Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

by Ad 2 Tampa Bay | January 20, 2015

In college your future feels so far away

In college, your future feels so far away, and its hard in the midst of it all to sit down and think about where you really see yourself going in life. As an upcoming graduate of the acclaimed Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, I thought obtaining a job that I loved in a field that I’m passionate for would be a breeze. However, when I found myself 5 months out of college and still using that as a crutch, I found it a little harder than imagined to stay positive.

As frustrating as the job search can be for recent graduates, I can’t stress enough the importance of staying hungry, not settling, being patient, and most importantly, being open-minded.

I had a handful of interviews that went well, and each time I could see myself wanting the respective job, but I didn’t see myself reaching my full potential with any of these employers, or doing work that I could feel proud of. I actually turned down a few positions – to my parents’ disapproval, might I add.

However, after continued networking and 5 months of not giving up ambition or selling myself short, I found myself on a call with a potential mentor in Tampa, FL – 1,000 miles away from my home of Cincinnati, OH. An introductory call led to an hour long phone conversation, a submitted application, much back and forth, and eventually an offer to pick up my life, move to a city I had never been to, and work a full-time internship in a field that I hadn’t even studied in college.

I feel as if your intuition guides you even when you’re unsure of that is being presented to you. I must say, the idea of packing up my life and starting anew in Tampa, FL was a little daunting at first. However, I had a feeling that this could be the job of my dreams and the opportunity of a lifetime.

Soon, with hard work and some guts, I found myself at home at this blossoming agency, with abundant culture. I felt so at home, in fact, it wasn’t soon before I called Tampa my home, and not just my home-away-from-home. I felt so at home that, even though I was 1,000 miles away from my literal family, these coworkers became my family, and this agency’s work became my passion. Thankfully so, because this internship led to a full-time position.

So, my piece of advice to any college graduate who is struggling to find their place in the advertising industry, or any industry, for that matter: Don’t ever give up hope out of impatience, don’t sell yourself short while building the foundation for your future, and don’t be afraid to have the guts to reach for something out of your comfort zone.

It’s liberating to step out of your comfort zone, and it just may be the beginning of the rest of your life.

Rachel Williams | Sponsorship Director