That is the real question, my friends. And today, I'm here to tell you exactly how that happens. Or how it happened for me. Because if you haven't been around here for awhile, or maybe because I've never mentioned that I went to college to be a high school teacher.
When I graduated high school, I genuinely didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. HOW do 18 year olds know this? How do you know anything at 18? I didn't know what kind of jobs were out there in the real world, besides being a doctor or nurse or teacher. Looking back, I decided to pursue Education as a major because I thought "HEY! I love kids!" and I also knew I didn't have the math and science skills to be a doctor or a nurse. And in my mind, what else WAS there?
So I spent four years of my college years learning about classroom management and lesson planning and how to engage students. I then spent a year student teaching. It was probably only a few weeks into my student teaching experience when I realized that I didn't really like teaching all that much. I went into teaching thinking I was going to make a difference in the lives of students, but could barely make it through a day at school without thinking "Is this what I am going to be doing the rest of my life?" Please hear me:I am not saying teaching is a bad career choice, because I had some of THE best teachers that genuinely made a difference in my life. But in order to be a great teacher, I think you have to LOVE what you do. I think you have to feel called to teach, and have special gifts and talents. I didn't have those. Teaching is such an admirable career choice, but it wasn't right for me. I was anxious and stressed and when it came down to it, I knew it wasn't what I was meant to do.
I graduated from college at a weird time. In August, after 99% of schools in the area had already hired for the fall. I decided to apply for any job so I could pay my bills, and told myself I'd apply for teaching jobs the following year. As luck had it, I ended up working part time for a great company just as an Administrative Assistant. I opened mail and scheduled appointments and worked with two really great ladies who were willing to be references for me while I looked for something full time. I eventually accepted a position in an entry level HR role at another organization in 2011.
Finally-something I felt good at. Something I couldn't learn enough about. Something that interested me and intrigued me and allowed me to use my gifts while still stretching me. I worked for a well-known company, made very good money for someone right out of college, and learned everything I could learn about Human Resources. I decided at the beginning of 2013 that 2013 would be the year I took the next step in my career-my goal was to become a Recruiter.
In July of 2013, I accepted a position at the State as a Recruiter. I have the best job, wonderful hours, awesome coworkers, an amazing boss, great benefits and a generous time off policy, and the opportunity to really use my gifts and talents to make a difference in the organization. Human Resources is what I am good at. Its where I feel passionate about the work I am doing. Its where I feel like my skills are being utilized and I can bring something to the table. I GET THINGS DONE at my job, and I really love it. I didn't even KNOW Human Resources was a thing when I graduated high school. I didn't know what HR was, or that it was even an option as a major and/or career.
But thats okay. My time spent studying to be a teacher, and student teaching, helped me clarify that while I love students, I can invest in the lives of young people in a totally different way. That teaching wasn't the only way to make a difference in the lives of kids. Now, I am a Youth Leader in the Youth Group at the church we attend. I feel called by God to pour into young girls lives and be a consistent person in their lives, reminding them of how loved they are. Also, studying all about how to get through to kids taught me transferable skills to use when talking to mean job applicants.
My work is something that I not only enjoy, I am continuously learning and striving to be better. I feel very fortunate to be doing something I love for a living. And thankful that God's plans really are greater than the plans I had for myself. The only thing that could make my job better is if it was one I could do from the comfort of my yoga pants in my own home.
And that my friends, is how an Education Major ends up as a HR Recruiter.