The Biggest Reason Why You Should Never EVER Settle

The job market hasn’t been kind in the past few years, especially to new grads or undergrads looking for internships. Find out the biggest reason why I chose not to settle and how it worked out for me. Written by Juliet Rocco

This can’t be good for my health: My blood pressure was at an all-time high by junior year of college. I still had six months worth of interning to complete in order to graduate on time by May 2013. After filling out countless applications, I decided that my email was the official black hole of the universe.

Week after week, I was scouring the internet and job boards for anything that was passable. Sometimes if I was really lucky, I’d get an automated response from the organization.

By winter, I still hadn’t found anything. It was a feeling of hopelessness and some nights spent crying (I’m not ashamed to admit that). My resume was okay. I had a lot of leadership roles, extracurricular involvement, and a solid GPA to get me by.

Mid-winter: I got an email about scheduling an interview with a small organization for a marketing intern position. I was beyond excited and thought, “This is it, I’ve got at least one internship block done!”

Not so fast: They rescheduled on me roughly four times and were late to both interviews by over 10 minutes. No, this was not The Worst Interview I’ve Ever Had, but I knew this was not the place for me by the description of what I would be doing and how it was structured. I politely declined their immediate offer.

I called my parents to break the news. As you could imagine, they were not too happy. Their silence through the phone was not reassuring at all. How could I complain about not being able to find an internship and then turn down the first offer? Because I knew I could do better and get something that my hard work deserved.

When I told people the intern position just wasn’t the right fit, they would look at me, blank stare and a look of wonder thinking, “Who does this girl think she is?” I didn’t care about others’ reactions though, my goals were specific and I was very determined to get what I wanted.

Light at the end of the tunnel: By the last few weeks of spring quarter, my classes were in full swing with projects and presentations. Through some very good networking opportunities, I had an interview for my dream internship and another interview with a fantastic organization. All of this happened within a matter of days and it was quite overwhelming to make a final and best decision for myself. My summer internship has just completed and it was a wonderful experience. I really couldn’t have asked for more.

“If you want something go get it, period.”

– The Pursuit of Happyness 

I believe we can achieve things with the help of others, but you need that fire to drive you to go after exactly what you want. That’s what I did and I couldn’t be happier.

Takeaway: Everyone is going to make mistakes and I took a chance turning down offers and honing in on very specific organizations. My overall happiness was higher than it could ever be because I decided not to settle for less than I deserve. That’s what I want you to do.

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