I knew I wanted to write today’s post on how to be successful, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I would go about approaching the topic. The more that I thought about it, the more I started thinking of the different areas of my own life where I am successful, or where I have the potential to be. Really, each ‘thing’ needs its own steps (of sorts) to be acknowledged, in order for it to come to fruition. I decided to reflect on my own personal successes that I’ve triumphed over in the past few years, and give a rundown of how I came to be where I am at this given moment. I’m going to focus on three specifically, to keep this post short(ish) and sweet.
Several years ago, when I applied for my first ‘real’ job, the hiring manager was thankfully one of my dad’s close friends. After sending in my résumé and cover letter to him, he approached my dad and told him that he was going to pretend he never got my email… that’s how basic and lacking in professional standards the layout of my CV had been (which I had created about four years prior in my high school Careers class, and had simply been updating with new experience). He then sent me an example of a stellar résumé and cover letter, which turns out was written by someone who was the VP of one of our company’s vendors. I took that layout and ran with it, altering the bare minimum and adjusting both documents to reflect my own experience. Needless to say, after submitting my shiny new application, I got the job and continued to work there for two summers in a row.
I’ve finally done it. I’ve completed my final term of my undergraduate degree, and each “last” was a roaring triumphant victory: turning in my last paper, completing my last lab, writing the last word on my final exam. As I pushed through these last months, I have been so wrapped up in reaching the finish line that I gave little thought to what I truly want to do after it was all over. Since I was a kid, I constantly flip-flopped between what I wanted to be when I grew up, always trying to pick “real” jobs. Read More
Building off of yesterday’s post on following your passions, I mentioned that I have to finish my undergrad degree still (only a few more months to go!) in a subject I am merely interested in and not passionate about. Consequently, I have been debating where I want to go from there. Do I want to risk everything for a masters degree in creative writing and then try to find a job in my field? Or should I go to teacher’s college and have a relatively safe job teaching students about subjects I love (English and history, maybe psychology) while using my summer, winter, and March breaks to do what makes me happiest: writing.
Aside from my imminent graduation date, another thing that I can reflect on is how I’ve managed to get to this point in time without having to give up eating out; the occasional new outfit; concerts; theatre and ballet; or travel… That is, without the need to sell my body on the streets, get a sugar daddy, or auction off my non-vital organs on the Black Market (I’m not knocking it, I just wouldn’t personally try it). There are times where I’ve wanted to just bite the bullet and not spend any money in order to avoid working while going to school — and I actually did do that during my third year — but it just doesn’t work out very well. Thus, I came to the conclusion that I simply would have to find a balance between working enough to have the money to do the things I wanted to do while also leaving enough time for classes; readings; and studying. Sounds simple enough, right?