What's My Career?
If you've read my previous blog post about my first year living on my own in a new city, (if not, here it is!) then you know my first job out of college was not the one I'm still in. I got my B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Strategy, and I decided to minor in sociology as well just because I love sociology. I got a job out of school that offered all the bells and whistles of making an absurd amount of money within two years of being out of school and loved it for the first few months, but quickly learned that it was not for me anymore.
I am now working for another company, and am much happier in my life, but I still am not where I want to be. And that's so okay!
If you're still in school, at a university, or if you've been floating in an in-between career for quite some time now, know that it's perfectly fine. As long as you are able to enjoy your life and feel accomplished in some way; as long as you are improving yourself every opportunity you get, you are going to be just fine. My biggest piece of advice: don't EVER compare yourself to a peer or even worse, a stranger online. I see peers getting new jobs all the time on LinkedIn or Facebook, and I always want to know more. I want to know how happy they are, what exactly their day entails, if they are stressed out beyond belief or not, and what their office environment is like. But as soon as I think those things, they escape my mind because I really shouldn't care about any one else's career than my own, and that's how it should be.
As far as my career goes, I plan to never quit working in the corporate world and to do something great with my market strategy degree, hopefully working with statistics and traveling to different companies helping them find niche markets and what they could improve upon in their market strategies. If that takes another decade, I'll enjoy every day of the journey. I'll savor the stress and the unknown future because what's the fun in having your entire career figured completely out in a month? (Probably really fun, but since that's not my story I'm focusing on the fun in not knowing) (;
Accept where you are now and work on improving every week, but enjoy the journey and count your blessings.