As I watched the HR director’s red heels click down the stairs in the office, my eyes were wide…. and though I maintained confidence and composure, on the inside I was trembling like a leaf in autumn.
She motioned me into her office, sat down at the table and smiled. “I have spoken to the president of the company, and we agree that after this intensive selection process, we are all set to invite you to join our team at World Investment News”
I beamed and applauded, eliciting a great smile from Carolina, and I in took a large breath of air.
One week ago I graduated from the American University of Paris with my degree in International Business Administration, surrounded by my friends and family.
One month ago I sent out a dozen cover letters, imploring companies both in France and abroad, to truly consider my qualifications.
And one year ago I never would have guessed that my first real job out of college would come a week after graduation, and be taking place in countless countries around the world.
At World Investment News, I will be an International Consultant and Sales Executive. Starting in the trainee position of course, I will learn from my team of three about the process in the field. World Investment News produces in-depth country reports from exclusive interviews with emerging nation’s top leaders and businessmen. They also provide company profiles and sell advertising within the magazine to the top business leaders, increasing foreign direct investment for the country.
One moves up the ranks from trainee to associate to director within a year, and travels to a new country and new project every 3-5 months.
Though this marks an incredible new beginning, I am already feeling the sharp pain of leaving my home for the past three years….My Paris. The city, my best friends, my boyfriend, my dance team, the parties…everything I knew will change.
I will embrace it…cry a little…smile a lot…and recognize that life is made up of a series of moments….
Moments that change you.