In July, I decided to take a huge risk. I left my unionized, secure position in health care to work at a digital marketing startup here in Edmonton by the name of Kick Point.
Over the past year, I’ve been having the career-crisis that many in our age group are familiar with: what am I going to do for the rest of my life? What does my career path look like? What do I WANT to do? I even secretly took courses (finance and accounting), which were great, but didn’t immediately spark a clear career path. So I started looking. I had been at my position for five years and although I had a great relationship with my bosses and a fantastic wage, I felt like I had reached my peak in terms of job development. I took on more responsibility and learned how to do new things (which I love doing), but there wasn’t really a way up and out of that position promotion-wise within the company. I wanted a cool job, with social media and flexible work hours. You know – the mythical millennial job you read about online but have never actually known someone to have.
I found the account coordinator posting while scrolling through twitter one day, and it was hard to hold my excitement in (but necessary – I was on a city bus). Every point on the job description applied to me. This was my job. My golden rainbow-pooping unicorn millennial job. I’d never wanted something more in my whole life, but my first thought was that someone else would be the successful candidate. I didn’t have any experience in the digital marketing industry, I had been working in a hospital for five years! What did I know, anyway. The negative thoughts took over for a day or two, until I decided (with the help of Mr. Dollars) that if I applied, it could pay off in a life changing way. If it didn’t, I would be proud of myself for even taking the risk to apply. I knew I had to write the cover letter of a lifetime and submit a stand out resume, and I had two amazing friends help me make my cover letter strong and eye-catching while simultaneously highlighting all my mad organizational skillz. One of those friends was Bridget from Money After Graduation, whose three part series on The Dream Job was instrumental in how I crafted both my resume and cover email.
The job closed on July 19th and I submitted my application after I wrote what seemed like thousands of drafts of both my resume and cover letter. It was different than anything I’d written in any other application, and I had fingers and toes crossed hoping that my personality would shine through and Kick Point would notice me. And I was anxious. I had never been so anxious in my entire life, and even though it was out my hands at that point I couldn’t help freaking out a little.
I got a little crazy. I did things I never thought I would do. Dirty, BC hippie things, like: putting positive vibes into the universe, thinking positive thoughts, meditating to keep my heart rate down, visualizing Kick Point’s partners laughing as they read my email and cover letter, etc etc. The day I got the interview was the day my life changed. After I hung up the phone with Dana, I shut my office door and did the most enthusiastic happy dance I’d ever done. I think I maybe even teared up a little because I was so elated they even wanted to meet me.
The day of the interview, I was sweating bullets all day. I tried to prepare as best I could, but I was a ball of nerves. I don’t think the Kick Point team knows this, but I was early for the interview. I didn’t want to be super early, so instead of oh I don’t know, waiting in the interview location (seriously how cool is it that I got to interview in Cavern) like a normal human being, I decided to duck into an alley and hang out. In an alley. Like a creeper.
Since this post is about how I landed my dream job, you can guess how the interview went. I work at Kick Point! How do my savings factor into this, you ask? Well, I took a pay cut. Having my emergency fund (as well as my additional savings account) gave me the financial security to take the edge off a pay cut. I also went into the job search knowing that what I made at my old position was an extremely cushy wage and no matter where I went (even within the company) I would probably end up making less. I was more than prepared to take a leap.
Is it worth it? Absolutely. Saving equals freedom. Not once in this whole process have I ever regretted taking the risk and doing something new, and if I can do it, anyone can.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? Did it pay off?