I’m 25, studying journalism and a social media fiend. I know that what I want to do in my life will have to be in Communications, where I interact with a lot of people and stay on top of the latest trends.
The problem is that, while my freelancing and blogging are surely opening up doors, I want to open them up faster, with a more solid foundation. I want my resume to be so impressive that there is absolutely no doubt I’m the right person for a job in Communications.
I have been at my current job for the past 18 months and only with the new Director do I really have a shot at being more hands-on with the Communications aspect of it. My new Director is telling me that he wants to strip me of administrative duties and help evolve my position to something equivalent to “Media Relations Assistant.”
I work at a trade association, which is certainly far from the non-profit I want to start myself before I’m 40. It’s far but it’s a start.
Then there’s reality.
The reality is that I can get a far better paying office manager/executive assistant job that pays at least $10,000 more. I could spend a year making that money, letting life drone on and come out of the other end with less (possibly zero) debt. I’d be a lot more comfortable but I would be running in place as far as my career aspirations are concerned.
Do I take the risk and stay in this job that pays less with the opportunity to develop myself or do I go take an ‘easy’ job that pays more which will just add one more ‘administrative’ notch to my resume?
My gut says to stay with this job.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be listening to my gut with this one.