No one ever really knows what they want to be when they “grow up”, even when they get there. People change careers all the time. What they don’t tell you: it’s one of the hardest things EVER.
I went through college thinking I wanted to work in retail for the rest of my life. So, I worked 40 hours, had two days off (during which I went to class) and happily (read: ignorantly) started to carve out what I thought would be the career path of my life.
Retail sucks. Anyone who has ever worked in it, or works in it, or knows someone who knows someone who worked in it, knows it sucks. The hours suck, customers suck, corporate sucks. It’s all just awful. Sure, shopping is great. I love it. But being the person who makes it possible for the shopping to happen? Not so great.
But I digress. I went to college for marketing, because it was something I was vaguely interested in, and frankly, I needed to pick a major. Towards the end of my college career, I started thinking that maybe I would really like to get into marketing, but by that time I was already close to graduating and my opportunity for internships had passed me by.
So I graduated, worked some more retail, was unemployed, worked more retail, and got an office job. Simple admin work for a career training school, no big. Left there about a year and a half later, went back to retail. Do you see a theme here? Decided to try waitressing for a year (the deadline of which is fast approaching) while trying to land a marketing job.
But here’s the thing: I’ve been trying to get a marketing job for a few years now. I have no experience because I didn’t do any internships. Oh, and the economy is in the pooper. Needless to say, the job search hasn’t been easy. Why hire me, when you can hire someone with a ton of experience for the same amount you would be paying an entry-level know nothing? It’s like being a salmon during mating season. If you don’t know what I mean by that, look it up. I’ll wait.
All set? Good. Because now, here’s the fun part: Now I’m in career transition, and I’ve finally found a job that I actually want to be doing (managing social media), but it’s part time. And it’s technically an internship. And they probably can’t hire me full time. So, I’m basically back to square one: the search. Where will it lead me? I’m not sure. But I sure as hell hope I find out soon.