I Don't Really Know What I'm Doing Either
Today, a past intern of the radio station reached out to me asking for career advice. Not only was I flattered, but also shooketh because it's hard to see myself in a position to give anyone any type of advice considering I barely feel like an adult myself. None-the-less, I could never turn down such a sweet request & if she's interested in what I have to say maybe someone else would be too. So, without further ado, here's my attempt at some advice.
Never turn down the opportunity to help someone if you can. The more things you help out with at work, the wider your skill set becomes. The larger your skill set = the more attractive you are to future dream jobs. If you're open to learning multiple different things, it also give you more options for future jobs. By doing this at Hot, I've learned how to do billing, schedule music and commercials, produce commercials, run promotions, plan and execute concerts, be an on air personality, write proposals, and literally so much more. Also, at the end of the day, it's just really nice to help people out.
Persistence is so important. If you're on the job hunt and you found a position that is perfect for you, keep reminding them of you until you get an answer. For example, when I discovered Hot 104.7, I knew I just had to work there; call it a gut feeling, intuition, whatever. So much so, I was willing to do anything they needed me to do there (I was one year out of college with barely any experience, so quite frankly I couldn't be too picky.) Even though there were no current job listings, I mailed my resume to the station in one of those fancy large orange envelopes. When I didn't hear anything after awhile, I emailed. Then when I still didn't hear anything, I sent a nice card "thanking them in advance" for agreeing to meet with me. Still nothing, so naturally I emailed again. Finally, they gave in and agreed to meet with me even though they didn't have any positions available. About a month after we met, someone left, leaving a position open for ya girl! It's crazy how things work out like that. But the moral of the story is if I didn't initially bug them, I would never be here today.
Don't compare yourself too much to other people in your industry. I say "too much" because sometimes it's necessary to think about what steps you want to take next & to be inspired, BUT it can quickly become incredibly unhealthy. At the end of the day, we're all on different paths. That's why it's important to outline & focus on what your specific goals are. I'll admit, this is outrageously difficult for me because I'm too competitive for my own good, but I'm getting better.
Always remember, at the end of the day, it's just a job. It's easy to get consumed with work, but you can't let it completely define who you are. Jobs can change or just end, so if you don't have healthy relationships and hobbies outside of that, your world is going to be rocked if/when it does. It's okay (in fact, it's great) to love your job, just keep in mind it's just a piece of your life, not the entire puzzle.
Be nice to people. No matter who it is. I don't mean fake nice either; just be genuinely nice damnit. It can only benefit you. If we're talking career-wise, you never know who you might need help from in the future. Someone who has a great memory of your kindness could end up being your future boss. I remember every asshole I've ever met and you better believe I would never hire them. If we're talking just life-wise; why put a bad taste in someone's mouth when it's just easier to just be nice to them? It makes a world of difference in how people perceive you.
Continue to be thirsty & want more for yourself. It's healthy and it will help you give 100% at any position you're in. There's nothing wrong with always wanting more. As I mentioned before, solidifying specific goals for yourself is so important. As it probably says on a motivational poster in some guidance counselor's office, "reach for the stars!"
Stay genuinely humble. If you get ahead of yourself & your ego gets too big, you're only going to get in your way. You truly won't do yourself any favors being conceited. You can ALWAYS be better, so relax.
Well, that's what I got! There's easily millions of people who know a lot more than I do, but if I can ever offer any type of advice I'll always try my best. With that being said, if you have any questions, please drop them in the comments section & I got you!