My First Six Months
This Wednesday, I will leave for NYC. I will be staying there for three days. Joe at DDB invited me to work at the agency for a day and on Friday I will be meeting with Richard Edelman. I am so excited but really nervous.
I wrote this in an email to a friend in March, 2007. At this point, I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do after graduation. I headed to the city to meet with two people I respected most in the space who were kind enough to give me their time. As an IMC major, I hadn’t yet decided between advertising or PR.
It was the first time I met with Richard Edelman in the New York office after meeting him a year earlier at a PRSSA/PRSA conference in Utah. On the bus ride back from New York that Friday and my meeting with Richard, I knew that Edelman was 1,000% my dream job. I emailed Richard and told him I’d spend the rest of my time in college working and studying specifically to make sure I was ready to be the kind of employee he and his team would need in 2008.
Tonight I looked at my calendar and realized that it’s 2 days past my 6th month anniversary at Edelman Digital. It’s flown by and I’ve felt lucky to be there every day. I haven’t forgotten how I felt on those bus rides to NY, late nights studying and working to learn everything I could and that night, when I was running between work and a class at Emerson, when Lisa Sahliyeh in HR called to officially offer me the positon. I hope I never forget that.
You should know that, while so many people say we’re a 9-5 generation, that we’re not commited to our jobs, that they don’t define us– For me it’s entirely different. As Richard Avedon said, “I believe you’ve got to love your work so much that it’s all you want to do… Don’t wait for Monday. I don’t believe in weekends.”
I know six months is really short in the perspective of a long career, but tonight it feels really great.
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