“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
There are tons of reasons people attend college. However, getting the job of your dreams once completed is the game plan. From my experience, let’s just say, going to college was the easy part.
I never expected landing a job would be easy, but the frustration of applying for jobs was on an entirely new level. At first it was fine, almost fun. I had this routine to wake up, exercise, eat breakfast, and then begin my applications for the day. I was so determined. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
After a few weeks, my patience had run dry. I became very wearily of the daily process. I even completed an application with my eyes close (I don’t recommend this). Before long, I had put in over 50 applications in less than a month. I completely burned myself out and lost hope.
I knew I had to take a step back. So I sought solace in doing other things. I made swimming a daily exercise, started reading books again, and started my blog. After a week of not applying, I contacted my mentor. I met my mentor Angel Cancel in college. The first ever conversation I had with him, he inspired me. He’s one of those people that make everyone around him better. The day I met up with Angel, he put everything in perspective for me. He assured me that I was not a failure. In his exact words “What’s meant for you, no one can change that.” After that not only was I inspired, but he also revamped my resume and cover letter.
Feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back on track, I started applying again. But this time I took my time. Instead of applying to five or more jobs a day, I applied to one a day. That allowed me the opportunity to properly prepare both my resume and cover letter for each specific job.
A few days later, I started getting call backs. It was a complete breakthrough. By the end of the summer, I had gotten two internships and was placed in the final pool of applicants for two jobs. Last week, I started working at my first official Post-grad job.
I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. Working in NYC has always been a dream of mine and now that dream is fulfilled. I see this job as a moment to learn, grow, and enjoy. Is the job directly related to my college degree? No. But one of the most important things I learned since graduating college is the ability to go with the flow. Sometimes our destiny is leading us where we are meant to be.
None of this would be possible if not for my mentor. He aided me in a time of need both professionally and emotionally. I think we all have the capacity to be great, I just think mentors speed up the process. Let me know in the comments how your mentor has helped you on your journey.
If you don’t have a mentor, check out this video for tips on how to get one!