Post # 1
I’m an almost college grad in History, and I’m having trouble figuring out where to go from here. I’m fairly bright with a great aptitude for learning new things, but I’ve been working as an administrative assistant for almost 7 years. (I’d be perfectly happy to be an admin, but I would like to own a nice car, live in a luxury apartment, and buy a Kate Spade handbag every few months. It’s hard to do that on an admin salary.)
I just have no idea about what careers are good paying and successful, besides general things like medicine, law, and finance. I’m terrified to go to law school, because with my undergrad grades and school reputation, I’d likely get into a tier three school or lower, and I’m afraid that would not allow me to get a good job as a lawyer, which would just be a disaster (all those loans? eek!). I don’t want to teach (I did, until the job market for teaching crashed), and a career in medicine is not for me – I’m terrible at science, and I faint at the sight of blood.
So tell me your success story. Maybe yours is just the thing to spark my imagination and get me going in the right track.
Post # 3
I am not going to lie, but I have no idea how I was able to do the things I was able to do. I worked in politics for many years, ran federal campaigns, worked for POTUS campaigns, and was offered positions in the West Wing and honestly have no idea how it happened. Every single job I was given I fell into just by meeting the right people at the right time by complete coincidence. I can tell you when I was first coming up in politics, I sent a million thank you letters and “it was lovely to meet you” letters. In a lot of my “coincidences”, people remembered me because of those letters. For years my local youth political group was sent out on paid work as a group around the country, all paid for by the national party. After every one of those trips, I used my “uniquely colored” fountain pen and wrote thank you letters to the Chairman of the party. The next cycle I was invited to a small shooting club to meet with the Chairman and a select few very large donors. I got that invite because of my thank you letters and he sat down with me and talked with me one on one for more than an hour, a month later I was being sent out to work for the POTUS and take over a major metropolitan area. From there, I just kept meeting people and kept sending out those notes and letters and jobs just kind of fell my way.
I guess the moral of my story is don’t forget the old fashioned niceties. Something as small as a “nice to meet you” note is so rare that it will set you apart from others and people will remember you because of those when postitions become available.
Post # 4
I’m not a success, but headed there. My partner is successful and he’s an accountant, so that’s always a possibility. Or what about doing an MBA and moving more onto the executive side of things? My boss says that having MBA behind your name is like a good job guarantee. But then again, that might just be here in Canada…
Post # 6
sounds like you need a career in business. some of the most successful people at my work don’t have college degress, or advanced degrees. something like accounting might help, but you can always try sales if you have any skill in that area.
Post # 7
I have continually stepped outside the box/comfort zone, volunteered for new and interesting projects, been open to travel and relocating, asked for mentoring and mentored others myself, and worked my ass off. That has led to a lot of success in my career.
Post # 8
I’m not successful yet so I don’t have any success stories, I just wanted to commiserate. 🙂 I’m in my last semester of college and it can be really scary thinking about it, but I really do think time is really helpful. I know my mom has switched careers 4 or 5 times and gone back to school (she now teaches at a community college) and is finally doing the thing she loves most. So I would just say that we have plenty of time to figure out what will make us successful, and though we might not be rich now we’ll at least hopefully find something that will make us moderately comfortable in the long run. Good luck, girl!