One year ago today, I was out bar-hopping on this grand New Years holiday with my girl friends, as any other twenty-two year old would be. The night was off to its usual start until random people asked me the same unremitting questions “What are you doing now?” or “Where are you working?” After numerous uncomfortable encounters, I was to my breaking point. Embarrassingly enough, I turned on the waterworks. I couldn’t help it; as a high-strung, self-confessed career control freak I was in a strange limbo that many recent graduates find themselves in. I had no job, no inkling what the next year would bring me, no clue where I would live for this dream job and no money! (Sigh)
Looking back on the past year, it is perplexing to think of how far I have progressed since that point. I am happily employed at the advertising agency that I fell in love with during my job search. I saved enough money for a down payment for my first place and will be closing at the end of the month. I have met fabulous new friends, strengthened my relationships with old friends, had the chance to make the most of moving home by enriching family ties and have honestly had the most fun year of my life. My present bliss did not come without its low points though.
Shortly after my New Years meltdown, I found work doing marketing for a family friend’s small business. Silver Creek Leather Company is a wholesale manufacturer of leather craft products to retailers across the U.S. Though the products weren’t necessarily my passion, it gave me the chance to gain work experience and certainly paid the bills. For months, I blasted my resume, networked and interviewed tirelessly for countless positions from Nashville to New York City. This relentless job search led me to feel exhausted, frustrated and let down sometimes, but I continued on and was finally offered a position at an incredible agency in my hometown of Louisville, KY.
As an understatement, 2010 was a year unlike any other. From the whirlwind of uncertainty to growing into my new adult life, this year has come to demonstrate a personal metamorphosis of sorts. Reflecting on 2010 has reaffirmed my view that things have a funny way of working themselves out. For those recent graduates fretting over their job search as I was one year ago, hold your head high and don’t get discouraged. I have a feeling 2011 might bring just as many surprises as 2010!