As I make my final preparations to enter the real world, I can’t help but find myself filled with excitement. But more than being excited, I’m beyond terrified. My friends are slowly getting job offers left and right, leaving me in a mode of panic.
What’s intensifying this panic is that I’ve decided to move to “The Big Apple”.
The idea of moving to New York City wasn’t in my plans until just a few years ago, but I’ve made up my mind to just go for it. People say that “you only live once” – and sometimes this can sound really cliché or overdone.
But I’ve come to realize exactly how true it is.
When am I going to be able to stomp around the concrete jungle, get lost a little – or a lot – and take full advantage of what the city has to offer? Hopefully along the way I’ll land the first full-time job that’ll affirm my decision. All I know is:
If I don’t follow through with this commitment, I wouldn’t be living up to the potential of taking a possibly life-changing risk.
Don’t get me wrong:
Having a set plan and a job waiting for me would be nice – but knowing that I have this adventure awaiting me is pretty darn intriguing.
And that almost blocks out the scary.
I am blessed to have such supportive and understanding parents who support such a decision – even though there are no guarantees of success. Not only does this big move challenge me to test the abilities that I already have, it also provides me with an unimaginable number of opportunities.
And above all else:
To grow up.
Getting my foot in the door at an advertising agency has been harder than I expected.
Though I have connections here and there, I understand that without a new account, hiring an entry-level employee is understandably not high on an agency’s priority list. I’ve come to embrace the adventures of pursuing informational interviews, informal introductions, and being connected through friends/alums/friend-of-a-friend/etc.
At the end of the day, human interaction is my secret weapon.
I’ve got to meet the people and make a lasting, positive impression.
So why am I writing down all my jumbled thoughts?
Because I have a feeling that I’m not the only one feeling this way.
What’s exciting about advertising is that it keeps you on your toes and challenges you to be proactive – to continue to learn. There isn’t a set “hiring season” and sure, there may be traditional aspects such as politics and a heavy emphasis on connections/networking, but at the end of the day, you are constantly trying to prove yourself.
To improve yourself, too.
The glitter parade is about to begin. I plan on leaving a shimmering and sparkling effect on the people and the places that I encounter.
And just as it’s impossible to completely get rid of glitter, there’s going to be no getting rid of me.
Get ready real world.
Because like Ke$ha, I’m about to “throw some glitter, make it rain”.