Two years ago, I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Unfortunately, these past two years of post-grad life have not been easy for me. I was so excited to graduate from college. I am the first person in my family to achieve this goal, which is an incredible feat in itself. If there’s one thing that I have learned from graduating college and living as a postgraduate, it is patience.
The first year was super hard for me trying to find a job in my field. I was working for a magazine for my last semester, which was really more like an unpaid internship. I was hoping that after graduating they would offer me a full-time position, but that didn’t work out. I didn’t give up hope, and continued applying for jobs every single day through Indeed and Twitter. I had to be patient because I knew that something big was coming for me.
Then after a few months, I finally thought I had got a big break in my career by accepting a Broadcast Journalism internship for a boutique. Man, I was totally wrong! The internship was nothing like the job description that was shared with me in the interview. I thought I would work behind the camera and do interviews, but I was actually just running the store like I was a manager. It was not what I wanted to do, so I ultimately ended up quitting the job.
Thankfully, I started picking up freelance jobs for writing and social media. I got a call from my old job working at a Christian school asking if I found something in my field. I knew that I had to be patient again and grateful that my old job was looking out for me. They wanted me to work with them during the time I was looking for a full-time job. It was honestly quite nice for the time. They let me leave early and come in later if I had job interviews. I was super appreciative of them for letting me work for them while still looking for something in my career.
After a little over a year of this, I was still working with the Christian school and applying to radio stations and news stations every day. I remember I kept hoping for the answers I needed in order to focus on my future. Around December 2019, I was working with some major freelancing companies who wanted me to write for them. I was doing pretty good, but I knew I wanted something closer to my career for the new year.
At the beginning of 2020, I sent my application out to local companies in Houston again. Not too long into the new year, I finally landed a job in my field. I am now working as a Social Media Manager full-time for one of the top sneaker companies in the great Houston area.
I remember when I got the call for the job, I cried for a few minutes because this was finally the start I had been trying to get. I knew that this job would open doors to other opportunities that could help me in my career. I am also grateful that on top of working for a full-time company, I am able to still work on my writing. This year I ended up contributing to Forbes magazine and now The Better Normal.
I am super appreciative of the advice I have been given during my process of looking for a job. I know that in 2021, I plan to get my Master’s in Journalism and hopefully can work for a news station or become a full-time writer for a major publication. Later down the line, I want to start a program for journalism students looking for internships. I want to help kids have a chance to work in their field and not struggle the way I did. I have so many goals for myself that I know I want to achieve and conquer. All of this goes to say that I had to learn the importance of patience because whatever you believe in: the universe, God, etc. will help guide you.
My struggle to find a job after graduating college shouldn’t have been this hard, but this happens to a lot of graduate students. And sadly, it will continue to be tough for a lot of graduates during COVID. A lot of the time you don’t get a job in your field right away, or end up doing something else that wasn’t part of your plan. I promise you that patience and trust will eventually have you exactly where you need to be. It may take some time, and it may take some struggle, but at least you are not giving up on your dreams.
I realize that everything happens for a reason and timing is everything. The timing of me landing a full-time job was great because my old job closed permanently due to the pandemic. If anyone is feeling nervous or afraid after graduating college, remember to be patient and truly believe that you can get the job you want. You may get rejected once, twice, or ten times, but just trust that everything will work out how it’s supposed to work out. The universe is on our side. Talk to others who may be in the same boat and make sure you talk to someone in your career field to help you along the way.