First Days

As winter slowly melts into spring, we are reminded of all the first days that are about to come. The first day of being a college graduate and looking for a ‘grow-up job.’ The first day of the summer season with new seasonals to manage. The first day of the summer as a seasonal, looking forward to new adventures. The first day of seasonal training. The first day in new uniforms.

When I think about first days, I’m reminded of one of Lao Tzu’s teachings:

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Each of us will face changes as the seasons turn and we move past the first days of a new summer season. Here are some resources to help you navigate your own first days, changes, and the challenges that will inevitably follow:

For the interpretive manager
John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Sam Ham’s Environmental Interpretation: A Practical Guide for People with Big Ideas and Small Budgets

For the seasonal or new interpreter
Freeman Tilden’s Interpreting Our Heritage
This American Life, “Episode 115: First Day” (sometimes, it’s worth remembering we all have the jitters)

For the recent graduate
PBS Newshour’s “Ask the Headhunter” blog
Virginia Tech’s “Guide to Federal Employment

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