I have to admit that I was very blessed when it came time for me to find my first job right out of college. A professor once told me to disregard the "5 years of experience" within the description for a job opening - and I did just that.
After a few interviews and endless on-line searches I came across an opening at Priscilla of Boston in the Women's Wear Daily (WWD) career section of the newspaper. However, the job, Lectra Operator, required a minimum of 5 years experience and the only experience I had was 3 semesters of learning Gerber. Regardless, I submitted my resume and forgot about it. No really, I completely forgot that I had sent POB my resume until one day I received a phone call for an interview.
Needless, to say I got the job and started my career within the garment industry or "fashion" industry as some would say. Over the past four years in my career there has been so much stress about not having enough fabric to make a dress, the ivory isn't the right ivory (I know that is hard to believe), the dress won't be shipped in time - I could go on forever.
The other week I was thinking about all the wasted energy I spent on stressing to get a mere dress completed and shipped on time. In the grand scheme of things, life, that is pretty darn pathetic if you ask me. I understand that it is my job and all, but honestly there are just so many more important things going on in the world other than making sure a dress, of all things, is be produced on schedule.
My supervisor asked me the other week how I was not stressing over the fact that our fall production was late. I told her I am doing what I can to see that it isn't late, but I refuse to waste my energy on stressing over it. In the end it is truly not worth it. I would much rather hold on to my sanity.....