For a while I’ve been miserable….miserable doing something I felt like I HAD to do instead of doing something I truly LOVED. I’ve always been unsure of myself when making a huge decision (and sometimes even small ones such as choosing a place to eat for dinner) but I’ve come to MY realization in regards to my career.
Until recently, I was the Marketing Manager of a small company, handling the company’s entire marketing efforts from social media, to public relations, to trade shows and everything in-between. I’ve gone through so many changes in the company’s management/executives without any real training or guidance that I was burnt out. I loved my job in the beginning. No longer did my job duties entail public relations anymore and that really made me sad because that company introduced me to public relations. I had to decide to continue to be miserable, or make a change…and boy did I make a change!
For the past twenty something years, I’ve been a resident of North Carolina. NC is my home and I’ve known nothing else. But now I will get the chance to follow my dreams. I’m so thankful for the opportunities my previous employment gave me but when your heart is no longer into something, everyday it gets harder and harder to be enthusiastic about your work, even when you put your all into your work. That is why I decided to resign from my position to pursue my dreams as a full-time public relations professional.
This is the scariest moment of my life thus far: to quit my job and up-and-move without securing a job. The worst part is being over a thousand miles away from all of my family and friends. This move will be nothing like my college move, in which I’m only a couple hours drive from my closest relative.
If college taught me anything, it’s to make sure that you can survive on your own. I grew up with limited means in the poorest county in North Carolina. That’s why I made sure I could finance my college tuition by working all four years, just in case for some reason my grant or scholarship money didn’t come through for me. I always have a backup plan just in case a plan fails. I will always have a Plan A, B, C, and D and if I really want to go after something I will make it to Plan Z.
So yes, I’m randomly moving to New York without any current job offers and limited funds. No, I do not have a friend’s couch I can crash on and yes, I would be lying to you if I said I would not think twice about moving back home if I was offered another position in NC. I’ve only known NC and that’s my barrier right there. It was after seeing @Iamnecole tweet on March 22, 2013 that really made me decide to take a risk and move to NYC. Her tweet was right on time for my situation. She tweeted: “It’s okay to be scared. Just know the greatest things that will ever happen to you in life are on the other side of the wall of fear.” I am fearless.
Like I said earlier in this post, I have a backup plan. Well, one of my plans include actually winning my dream entry-level job in the public relations industry. Affect is actually giving people the chance to win their dream job, after a thorough interview of course! The top three finalists will get Skype interviews and also get the chance to fly to New York for in-person interviews and one lucky winner will win a full-time job with Affect! I need your help by getting votes for my entry. You can only vote once but by sharing my profile with your friends after you have voted, they may just vote and also share and so on. I started a Twitter hashtag to go along with #teamaffect: #cassandraforaffect. Please vote and help get my hashtag to go viral so that the judges will notice and hopefully each give me all of their 200 votes (wishful thinking because there are also some other amazing candidates.) To vote for me and to read my story click on my picture below. Make sure you are logged onto your Facebook account so that you can vote that way or you will have to create an account. Then click on the “Vote for this entry” button below my picture. I thank you in advance and please help me get my big break into public relations!