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A lot of things have happened since I graduated from UCR.
I stayed in Riverside for a month, I applied for jobs… I went to Asia (Taiwan & Japan) for a month, I applied for jobs… I came back from Asia, I applied for jobs… I ran and got caught by the police, I applied for jobs… I went to Block Party, I applied for jobs… I got a traffic ticket, I applied for jobs… I went to Catalina Island, I applied for jobs… I blacked out and submerged my phone in water, I applied for jobs… Fuck.
It might sound like I’ve been having a lot of fun while being unemployed but deep down I feel like a mess. All of my friends have found a job, and I really mean ALL the people that I am close to have found a job. I know that everyone goes at their own pace however I feel like I have stopped progressing in life despite what everyone says around me. I have so many passions…. I love dancing, I love cinematography, I love video editing, I love traveling but all of these are at a halt. All the potential companies that I have applied to and interviewed have denied me of their openings thus far. My friend who I’ve been on this Job Search journey finally got a job today and I am, with all my heart and soul, so proud of him.
I know this post sounds sad and depressing but I mean what else can i say? I really need to find myself AND find a job which I can see myself doing that will enable personal and professional growth in my life. I’ve always been a happy optimistic person but I guess this is the part in my life where I’m going to be a bit sad and dispirited. It’s been a long journey and I’m afraid that the journey won’t end. The light at the end of the tunnel seems dim as my life continues.
2018 flew by in a blink of an eye. With me finally getting a full-time job and living the life as an advertiser, I still cannot believe that this is how things would be after college. Let’s throw it all back.
I joined Resolution Media, an Omnicom company, and was put on the brand new Intuit Quickbooks account. I was the youngest person on the team at the age of 22 turning 23, (most of the other people were 25+) and was really beginning to enjoy life. I bonded well with everyone on the team, gained my roots in social media advertising, and was hungry to soak up as much knowledge as I possibly could. Shortly after a month, I went to Seattle with a couple of my best friends from home during by birthday weekend and enjoyed the cloudy vibes there, despite the fact that it was freezing af.
Once I came back, I finally committed into getting perm − which I completely hated. I did not realize how hard it was to take care of curly hair and was pretty sure that my barber cut my hair wrong. (it was ugly) On another note, I would go back to Riverside here and there for concerts but eventually grew out of it since it really is a mission to go all the way there.
Working in the advertising industry has as lot of perks. Not only do I work with the top companies of the world, (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Snapchat, Intuit, Adobe, list goes on……), but I get to enjoy a variety of events that I would have never imagined to be at. I would attend private VEVO and Spotify parties, get taken out to VIP/Box Laker games, ride on cruises around the marina, attend Chateau Marmot magic shows, and a lot more. Oh man, those were the days.
Shortly I would receive a call by Shana, the west coast regional director of Resolution Media, and be told that I was transitioning off the Intuit team and onto the HP team. My heart sunk since that meant saying goodbye to my beloved Intuit team. They definitely made my 1 hour 40 minutes commute worth it as I had so much fun and learned so much. Anyways, having already known most of the HP team, this was a pretty smooth transition since most of the team was just like me – recent college graduates.
Being on a huge brand name account definitely toughened my skin. Having the opportunity to work on a hybrid account (paid social and SEM), I had to pick up my game and work my 100% everyday. I began to do reporting, speak on client calls, and even picked up on how search engines operate. The mentorship and friendships grew beyond my expectations as I consider every team member my friend. 2018 has been great year but I feel as if I am still searching for something. I’ve stopped break-dancing even though that was one of my biggest passions and even took a halt on editing videos. With 2019 I really need to work on my off the court skills and start focusing on what makes me happy. With that being said, it’s time to make some changes.
As many of you know I will be transitioning off the Intuit QuickBooks account today. We had a good run. Don’t worry, I will just be on the other side of the building with the HP team. I have to say that it’s been a blessing to have worked with each and every one of you no matter how big or small the task was. You guys make my 1 hour 40 minutes commute bearable. I’ve basically been here since this account was created (OG) and I’m beyond happy to see the direction it’s going. I’ve learned a lot over the past 6 months whether it be on or off the court and I truly believe that the sky is the limit with this team. You guys are rock stars. Thank you for everything— don’t be a stranger and holla at your boy.
This was my good bye email/ final edition of my Article of the Week on the Hearts & Science, Intuit QuickBooks team. This team is my foundation, my co-workers, my teammates, my family. Thanks to my team, I have grown so much not only in regards to my career, but also my self-development as a person. I can nonchalantly say that I have found a balance between work and play since I know very well that I am still busting my ass doing the commute. Although I was forced off this team, I’ve constantly heard the term that it’s a “blessing in disguise”. Is it really though? The QuickBooks team is where I started all the processes (Pacing Docs, Media Authorization Docs, Getting in touch with social reps, etc.) It’s where I’ve connected with so many individuals whom I would have never talked to in my life. On the other hand, the HP team is doing so much more. Having the full marketing funnel, doing search, and with larger budgets, the sky truly looks like the limit. I have also befriended most of the people on that team as well. It’s tough being in the position of having no voice on where you stand but it also appears that I will have much more opportunity for growth by being placed on the HP team. Shit.
I’ve already shed my tears of sorrow and now realize that nothing lasts forever in this world. It’s time to keep my momentum going and focus on what I need to do in life. As one door closes, another one opens.
I graduated college about 3 weeks ago and officially moved back to my home town today. College has seriously been the best 4 years of my life thus far, and I will cherish all the memories that I have made at the prestigious University of California Riverside. Damn.
I am happy to say that this school definitely has the littest concerts compared to any university out there. Not only have I learned to balance my social life, school life, and extracurriculars, but I’ve also learned that the people you meet and the relationships you develop are the most important aspects of college. SO….. what now.
The past three weeks I’ve been living at one of my best friend’s house where we both have been grinding our asses off on the job hunt. During the day, we would spend endless hours applying for a variety of jobs that we (might) see ourselves doing and by night I would try to hangout with whoever is still in the area, knowing very well that this may be the last time I would see them. Although I’ve already shedded most of my tears out during graduation, I can’t help but feel sorrowful that everyone is going away. With friends who are from Norcal, out of state, or even out of the country, I am definitely going to miss all the faces that I see on a daily/weekly basis. Shit, this really is an end of an era but damn, it’s also the beginning of a new era. It’s time to put my big boy pants on and face the world.