The Happy Career Hunt
So just a super quick life update to start this post off! I’m currently interning in San Francisco at a startup called Dote! It’s a mobile fashion mall that lets you shop all of your favorite brands all on one screen－and it’s uhhh-mazing (everyone go download it now)! For awhile, I thought I was going to spend my off-term in NYC following the super joyful and fulfilling trend of being an investment banker or consultant. Don’t get me wrong, if you feel a passionate calling for that, then by all means do it! Personally, when I was finally super honest with myself, I knew that the Wall-Street lifestyle was not really something I was created to thrive in. So after a long period of being totally confused and lost as to what I was supposed to do with my adult life, the opportunity at Dote revealed itself. It was everything I’d ever wanted in an internship. I was going to be doing marketing for Dote–which I find so fascinating and exciting. It was in San Francisco–which, if you know me, you know I’m California’s number-one fan–so I was stoked to be moving west again. Lastly, it was a tech startup in the fashion world, so I really couldn’t complain, being the trend-obsessed, 21-year-old girl that I am. So when I ended up getting this internship, it felt like all the planets were finally aligning, and I had found work that I was actually created to do.
In the money-obsessed world we live in, it’s hard to stray away from a career path that dumps cash into your bank account. But what is even more fulfilling than having an absurd paycheck, is being absurdly in love with and passionate about your job. For a while, whenever I heard or read things speaking to the importance of being passionate about your career, I just pushed those things aside. I thought actually enjoying your labor was just the cherry on top—an added bonus. But as it somehow turns out, living a fulfilling and happy life means feeling that you are actually satisfying your own passions and dreams. Happiness is being fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. For those skeptics like me, I promise you that all else will follow once you commit to setting your soul on fire. Humans were created to do labor, and to do it well. We each have our specific skill set and calling which we were made to excel at, though sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what that calling is. If you currently feel unsettled in your career path, be fearless and take a leap of faith towards your passions. Feeling unsettled is the nudge you need to push yourself in the direction of your skill set and passions.
Going into this internship, I finally thought I had found my dream job. But somehow I still have that burning feeling inside that I was meant for something more. So I’m going to take a leap of faith and do my own startup, maybe just maybe (I’ll let you know in a year or two). If there’s any time to take risks in following your passions, it’s now. That’s my one piece of advice for those of you who are struggling along with me in finding the right career path–experiment while you’re young. If you know of something that would wake you up in the morning with joy and excitement for the day–find a way to do it. Your early 20’s are a safety net for trial and error (especially if you convince your parents to invest in your “I’m finding myself” phase). So go mess up a little while you can and take a chance at fulfilling your happiest career goals now!