by Kate Ray
I never thought I was the “office job” type, let alone the “career” type. Now all of that has changed, and I can envision a successful future for myself. How did I change that? Let me tell you a story.
Like so many others, I dropped out of college at nineteen because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted out of it, and I had no direction of where to go. For me, it seemed to be a waste of my time and money. After that, I moved in with my dad in New York City, where I worked for three years in the hospitality industry. I was a server, hostess, busser, bartender, floor manager, and even an event planner; whoever or whatever they needed at the time. I knew I wanted to learn all of the positions, so I did.
Work Hard. Make Plays.
I decided I wanted something more than working in hospitality, and I felt that I was ready for another challenge. I applied and was accepted to an alternative higher education program, “Discover Praxis,” for people who want to start their business careers, instead of going to college. Basically, it’s a vocational school focused on getting apprenticeships in a variety of verticals.
Praxis has a professional partnership with InsideOut, a sales innovation lab in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is how I heard about the company and the opportunity. For my application, I created a project called a “value proposition,” in lieu of a college degree. I wanted to prove the value that I could bring to InsideOut. It worked! They hired me within the same week of interviewing. Soon enough, I was leaving New York and on my way to St. Petersburg, FL.
I am here now, still learning and working hard every day. I am now, and forever will be, asking for opportunities to learn about all the roles here. InsideOut took a chance on me and has given me the opportunity to prove my value to myself, and to the company.
Why am I telling you this? I want you to know that anyone can be successful and develop a career, despite not having credentials or relative experience.
Work hard. Prove yourself. Look at everything with the goal of learning. And most importantly, create your own opportunities.