I’m halfway through my second full day in New York, and already I’ve fallen in love with the city. Portlandia may be the place where young people go to retire, but New York is where the easily bored and naturally-curious people come to stay busy.
It’s only my second time here, but so far, I feel like I’m getting a better experience of what the personality and culture of the city is compared to the choir trip I took back in 8th grade.
I know people normally spend money to fly somewhere when they have an official interview lined up, but I can’t say that this trip was exactly the same case. The goal of my trip was just to learn as much as I could about what it was like to work in the professional business world and what I could expect on a day-to-day basis. By doing this I was hoping to narrow down what role/area in marketing would be the best fit for my strengths. So I sold my Coachella ticket, cashed in savings bonds and hoped for the best. Quite a spendy way to approach self-discovery, but so far entirely worth it.
I feel like I have a better understanding of how departments work together and what’s expected of each marketing role. Before, it felt like there was a large degree of separation between college graduate and business professional (unknown territory). I also feel WAY more comfortable and confident during interviews, which I am the most proud of (and hopefully I can say that nervous laugh is permanently gone).
I’ve had so many people help me get this far, and I’m determined to do the same once I start my career. I’m so grateful for everything my mentors have done and I know I would not have gone nearly as far (or been half as damn patient) without them. So thank you all, and as Bethany has always said “Just pay it forward.”