Extraordinarily amazing

An admiration post for my classmates…

Earlier this year, I began my MBA journey at Northern Illinois University. A one-year cohort program. I’m working full-time, managing classes/group projects/homework, a long-distance relationship; and, somehow, including ‘me time’. But my classmates do not escape my mind. In a class of about 22-23 individuals, as least a third have young families (one with about a 6 month old son). People comment on how I’m able to manage all this…little do they know, I feel insufficient.

During my undergrad, I thought handling a 12 – 15 hour class schedule, a part-time internship, a part-time job, 4 student groups, and a life beyond all that was easy; I thought adulthood would be no problem…boy, was I wrong. I have no idea how my friends found time to have a full-time job while studying for our bachelor’s.

And today? Watching my classmates raise their families, continues to raise those questions. Hearing a child’s coo during an online presentation or listening to my classmates shuffle to mute themselves due to cries, shows what extraordinary individuals they are. Cheers to my classmates, graduation is only 3 classes away.

Rejections & Offers

As I approach my 7th month as the Marketing Coordinator for Egret Consulting Group, I look back at the path that brought me to this position. Over 6 months of searching, countless interviews and multiple staffing agencies – I received 5 offers and rejected 4 positions. But, I was, also, rejected from companies I adored and hoped to work for. It so happens, all the no’s I gave and received led me to an even better opportunity.

A job search takes patience. Don’t be afraid to reject an offer that doesn’t meet your financial, personal and future career goals. If a company tells you ‘no’, don’t let that deter you from pursuing other options. Thank the company for their time and pursue the next opportunity.

When searching for a new job, create a list of priorities. Research the companies you’ve applied to, accept the first interview invitation, review the interview’s conversation and decide whether to move forward with or move on from the position. Don’t waste your time and provide them the courtesy of saving theirs. During my search, this was my list of priorities (in order of importance):

  1. Job responsibilities/expectations/tasks and company expectations/goals
  2. Culture
  3. Distance/commute from home
  4. Distance/commute from my grad school choices
  5. Benefits (health, vacation, etc.)
  6. Pay

Most believe pay is the most important aspect to a job offer but the experience itself is just as, if not, more important (compensation package, of course, has to be reasonable). When an organization signs your offer letter, they’re investing in their future and are continuing to work toward their mission. When you, the candidate, signs the offer letter, you’re investing in your future. Your new employer will help you develop new skills and you will personally/professionally grow. Experience and pay work hand-in-hand. The more experience you gain, the more other opportunities with higher pay (and possibly responsibility) will present itself.

Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ but be open to new opportunities. If you’re on a search, best wishes!

On the Search for New Beginnings

Picky. The word to describe my job search: picky.

After much contemplation and numerous agreements from people I trust, I gave my 2 weeks and booked a quick, head clearing vacation to Colorado.

What came of it? I found a part-time opportunity much closer to home I thoroughly enjoy and hope to continue even when I accept a full-time offer. The owner appreciates and listens to what I have to say. And I’m learning more than I’ve ever.

With the little experience I have, I still have much to offer and I now know what I need from my next occupation and employer. I apply only to places I can see myself and the company succeeding. If the interview doesn’t work out the way I planned or the job description is not what I’m looking for – then onto the next!

It’s a competitive field, but I’m ready to play.


First but not Last

What my first job has taught me about myself and my career:

  • My first job is just that, my first job. I’ll have a second, third, fourth, etc.
  • Did I enter the right field for me?  ABSOLUTELY! I found a new love for marketing/advertising that I did not already have .
  • Work-life Balance: Keep my work at my job and personal life at home; I am less stressed and much happier! (My first month, I used to answer emails and take calls at home — never again!)
  • Balancing classes, RSOs, a social life and an internship/part-time job DO NOT equate to balancing a full-time job and a social/private life; I am dead and tired by 8 PM.
  • Keep my good friends close and drop the toxic ones, only keep those who add value to your life.
  • I am not a fan of interviewing and training but will train someone when a task needs to be done right.
  • I do not need social media or a television. Now I spend an hour or less on each!
  • Being an adult is expensive — not that I did not already know this but woof!
  • It is possible to befriend colleagues. We mean business during work hours and are friends after hours.

Only a small list of what I have learned and believe I have so much more to explore. I cannot wait to see where my career takes me!

First Job & Beyond

As I approach my first day of full-time work post-graduation, I have thought about what I want in the future more intensely. Do I continue my professional career in marketing/advertising/pr? Do I still see myself working in a major league sport? What do I want to receive my masters in and how do plan to pay for the possible $70,000+ worth of debt that comes with that degree?

There are unanswered questions that I will find in my journey. My first “big girl” job will (hopefully) aid in the process of finding my professional self. So, in my search of uncertainty, I came across some helpful articles.

If you’re looking for more money but are unsure if you’ll recieve the pay you want, click HERE & HERE

The perks of pursuing a master’s and advice managing work-life-school balance & some more tips.