And the job search continues…

Let me preface this post by saying I don’t mean this to be a sob story – because I’m incredibly grateful what I do have – but, long story short, I’ve been on the hunt for a new job.  With my recently acquired Master’s degree under my belt I really want to segway into a job more in line with what I’m interested in, and let me tell you, it’s not easy.  I’ve been scouring job postings for entry-level jobs in marketing, public relations, and communications and nearly every entry-level job requires ‘3 to 5 years’ of experience.

 Hold up.

This doesn’t make sense to me.  Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that in today’s job market individuals are expected to have completed internships to gain some real world experience – and I’ve done some of those myself.  My issue is that, realistically, it’s not easy to work as an intern (often unpaid) for three years when I have rent, bills, and student loans to pay.  My other issue: I work hard. I don’t like not knowing how to do something and I’ll admit, I’m competitive and I don’t like being second best, so for me, even though I might lack experience, I know that I could take on most of these jobs and grasp them pretty quickly.  I don’t want anything handed to me, but I do want a company to take a chance on me (I’m not stupid, I know that the chances of some fairy-godmother company sweeping me up are pretty slim – but a girl can dream).

So all in all, I feel forced into a corner – a corner where I’m applying for retail and somewhat secretarial customer service jobs because I don’t ‘qualify’ for entry-level jobs in the fields I want to work in.  Frustrating to say the least, but such is life, so all I can do is keep pushing and trying to get experience all on my own.  And if anyone wants to see my resume…no seriously, if want to see it, please ask.

No one ever said success was easy, right?

A New Year, A New Blog – Mixing Things Up

I know, I know – I’ve been terrible at posting anything recently! Bear with me though, I’ve had a lot on my plate what with finishing up this semester, transitioning jobs and navigating a career path, and…successfully finishing my graduate program!

That’s right, you’re now looking at a girl who has a Master’s Degree in Management Communications! Admittedly, I feel happy and sad all at once about it. On the one hand, I’m incredibly proud of myself – for moving 3,000 miles away from everyone I knew and cared about, creating a life for myself on the West Coast (or the ‘left coast’ as my brother calls it), growing and changing as a person, and for finding out a lot about myself in the process! On the other hand, it feels so alien and strange to know I’m done with my formal education – I’ve been in school straight for the last 18 years and the nerd in me loved every minute, from the friends I made to what I learned to who I became because of it. It’s also more than slightly overwhelming, because now I need to pay off student loans, and launch a career – which is surprisingly challenging considering that most entry-level marketing, PR, or communications positions want more experience than I have – all while balancing my desire to be young and live this ‘perfect’ life with friends and a cool apartment and amazing experiences.

So originally, I started this blog for a class assignment and – since the class was about social media – a lot of my posts were geared around social media, digital technologies, and the class itself. Now don’t get me wrong, I love social media and I have a strange fascination with it – its reach, power, how it works and ebbs and flows – but I’m going to be switching gears a little here. I’ll still focus on social media, but I’m going to throw a bunch of other things in here too; marketing, digital media, personal revelations or accomplishments, stories that make me sit up and think, really anything I come across as I try to figure out my life. This will – I hope – work itself into a place for me to share what’s on my mind, but also a place for me to continue learning (about anything really).

In honor of the new year and the changes I’ll be making here, I’ve changed my design up a little too – let me know what you think…and Happy New Year!

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