This post originally appeared on the blog MakingManhattan.com.
By Zoey Woldman
Growing up, I always had a dream job. When I was five, I wanted to be a teacher. When I was 11, I wanted to be a Disney channel star. When I was 17, I wanted to be the most successful editorial model under 5’9”. Now, I’m 22, and I want to be a successful style blogger and freelance writer.
In real life, I’m a Junior Account Executive working wholesale for a luxury Italian brand. It may sound glamorous, but it is definitely not my dream job. I am one of the many that didn’t land their dream job straight out of college. Now, I’m not saying it isn’t possible, but I could probably count on one hand the recent college grads that I know working in their dream jobs. So, the big question is, what’s their secret?!
My college roommate landed her dream job and hit the ground running as soon as she graduated. What did she do that I didn’t? The easy answer is that she tried things. It’s true, trying new things can be scary, but if we never branch out there’s a good chance we’ll never find the thing we really love doing.
My roommate and I both interned in college. The difference is, she interned at several different places, and made as many connections as she possibly could. I, on the other hand, interned at the same company two summers in a row. (There is absolutely nothing wrong with interning for the same company twice, if you actually like what you’re doing.) At the end of the first summer, I knew wholesale wasn’t for me, but I kept doing it because I was comfortable there. I liked the people and understood the work. Not to mention, I was terrified to apply for an internship in an unfamiliar field, so I stuck with what I knew: wholesale. Now I wake up every morning less than enthused for the day ahead.
In hindsight, I should have tried things. I should have pushed myself outside of my comfort zone. I should have grown. I shoulda, coulda, woulda. My suggestion to you — and pretty much my motto for 2018 — is to try new things! Do not be afraid of the unknown. You grow as a person the second you step out of your comfort zone. The worst case scenario is that you learn that you don’t like something, and even then, you’re at least one step further in the right direction.
It is A-okay if, like me, you’re still looking for your dream gig. You are not alone. It is never too late to land your dream job! No, it may not happen straight out of college, but be patient.
You know how the story goes. Slow and steady always wins the race.
Caroline Vazzana is a fashion writer, editor, and stylist living and working in her hometown of New York. She’s worked for Anna Sui, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and InStyle. She has collaborated with designers including Betsey Johnson and Diane Von Furstenberg, and has styled celebrities for various red carpets like the MTV Video Music Awards and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Caroline is currently the Founder & Creative Director of MakingManhattan.com where she hopes to shed light on the industry to the future fashion generation. Make sure to follow her everywhere @cvazzana for an inside look into her day to day in NYC.