Has the State of the Economy Made You Lose Your Ambition?

August 22, 2011  |  

Would you say you’re an ambitious woman? Do you go off the beaten path to get out your dreams, or are you taking what you can get to help pay the bills and that’s it? It’s understandable with unemployment rates skyrocketing to tire of looking for your dream job and just do what you need to do to get things done: light bill paid, rent covered, food in the fridge. But before you assume your degree is going to go to waste and fall into whatever comes your way (a la Tetris), know that you don’t have to give up–you’ll just have to hustle harder than before. Here are five things you need to keep in mind while you fill out job applications on the low and plan your next move to get the job you really, REALLY want. Never say never folks.

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  • Excellent post. Very motivational for those looking to do more within their field. It’s very discouraging to pursue your passions when you’re broke with responsibilities, but I know persistently networking and making yourself better is the key. Great writing.

  • Jimmy Swaggered

    You have to have a goal.

    I realized at age 22 that I don't really enjoy working nor paying bills. Hence, I am working hard everyday to ensure that I have to do neither or those two things by age 50.

    Again, you gotta have a goal.

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  • Ruby718

    When I read the headline of the article, I thought “great” maybe this could help me discover why I’m so unmotivated. The article really doesn’t address my industry. It’s not the economy that’s kept me from achieving my desires.

    To my detriment, I’ve chosen the entertainment industry as my employer. For over 10 years I’ve struggled at administrative positions for varying TV sitcoms, but my really passion is to write and produce for film and television

    A few times, I’ve expressed my desire to employers and/or submitted writing samples only to have been told, I’m not ready, or I need more experience and such. Only to see my younger White, usually male, colleagues get the raises and opportunities. I’ve tried producing my own projects just to see them fail usually to lack of funds. I’ve written scripts and ideas that I haven’t shown to anyone because I just can’t stand failing any longer. Yet, in order, to stay in the industry I love I take whatever job is offered me to get paid; usually a lowly paid desk job, where I’m answering someone’s phone and sorting out his or her expense report.

    I network, I attend parties, but when I express my goals I’m usually met with: ”Not everyone can get there. That’s a rough road. My friend’s pilot didn’t get picked up, why should yours?”

    I’ve been up against so much in this business; racism, sexism, ageism, denied raises, promotions, fake friends and that’s just on the lower end, administrative employment. How can I compete with the higher ups where I feel like such a failure in everything I try to accomplish? Monster.com can’t help me find my dream job.

    • Krystal

      Hi, Ruby

      I know you have posted this a while back, but have you tried creating a film blog or website of your own? You can create a site with free online sources like WordPress or joomla (do your research on which one makes you comfortable, this beats hiring someone to create a site for you) there are many out there…hire a reputable publicist that you can afford and create your own niche in the industry..It sounds to me you have a lot of knowledge and have a resource of people around you that can help you out for free.  If not hire interns or create an announcement for those who maybe looking to build their portfolio and don’t mind working for free..If you can’t beat’m join’m…good luck to you on your endeavors. 🙂