Why post-grads shouldn't settle for just any job
I've been meaning to write this for quite some time but I haven't been able to sit down for an extended period and really focus on what I want to say. I'm not big into long Facebook statuses or sharing a "I'd like to officially announce" post that seems to be pretty popular, so I'm going to share this post on FB as well. I'm also going to share advice for why post-grads shouldn't settle for just any job after graduation and why holding out is so much better - so stay tuned for that because it's towards the end of this post.
I don't know if you've noticed from my recent Instagram posts, but I moved to Miami, Florida two weeks ago. Let's get this out of the way first: Florida was never, ever on my list of places that I wanted to live or end up but it's funny how life works out.
Most of you who've been following me for a while now know that for a year I was living in London, England. After that, I moved up to Scotland for six weeks in a sort of "mid-life crisis" fashion and figured a lot of things out about my life and the people in it. I'd like to say that there are nothing but happy endings but that's not the truth. I lost a relationship, I moved home early because of personal reasons and I left Scotland feeling deeply sad and overwhelmed with what may or may not come next. In truth, I didn't really want to leave Scotland but felt it necessary at the time.
The first few months I was home, I kept myself busy with visiting friends in other states and catching up with my family. I also did a solo trip to NYC for the first time this past January and immediately fell in love. I thought, if I can't be in London anymore, New York is the next best thing, I'd kill to work/live there. So, I started applying for jobs all over NYC but also all over the states.
The entire job-hunt process is stressful, taxing and completely overwhelming. I found myself in a unique situation where not only did I have the opinions of people close to me but also those connected to the people close to me. It's not that I didn't (and don't) appreciate their advice and them wanting to help me out but I just felt a bit overwhelmed by it.
Here I am, this recent Master's graduate, back from Europe and ready to start 'adulthood' officially but yet I couldn't find a job. Naturally, people want to help you out in situations like this whether it's through sharing a contact with you, hooking you up with an interview, etc. The only constraint to this help was the fact that there were limited jobs in Alabama specifically- so I had already accepted the fact that I would probably have to relocate for any position I obtained.
Several interviews, hundreds of job applications and a few breakdowns later and here I am - in Miami, Florida working my dream job.
I don't write this post to gloat... I write this post because I know what it's like to struggle to find a job and to get sad & overwhelmed during the process. I know what it's like to cry weekly because you don't feel good enough and you've received yet another rejection email. I know what it's like to constantly have other people's opinions on what you should be doing next. Honestly, it all sucks. It's the worst process and a lot of people aren't sympathetic or even empathetic to that in the slightest, but I am. I know and I understand because I've been through it.
Out of respect for the company I work for, I'm not going to disclose the who they are exactly (if we're friends on Facebook you can see for yourself). However, I will say that this job was worth the wait, the struggle and all of the previous letdowns.
I work at a place that wants you to be able to grow personally and professionally. That's fast-paced but also takes the time to nurture its employees. I work at a place where there is no office drama but friendly faces greeting you each morning. My job/company is travel related, which we all know I'm obsessed with, and they love when their employees see/explore new places. I actually enjoy waking up each morning and I will gladly deal with Miami traffic in order to get to work on time.
They say that if you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life. Well, I fully believe that every letdown and every rejection I got led me to this point. While it was a long journey, it was worth every minute.
So, this is a life update post, which I normally don't do but I feel like because I've been quiet for a while I needed to let you in on what was going on. I'm trying to get into the swing of things so I can get back to blogging more and I have more travel guides that I'd like to produce as well as some new Miami posts!
I think that life is full of twists and turns and if you just hang in there and have faith that everything will work out how it's supposed to - you'll be okay. One of the best things you can have through this process is a great and positive support system that's encouraging you and not doubting that you will find something amazing in the end. So, recent graduates - don't settle. Don't settle for some job that you are slightly interested in but not fully passionate about. Don't settle for working 9-5 and having no time to develop personally or professionally. Don't settle for a job where they don't want you to grow and learn WHILE you work and that you aren't challenged by. Don't settle for a job that you aren't happy to wake up and go to.
This is the beauty of the century that we live in: we have these options. We have the ability to say "no, I don't want this to be my life so I'm going to change it" and then we do. Don't let the pressure of JUST getting a job weigh you down because believe me, when you hold out for the BEST possible job for YOU - it's SO worth it.
If you have any questions or just need advice on the job-hunting process - please feel free to reach out. I'd love to talk to you and be a positive support system for you during this stressful time in your life.
Anyways, that's all that I have for now - I'm loving Miami so far which, for me, is a shocker because I am not a huge fan of Florida. Hopefully soon I'll write some posts about Miami that will inspire you to visit and check out the area.
If you have any questions, again, - just drop me an email and I'll be sure to answer it. I've loved going on this journey with you guys and sharing my experiences - so this is just the next chapter of my life and I think it's going to be really, really exciting so stick around & stay tuned cause' we're just getting started!