I've been feeling in a bit of a rut for the past year. My original career plan was to dog walk for my company for a couple years, then start up my own company this fall. As that time has been approaching, however, I've been increasingly wondering if that is the right choice. Running a business is a pretty big responsibility (even one as low-stress as dog walking). I wasn't sure that I wanted that at the age of 25, especially while trying to maintain an acting career. After going back and forth on my potential plan for almost a year, I finally decided that I wanted to try something else. With that decision, however, came a whole mess of anxiety. What if I hate my new job? What if no one will hire me (I have a theatre degree and 7 years of animal-care experience - doesn't necessarily translate to high-demand job skills)? What if I can't take time off for shows and auditions like I can with my current job? Add to that the building sense of embarrassment that I don't have a "grown up" job (stupid, I know), and you've got a recipe for a somewhat angsty year.
Then, in the midst of my fluttering around, researching various job opportunities and trying to spice up my resume, I get an email from the leasing agent in my apartment. He's looking for someone to fill in for him part time, and thinks I would be great at the job. A couple weeks of discussions, negotiations, and paperwork later, and I'm the new part time leasing agent. For now I'll be working at the apartment one day a week, and if that goes well, my dog walking boss will consider letting me have off more days.
I'm super freaking pumped, friends. I've always thought I would do well in sales, but have shied away from a lot of sales positions because I think they have a tendency to err on the unethical side. This company seems to really strive to be genuine and honest, and it really is a great place to live. I love the sense of community here, and will feel really great encouraging people to move in. Plus, while this isn't a full-time position, I think it will be the boost on my resume I need to eventually branch out and up in the job world. For now, I'm just really happy to be able to keep dog walking (which I adore) and take steps forward in my career while still being able to do as much theatre as I can squeeze into my life.
Plus, I'm excited to wear something other than sweaty gym clothes to work everyday.
|This is how I imagine leasing agents dress. Sexy, no?|