“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve lost her.”
These are the words an English professor said aloud when I sat down in class sleepily smiling after going back and forth from Columbus three times in five days.
He did not say it due to my former absences, though. He said this out of shear excitement and pride. On that day, I did not come to class as a worried, anxious student, but instead as future employee.
Senior year has been a little frightening, but I think I finally realized what was causing me to feel so much pressure. I hadn’t taken the time to figure out what I truly wanted post-graduation. I knew I didn’t want to go home; I hoped to be able to support myself comfortably and my intentions were to be happy with whatever job I landed–hopefully.
There have been many uncertainties, but all it took was a little initiative to feel stable again.
After numerous meetings with JCU’s Career Center and a perfected resume I went online and applied for nearly 20 jobs in the Greater Columbus and Cleveland areas.
I was told to narrow job searches down to a city or two and dissect every possible part of it in hopes of finding a position just right for me.
It turns out there is no perfect position, at least not right off the bat, but there will always be something that has potential for perfection.
After just a few days, I received multiple phone calls asking me to come in and do a first round interview. To my surprise, a company called me back for a second round, then a third, and then they called and offered me a full-time position beginning in June 2016.
It’s been on my mind a lot recently, because when I left the third interview I felt very comfortable, and I truly did see myself working with the people I had met in a business I believed in.
Questions arose though. It’s still early in the school year, and they want me to sign before Thanksgiving. To be certain I have a job by Thanksgiving, amazing. Would it be the right choice, though?
I asked a lot of different people for advice and input, and every person had good things to say.
“If you like it, take it.”
“Don’t get buried in a job that will work you to the bone and flush you out two years later.”
“You have to gain experience before anything else.”
“Do you see yourself happy there?”
Everyone’s opinions were important and positive in some way or form. My head soon flooded with discomfort, and the “what if’s” and “should have’s” began to eat my brain.
I examined every aspect of the job, trying so hard to find anything wrong with it, and yet I was always able to turn any negative into a positive.
Then I received the only advice that truly mattered from the man who has seen me through it all.
It was my dad that finally said, “The first job is always one of chance. If you see yourself being happy there, take a leap of faith.”
The big guy always pulls through.
I recalled the final question of my last interview after speaking with my father. They asked, “What sets you a part from all the other candidates?”
I answered almost immediately by telling them I was a rhino.
Odd, I know.
Someone very close to me once said I held a “rhino mentality.” If there is a problem and I can’t find my way around it, I find my way through it. I’m a risk taker. I am intuitive. I am fearless.
Last Friday, I called and accepted the position, and I am proud to begin a life in a new city near family, friends and with an amazing business.
Watch out Columbus, I’m coming for ya.