Welcome me to the working world, maybe
August 24, 2012 12:24 AM Subscribe
Career Starter Q: If you are working a job that's a bad fit for you- 1) how did you get it? 2) how do you survive it (especially workplace dynamics)?
posted by ichomp to work & money (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I am a new college grad whose past internships have been in media/advertising. I've found that the fast pace and general young and social environment of this industry is probably not right for me. However, the contacts and (few) interviews I've been able to get are in advertising, given my resume.
In the near future, my best bet will be to work in an agency while I find more suitable work. Today I had an interview at an agency and while I mostly knew what to say, I could sense that this isn't a place for me. Equally importantly, my interviewers could probably sense it too. So 1) How do I convince myself and interviewers that I'd like to work in their agency?
I realize the advantages and contacts I have are valuable and I'd be wrong to not take a job. If I do get a job, how do I survive in a place where I feel out of place? The nature of the ad industry is that the people working in them are very similar.. age and personality-wise. Moreover, they have real strong interest and passion for advertising that adds to the feeling that I shouldn't be there. 2) How do I connect with my coworkers when our career goals are different?
Bonus Q: How do I transition another industry (government admin services) when my resume/contacts so far has been media/advertising? not that I'm even really "in" the industry...
Thanks for answering... your advice will be helpful at any point in my working life when I'm unhappy with work, which will surely happen again :P