The JourneyPersistence, optimism, and timing is absolutely crucial. In fact, sometimes, timing is everything.
Many of you may know that for the past 5 or so months I've been on a roller-coaster ride. Post grad, I was happily working at MySpace Canada until the operations came to a sudden close in July due to global reconstructing. Since then, it's been a challenging yet fulfilling experience. I say "roller-coaster ride" for the past 5-ish months have literally consisted of endless meetings, interviews galore (7 interviews..or more?), conferences (I even spoke in San Jose), travel (San Francisco & New York), and incredibly valuable yet expirery-dated contract work (3 different contracts). Needless to say, it's been quite the ride in landing that "perfect" career.
Networking Will Save Your Life
Throughout the course of my overwhelming journey, networking saved my life (metaphorically speaking). I've always been a social butterfly so introducing myself to talented professionals, avidly participating in the online community, and attending events with the intention to learn comes quite naturally. Mind you, there are days when I feel drained - both mentally and emotionally - and exhausted, quite literally. Days when I think how much longer...? Ironically, it's these days that remind me just how lucky I am to have such a strong CV, professional network, and support system of friends and family around me. When these not-so-good days strike, I simply reflect on my goals and remind myself of what I have achieved already.
However, on a typical day, I'm forever optimistic and eager; for you never know what opportunity awaits you. After what seemed like many months of persistent meetings and hopeful interviews, I was suddenly overwhelmed with a number of opportunities and exciting offers. Amazingly, I was in a situation where I was able to choose what I wanted. Not gonna lie, it felt pretty nice.
Networking: Proof in the Mix
Networking is precisely how I landed my new job. Just last week, I attended a Wired Woman event and happened to sit at the right table. When I arrived at The Sutton Place Hotel and checked in with Wired Woman, I didn't recognize anyone I knew at the event. Slightly hesitant of where to sit, I confidently approached a table of three women. After a few firm handshakes, friendly smiles, and genuine conversation I was at ease in no time.
The event was a great success. I walked away with new connections, knowledge, and mentorship; the exact Wired Woman slogan, "Network, Educate, Mentor". Within 24 hours, I met with one of the ladies for an interview. Within days, I was presented with an offer.
And so? I am about to embark on a new journey! Come Monday, I will be joining Thornley Fallis - renowned PR agency and digital leader in Toronto - and I couldn't be more excited. A brand new job :) *sigh of relief* After all my hard work, never-ending persistence, and untiring optimism (minus those blah days), I think it's safe to say that my "big break" is finally here.
Moral of The Journey
If there is one thing to take from my ramble, it is this: lead with presence. Network yourself and don't be afraid to explore the unfamiliar. Chat and engage with others online via social media but don't forget to establish that connection offline and IRL (in real life). Follow up with people you meet, add them on LinkedIN, and most importantly, never ever loose your motivation and child-like optimism. Life is a journey. Enjoy it.