When coming into a new job, no one is really prepared for what they will encounter. You wait around and fill out paperwork while millions of thoughts go through your head like, “Will they like me?” or “How will I fit in to this place?” My constant go to thought when starting in a new job is, “What if I don’t succeed?” This was especially true when I started my position as a Marketing Support Specialist.
When I came
into my position just 7 short months ago, the only work experience I had was fast food and waiting tables. I had started college to become a doctor but was currently taking a break to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Now I was sitting across a conference table staring at this woman from Human Resources while she was giving me a PowerPoint lecture over things I had never even heard of. To say that I was terrified is an understatement. I remember coming home and telling my mom that I wouldn’t add the company to my linked in page because I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. She just laughed at me, but she had no idea how serious I really was.
Thinking back to that moment, I remember telling myself over and over again, “Morgan this is your first REAL job, don’t mess it up!” The little voice in the back of my head was practically screaming at me all day. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I was ready, but looking at it now I realize that there were people who thought I was.
My mother has always had faith in me, she’s always told me that I could do anything I set my mind to and encouraged me to go after my dreams. When I started my position, my family was the constant push I needed to keep going, but my boss was the one who inspired me to be who I am today in my career. She has taught me the skills I’ve learned to perform my job well, but has also taught be how to be a well-rounded woman in the business world. I always knew I had a passion for writing, I just had no idea I had a passion for marketing until I met and worked with her.
Looking back on my first day, even my first week, I’ve grown tremendously not only in the skills that I have learned and acquired but as a person too! I am no longer unsure of myself, or scared to speak to groups of people. I no longer second guess myself, or retract statements at the fear of being wrong. I’ve learned to be confident in my work and in myself and to take tasks given to me as my own.
My advice to anyone who is struggling to find there calling in life is to stop looking and let it come to you. Stop forcing yourself down strenuous paths that you’re not happy with to impress others. Start by looking at what you like to do on a Saturday afternoon and the rest will follow suit.
Always remember that everything you do has your signature on it, it always reflects you. I may have started my career early, but it has given me a passion for what I do, and for that I will forever be grateful. I have found my craft, and I plan to perfect it as the years go by.
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