I graduated from college in December 2003 and spent a year sending out resumes and trying to find a job in my field (IT). I had a really hard time finding something, most likely because I had no work experience at all. Well, not in this field anyway. I sent out close to 100 resumes and I went on only about a half dozen interviews.
I finally interviewed with a small consulting company in my hometown for a programming position. Now when I was in school, I hated programming. HATED. As in, I cried and cursed and frantically tried to get my mess of a program to compile at 11:59pm so I could submit it by midnight. And I swore I could never be a programmer because of how frustrating and stressful it is.
It turns out that that got me my job.
Now I’m a senior staff member, having been here longer than most of the others. I’m not sure whether or not I thought I’d be here this long and I’m not sure whether or not I’ll stay another 7 years. But I work for a company full of good people who took a chance on me and I will always be grateful for that.