It’s no surprise that being an adult is anything but sunshine and roses. Being a recent college graduate, I’ve begun to experience the true meaning of growing up. The bills and responsibilities are not fun, but the main factor that screamed “YOU ARE NO LONGER A STUDENT/TEENAGER/DO WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT TO” was the lack of free time and true reality of finding a job that makes me happy.
So a little context….I recently just went through a job transition that basically transformed my life. When I graduated college it was very hard to find a full time job with the degree I had (Public Relations) around the very small town that I live in. I eventually found a job in Marketing that was an hour away from my house. DO NOT DO THIS PEOPLE. Driving an hour to and from work every day is not only expensive but very exhausting. Also, don’t always take the first job that is handed to you… really weigh out your options and think about what it is that you want to spend 8+ hours a day doing for the rest of your life. And for me folks, this job that I had wasn’t it.
It was about 5 months into the job when I truly started to become unhappy. At first, I was forcing myself to deal with it, but I slowly started seeing my happiness fade, my energy to decrease, and my motivation to basically dissolve into nothingness…
It dawned on me. I need to empower myself. I need to find my strengths and dive in head first into the professional world. How did I do this? Im here to share this advice with you so that those of you who are truly unhappy with your profession can better yourself and ultimately and more importantly better your LIVES. If a 23 year old can do it, than anyone can.
- BE CONFIDENT
This will be the first and most important step in this process. When I began my very first career job, my confidence was mediocre. I had excellent interview skills, but zero networking and professional experience. It didnt take long for me to get the hang of speaking to others who had YEARS of experience on me, but I gained confidence through getting out of my comfort zone. Those who I met took me seriously because of the confidence I radiated in the room.
Go to your local mall and spend some of your hard earned money on some clothes that make you feel good about yourself. I promise when you dress nice, you feel nice about yourself.
2. JOIN A NETWORK
Joining an online network of those in your profession is a great source for learning and expanding your skills. I have joined some marketing networks that have taught me more than I did studying in college. You will meet others who have been doing what you are doing your whole life and then some!
LinkedIn is a great way to start this. Not only can you show off your experience and knowledge but you can connect with others that may benefit you in some way in the future.
3. BUILD A BOMB ASS PORTFOLIO
I started building my portfolio my senior year of college. If you aren’t sure what a portfolio is, it’s basically a big binder that shows off your writing, job experience, creative work, resume, and basically whatever you think would impress employers. ALWAYS bring a portfolio and leave-behind folder to every interview.
4. DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO BUILD YOUR SKILLS
One thing I liked to do to better myself was listening to podcasts and books on my audible app during my long commute every morning and afternoon. I also read countless articles and watched YouTube videos written and filmed by my favorite marketers. Conferences and network events are also an incredibly easy way to learn and build your connections with other professionals who can teach you a thing or two.
Moral of the story is, you don’t have to settle for less than you deserve. At my last job I literally sat behind a desk for 9 hours a day with nothing to show for myself and no room for growth. I was fed up. I put on my big girl panties and started applying for jobs that I didn’t even think I had enough experience for…and then it happened. I got a job offer from a luxury student housing complex in my hometown. I work with people closer to my age, manage events, and i’m on my feet almost all day. No day is the same. Is it my dream job? No. But i do love it and I am very proud of myself for realizing where my life was and where it needed to be.
So how are you going to be a #girlboss today? Stop thinking about where your life may be tomorrow, and start acting on the today.
Leave a comment below telling me about your #girlboss experience, or how you are going to become a #girlboss.
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