Hello, I’m Lennie. A fresh graduate, I’m on the hunt for my first real job, in the real world. Yes, the type of job where I get paid a salary (hopefully) larger than my student loan, and in one (or both!) of my desired fields; marketing or clothing and textiles.
My final year at university was mostly spent conjuring up “The Yo-Pro Dream”, whilst literally freezing in an uninsulated flat colder than your fridge (arguably, freezer) and binging on chocolate. You could see how poor living conditions would inspire better ones. In this young professional’s dream life, or actually, my projected future, I would work 9-5 in a job that I loved, in a company that I connected with. I would be the new kid on the block making waves and making things happen for all my favourite brands, in a marketing or PR firm (ahem, Showroom22 are you hiring?). Alternatively, I would be within a fashion brand, learning more about sourcing and production. After a hard, but inspiring day’s work, I would come home to a home-cooked meal and The Block most weeknights, and go out for Friday Night Drinks with my colleagues to celebrate our super-productive, successful week. My weekends would be spent with my gym-then-brunch buddies, exploring eateries and galleries in Auckland, or more wishfully, adding to my totally trendy, yet classic, yo-pro wardrobe. Ah, the possibilities.
The time has come for me to make this dream a reality, and contrary to what you may think from my big ideas, I know it’s going to be a tough task. So, as I navigate the sea of classifieds (overflowing with jobs in which I am under-qualified for or uninterested in) to search for that one job to kickstart my career, I will record my trials, errors and successes. I know I’ll battle with writing cover letters, getting HR people to call me back, and the inner conflict of settling vs striving.
Here’s to 2015 and the beginning of not only my job hunt, but my career. I’m a newbie to this game and I know the players won’t be kind, but I’m here to stay and I’m out to win.