Did I know I wanted to work in Marketing? No.
Did I know I wanted to work in Social Media? No. Definitely not.
Well, that changed quickly even before I started my college class. I ended up dropping out of St. John’s and enrolling at Biola University– which was only 30 minutes from home. Since it was a last minute switch, I immediately transferred to my Alma-Mater, CLU 💜 Best. Decision. Ever.
Nonetheless, Law was still my goal. In fact, I majored in Political Science AND Philosophy. Ms. Woods would be proud. I completed the necessary internships, took the LSAT, and got into some schools near my area. *Shout out to Whittier Law* (The first school I got accepted too! Woohoo!)
It wasn’t until then that I realized, I knew nothing but racing toward this goal of becoming a lawyer. I had no actual “Big Girl/ Life” experience that could guide me in helping others after Law School.
I decided to take a step back and reflect on EVERYTHING I had done in college. CraftsClub, HerCampus, Philosophy Club, Social Justice, PETA, ASCLUG. I realized two of my favorites were Social Media and Events– and that began my job search. I landed a customer service type job at my current company with “potential to grow.” I always loved the company but my job description wasn’t exactly what I wanted, so I kept applying for a closer fit to my career goal. Not that I really knew what that was…or is….
That perseverance landed me at Microsoft’s Stores Team for the holidays hours. Basically, you tweet. We respond. (Yes, I did see one of my friend’s tweet @ Microsoft regarding a service in one of the products. And yes, it was pretty awesome.) Amazing team, but short-lived- however, that gave me the leverage to move into Social Media and Blogging at my current company.
Don’t get me wrong- Law School is still my goal, but I’m glad I took this break. It forced me to find out I am capable of other things outside the legal world. I am not anywhere near being the next Elle Woods, but that’s okay. I’ll be the first Ashley Nicole, Law graduate. 🎓
- If you’re not happy, don’t stay. Even if others say you’re wrong. They are not the ones living for you.
- You are allowed to slow down. The way I see it is even I go back at 25 (I’m 23) and graduate at 28, I will still be a practicing lawyer for at least 30 years.
- Be young and take risks. What-ifs are awful and I don’t plan on carrying that burden around with me.
- Leave. Your job may not be in your hometown and that’s okay. You never know what you may find out about yourself in a new city.