The endless battle to stay relevant in today’s workforce is why I chose to pursue a Digital Marketing Nanodegree
Three hundred and thirty-four. 334. As of today, that’s the number of job applications I’ve completed in eighteen months. For serious.
That amazes me. I could also add the calls, interviews, and networking opportunities I’ve been apart of. All told, I’m easily somewhere close to 500 applications/outreaches/conversations. And, for one reason or another, they haven’t landed me that perfect job. Not yet, anyway. Inevitably, I get these responses:
My application for that last email must have been a bane for that hiring manager. I’m assuming their interview scale looked similar, if not exactly, like the one I’ve created below. They must have dreaded pressing send on that email.
Sarcasm aside, the process always became more complicated when I found myself asking: “How many of these jobs would I actually be good at? How many of these jobs do I actually want to do? Am I applying just to apply? How many of these jobs are a good fit?” Fit, by the way, is to 2017 as synergy was to 1981. Moving on…
Now, was I applying to some jobs just to do it? Sure. Of course. Did I think I would be a good (or great) hire for those companies? Absolutely. Was my application tailored to the job? Honestly, yes. Most of the time, anyway. Did I think I would be a good fit? Yes! But those responses never really answered anything for me.
So, naturally, there were the two questions I (and everyone else with a pulse) always circles back to: What am I passionate about/what the hell do I want to do with my life? Or, more philosophically, what do I want to contribute?
In the end, the answers for me were easy-ish to find. I enjoy engaging with people, sharing ideas, and learning new things everyday. I enjoy writing, creating, and collaborating. Those things, my passions, were all applicable to a career in digital marketing and are why I chose to enroll in the Digital Marketing Nanodegree program at Udacity.
I believe in surrounding myself with smart, successful people who are motivated by the same things I am. I believe in community and in learning by doing. I believe(d) that in choosing a Digital Marketing Nanodegree I too could succeed. I could find my passion. I could contribute.
It was a long, winding road to get this far in my journey. A journey filled with the most mediocre of highs and substantial ego-crushing lows. But each step was necessary. Each application, and certainly impressive rejection, pointed me towards my passion. Digital Marketing.