Post # 16
FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT IS MY LIFE MOTTO!
I got hired for the company I work for 2 years ago and felt very much the same way you’re feeling now. I had my degree but I’m the only one in the company without a Masters. Pretty much every day for the first six month was me showing up birght eyed and bushy tailed and ready to jump head first into whatver was laid out in front of me. There’s been some frustration and even some tears along the way because I doubted myself and the faith everyone else had in me but I pushed through. I’ve learned so much, I’ve grown so much, and I’m up for a nice promotion this summer. (:
Congrats on the job. You’re gonna go great!!
Post # 17
THANK YOU!!! 🙂 All of the advice and comments are so appreciated. I am definitely finishing my degree – I am completely my last final for this semester tonight, and will be back at it in the fall. I do evening classes as to allow myself to still work full time. I think society has us sooo built around a degree (essentially just a piece of paper saying you sat through classes) being the end-all component of what makes us worthy in our career, when that’s absolutely not always the case. I’m trying to remind myself of that when I think of myself compared to someone who has already completed their degree.
Post # 18
Wow, I had never thought of it this way… you are correct, there is a definite difference between how men view things and how women view things. I guess Exhibit A is in how my husband is baffled that I have any level of guilt over getting this job! Thank you for the reminder that it’s ok to be selfish in your own career. Every other candidate had an equal opportunity to get the job. I had no personal connections or anything to help me along.
Post # 19
There is a HUGE difference between being under-qualified and having less-than-optimal experience in a particular field. You are going to ROCK this new job! Take good notes during your 2-week training, maybe brush up on some basic terms, acronyms, principles, and knock their socks off!
Post # 20
Human resource bee here….sometimes it doesnt matter how many boxes a candidate ticks on the job criteria. It really matters how well that person is going to fit with the company.
I’ve hired my fair share of people who on paper have all the requirements and education and experience and when the get on the job, they are beyond useless. They just don’t fit with the group and have a hard time adjusting.
It sounds like they hired you because even though you don’t think you have all the experience, they saw someone who is eager and interested and passionate. That counts way more than degrees sometimes.
Be confident in yourself! Good luck on your new position! Rock their socks off!
Post # 21
Okay, so your thread made me think of this image I’ve seen online before. Not that you lied, you didn’t at all. You were transparent in your interview, your new employer knows what they are getting. Work experiences is invaluable and you will be amazed by how much you will gain and learn so long you are eager and willing to learn.
I struggle with confidence and have always worried about being under qualified even after 12+ years experience in a professional setting. I feel like a liar when I apply for jobs even though I am not one. I simply doubt my capabilities. Quiet that voice within, take up this great opportunity and start building your resume.
Post # 22
You totally earnt this fair and square as you put in an honest, accurate job application and went for an interview just like everyone else. Who they choose for the job is their decision so congratulations and be proud of your achievement. Would be different if you lied to them or used connections you know but you are just as entitled to the position as anyone else.
Post # 23
Just remember… You don’t know what you don’t know. Find a mentor. Someone that you can ask questions. Research. Take continuing education webinars/classes. You’ll learn more in the next year than you did/will in your entire college career (if you do it right).
Post # 24
Congratulations!!! What an awesome leap in your career. I recommend networking, look around and join any accounting groups, go to social events, meet lots of your peers and grab their contacts so you can call on them if anything tricky arises. Good luck xx
Post # 25
“You can teach anyone how to do a job, you can’t teach a personality or passion or enthusiasm to learn.”
Exactly this. I’ve been in the position of the one doing the interviews and hiring and I look for assets that aren’t always on paper. You were hired because of your ‘passion, enthusiasm and potential’. To me this translates into If we hire her she’ll be eager to learn, she’ll give 110%, she’ll be a great asset to our company. I’d hire you for sure.