The growing emphasis of women in the workplace is encouraging young females to reach for success in executive positions in the workplace. This begins in the clutches of the college freshman, alone and searching for a place in the world, constantly inspired by the world around her to step out of her comfort zone.
But, the post-college slump is an epidemic plaguing women everywhere. Studies show that more women are being discouraged by wage gaps, maternity leave, and overall oppression in the workplace. This unwavering obstacle of gender is imposing a great test to females looking for long lasting careers.
In an interview with recent graduate Reeves Trivette, the trials and tribulations of adjusting to post-college life were discussed. She went in depth with how her path changed along the way and how she is still experiencing massive changes in her job interests.
Make Muse: When you graduated from college, did you think that you would stay in the job you received an offer from for longer than you do now?
Reeves Trivette: Yes, for sure. I think it’s the same way for a lot of recent graduates, too. You just sort of picture yourself getting a job and loving it, but people will tell you that your first job always kind of sucks. And that’s normal! I never thought I would want to move jobs as quickly as I do now. There are a lot of different reasons, but the bottom line is I didn’t foresee myself wanting to take an exit route this soon.
Make Muse: What is your biggest struggle adjusting to your career?
Reeves: Personally, it’s the attention to detail. I’m in the advertising industry and I’m a coordinator. So that means dealing with big budgets, strict deadlines, and a lot of different people on different parts of every project. It’s so easy to lose track of things… And it’s not like if you don’t deliver, you’ll just get a bad grade. When you’re getting paid to do something, your job is always on the line, not just your GPA.
Make Muse: Do you think you would advise yourself to go down a different path?
Reeves: Interestingly, no. I think I’m learning a lot of things about myself that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Now I know what I like and what I don’t like and I’m also gaining a skill-set that I didn’t have before. I was an English major with a focus in editing, writing and media, so I did a lot of writing (obviously). The thing I love so much about liberal arts is that it’s very “feelings” based… there’s critical thinking, yeah, but the curriculum forces you to be both introspective as well as forming ideas based on other people’s perspectives and finding the answers that way. The job I have now involves a lot of numbers and data analytics. It’s very rigid and that’s something I’ve never really dealt with before.
Make Muse: What would you say to young women looking for careers directly out of undergrad?
Reeves: Reach out to everyone you think may have an opportunity for you. Do this with emails, messaging people on linkedin, applying to anything and everything via recruiting websites- all of it, do it all.
Be friendly to everyone you speak to about potential positions and ask questions during interviews! Think of things you genuinely want to know about- they want to know that you care about the job and asking questions will show them that. And don’t be afraid to get personal during interviews. A lot of times they just want to see who you are as a person because that will tell them more about whether or not you’re fit for the job and if you’ll work well with the team that’s already in place.
If you don’t get a job that you really really wanted, don’t be discouraged. If they didn’t think you were the perfect fit, you probably weren’t and you would have probably hated it. You’ll end up where you’re supposed to as long as you put in the effort.
Make Muse: Do you think there is a difference between women and men’s adjustment to a career? Why or why not?
Reeves: I really think that’s completely relative. Are we talking about sexuality or sexual identity.. or gender identity? Their adjustment also has to do with how qualified for the job they are and how they’re being taught to execute the tasks that they’re assigned with. Some people may answer this question with the assumption that we’re assigning gender roles. If we are, then I think my answer would be yes because there are going to be things expected of each gender by other people and also by themselves based off of history and current issues in society. If we aren’t assigning gender roles, refer to the beginning of this answer :).
Make Muse: Where do you see yourself going next? What impacted this?
Reeves: I see myself working for myself while also helping others succeed. I really want to do something in the communications industry with writing… I’ve always loved words and their ability to impact other people. I want to do this because I’m currently experiencing something I can easily see I may not be cut out for. While I do think I’m learning and growing in my current job, I think my strength is my passion for uplifting people and making them feel loved because that’s what makes me feel like I’m making a difference and is what fulfills me.
I also can’t stand working under a boss that doesn’t appreciate me or doesn’t respect me, no matter how inexperienced or young I am. I never want to make a person feel as if they aren’t worthy or if they aren’t smart and I’ll never do that for as long as I’m working. Whatever I end up doing, I know that I have to be directly impacting other people for the better.