It was a line straight out of a “B” movie. In fact, the old cult classic movie, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” came to mind. Fresh out of college, I walked into a Westside Los Angeles employment agency armed with a theatre degree, confident I was about to land the job of my dreams. The office manager, however, had other ideas about my skill level and offered her opinion of my likely success: “You’re just another pretty face. You’ll never amount to anything.” It’s true: You just can’t make this stuff up.
Luckily for me, I soon started my career in the hotel field and later moved into real estate management. I learned a few things along the way: 1) Strategically speaking, you may not always end up where you think you will and 2) Skills do translate from one field to another. Was my hard-earned theatre degree useful? You bet. The skills I learned gave me an edge: poise under pressure, superb presentation skills and the ability to talk to almost anyone have definitely come in useful.
If you’ve been on LinkedIn lately, you know that their top influences are sharing an array of stories about their own first jobs. What was your first job?
If you want to get your team talking about performance strategies at at your next managers’ meeting, share your own experience on this topic, then ask them how they started out. I’d love to hear what happens! Please comment right here on my blog on your next visit (and don’t worry about the tomatoes).