As a college student who changed her major several times, I found myself panicking to choose a career that would challenge my energetic personality. After my Junior year had ended, the impending doom of graduation felt unbearable. I suffered through the relentless questions from parents and teachers "What are you going to do with your degree?", or my ever-favorite condescending remark "Good luck finding a job with today's economy."
This past summer, I decided that I needed to leave my dead-end hostessing job and pursue a job that would help me use my degree in psychology. Before you read any further, I had already explored the options of counseling and psychiatry. Now, I commend those who are patient enough to go to school for several more years after college, but my patience for sitting in a classroom was running pretty thin. So, I did the next best thing: scour CareerBuilder and LinkedIn. One summer night, I spent hours looking at the various job positions available in the business world until I couldn't see straight.
Now, for someone who had no business experience, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew that I wanted to work with various types of people. If psychology could teach me how to understand people, then I could work with people in a business setting, right?
Several days later, I walked into my first interview with my one semi-business professional outfit. The interview process became like a job in itself, but I will point out a silver lining- you get really good at talking to strangers. Don't get me wrong, I've never been a shy person. Ever. But, there is an intimidation factor when an interviewer asks you difficult questions at a rapid-fire pace.
After pulling my hair out with frustration, stress and anxiety, I had every urge to give up. I had good job offers. But I couldn't envision myself working for those companies. I had to force myself to go to my last set of interviews. Luckily, I went to my interview at Unique Creations Company. I was immediately greeted by a hilarious HR manager and pump-up music from the Top 40 list. This was the first place that I felt like I would enjoy spending hours of my life working. The interview process sped by and I found myself actually having fun.
Most college students would complain about spending their hard-earned summer vacation hours at a job or an internship. For me, I looked forward to waking up with the sun and staying late each night.
Yes, it is possible to love your job.
As the summer came to a close, I dreaded opening my school email inbox. I didn't want to go back to school and leave the family that I had created at UCC. Heck, they even gave me a good luck cookie cake for my last year of school. That's when you know your employer is awesome.
So there you have it. I am a twenty-something year old who just recently found herself a home with her company. I am writing this as a part-time intern and a full-time student. (Between you and I, this is SO much more enjoyable than work).
Happy New Year everyone!