Physically maybe, but mentally probs not.
To kick us off here, I would like to formally announce that I did actually graduate Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Public Relations + Digital Media Trends and Analytics. Huge accomplishment. *que a bottle pop* Plus I did it in 4 years (which I think my mom is more excited about than I am).
To follow that up, I received an offer from a global PR firm located in Pittsburgh, PA, where I am currently living. I really didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do after graduation, I just really really wanted a paying job. And I got one! I work on accounts daily, I get to interact with the media, and I am getting agency experience which is key in the PR world.
Everything is new and exciting and scary all at the same time. I have never been one to question my decision making. I go with what I think is best and I don’t turn back, after all isn’t your first choice usually the best one? But now, I have entered real life and become a second-guesser.
Everyday I find myself asking: Is this what the client wants or am I totally messing it up? Do I pay for my parking with cash or my card? Should I apply for that job or am I not qualified? Is maps right or should I go another way? What do I wear? Can I end this email with a smiley face or is that too much?
College was the time to learn who you are and what you want, yet right as I left, I feel more unsure of myself and under prepared than ever. For example, after my first week, I called my mom crying in a Trader Joe’s parking lot because I am scared I won’t make friends here. Anyone else right there with me?
As time progresses and the weeks pass, I am slowly getting my bearings around the office and the city. I am getting better at anticipating what people need, I can (usually) get around without a GPS, and I feel more comfortable being me in a new place with new people and new responsibilities.
As I learn to embrace the challenges of a 40 hour work week, I am happy to be where I am learning something new everyday. From what I hear, each experience is a great building block for anything to come. And hopefully, I get to know this new me who now has a job and asks people what they do rather than what is your major.