Today I start my new job. It’s my first full-time job ever, and my first job out of college. I feel like everything I did over the past several years led up to this moment.
And because inquiring minds want to know, I’m doing fundraising at The Nature Conservancy.
It’s kind of my dream job, and it’s been in the works since I was in India over winter break. That’s a long time, but it was worth the wait.
My show of choice lately is Felicity, probably because it’s back to school time and for the first time in my life I’m not going back to school. Yesterday I watched the season three finale and Noel said it perfectly. Ben asks him what it feels like to get a job doing something he loves and Noel says, “I feel like I backed into something great.” He talks about how lucky he was to take a class in graphic design his freshman year, and how if he wouldn’t have taken that class he wouldn’t be moving to Seattle to start this job that he’s really excited about, but finds terrifying.
And, just like Noel says, we have our whole lives to work. So if you aren’t doing what you want to be doing after graduation you still have time to make it happen. I never in a million years thought I would do this right after I graduated. I was fully prepared to take a job I didn’t want and volunteer on the side to continue building the skills I would need for a job like this.
But I have to say–I feel like I earned it. All through college I looked for a career I thought I would enjoy but also one I felt was realistically attainable. I took the classes I needed, did the volunteer work, the internships. Anyone who knew me in college will tell you, I worked my butt off to get this job every day. It paid off. I earned it.
I’m also incredibly, incredibly lucky, fortunate, and blessed.