When you go off to college, you’re given four years. Four years to learn everything there is to learn. “The best four years of your life.” OK, maybe an extra semester or two if you opted for the five year plan. But still, it’s your time to make mistakes, to grow, to find yourself, but mostly, a time to learn. RELATED: How To Get A Graduate Job After College Fast forward to seven months after college graduation. Seven months seems like no time at all. Barely creeping over that half year mark and only 214 days out of 365. Psh – Seven months is nothing. That is, of course, until you’re looking at it like this: Seven months out of college and I still have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing. Sure, I’ve landed my first job. I’m paying the bills to my very own apartment. I’m starting my career and I’m still maintaining somewhat of a social life. I’m living every college grad’s dream, right? I’m happy, I’m getting by, and I’m learning a lot through working in my first corporate setting at my desk placed in the office of my first official “big girl job.” I’ve learned a lot over the past seven months that came from outside of my newfound workplace, too. Whether it was that job searching is more than just submitting your resume and copy and pasted cover letter over 100 times before you even land yourself an interview, or that networks are important but don’t guarantee anything, even when you’re totally convinced that your best friend’s cousin’s boyfriend’s sister is going to land you that dream job you’re probably (OK, definitely) underqualified for. Or maybe that my limit for margaritas is no longer eight, but instead two, if I can even find the energy to make it out on a Friday after a long 40+ hour work week. Job searching, careers, life; they’re not easy and they’re certainly not handed to you. But they’re exciting, and they undoubtedly have more to teach than you ever got from that three hour lecture twice a week on Aristotle vs. Plato. If you asked me what I’ve learned in the past seven months after leaving my tiny, perfect, sometimes hell-like, home-away-from-home college university that I adored, my answer would look something like this:
I’m starting over. Again. Related: What I’ve Learned 7 Months Out Of College Not even one year since I’ve graduated from college where I majored in Communication Studies and minored in napping, I’ve been offered my second “big girl” job. And I’m pretty, ridiculously excited. I had a lot of mentors telling me not to look for a new job before I even completed a year seated at my first big girl desk in my first big girl position. And I have to admit that I was extremely hesitant to even apply. But when this new opportunity came along, I had to take the chance. Three hundred applicants, two months of interviews, referrals, tests, and portfolios, and in the end, I got the job. Me. So, even though I’m leaving my first job a little earlier than I may have anticipated, and I may be a twenty-something recent college grad, I’m pretty pleased with my decision and eager to move forward with my career. And I’m also insanely scared, because once again, I’m going to be the new girl in the office. And after the extensive interview process, I’ve met just about everyone I’ll be working with. Let me tell you, I’m undoubtedly going to be the youngest in the office, too. I’m starting over. Again. So, how does one college grad handle so much change in under a year? Bubble wrap, for starters; both for packing purposes and as an inexpensive stress reliever. Secondly, this list of reminders that you should constantly keep in mind as a young professional:
My four years spent at my wonderful, small, home-away-from-home college university were undoubtedly the best four years of my life, even if they didn’t always seem that way. Related: What I've Learned 7 Months Out Of College I learned more from things that went on outside the classroom that are unparallel to anything I’ll ever get to discover and experience again. It all started as a blur; scary, exciting and mysterious all at once. It ended like a dream that I was waking up from all too quickly. When it was time to go, all the same feelings arose as they had on my first day of my college career. The same questions were asked, but ultimately, college taught me more about succeeding in the real world for reasons beyond each course, each semester.