Like many 20somethings across the globe who are unsure about their career progression, last summer, I was in the process of applying to business school (with the help of a fantastic minority prep program MLT, if you’re considering b-school in 2011, apply this fall). But I wasn’t fully sure that I wanted to go. My Dad went to Wharton, my brother went to HBS, I inspired my coworker to go to HBS, and my then roomie went too, and a host of others were following the same path. I knew I could do it too, but something inside me felt like it wasn’t the right move FOR ME at that time. I had a great essay story crafted and I was working on raising my GMAT score, but I wasn’t sure I was running towards anything, just knew I was running from a job I desperately wanted to leave. I knew that grad school loans are a huge financial investment for something I wasn’t so sure about.
Exactly one year ago today I got the call that I was hired at drjays.com. That call was the answer to my prayer that God would show me the path I was supposed to set out on away from my desk. I went on a few failed interviews prior to drjays (and i’ll admit the rejection hurt) but what I now know for sure is that those jobs I did not get were blessings in disguise.
In my last months of misery at my old job I was dedicated to figuring out a dream job (literally, that’s all i did & talked about with my coworkers, I wouldn’t advise you to do the same). Everyday I had some new epiphany for what I wanted in my career path – I was totally obsessed with figuring out what was up next. I came up with ideas that were far-fetched and some that were realistic and kept a long list of all of them to see if there were any themes. They were all creative, social & free-spirited (none of which did my last position at L&T have).
Take a look at the jobs I considered and applied for:
- Buyer (obviously)
- Fashion Editor
- Event Planner
- Radio Host
- Receptionist (I kid u not)
- Boutique sales associate –> owner
- *flexible wardrobe & schedule preferred
I now work in an environment where I come in dressed how I please, I buy product that is strongly tied to pop culture, I write an occasional buyers blog, I totally run my own multi-million dollar portion of the drjays business, & I even sit in the front of the office , so I dub as a receptionist! On the side I plan/host (and attend of course) events, write a lifestyle blog, & join in on a weekly blog radio show!
God has been so good to me.
With that said, this is my major push for what I want you to take akway from this post. If you are unhappy in your current job or with unemployment, you do not have to remain that way.
- Think about your strengths and interests (and be honest with yourself please)
- List out ALL the possibilties of things you would not only enjoy but perform well in.
- Talk it out with people who will ‘keep it real’ and encourage you to do what is in YOUR best interest. (Note, sometimes your parents, significant others, and boss, have THEIR best interest in mind).
- Meet people who do or have done those things & see if the job is really what you think it is. (jobs aren’t always what they seem & often vary from company to company, those people have insight)
- Trial and error is key (not everyone will instantly find dream job, the more jobs u try, the closer you get)
- Understand the process of getting where you want to be and see if you’re willing to PUT IN the WORK
- PRAY ON IT!
everything happens in Divine (perfect) order…so SMILE you‘re already en route!!
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