You know how sometimes, when things are not going as planned, suddenly everything begins to work out? That’s how I feel right now. I got back from a once-in-a-lifetime (or maybe not…I could definitely do that again!) European trip, and immediately felt pressured because I did not have a job nor did I have a plan for my future. Other than the obvious, of course: get rich, get married, have kids, travel, enjoy life…but most of us want at least some of those things. In order to get rich, though, you have to find a job…a good paying job. Well, as we all know, the economy tanked just as myself and many of my peers were getting ready to graduate from college, so finding a good job has been challenging to say the least.
Of course, I went off and completed a year of law school right after I graduated from college, so I didn’t think of the word “job” much at all since I was too busy with school. When I realized that law school and a career in the legal field was not for me, I was back at square one. I had always been passionate about Public Relations and Marketing, but I also had never considered it as a career path since I had focused my attention solely on becoming an attorney up until I quit law school. So, after my extended trip to Europe, I knew where I needed to focus my attention…I have an overwhelming desire to become a successful PR/Marketing professional, so that is what I’ve been pursuing over the past months. I took it upon myself to search for jobs and internship possibilities within the industry, and I found it to be rather welcoming. I was grateful to be taken in as a Marketing Assistant as well as a Public Relations intern with two different companies, both of which are very successful. Just in a short amount of time, I have learned so much, and I know with absolution that I am heading down the right career path for me.
My next goal is to land a full-time job in the PR/Marketing industry, and I am beginning to feel very confident that this will happen soon! I am looking forward to having a salary for various reasons: paying student loans, purchasing a new(er) car, having some disposable income, saving for the future, etc. I’m a huge saver when it comes to my personal money, but I’m also looking forward to the ability to invest some of it! Even though I claim to hate Math, I love working with numbers, and I get excited thinking about making investments and dabbling in stocks. Ehh, maybe.
I guess my point is, when life has you feeling discouraged, don’t let it get you down. Work harder, get inspired, and find a way to achieve success and happiness. I almost let it get the best of me when I realized that the only career path I’d considered was in fact not the right fit for me. However, instead of allowing it to stress me out, I chose to channel my energy and ideas into something I was actually passionate about…and here I am today, excited and ready to take on my future!
Have you ever changed your career path? If not, would you, if you had the chance?