Life with Lauren: Gracefully entering the professional world
The thought of growing up and being forced to get a big girl job can be really scary. Not only are you struggling financially, but sadly it’s no longer acceptable to binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy on a Tuesday afternoon instead of going to class (personal days, am I right?). Interviews, finding a way to pay rent and every other expense under the sun really puts a lot of pressure on a girl who just wants to go shopping and then come home and wear sweatpants with a glass of wine in hand. Don’t worry, you can handle it.
The thought of all of this used to terrify me. Well, it sort of still does. But I’ve come to believe that some preparation, ambition and passion can combine into the recipe for success. Even if you’re still in high school, you can still follow some of this advice when choosing which path to take in college and beyond. Honestly, anyone can take this advice. It’s all about how you apply it. Listen up girls, it’s time to hustle.
Who do you know?
Take a look at all of the people in your life: friends, family, teachers, employers, literally everyone. What do they do? Are they in an industry that’s similar to where you strive to be? Get the word out about what you want to do, or what you’re at least aiming for. Chances are, someone you know could connect you with someone who can help you! You’d be surprised at how eager people are to help struggling students find their way. After all, they were in your position at one point also. Simply ask around and find out who can help you at least get an idea of where to start.
If you apply for a position, or even simply reach out to someone for advice, don’t back down. Follow up as many times as you see necessary. Trust me, they won’t be annoyed. An employee who is prompt and on top of their sh*t is an employee that everyone wants. Don’t be shy.
Keep your goal in mind
Set a goal and don’t take your eyes off it. Whether you aspire to be a fashion designer, doctor, event planner, professional athlete or own your own company, stick to that goal. Nothing is too big or out of reach for you. How are you going to live the life you dream of if you don’t even know what that is? Everything you do should be propelling you forward to what you truly want.
Keep your image clean
When it comes to social media, you probably know the kind of things you shouldn’t be posting. It’s sort of common sense. Essentially just try to keep your accounts free of scandalous things (heavy drinking/drug use, sexual suggestions, inappropriate posts, etc.) and you’ll be good.
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Do you have something on your mind beauty and lifestyle related? Ask me in the comments, and I’ll have an answer for you next week in my column! Don’t be shy, I’m up for the challenge.