Okay, maybe not fame.
But I truly believed I would make a fortune. I knew that my Business degree wasn’t enough to get me to that 6-figure salary we all dream about, which is why I was dedicated to getting my Masters before even completing my Freshman year as an undergraduate.
I remember my step-dad telling me:
“You have to get your Masters. When you get your Masters, you’ll be making 6-figures right out of school.”
HECK YES! 6-figures for having no experience and for just attending school? Easiest money I’d ever make.
I QUICKLY realized this is far from reality. Not only is landing a 6-figure gig post-college unrealistic, but during this economic downturn landing ANY gig after college can be difficult.
Another thing I learned: You want to start at the bottom. I think by beginning at the bottom, I learned so much about what kind of employee and co-worker I am. I have learned that becoming a leader will be much more rewarding after I have put in my time and effort. When I become a leader, I will be able to relate to my staff – I will have been in their shoes. I will be proud of climbing the ladder and earning my position based on my qualifications, not what a piece of paper dictates.
A 6-figure salary does not come from your degree, but rather the effort you apply after you’ve received your degree.