Who Says You Can’t Love Your First Job
One year ago I was getting ready to graduate college.
One year ago I was interviewing with Brighton.
One year ago I was scared out of my wits that I would be one of the thousands of unemployed newly-graduated twenty-somethings. My parents prepped me well, telling me to be prepared to hate my first job because no one ever lands a job they love right out of college. Well, folks, I am here to be the exception to the unwritten rule.
Two days after I graduated from Mizzou I was offered an intern position at Brighton Agency. I screamed!
After my internship was over, Brighton offered me a full-time position as an Assistant Account Executive on the pet care team. As my role quickly transitioned to the production side, I realized it did not matter what I was doing at Brighton, I just wanted to be here.
To this day, I still come to work every morning excited and jazzed to be a part of such a strong team—a strong family, the Brightonian family. This agency has taught me so much about the industry, as well as loving the job you’re in. I am so lucky and blessed to work for a company and with people I cherish and believe in. Every Brightonian astonishes me in some way, whether it’s Dave with his vast IT knowledge (and ability to throw fire), Ted with his one-liners and three-point shots into the recycle bin, or Leo for never missing a beat with client requests. The list goes on…
I recently ran the GO! St. Louis Half-Marathon as a “Brighton runner.” As I was anxiously waiting for the start of the race, crammed like a pickle in a jar with thousands of runners, I heard Brighton’s sponsorship for the race being mentioned over and over from the MC. I couldn’t help but cheer and pump my fists in the air with excitement and pride to be part of that name. While the runners around looked at me like I was a lunatic, I couldn’t have felt more sublime.
I know few people among my graduating class that can say they truly love their first job. I am pleased to announce that I truly love exactly where I am in this moment. I think that to be professionally satisfied you need to have faith and believe in what you do, which I do. I am so happy to be part of this agency, and I just want to say THANKS to the people who make Brighton bright!