Once upon a time there was a person who wanted to be in the business side of fashion. They graduated from college and got accepted into the executive training program of a well known department store. This was a highly coveted slot- they only accepted about 2% of the applicants. The program had you rotate through departments for a year so you could learn about all the different aspects of a department store, and then you choose which area you would like to work in. Sounds like a great idea to get to know the industry, plus the pay wasn’t bad, and you had benefits and employee discount.
But, you know, it’s a job….
From the beginning person A was dissatisfied with the job. It was boring. A already knew everything they were teaching them. A had talents that were being underutilized. So less than a year about securing this coveted spot, A quit.
A went to work for a clothing manufacturer, figuring that it was a smaller operation, so the skills that A had would be utilized. This new company would see the star that A was meant to be. Of course, this was a lateral move, because it was still entry level, and it’s a smaller company so the pay would be less, but that’s ok because the pay will increase as soon as the company see’s what an asset A is.
Eight months till A quit.
And another entry level job. Boring.
Nine months. A quit.
Not utilizing me.
Eight months. Quit.
You get the pattern. A made a series of basically lateral moves because A didn’t feel any of these jobs were the right fit. It is now twelve years and I think twelve jobs later (I lost count after people stopped using business cards) A is making less money, and at a job that is just slightly above entry level. A also has three roommates, and drives a car bought with parental funds.
When do you realize that you are no longer chasing a dream, but trying to live in a fantasy world?
When do you learn that sometimes jobs are boring?
When do you learn that there is always something more to learn, no matter how much you think you know?
It would be lovely if the world just handed you things. But alas, it doesn’t work like that. Sometimes a dream job requires real work. Most people pay their dues. Yes, it’s a lot of hours, it’s repetitive, it’s boring, but that’s usually the way to learn. Very few successful people were successful the first time out. They were frustrated, bored, annoyed….feel free to enter in any descriptive word that you want, because everything has good and bad.
Sometimes you have to give things a shot. Sometimes you need to work. That’s just life.
Happily ever after?