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You’ve Graduated…

What Comes Next?

by Dani Phillips

September 21, 2018

Even when you decide to pursue the perfect job for you, that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be days where you are banging your head against the wall wondering why you decided to embark down this path in the first place. Maybe this moment will come when you’ve been up for 24 hours working on a final paper. Maybe it will come after you just found out you didn’t get the part for the hundredth time. The important thing to remember is that you chose this path for a reason, and if you persevere and play the game, your tireless work will be rewarded. You have to keep telling yourself that no one simply wakes up on the top. Everyone needs to pay their dues and climb the latter of success. It is also crucial to remember not to lose yourself along the way.

Although it might seem like you have put everything on the line for your profession and thus, it should take priority over your friendships and dating, this does not have to be the case. It is possible to find a balance. While any good friend or boyfriend will understand you giving your job one hundred and ten percent, it is crucial that you still make an effort to show them that you care whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself. Even a couple of texts a day can suffice for a while. You also might consider staying out of the dating scene if you want your career to be your main focus for the time being. No one will blame you for not wanting to put too much on your plate. It is very difficult to give everything your all and this is especially the case when you are just starting off in an industry and still need to prove yourself.

Make sure to treat everyone you meet with the utmost respect during your rise to the top. You never know if the boy passing out water bottles or the lowly intern will be able to help you out in the future. It is never worth it to make enemies. The more friends you have in your industry, the better off you are. If everything works out for you and your professional dreams become reality, just remember not to lose sight of the person who you are and have always been. Stay true to your values and don’t compromise your integrity to get the job. There is a way to shatter the glass ceiling and find a balance between family and work without becoming someone else entirely. If your work is something  you are passionate about, then you can do this, and there is no need to change.

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