Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone and Into My Dream Jobby Marissa
"You've only been out of college for a year and you've already had two jobs --can you explain?" That is a question that I have become all too familiar with during my most recent job search.
After graduating Boston University in May 2013, my bags were packed for NYC and I was ready to start my dream job at LIPMAN -- NYC, working as an Assistant Account Executive in the field that excited me the most: fashion and luxury. On my first day, the company's founder David Lipman asked me "How long are you here for?" and I replied, "forever."
A tad too enthusiastic? Perhaps; but, I had spent the summer prior as an intern at the company and immediately felt like I was part of their family. I knew this would be place that I would call home, and it would allow me to grow as an Account person. I couldn't wait to get my hands dirty with what this entire agency had to offer: talent, media, strategy and digital.
On September 19, 2013, LIPMAN -- NYC closed their doors, and within the blink of an eye my dream job disappeared. I was crushed, but completely overwhelmed by the support and sense of camaraderie exhibited by the entire agency.
I now had to join in on the dreaded job search with all of my fellow graduates. Within a week I was faced with two options:
1. Go to one of the "Big Four" agencies and work on huge P&G brand.
2. Go to a small beauty agency and work on Maybelline New York & Essie.
I chose #2. Beauty was what I was comfortable with at the time and I thought I could regain the sense of family I had lost at LIPMAN from this small agency. I spent 8 months working my ass off, but no matter how hard I worked, I was hungry for more. I was stuck in a silo and felt disconnected from other agency departments, which I thought would be an impossible feeling at a small agency. I stopped learning; and that's when I knew it was time to move onto something else. I knew it was time to step out of my comfort zone.
After a number of interviews and repetitive conversations with recruiters, I stumbled across Carrot Creative on LinkedIn. I was immediately blown away and I knew I had to be a part of it. This was my dream job. The work and case studies displayed on the website showcased the agency's successful integrated campaigns that truly embrace and enhance the strategic direction for an impressive and interesting roster of clients.
After interviewing with multiple Carrots, and completing a Carrot Challenge, I --thankfully-- landed the job. I know I am surrounded by some of the smartest people in the industry and am eager to expand my skillset in the digital arena. Carrot has the culture and sense of community that I was yearning for. Everyone exhibits the same passion and drive that I do.
Things have definitely been a whirlwind since entering the real world, but I am excited to ride the Carrot roller coaster and proudly call myself a Carrot. All I need is for a Carrot emoji to come out now.