Been a while since my last post. It’s been a busy summer here in Atlanta, but today’s my second day out of work. I just finished up a post-graduation internship doing Sports Management work with Georgia Soccer Association, a state organization that administers everything soccer in the state of Georgia. I worked 40 hours a week and drove about 45 minutes a day from home to Chamblee/Atlanta. I think this work was a great transition from college, and it gave me my best yet office experience. I sat at a computer and helped whichever department needed assistance or projects completed; including spreadsheets, newsletters, freelancing projects, accounting invoices, website advancements, and more. The highlights of the internship included a one week chaperon assignment in Tuscaloosa for a group of 17 year old Olympic Development boys, and another highlight was working the 450-team Publix Atlanta Cup tournament over Labor Day weekend.
I enjoyed this internship as its relevant to my interests, but unfortunately it is a small non-profit that doesn’t have much room to “hire in”.
Anyways, I found this article while browsing LinkedIn a few days ago, and thought it was relevant to my situation, as well as countless other graduates out there. It is titled Quit Before a Year? Here’s What to Know, posted by JT O’Donnell. It is definitely worth a read if you are in a position like me. It explores the ideology and consequences of leaving a job within the first year. She describes that leaving the position should have nothing to do with the management or pay, and should be centered around your individual marketability. Criticizing your former company will not impress potential new employers, so you should carefully phrase your decision as follows. “You fear you won’t be marketable in the future if you don’t proactively move your career forward now. In short, show them you are a business-of-one who knows it’s up to you to stay relevant and employable long-term.” This quote from JT O’Donnell really hit home for me, I’m glad I didn’t take on any positions where I would’ve been unhappy. Staying in a stagnant and toxic position or company can hurt your future marketability and may lessen your chances of learning new skills as well. She finishes the article by explaining what most of us already know – that we should not make this a habit.
My next course of action is to take the next couple days and really research what I want to do with my career. Find a company/industry where I will fit and be able to work for possibly years. That being said, be wise with your decisions but if you know it’s not a fit, then don’t be scared to quit.
Update, Feb. 2014: Since September, I’ve had the chance to travel a bit — cruise to Caribbean, Nashville (TN), Florida for NYE, Columbia (SC) and probably a trip or two to Athens as well. I went to different career fairs, and met with several connections as I started really contemplating what I wanted to do. Began interviewing/shadowing around until I had confirmed I wanted to fully commit myself towards social media marketing.