I missed you blog. But now, I am back. Back to writing about navigating my way around this crazy media landscape that is New York City. What has changed since I’ve been gone and why am I back?
In July, I started working as an Editorial Assistant at a start-up, self-help website that had some big investors, one being a major media company. I learned so much, worked with great people and was beyond satisfied with my position. I looked forward to going to work in the morning and was eager to continue gaining experience at this company. As you know (unless you have found some amazingly cozy, group of rocks/cave to live in/under), the stock market has been a bit unpredictable and very shaky. The shaky market and overall economic environment of the country/world shook things up at work and there were lay offs, and I was one of them.
Enter roller coaster of emotions. I was in complete shock. I had been religiously following how bad the markets were doing but for some reason, I thought I was exempt from their effects. I felt as if a rug was ripped out form underneath me and most of all, I felt embarrassed. I was so excited about the position I had and about working in such a wonderful place, I didn’t realize how low I’d feel after such a high. Enter phase 2: From sadness to anger/bitterness. I felt cheated and ripped off, as if I just realized I lost half my money in a pyramid scam.
Once I got over feeling angry, the way I felt next could best be described with this phrase, “Shit. I need to get a job NOW.” I realized new undergrads would soon be becoming college graduates and they, too, would be job hunting and more people would be getting laid off soon, not less, and they, too would be searching. Therefore, I needed to hop off my emotional roller coaster, quit feeling and just start doing.
So for the last few weeks, I’ve been doing. I’ve been getting in touch with all my contacts, not being embarrassed and telling them what went down and how they can help, I’m applying to jobs, interviewing for positions, emailing editors at places I want to work for informational meetings, sending my resume and asking about open positions. I’ve discovering new job web sites and resources, I’m taking a freelancing course, designing my own website to showcase my clips and who I am and making more connections every single day. It took me about a week to get back into job search mode, but I haven’t stopped now that I’ve started. I’m the busiest unemployed person I know (unfortunately, I know a lot).
That is why I’m back. How has the landscape changed since I first started this blog? Well, the changes have been game-changing. Sure, print was confused about the web before, but now even some websites are suffering. Mags are reducing their frequencies (not to mention getting sucked into the black hole of folded pubs), websites, mags, book publishing houses, newspapers and Wall Street alike are cutting their staffs by shocking numbers and even Mayor Bloomberg realized the NYC Media industry needs to be saved and is trying to do something about it. The NYPD is getting more and more applicants and cutting more and more jobs, the city is suffering, the country is suffering and I have an eerie feeling the whole country thinks our Pres-elect will solve everyone’s problems maybe even before he is sworn in.
Ok so it sounds like the world/media world is ending (or that we may be heading towards a depression). I know three things for sure: Santa is skipping my house and many others, I would hate to be in retail this holiday season and that this is the most exciting time for media in my life. Some children are going to grow up with a black President, some people are going to drop at least some of their prejudices, the markets are going haywire as we watch business models completely change before our eyes, we are learning that living on credit actually wasn’t a good idea, we are spending less, we’re concerned about the environment, we want better health care and we can check the weather from a smart phone even if we’re on the john. All while the internet has still yet to be mastered, while we try to figure out how to make money off the damn thing, as we connect with people we haven’t seen since kindergarten and send them our blogs. So that’s how I know I’m not meant to career change three months into my career. I’m excited about all this “bad” news. Yup. Despite the dismal sound of all the news, its a great time to be in media and I would argue, to be alive.