And here we go. Probably another reason to my irregular posts (which I need to stop apologizing for :/) is this clear distinction I made of myself and who I was, when I started working to who I am now.
Here is an article I wrote recently which really made me think about how I have manage to hold a steady grip of who I am in this crazy world of careers and work. The audience for this piece, primarily college students who need a small introductory picture to what we think working is going to feel like, as to what it is, actually.
Today feels like one of those reflecting I-don’t-feel-like-working, and sit by myself in a coffee shop and write type of days. Sighs.
Let me know what you think!
The work life: Expectations vs. Reality
As the seniors approach graduation day, and as the juniors move on to their next year, all of us at one point have thought about the biggest step we can take in adulthood.
Getting a job.
I know what you must be thinking. We should simmer down and get serious about our future. We should bid goodbye to the freedom and frolic college used to give us, and now narrow ourselves into this big, (maybe) bad world of careers and positions, pay packages and incentives, we should tone down this vibrant dressed college student into a grey suited corporate individual and act more stringent about what we would consider, work life attitude.
Woah. Let me stop you right there.
Hi. I work in an advertising agency, and I’m not going to lie, but it’s anything but boring.
I listen to EDM music, sip on green tea, eat a lot of chocolate, twirl around in my chair and oh, I occasionally work too.
I write ads, think of visual concepts, pitch a few marketing strategies and recently took a swing at digital media campaigning.
Sounds like a pretty picture? It’s not.
Reality is, it does have its downfalls; the timings, the monetary scale, the creativity blocks, the ego clashes, insecurity of your skills, and the feeling that your little bud of an idea will never work, why pitch it?
You find days where nothing works out, you have no reason to be here, you think your entire career move in this company will be for nothing, you don’t belong, this isn’t you… resignation is just a step away…
And you don’t know what to do.
Honestly, all jobs are going to make you feel this way at one point. They are going to seep out this cheery college student persona and your surroundings will force you to become this glum individual who churns out mediocre results just like everyone else, with enough force.
Even with a job as creatively demanding as mine, there will be days when you feel like your career doesn’t make sense right now and graduating college did not prepare you for this life of monotony and silent despair.
To that I say, put your foot down, and tell it to STOP. And, Chill. Out.
Who said getting a job means chaining yourself to a desk, working hour after hour, day after day, going home to find some quiet time, rinse and repeat?
Who said working means that you would have to lock away your most lively you and carve out this mechanical being that would answer to a boss and consider coffee a staple diet?
No. Not when you find yourself in a job that suites you so well, it doesn’t feel like a job, but second nature. Or, what you make of the job given to you, and how you furnish yourself to make that career choice a meaningful one, a better one, and most importantly, a fulfilling one.
Keep on doing what you do and don’t ever stop; read, listen to music, wear colorful shirts, watch movies, play video games, socialize, make new friends, watch endless you tube videos, eat, and do everything that makes you a happy, radiant individual, with this zest for more than a work life.
You want to live life.
And enjoy the benefits of work, the excess allowance, the recognition, the smiles, the learning, the feeling of being young and energetic with dreams and aspirations that have no limits…
It’s up to you to mold what you have into the best experience for yourselves as no one else can do that for you. Don’t let the monotony of it all get anywhere close to you. You weren’t meant to be like everybody else. You were meant to be different, to stand out.
So start acting like it and results will follow through. Keep yourself true and collected, manage the harder days and brutally drag yourself out of those blue, muddy days if you have to.
Live on the principle that there is so much to do, see, learn and achieve in life and when needed console yourself that the future will look as promising as you wish it to be and you cannot wait to see what more life has in store for you.
And you know what the best part is?
This is just the beginning.
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