Monday, August 2, 2010

WF seeking FT job

I’m sorry. I promised myself I would never say that about lack of blogging. I say this because I thought blogging is a fun side activity, and if I’m apologizing then apparently I’m feeling  guilt about something meant to be fun anyway.

I revoke my statement. I love to blog but in the Summer it gets so hard to stay on task and be structured. That and a lack of a j o b for this gal means extra unstructured time. I can’t wait to work in a job that interests me and provides some degree of fulfillment, but until then, I digress.

When it comes to jobs I’ve had plenty. In high school I worked at Build a Bear and Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurant. In college I worked at my local church as a receptionist, a candle shop, Hollister, and I was in charge of renting out a luxury vacation home.

Then I graduated with a degree in Public Relations, or PR to us PR kids. I was so bummed to learn upon graduation that no PR firms hire without an internship in public relations prior. My university was one of the only ones who didn’t require an internship, horrible horrible curriculum fail on that one.

So I didn’t get hired in my studied field and took a job selling copy machines. Door to Door. I had to reach 70 companies a day or my salary wouldn’t be paid in full. It was havoc and after two months I started at my last company. I sold internet advertising for a vile man. Seriously, if I told stories that I dealt with you’d be shocked. Grown men have blushed upon learning what it was like.

So here I sit, 24, college educated, work experience, and unemployed for lack of an ideal job. I took real estate courses and been studying for the exam. My qualm however is it is 100% commission based with no benefits. I’d like to do that on the side still but I need a real job.

When I was little I wanted to be an actress, artist, and ballet dancer. I took classes for all three and would get upset when people would tell me I had to choose one. Nuh uh, I can be wonder woman and multi task if I want.

What about you though? In this economy I’d love to know what you wanted to be as a child and what you do now. Or if you’d rather not divulge your job just tell me about your childhood ambitions. If only it were that easy, right?

And as for my homegirl Barbie, look at some of the 108 jobs she has held:

Student Teacher

  • Doctor

  • President

  • Cheerleader

  • McDonald's employee

  • Fashion Model

  • Babysitter

  • Nurse

  • Dentist

  • Paleontologist

  • Air Force Fighter Pilot

  • World Cup soccer competitor

  • Candidate for President

  • American Idol contestant

  • Ballerina

  • Circus Star

  • Movie producer

  • Rock Star

  • Movie Star

  • Radio City Music Hall Rockette

  • Aerobics instructor

  • Olympic gymnast

  • Olympic figure skater

  • Professional figure skater

  • Tennis Star

  • WNBA Basketball player

  • Yoga instructor

  • Art Teacher

  • Spanish Language Teacher

  • Sign Language Teacher

  • Pediatrician

  • Surgeon

  • Veterinarian

  • United States Army officer

  • United States Navy officer

  • Ambassador for World Peace

  • Firefighter

  • Police Officer

  • NASCAR Driver

  • Cowgirl

  • Chef

  • Flight Attendent

  • Astronaut

  • Mary Kay Star Consultant



    1. katie- my philosphy is its never too late to redefine yourself career-wise. i studied english and comm in college and was going to work in the comm industry somehow. that was my plan! then i met my husband and edned up following him around and working retail (managing abercrombie, then j crew...). i had enough of retail and wanted to get into health and fitness but had no experience so i started in sales at a gym then got certified to be a trainer. i was a trainer for a few years, but then had kids and now just teach classes at the gym, paint furniture, and raise my kids! i dream of one day opening a shop of some sort- maybe vintage-y home decor... who knows? i am still dreaming! you can do whatever you want. jobs are limited now so of course you are limited that way, but if design is something that interests you, then by all means go get youself an internship or offer up youself at min wage (if you can afford to) to a decorator so yu can learn and meet clients as well. just rambling here, but the point is, you can do whatever you want. if you can dream it, you can do it. don't get down and frustrated! you're adorable and any company would be lucky to have you!

    2. I just wrote you a novel for a comment and was going to edit something, when I hit a key on my keyboard and lost the comment. haha...

      Anyway. I feel for you girl. That can be SO frustrating...same thing happened to me when I graduated. Everyone was looking for experience or if you had an internship, your chances were a lot better for getting a foot in the door. I've had several different positions: Babysat, Picked Blueberries, TCBY,Sold Men's Clothing, Bank Teller, Admin. Asst., Customer Service, Sales Coordinator, Sourcing Manager (Worked with fabrics, trims, colors in Design & Dev.), Market Research, Demand Planner (forecasting for production)...and finally, best of ALL, I get to stay home...the last 1+ years, I have been volunteering & working as a Substitute Teacher's Aide at our Church's Elementary School. So funny, because when I was a little girl, I wanted to be a Teacher...

      And next year, I will be a mommy for the 1st time and so looking forward to this new adventure. :)

      Follow your passions. You are so talented, positive and fun.

      Be blessed!

    3. Hi Katie!

      I don't know if you've read my blog recently but if you have then you'll know about my job stress. I feel I want to be a teacher but just wanted some kind of experience before dedicating myself to a college / University course. You wouldn't believe how hard it has been to get some kind of work alongside children!

      I think a lot of us are in the same boat! I'm not even 100% sure if I want to teach...very confusing!!

      P.s - Check out my blog if you ever get a chance!!

      Gemma x

    4. Times are so tough right now. Have you looked into finding a job through an agency? I started at Limited Brands as a two month temp (and they actually pay pretty well) and, I am still here a year later. If i wasn't moving to Cinci I would have a full time position by now. It's a great way to get your foot in the door, without working for free.

      Also ~ I will keep you updated if Mike wins the job and I end up in Chicago for a game, that would be so much fun!! :)

    5. Emily, what area did you specify your interest when looking into an agency?

      Ladies, thank you so so much for all of your comments they helped me immensely yesterday and today. It's nice to see I'm not alone and you have all excelled so beautifully through struggle.

    6. I feel your pain. I have a college diploma in Marketing and a University Business degree and I still have no clue what I am going to do with my life. I hate that feeling of not knowing. I was saying the other day that I wish I had something like 'a lawyer or a teacher, etc' that I KNEW I wanted to be. Until then, I work as an assistant and get paid pretty much at the poverty level :( Hang in there. Opportunities will come :)

      P.s. I wanted to be a forensic psychologist when I was random!


    7. Such a true post! I was a Communications/PR major...I've worked in fashion PR (Barneys New York), sports broadcasting, university relations, for a small PR firm, and now I work in pharmaceutical sales!!!! Mainly just for the income (that and I enjoy meeting new people and chatting with them), but it's definitely not my "dream job." Although those dreams always change...haha!

      I wanted to be a teacher when I was little, but I don't think that would have been great in this economy either, as I have tons of girlfriends who are teachers and cannot find jobs!

      I think eventually I'd like to do something on my own...maybe a boutique, coffee shop, photography, small event planning...we'll see! :)

      Good luck with the job search - I know it can be frustrating!


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