I wrote Part 1 of my career story back in October after I had hosted my first social media marketing workshop. I talked a bit about my career journey up until that point, the struggles I faced with my first job, and some inspiration that had helped me navigate through that time.
When I wrote that piece, I was in a somewhat positive place. I was very proud of myself for having organized and executed such an event but I was still unsure about the direction I was going in.
Since then, I have welcomed in a big career change and have totally shifted the direction of my journey. I want to provide an update of my career story and more inspiring tips to help any recent grads who may be in a similar situation!
My Career Story Continued
In Part 1, I talked about my role as a freelance digital marketing assistant and host of my social media marketing workshop. I continued on that path for another few months but unfortunately, the money just wasn’t coming in. So, I began my hunt for a full-time job.
During this hunt, I took a job as a freelance personal stylist, which served as my saving grace. I still have that job today and it has allowed me to become more financially stable and shift my focus entirely on my career.
But at the time I started, I had no idea where my career was going! I thought that because my degree was in Public Relations I had to get a job within the Communications field. Even though I wasn’t confident that the field was for me, I basically told myself to deal with it because I didn’t see many other options.
More months of applications, rejection letters, and dead-end interviews went by. During this time, little thoughts would pop into my head about teaching, but I was still under the impression that I was stuck in the Communications field, so I never allowed myself to think too far into that.
Then, the universe gave me a big slap in the face. My mom came into my room one day with a pile of my old yearbooks. I went through them and all my memories came rushing back:
I really wanted to be a teacher when I was younger!
I adored my teachers growing up and admired everything they did. Every day after school I would go into my basement “classroom” and regurgitate everything they taught me that day to my own class of stuffed animals.
This was truly a childhood dream that got swept under the rug by a bunch of clutter and more “important” things. It was refreshing to come across this idea again because it felt pure, simple, and the right thing to do.
Inspiring Tips for your Career Journey
That brings me to present day. I am currently preparing to start my education courses in the fall and dive into this new, exciting chapter of my life!
Looking back, there are things I have learned that could be of value to other recent grads in a situation similar to mine. Let’s face it, most grads have a few trips and falls just getting to their career ladder before they even start to climb it!
Keep it Simple
So often, we wish to find some deep and complex answer to our problems. We resort to self-help books or “gurus” to help us find these answers we think we won’t be able to find on our own.
This kind of relentless search often causes more confusion, a longing for what we don’t have, or false/temporary answers. In reality, 90 percent of the time, the answers are usually pretty simple and obvious.
For example, I spent months pigeon-holing myself into finding a job within Communications when the only real connection I had to that field was a degree and a little work experience. I forced myself to find the “answer” to my problems within that realm. I thought maybe if I discovered the perfect position or company, I would be happy and fulfilled. Wrong!
Once I cut through all that noise, I discovered the admiration for teaching was there all along. I love helping people, I am a huge advocate for reading and the power of education, and I am a total nerd who reads the classics for fun. These aren’t things I have to dig deep to discover about myself. They’re right there on the surface.
Be Honest with Yourself
Don’t be afraid to admit you’ve made a mistake. Whether it be in a job choice or degree field, most of us don’t get it right the first time. Also, don’t try to force yourself to continue to do something that makes you miserable because you feel it’s the right thing to do. The right thing to do is to find what makes you happy!
I love this quote I recently came across:
Don’t look to do what the world needs. See what makes you come alive because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
The world, your loved ones, and, most importantly, you will be better for pursuing something that makes you feel purposeful and alive.
Forgive Yourself and Move Forward
There’s no point in dwelling on the past or drowning yourself in what if?’s. The only version of you is the one that exists at this moment, not the one who got that job you didn’t get or made that decision you didn’t make.
Dwelling on the past and beating yourself up will only serve you pain and regret and you definitely don’t have time for that!
Make an effort to forgive yourself for mistakes and excessive self-criticism. It happens to the best of us but we must be conscious of when it happens too much and hinders us from moving forward.
Finally, whatever you do, keep going! As long as you remain in motion, you will be getting yourself one step closer to success. It is only when you give up that nothing will progress.
This is only the beginning of my journey and I have already learned so much! I am so excited to have a real plan for my future that I have confidence in. I will continue to write updates as I reach new milestones and encounter new lessons. Stay tuned!