I will never forget the best interview I’ve ever had. It wasn’t the best because I got the job. I didn’t even get a call back. It was the best because it made me realize I shouldn’t have been applying for the job in the first place. At the time I was working for ADT as a sales rep. I hated, no loathed, my job. Ten to sixteen hour days five days a week. I worked about every Saturday and made the equivalent of minimum wage in commission. (Side note: don’t ever take a job with ADT.) They’re rated one of the worst companies to work for and they live up to their reputation.
I needed to get a new job. My skills set I developed from working with ADT and doing fundraising with a previous employer would say I should look for new employment in sales. Makes sense, right? At least it did to me, so I began to apply for sales positions on the usual job boards. I got a few interviews but the one I'm writing about was with an insurance broker.
Originally, I took the sales position with ADT because that’s what my previous experience was. Like I said, I had developed skills for it and that led me to this interview. Before I got there, I had been practicing answers to possible questions I thought they may ask me; however, I wasn’t prepared for the first question. “Why do you want to sell insurance?”
The first thing that passed through my head after being asked this by the interviewer was “I don’t want to sell insurance”. Obviously I didn’t say that to him. I spun some kind of positive answer. I can't even remember what it was. When I got into my car after the interview, I couldn’t stop laughing. I realized that in no shape or form did I ever want to sell insurance or hold a sales position again.
Ever since that day, I’ve been pursuing the career that I want - a career as a visual designer. I didn’t have all the skills and knowledge to do it, so I went out and got them. I enrolled as a Communications Design Certificate student at PNCA and started freelancing as a logo designer.
Don't go after careers you don’t want. If you do find yourself down a path where you don’t want to be, don’t fret. It was a lesson that you needed to discover - that that path wasn’t for you. Check it off your list and forget about it. You’re one step closer to knowing what you do want.