About one year ago, I made a huge change in my life when I decided I would be moving to Boston, MA to go to graduate school and get my M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication at Emerson College. I made this decision after 2 years of work experience with a lack of satisfaction in what I was doing. I knew that I loved marketing, but I also knew that I needed to get a more in-depth education in order to truly do (and be successful in) what I love. So the decision was made and in September of last year, I started back in school.
I should note that during my years as an undergraduate at Denison University, I was not the best student. In fact, I was very nervous when applying to graduate schools that my performance as an undergrad would hold me back. I was lucky, though, as the decision-makers were able to see the change in me. I had learned a different type of drive and ambition that I didn’t previously have, and my true potential was coming out.
So 2 semesters of going to class full-time has gone by and I’ve been through quite a bit along with it. I’ve gone through a horrible bedbug infestation, a terrible landlord/lease I had to get out of (through legal action), a case of shingles, a broken heater in the dead of winter – and it hasn’t even been a year since my move! Even with all of this, though, I managed to hold 2 temp marketing positions (at the mHealth Initiative and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association), be the President of GSIMC (my program’s graduate student organization), and maintain a very respectable GPA.
So where am I going with all of this self-promotion? As many of the readers of my blog know, I am currently searching for a job. Not just any job, but a job that is going to help propel me in the right direction for my future.
How will I find this job?
Well, the answer to that question is still to be found, but I’ll let you know when I figure it out. There’s one thing I DO know though. It’s through the help of many who’ve been there, and the many who are supportive that I am growing in ways I never thought I would. I’ve been motivated to start putting myself out there, and to stay true to who I am. It’s not always easy to be your honest self, especially in such a dog-eat-dog job market, but it’s a requirement. There is no other way to achieve happiness – even if you do have the ‘perfect job’.
So the point: be 100% real 100% of the time. People recognize it, and they watch you grow with it. They see you trying to help yourself, and sometimes they’ll lend a hand. It’s amazing the types of people you’ll come across and the words of advice they have to offer. Trust me – it’s worth it.