Dear Younger Me - by SVP, Executive Account Director, Molly Wagman
Dear Younger Me:
Right now, you’re probably sitting somewhere planning out your life. You always liked doing that. Remember when you wanted to be a tax lawyer? That was funny.
So, I think the single best piece of advice I can give you is: Keep making those plans but have the courage to throw those plans away when a better option presents itself and have the wisdom to understand that sometimes plans fall apart for a reason. This will come up time and time again and the greatest experiences of your life will be the result of being open to things you’d never considered.
Really, you’re asking incredulously? Yes, really!
Your education is preparing you to be an investment banker or international financier of some description. You will graduate with zero jobs in those fields and will end up waiting tables. That experience will teach you more about human nature than any other job you’ll ever have.
You’ll move to NYC and will keep looking for finance jobs. You won’t get any of those either (I mean, get the hint) but will instead fall into a job as an advertising account manager. This will prove to be a career that you love and you will realize that waiting tables was the single greatest training you could ever have for a job managing clients.
You will want to work abroad and, since you speak French, you’ll think that Paris is where you’ll end up. You’d never think of Asia, and certainly not Singapore (the location of which, if you’re honest, you’re not even really sure of.) But there you’ll live for 4 years and make some of the greatest friends of your life.
These are just a few. There were more and there will be more. Plans are great but never let a plan get in the way of doing something amazing.