I’ve always been the type of person who feels like I have to know what my next step is. Whether that is approaching the end of a semester and securing an internship for the summer, planning out my classes to ensure I graduate on top, I HATE waiting until the last minute to figure something out. I am not a fan of the unknown and that is a good and a bad thing. Mix that with the little bit of spontaneity I have and my free-ish spirit and I think I have a pretty good mix. I knew when I graduated college I wanted to have a job secured and have an idea of my next steps in my life. Although I admire and am kind of jealous of post-grads who spend some time traveling or living at home to save money, I knew I was ready and I wanted to make that plunge into the big, bad, scary adult world. My goal for myself starting sophomore year of college was to land a job by spring break of my senior year. And I did it!
I will be moving to Denver, Colorado where I spent last summer interning. I fell in love with the city and throughout my internship last summer, I could see myself living there post-grad. Once senior year started, I kept Denver on my radar and applied like a wild-woman to marketing jobs in companies across the nation. It wasn’t until December, when I reached out to an alumni and friend of mine who works as a IT recruiter for a large company. He gushed about how he loved the job, his coworkers, and the company and encouraged me to apply. I applied for the Denver and Northern California positions and received a first round phone interview for the Denver location. If you haven’t read my How to Rock an Interview post, do it now and then you’ll understand that I don’t like to put all my eggs in one basket when I land an interview. I prepared for the phone interview, while still keeping a look out for opportunities that matched my interests and qualifications. After the phone interview, the company invited me to their Portland office (where I go to school) to do a second round in-person interview with the Director of Operations. It was extremely conversational and at one point he was even trying to convince me to stay in Portland post-grad and work for that office. As much as I loved my time in Portland, I cannot stand the rain any longer! After the successful second-round interview I was booked on a flight to Denver the following month for the last interview/half-day shadow. Because the interview process was so drawn out, I wanted to make sure I had backups if I didn’t end up getting this job. After my half-day shadow, I knew that this was the place I wanted to work so I sent my thank you notes and emails and waited. A week later, the Denver Director of Operations called and offered me the job. I accepted and completed my goal of landing a job (2) weeks before spring break!
Literally an hour after I received my offer documents it hit me, I was going out into the real world a month after graduation. Although this is an exciting time, I still get anxious here and there thinking about the big step I am about to take, but you gotta fly the coop at some point! Immediately, I started researching apartments and neighborhoods. I created a budget and decided to save money the first year or two on my own I should get a roommate. Plus, holy toledo people, rent prices in Denver are INSANE! I knew for sure that I was over living with a house full of girls (perfect for college, but I can’t imagine what that would be like coming home to after a long day at work). I headed to good ol’ Craigslist to try my luck at the roommate game. After multiple creepy emails from 40 year old men looking for a roommate and a couple concerned looks from my grandparents when I told them about my quest, I received a message from a normal girl! We discussed our interests, budgets, what we are looking for in an apartment/roommate and decided we would be a great match. After shuffling through about 50 different properties we decided on a place and went for it! We were approved for a place literally right outside of downtown Denver! Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to live in the city at some point in my life, so why not now!
Even though sometimes I get bummed that I’m heading straight to the work-life about not heading on a exotic vacation or backpacking stint through Europe, I am so glad that I did all of this on my own and look forward to new adventures in the mile high city! #adulting