional skills and portfolio on his own terms. 

Taking Initiative in His Job Search 

In November of his Senior year, Mitchell started reaching out to local companies about internships for the 2020-2021 Christmas break. 

He looked at companies and industries which spoke to his reading and writing passions. 

Mitchell sent unsolicited requests along with his resume to over a dozen local creative agencies, publishing companies, marketing firms, and other writing-centric businesses. 

A few returned his emails, impressed by his enterprising attitude. One of those was Holon Publishing. 

After sending a few emails back and forth, Mitchell knew working at Holon – at that time, on an internship basis – was something he wanted to pursue. 

They embraced his passions and encouraged them. They saw his spirit behind them and told him he would not be required to sacrifice them. 

Many college students accept a job because it is what’s available. Covid-19 made the job search that much more difficult as a college student. But Mitchell didn’t allow career fairs, LinkedIn posts, other job sites, and especially Covid-19, determine what his career would be. 

Mitchell didn’t settle; he took the initiative into his own hands and found one which fully fit everything he wanted in a job. 

Because of Mitchell’s initiative, he is now working full time at Holon Publishing. He is a core member of an innovative and exciting team in an industry that speaks to his passions – and all at the age of 23. 

At Holon, Mitchell works with authors, CEO’s, business professionals, and other creatives to write and publish their books, build their brands, and market their businesses. 

He gets to work at a company which values him, respects what his passions are, and develops his position around him. 

Mitchell learned college students and post-grads do not have to settle if they take the initiative in their job search. The worst outcome is a rejection letter, and the best is finding a company which makes the work-life balance easy.

Mitchell’s story shows that when you refuse to sacrifice your passions for a safe job, you can instead build a career around them. His story proves college students don’t have to settle – even during a world-wide pandemic. 

If you would like to learn more about Mitchell, you can add him on LinkedIn. If you are interested in learning more about Holon Publishing and their publishing and marketing services, you can visit their website here

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