Since graduating in May, I have been stressed about finding opportunities and deciding what’s next to this grand journey we call life. I went from frantically searching for jobs and making connections to questioning my personal and professional life. I have reached out to people, created two mentor-mentee relationships with architects, applied for a fellowship, taken LinkedIn learning courses, and picked up a part-time job as an events associate.
Here’s is what I learned:
- How to be patient when finding opportunities especially during a pandemic that has affected the world
- If you want to achieve a certain goal then believe you are taking the right steps in that direction even when you don’t see the results
- Family is important, but it’s necessary to know when to be selfish for yourself
- Being who you are is 10x more important than what you see on that resume
- Comparing yourself to another will only deplete your energy
- Exercising often and staying hydrated is important for your mental health too
- Learn to accept personal flaws and develop those weakness to strengths
- Believe in yourself and your ability
- Be more empathetic
- You aren’t in this alone
I’m still struggling to be patient and believing in my worth. Whether I belong in my chosen career or another, I’m continually learning more about myself as I move forward. It’s easy to spot out the negatives in this journey, but I’m blessed to see the outcomes from this pandemic. These lessons may seem arbitrary, but I believe these are constant scenarios that come into everyone’s lives. All I’ve done may seem random, but the goal is to learn and sharpen my skills. I aspire to do more with the life that I’ve been blessed with so I know the time I’m investing in now will help me in the future.