Y'all… I did it. I GOT A REAL-LIFE, ADULT JOB WITH BENEFITS AND EVERYTHING.
I still can't believe it really happened!
So if you've been reading for a while, you're probably thinking, "Wait, wasn't she just announcing that she was starting her freelancing career?"
And if you're thinking that, you are correct. I did in fact just start freelancing a few months ago. But if my early twenties have taught me anything, it's that life changes real, real fast, and this was certainly no exception.
Essentially, in the past year, I've grown incredibly weary of interning, assistantship work, and working for "experience," AKA no pay. It's really, really degrading to work just as hard as the staff while simultaneously being constantly reminded that you are not one of them, that you are an outsider.
Now, I'm extremely grateful for the experiences I've gained in my past internships, and especially in my graduate assistantship, as they all played a considerable role in helping me land this job. But throughout them all, I could never shake the frustration of knowing that these positions were all temporary and that I shouldn't get too comfortable. I've been longing to be a real team member, to finally be respected, and heard, as an equal. And recently, after a particularly difficult internship, I decided it was time to do something about it.
So I applied on a whim for a job I got a listserv email about, promptly forgot I ever applied, and moved on with my life.
Then they contacted me for a preliminary phone interview. And then I realized how badly I wanted it.
I never brag on myself, but this time it feels just the tiniest bit justified- out of 50 candidates, they chose me. 23-year-old me, who's never had a real job or benefits, or even understood the concept of a 401K. But in typical Brenda fashion, I went overboard on a scenario assignment they asked me to complete as part of the interview process, and going overboard was ultimately what convinced them to take a chance on me.
So where and what is this coveted job, you ask?
Well, because good things can happen to me I guess, I've been hired as the Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club! I'm working in communications, creating social, digital, and print media for a nonprofit, and even getting to use Spanish, and doing it all WITH A PAYCHECK INCLUDED. It checks all my boxes, and I AM OVER-THE-MOON HAPPY.
As elated as I am, this has made me stop and consider what will become of my freelancing. Because I'm either obsessed with work or a masochist, not much will be changing here! I'm going to do my best to maintain my site and Instagram because they mean a lot to me, and I think it's important to retain a creative space that's all my own. I've worked hard on this brand and I don't want that to go to waste.
So there you have it! I cannot wait to see what I learn in my first-ever, real, adult job and I'm so excited to share some of those lessons here with you all.