A couple of days ago, me and one of my good friends, Mariah, were sitting in the library and we were talking about internships, our future, and career. One name came across her mouth... Kahlana Barfield, The Fashion & Beauty Editor-At-Large for InStyle. I knew who she was and followed her on Instagram & I've been thinking like "Her life is so dope!".
So Mariah put me onto a podcast interview she did recently with "Creatives Talk with Erik Umphery". This episode really had me evaluating like WHAT AM I GOING TO DO AFTER GRADUATION. I've always said that I would never box myself into anything because even the positions that I didn't want, I've learned so much from them. A little background about me, I'm a Junior Marketing major at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I am from Roselle, New Jersey and plan to move back after graduation.
Back to the podcast, it was so comforting to hear Kahlana say go to the capital of whatever industry you want to work in because I really want to come home. Of course, I will travel and explore while I'm young but honestly, I can't see myself outside of the North-Eastern Region (NY-DC. Maybeeeeee Virginia). I'm really a family person and being away from my family really affects me (Not saying I get depressed or anything but family is VERY important to me).
Anyway, the podcast & this personal marketing plan assignment my professor has us doing, had me thinking more about my career in general. What do I really want to do. I came into college as a Rehab Services major with plans to get my PhD in Physical Therapy. I thought it would be cool because I'm a dancer but, I don't like people that much so that was a dub. I know there are many routes I can go and for some reason, I keep seeing myself somewhere in Content or Digital Brand Development/ Management... in the beauty industry. I feel like I keep trying to take the safe route and not follow my heart. But I'm writing this to say, DO NOT DO THAT!
Follow your dreams!!! Look at people like Kahlana. She went from $15 a day at a startup magazine to an Editor-At-Large. I don't want anyone to think it anything will come easy. Even I have had my moments where I'm like what am I doing & why am I here and I'm nowhere near as successful as the people I look up to. You know how they say every relationship is a lesson, same concept with jobs. Eventually you'll get married [have a career] and you'll look back at the past & you'll be thankful because those lessons, led you to where you are today.
This is why I have this outlet because I want to let girls in the same position know that they are not alone. Nobody has it all figured out. Nobody knows everything. You can never stop learning. I'm not one of these "perfect" girls you follow on Instagram and wonder "OMG her life is perfect". I'm really real & really going through self-doubt and dilemmas just like you.