This is so true. Sure, I have an awesome job that I love, but it took years of hard work and hundreds of job applications and ignored resumes to get here. I've seen firsthand how so many young people these days feel like the world should be giving them what they want simply because they have their degrees and hey, they're awesome. They have an entire bedroom full of participation trophies at home telling them so. As much as we've been trained to think that we're unique and special, in the eyes of employers, we're not. There are millions of other qualified graduates applying for the same jobs that can do exactly what you can do. If you want employers to think you're worth hiring, you have to show that you think the job is worth pursuing. You didn't get the first job or assignment or promotion you wanted? Try again. Got a job offer that wasn't exactly the kind of job you pictured yourself having? Get over it. Sure, people are always telling you "don't settle." This may be good advice in other parts of life, but in getting your career started, no. I've had a few jobs and internships that were not my idea of a good time, but the experience taught me what I liked and didn't like, what to look for and what to look out for, and most of all it gave me some experience. Just because your dreams aren't happening within your timeframe doesn't mean you aren't on your way.
Aside from my fashion sense, I’d say I’m a pretty cautious, play-by-the-rules type of person. I like to arrive early, I rarely stray from my “usual” at more restaurants than I’d care to admit, and I always have a plan. It's my comfort zone, we all have one!
I’ve noticed, though, a little bit of a shift. As I’m starting to feel more and more in control of my own life, without my parents or school to guide me along, I’ve begun to make bolder, more daring choices. I decided to take a job that was somewhat outside of my degree field, halfway across the country, and live hundreds of miles from J while he finishes school and starts his own career. All of this has been scary and hard, but I have a clear picture in my head of what I want my life to be like and I get closer every day.
Now that I've started my career and am settling in to life here, I'm trying to keep that mindset going and not get stuck making "comfortable" choices. It really helps to see daring choices being made all around me! One of my best friends is an amazing artist and designer, and is making her own dreams happen (follow her here & find her work here). She’s also co-launching a digital magazine (which I will be a contributor for!) with another friend of ours, who is also an amazing graphic designer (follow her here). So watch for that in the future, and keep pushing yourself!
One of the things I'm most looking forward to about being done with school: having time to put together outfits again! I have to admit, being focused on classes and graduating means I haven't put nearly as much effort into my personal style as I used to. That's not to say I've been wearing sweat pants and t-shirts (God forbid!), but skinny jeans and ballet flats have turned into daily staples. I'm starting work soon, and while working at a place like Neiman Marcus is reason enough to put together more stylish combinations, I decided to further motivate myself by picking out a few new pieces to add to the mix. Moving to a new state, though, means I can't spend a lot. So what better place to pick out key pieces that are on-trend AND in budget than TJ Maxx? I got a few pieces in black and white, which are big colors for fall, as well as some chic classics in navy and cream.
Fall always feels so refreshing and new! Do you have any self-improvement goals? And what fall trends are you excited for?
...Hello Korin is headed to Dallas, y’all!
So, I spent this summer working as an intern in the automotive manufacturing industry, writing training programs. I learned a lot, but mostly what I learned was that I did not want to work there long-term. Fast forward to hundreds of applications and several dozen interviews later, and here we are! I’ve landed my dream job: fashion editing and writing for Neiman Marcus. I know, right? So now it's time to pack up everything I own and move 900 miles west to the lone star state.
I'm excited and nervous and hopeful. I finally get the chance to let my creative side back out, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I hope to use this opportunity to grow in all my creative outlets and to start establishing my career. And do you know what else this means? Many, many more experiences to share with you! I can't wait!