Blog: Advice to a College Grad
(Bianca, the third from the left)
I met Brooke, Briana and Bianca at church when I was 11. Bianca was only 5 years old, Briana 7 and Brooke 9. Its funny to even think we stayed friends since there is a large age gap. I remember Brooke fighting with the two youngest, “She is my friend!” Little did we know we would all grow up together.
Bianca asked me a great question when we were hanging out at the cabin this weekend, “What advice can you give me, a 22 year old? What do you know now at 29?”
Bianca just graduated from a college in Los Angeles, and yet the question still haunts her, “What is it that I want to do?”
Your gift is your guide - When I was 18 I was going through a dark time. I was in the mist of figuring out who I was. I began to draw in the old software Paint and soon creativity became my best friend. I went to college wanting to be a graphic designer but came out a video editor.
Stay Focused on what you want - When I graduated I began to hear of stories of classmates not being able to find a job in their field. I told myself I would never give up, I will get paid to be creative. I had so many random editing jobs, I was discovering what I wanted to do by learning what I hated doing. For the first 5 years after high school, I had a new job every year. No job is forever. Make each job matter. Build your experience, learn what type of work you want to do and go towards that.
Stay Humble, Work hard - When I first graduated college, I came out with great pride. I knew my value and worth. But the real world could careless, I was just another email. I had to prove myself. I volunteered, interned and just kept showing up.
Trust in God, not your ability - After applying for hundreds of jobs you can only do so much. Can you believe that my first job in the creative field was at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank! I knew that was GOD. He opened a door that prove to me, “I can really do all things.” He was opening the right doors for me, something I couldn’t do.
Ask God for guidance - Everyone and everybody will start asking those annoying questions that you have been asking yourself. The solution – Let God be your guide. Even those who don’t know Him can hear from God. “Listen to your heart.” He knows you best, and knows what type of job you’ll love. And yes, it may be hard to find a job these days but from my memory, it’s always been hard to find a job you REALLY want.
The Lord says, “I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as my eyes watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8
Ask yourself the deep questions - At the end of the day, its not even about a job, its about your life purpose. What do you want to pour your life into? This is why no matter how great the job or pay is, if you find no purpose behind it, it will drain you.
Working together - It would be dumb to do nothing and expect things to happen. “Faith without works is dead.” Looking back at my early 20′s, I can see that God was working things out as I was working hard to develop my skill. Each conflict was for my good, it was sharping me. Now my twenties make perfect sense. He has brought me to my dream job. The cool thing is that He is always putting new dreams in my heart so I know even where I am at now, won’t be forever. And though I have no idea what the future holds, I know its Him who holds it.
Live your Destiny Now - He takes our heart on a journey in order to reach the right destination through out life. We want to go from a to z but need to reach each letters at the right time.
If I could talk to my 22 year old self, I would say, “Don’t worry, God is at work.”