This time last year I was settling in at the University of Kansas to sell group tickets to an 0-12 football team. Now I’m wrapping up my first season working in social media for a professional baseball team. It’s crazy what a difference a year can make.
Last March I was offered a job at KU and I was ecstatic. My grandparents met at KU and I grew up watching guys like Kirk Hinrich play in Allen Fieldhouse from the couch at home with my dad. And now, I was going to have an office in the MECCA of college basketball. I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited about WHERE I was going to work that I didn’t fully process WHAT I was going to be doing, which was selling tickets.
Group sales wasn’t that bad. Sure, the football team had previously been lackluster but with a new head coach and lots of good recruits, you could tell the program was on the upswing. But after football comes basketball and THAT was the part of the position I was most excited for.
But, it wasn’t enough. One day I was going into work and realized I wasn’t enjoying my job. I’ve wanted to work in sports since I climbed into a panther mascot suit in high school. I knew I wasn’t going to be rich working in sports, but I wanted to be happy. And I realized I wasn’t happy there.
My background is in social media and marketing. I have strong graphic design experience and was handling social media for my church at the time. Instead of coming home and crying about my current situation, I was pulling up my laptop and firing out job applications.
When I started my job search last year I accepted the very first offer I received. I didn’t want to turn someone down and then go another couple of months before I receiving another offer. This time around was different. I already had a job which relieved a lot of pressure and gave me more leverage in my interviews.
I was in such a different position this go-around. I ended up receiving two job offers for similar positions here in the Atlanta area. It was like a weight had been lifted off my chest. And as I’m sitting here with only two weeks of baseball left, I’m already looking forward to what next season will bring. If you don’t like where you’re at, if you make a mistake and take the wrong job -- do something about it. There’s nothing wrong with admitting defeat, but don’t dwell on a circumstance that is within your control. Go out and change your situation.