That was the furthest thing from my mind. Life was carefree back then. I didn’t have to worry about my career because it was so far in the future that my mind would probably change a handful of times before I had to decide. Then, time started to fly and before I knew it, I was in college. The time when you really need to put your ducks in a row and decide what you want to do with your life.
But don’t worry… I had a plan. Or at least I thought I did. I would go to school, get good grades, and land an internship with my dream company who would eventually offer me a full-time position. When everyone was running around frantically looking for a job, I wouldn’t be worried because I had it all figured out. Unfortunately, I took a few detours and didn’t end up with that fairytale ending.
Initially, when I started to think about my future, I knew I wanted to work in the Marketing field. I wanted to land a job at a HUGE company and move out to the city (spoiler alert: I still live at home with mom and dad!). However, I didn’t really start looking for jobs until late into my spring semester, senior year. I admit, that was my fault. Maybe if I started earlier I would have landed a big time job, and maybe I would have stayed in the Philadelphia (where I went to college). But, I don’t want to live my life thinking “what if” because everything happens for a reason, right?
I wasn’t very concerned that I was still unemployed after graduation… my mom on the other hand… that’s another story. Most of my friends had their whole life planned out. They knew where they were working, what city they would move to, and some even had a five year plan… My mentality was a little different than theirs. I had the rest of my life to work, so I wanted to enjoy my summer before I had to settle down.
Since I had the summer to reflect, I started to think more about my future. I realized that working for a big company wasn’t the best decision for me, at least not right after college. I wanted to work for a company where I could see my day-to-day work impacting the overall goals of the business. Fast forward to today, and I am currently doing just that!.
If you find yourself in a similar position, don’t sweat it. If your parents are down your back about figuring out the rest of your life, tell them everything will work out, because it WILL work out. You may not land your dream job immediately, but any job you do get will help you along the way. Who knows, maybe that position you didn’t even want will end up being your dream job…