In college, I was an anchor on the Wednesday afternoon news. At that time in my life, for as long as I could remember I wanted to be an anchor/reporter. I don’t remember the exact time when I realized this was what I wanted to do, it was just something I always knew. I toggled back and forth with whether or not I wanted to be in the news or be on the sidelines on Sunday reporting on the latest injury during an NFL game. During my Junior year, I was a member of the National Broadcasting Society and was presented with an opportunity to go to California for a broadcasting conference. I begged my parents to let me go, and they were happy to foot the large bill to send me out there. It was during that trip that I realized this was not the profession for me. The news professionals we heard speak were all divorced or never married. They didn’t have children and for the first time, I sat and thought about if I really were to be in the evening news what this would mean for my personal life. Think about it, the 6:00 news is dinner time and 10:00 news is bed time. I was not prepared to have that be my life for the long term when I eventually decided to have a family. So, when I returned and shed quite a few tears over the confusion that set in, I almost immediately went to my guidance counselor to switch my major. At 20 years old, the career I had seen for myself was pulled out from under my feet so quickly. Little did I know, the confusion wouldn’t end there.
In 2 months, I will turn 26 and I find myself still confused about what my career path is. For two years I was in ad sales. I hated it, and couldn’t wait to get out of it. I am currently in an Account Management role that is not really where I see myself forever. I’m not saying I’m completely unhappy, I just think that if you are ever perfectly content in a role that you could technically do right out of college, you aren’t challenging yourself. Kyle is so lucky to have landed in a great company right out of college and has made great strides to obtain a better position that he is happy in. When I think about other people in their mid-twenties, I don’t think it is uncommon to find yourself at a crossroads. You think your early teenage years are awkward? Heck, I think mid-twenties are up there. You may not have braces, acne, and wear clothes your mom has picked out for you, but you are trying to still find your footing in the professional world and that is a challenge in and of itself.
In an attempt to broaden my knowledge of other industries, specifically Marketing and Social Media which is where my primary interest is, I now have a Mentor. The mentor/mentee program was developed at my company to help improve the growth of women into higher positions. Like many companies, men dominate the majority of lead roles here. The program has been wonderful thus far and with only two meetings under my belt, I am left inspired and hopeful that while my look into my future career is a bit hazy, it will become clearer over the months ahead. My task before our next meeting is to make a list of my strengths and weaknesses. Sounds simple but have you ever done that and really focused on how each can play into your professional development? I can’t wait to really dig a little deeper.
Here’s to being in your mid-twenties and just trying to figure it all out!