Choosing What's Right For You: A Continuation of my Job Search
2018 has been a crazy busy but amazing year so far. The first two months were spent working 70 hours a week at three different part-time jobs, while still figuring out what I wanted to do. It was extremely exhausting and overwhelming but I made it work. Those three jobs taught me a lot about myself; I am willing to do whatever it takes to reach my full potential. It also provided a way for me to narrow down what I DIDN'T want to do and help establish some long-term goals and desires.
However, I am happy to announce that after months and months of late night applications, tireless interviews, and a few let downs, I accepted a job as a Marketing & Administrative Assistant for a New York City - based real estate company (and I could not be happier). Though it's only been a short amount of time, I've already learned so much and I love my office environment. This job is the reason I busted my butt and waited for the right opportunity to come along; it's the perfect fit.
There is a lot that goes into accepting a job and knowing whether it'll be the right fit for you. You have to consider pay, office culture, location, and commute. Coming out of college, there is little you can do about your salary other than work hard, absorb everything, and bargain for a raise after you prove yourself. However, money's not the only factor. What's the culture of the office? Is it corporate or a startup? Can you work remotely or do you have to come in? Will they let you be flexible? These are all questions I asked myself as I interviewed. Finally consider your commute. Remember your day starts the moment you wake up and only ends when you finally make it home. If you're already working an 8 hour day but commuting over an hour each way, you have to decide if that's something you can handle.
While you may not know all the answers to these questions or even know exactly what you want, consider the sacrifices you're willing to make because there will be some.
For me, the location and surrounding area of the office were important so I made sacrifices in other areas. I wanted to be somewhere with a low amount of tourists and steps away from trendy coffee shops and interesting people of New York City.
You are going to work for a very long time, you're going to work many different jobs, and you may end up somewhere you didn't expect but the biggest piece of advice that I can offer is to be patient and try not to get discouraged; it'll all work out in the end. Don't rush the process and don't take anything for granted because everything is an opportunity to grow and learn.
Most importantly, try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone is on their own path and everyone is exactly where they're supposed to be. I graduated in May and accepted a full-time job in February and while it was hard, it was right for me and that's all I can ask for.
I'd love to hear your thoughts!