Just like that I’m back from a whirlwind of a trip to NYC. I did a little of everything while I was visiting. I saw family, worked on figuring out my post-college life, and enjoyed exploring the city as a tourist. Check out a little more from my trip here and here.
The main reason for my trip was to network in NYC and get an idea of what types of jobs I am interested in. The hope is that in a few months when I’m ready to pull the trigger and move to NYC, those connections will help with job leads. My cousins were a huge help connecting me with people in various industries. So thankful they plowed the way for me!
While I still don’t know what my dream job is, I learned so much from my meetings with different people. Below are my top takeaways from my time in NYC.
My first job does not have to be the perfect job.
I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to find the perfect first job, but multiple conversations with working professionals made me realize I need to chill out. I’m a smart gal and will be able to highlight transferable skills if I decide to make a major job leap.
Networking is huge.
Every person I met with while in NYC was the result of a connection with someone I knew. I had six interviews setup when I arrived in New York. By the end of my trip, I met with eleven people across multiple industries. Those additional meetings came from chatting with people who then introduced me to others.
Be open to everything.
I was open to meeting with people in every industry before heading to New York (well, maybe not finance or healthcare). This kept me open to taking interviews with people in a variety of industries. I met with people in fashion, sports, health & wellness, hospitality, and lifestyle.
Eliminating is easier than pinpointing.
I was stressing out that I had no idea what industry I wanted to go into. Through informational interviews, I realized that it is much easier to identify industries or job responsibilities I am not interested in as opposed to pinpointing what exactly I want to do.
Ha, so.. not too much to report. Just a good trip overall! We are headed to Florida next week for a week in the sun. Maybe I’ll hit the job search a little harder once we return. We’ll see..