I can’t wipe the smile from my face, because this past week I started my new job as Social Media Coordinator for a Marketing Agency that I’ve admired since undergrad. After two and a half years of “putting in my time” …working for companies as their Admin/Marketing girl with no room for growth, I have finally accepted a position in the field that I love where I can grow a serious marketing career.
I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent being discouraged about my life since graduating college. You see, I’ve known what I wanted to do since the age of thirteen, so there was no denying I would receive a Communications degree…and I was totally fine with the flak that came along with doing so because I knew that it was truly the only path for me. I did great in school, took all the right internships, and did everything I could to make sure I set myself up for success after graduation. Yet, the competition for jobs was so fierce. It seemed damn near impossible to stand out among the sea of other equally qualified, rockstar applicants. I always felt like I kept coming up short, and I questioned my path constantly.
However, I never gave up or stopped trying. I kept putting myself out there, following my gut instincts, and sending my resume to companies that I respected in hopes that something would pan out.
So many people go through life after graduation feeling exactly the way I did: lost, confused, and hopeless. We take jobs that we can tolerate rather than make us excited to wake up every day. We tell ourselves that “we’re not enough” when we get rejected. We are constantly seeking what it is we truly, deeply desire yet we struggle because we can’t see the light at the end of the very dark tunnel.
And I’m here to tell you that, as long as you don’t give up on yourself…
It. Gets. Better.
It will likely get a lot worse before it gets a lot better, but it’s coming. I promise. Don’t stop pushing forward, don’t stop sharing your talents with the world, and certainly don’t stop reaching for the goals you’ve so carefully set for yourself.
Most importantly, though, DON’T SETTLE for a life that does not absolutely fulfill your entire heart and soul.
Before you know it, you’ll be looking back at all your troubles and they’ll seem like a distant memory. All of your hard work will pay off, in the end. And the rocky path you took to get there will only make you appreciate what you have even more.
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