Taking Chances, Taking Risks

Before graduating from college and entering “the real world,” I thought everyone with a degree was guaranteed to find a job in their chosen field.. Ha.  It didn’t take me long to recognize my naivety.  When it came time to pack the U-Haul and move across the country with my boyfriend, I was still unemployed but maintained my optimism.  I was convinced that my resume and stellar academic record was going to land me an amazing job.  Needless to say, this did not happen.  The first month out of school was tough; a cycle of sleepless nights, tears, and trolling job listing sites.
Taking risks
Friends from my first post-grad job at my wedding
When I finally gained employment, it was in the last place I thought I’d end up, a grocery store.  Yes, I had a Bachelor’s degree and had to bag groceries with teenagers.  At first I was embarrassed and unhappy, but I was able to pay the bills.  Eventually I came to value the skills and experience I gathered during my year there.  They have helped me get to where I am today.
Two jobs later and I am still unsure whether I’ve found the perfect career for me, but I am happy.  Finally.  I am beginning to believe that I am not destined for a traditional career path, so far it’s been more like hopping from one career stepping stone to another, but that’s okay.  When you are young, don’t be afraid to take chances and risks in your job choice; there are many duds, but they’re lessons along the way.  There is no harm in applying and exploring your options!
Many people feel trapped in their line of work and feel like they’re on a one-way track, however, this doesn’t have to be.  Case in point, my friend Sarah has been teaching pre-school and recently decided she needed a change, next month she’s becoming a flight attendant!  Never forget that you are in control of your life and the direction you take it.
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