I’m 25 years old and my job title is Meeting Services Coordinator. I’ve been out of college for approximately three years now, and I’ve switched jobs already within that time period. Previously, I was Assistant Coordinator (moving up in the world, watch out).
A handful of my friends already have manager positions, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t compare myself to them sometimes. Maybe, if I would’ve stayed put, I could’ve moved up in one company. Now, I’m 25 and the new person at the company, again.
Even though I’ve thought about my friends and others that I went to college with and what their titles are, I’m honestly very happy with where I am. Like I said before, I am moving up (slowly but surely people), and sometimes you don’t necessarily need to move up the ladder, you just need to move. I changed companies, cities, essentially my whole environment was flipped upside down and I am learning SO much.
Here are a few things I’ve learned just from being in the corporate world for about three years now:
I wonder how many times I’ve mentioned this on my blog… seriously though, stop comparing yourself to other people. Focus on your career and if you’re happy and if what you’re doing is right for you. Everyone’s timeline is different and trying to force yourself to mold into someone else’s timeline is like trying to buy a size 7 shoe when CLEARLY you know, you’re an 8.5….you know?
Titles are Deceiving
Sometimes people can have these big boujee words in their titles and their job descriptions might not be that different from yours. Or, vice versa, even though I was an Assistant Coordinator, my job description was four pages long and let me tell you, I wasn’t “assisting” anyone, I was coordinating my own conferences. BUT this relates back to my first tip, STOP COMPARING 🙂
Ignore People (One of my favorite things)
A lot of times as a woman or even just a younger employee, people like to make you feel like your job is small or silly. Especially as an event planner, I’ve done some silly shit people. I’ve had to pick up 3 dozen balloons, buy shopping carts full of candy and for whatever reason, it was part of my job to make sure the sugar and the coffee was stocked, but I did it. To me, one person’s job is not more or less important, they’re just different. We’re all a piece of the puzzle that makes up the company and without us, it can’t run. So I honestly didn’t care if I had to order coffee and make sure we had splenda, sugar, sweet and low and stevia, because if it made the people in the office happy and ultimately created a better work place, I was fine with it. (Four options of sweetner is sort of stupid though)
You should be proud of yourself and your friends. Even those that have “higher” titles than you or maybe even make significantly more money than you. Jealousy is an ugly, ugly trait people. Use each other as assets and lift each other up. One thing I love about still being close with my college friends that all work in the hospitality industry is asking them for help! If I’m struggling with contracts or what questions I should/should not be asking, I can always turn to them. This goes for resumes, cover letters, prepping for an interview too! If you feel like you’re always in competition with the women around you, I’m telling you right now, those are not your friends.
I hope these tips help you and remind you your job title does not define you and if you’re the person who has to get the coffee and order the four different sweetners for the office, YOU’RE DOING GREAT SWEETIE! Careers are long and there are twists and turns and ups and downs and we are all in this together (do I have to cite high school musical here?)
I’m rambling now – bye!