Graduating with a marketing degree I anticipated my first job to be of an assistant type position, doing minor changes to advertisements and honestly doing the little things that my boss wouldn’t want to do. I started looking back in September of 2012 with absolutely no luck. I felt like I had interviewed a million places and every one of them called me a few short days after to tell me that “They decided to go in a different direction, but good luck with my job search.” My resumes I was sending across the country to my dreamland in California weren’t event getting looked at so I had to change my plan. I started to alter my job search to include the jobs that I absolutely did not want to do, in places I didn’t necessarily want to be and for companies that were less than ideal to work for. I had explored every lead I had and used every friend and family member I could to help get connections. My final straw was a small company on the west side with a Marketing Specialist position available that sounded interesting, but could have been considered out of my range of experience since they were looking for someone with 2 years of experience. Now I was hoping that after 4 years in school, 2 bachelor’s degrees, and 6 internships I could possibly get by. The job was what I actually wanted to do, whereas most of my friends took jobs that could possibly eventually get them where they wanted to go, but no guarantee. I started my job 2 weeks ago.
Everyone here is more than nice and helpful since I kind of get lost in the shuffle of things around here. My bosses assistant is my go-to-girl and is honestly my savior with every question I have and keeping me from getting overwhelmed. I work on some mundane projects for clients and the exciting advertisements for billboards and newspapers. I am almost afraid to say how much I really enjoy what I do and the people who I work with. One of the guys told me that this was just my “honeymoon period” of my job and that things would get more stressful from here on out, but I think that I’m ready for it. I have a whole list of responsibilities that make me feel really important and needed around here rather than sitting around doing nothing or testing something out for a boss that will get thrown away when I’m done anyway like I did with all my internships. I have new stresses like making sure I know how everyone likes certain projects completed and the fear that I will mess up with client communication, but I think I’mhandling it well. I can honestly say that I am probably one the only people of my friends and my classmates with an actual office with a door, not just a cubicle with 5 foot high walls. I get distracted every once in a while when I see the reflection of a ship on Lake Erie from the glass wall in front of my office, but it’s just a perk. This may be my honeymoon phase, but I think I’m alright with that.
To all of the people who are still searching and to those college seniors who will be graduating, just keep looking. I was impatient too, but just as I was told, these things take time. Don’t be hesitant on applying for something based on not having enough experience because you have got to start somewhere. Someone will pick up your resume and be really impressed by it so it’s just finding who that person is to give it to. Dream jobs don’t happen over night and they may not be the exact pay or location you’re looking for, but you’ll get there. It’s definitely a trip that can be frustrating and hurtful, but you’ll find it. You’ll find a job and hopefully it will always be your “honeymoon phase”.