Empire State of Broke: A little bit of Success

I packed two suitcases and hopped on a plane to NYC to pursue my dream job. This weekly series is all about a healthy dose of reality with a bit of inspiration. #NYC #careerchange #thelegallybrunette

Hi everyone! I want to take a second to thank all of y’all for reading this, for your kind words, you encouragement and your advice. I’ve been saving your comments for those moments when I’m feeling a bit hopeless, or frustrated and it’s been such a help! For those of you just now tuning in, thanks for being here! This series is a (sometimes) weekly post detailing my journey through a career change and moving to New York City where I discuss the good, the bad, the ugly and any little successes along the way. If you want to read from the beginning start here.

Job searching is hard. Really hard. Even when you’re not making a major career change or hunting in a really saturated job market. I spent every day of the past few months looking a postings, applying to jobs, and refreshing my email about 500 times a day. I read a lot of inspiring stories about career changes, none shed any light on the reality. A lot of days I received more rejection emails than I did phone screening requests. Frequently, phone interviews were canceled even though I planned my day around them. Then there’s the take home assignments, you spend hours perfecting a pitch or campaign proposal only to not get the job.

None of this is to say it’s not worth it, only to be transparent. You spend 40 or 50+ hours a week at work. Enjoying that is SO important. For this week’s update just hit read more and continue following along with me!

If you’re following me on Instagram, I hinted last night that I have major news to share (if not, click here to follow me!). After about three dozen phone interviews, several in person interviews and a couple of job offers, I’ve finally been offered and accepted a position at a major ad agency!

The scariest thing about changing careers is not knowing if you’ll be able to secure a job in another field. Especially without a degree in that field. If you’re really excited about that field, truly, genuinely excited about it, go for it. That enthusiasm will show in your interviews. I never once got turned down for a job, because they didn’t think this is what I REALLY wanted. That same enthusiasm landed me more than one offer to choose from, coupled with A LOT of hard work.

Next week I’ll be talking about my tips from switching careers! Have any of y’all ever made a career change, and if so, why?



  • Omg I can’t even begin to talk about how difficult job searching is! It’s definitely super competitive now especially in California and more and more people have moved on to start their own businesses as a result. Switching careers can be tough but sometimes really worthwhile! I enjoyed reading this post; thanks for sharing it! xo, sharon


  • Job searching and hunting is definitely hard. I remember graduating form college back in 2014 and being so nervous about the whole “finding a job in my field” process (luckily, everything worked out great). Congrats on the new job <3

  • Looking for a new job or making a career shift is really hard and at times scary. There are uncertainties but sometimes, all we need to perk up our system is change.

  • Oh wow how exciting to have been offered a new job – the hunting and interviews is so stressful! Good luck.

  • Alli Smith

    Congrats on your new job! Job hunting can be stressful. I remember when my son graduated college and had to choose which career path to follow plus all those interviews. Looking forward to hearing more!

  • Congratulations on your new job. I have been thinking about putting myself out there for a few months now. I think I need a change or I’m never going to grow.

  • Nickida Stephens

    Congrats on your new job. I’ve never switched careers. I went from college, to working at one in a few departments and then becoming a wife and mother. Change can be scary but I’m glad you’re sharing your experiences with others.

  • This has got to be one of the hardest things to do. I might be doing a career change in as soon as August of next year. I’m nervous about it, but all I can do is continue to do my volunteer work and hope that that volunteering will get me in the good graces of those that are in control of the hiring process.

  • Pam W

    Changing careers is definitely a really scary experience. I am happy to hear that you got a job at a major ad agency. Congratulations, your hard work is paying off!

  • Congrats on the job!! Switching careers is so scary, and can be hard to do in a new city as well!

  • Woohoo! Good luck in your new endeavor! I’m sure you’ll do great!

  • That is awesome news, congratulations. The job hunt can be a long and difficult journey but you made it!

  • TravelingWellForLess

    Congratulations! Job hunting can be daunting. I’ve had many career changes but they’ve all been positive. Best of luck to you at the ad agency.

  • Lori Who Needs A Cape?

    Changing career routes is always a daunting process. Just be sure to find something that your heart enjoys, life is too short to be miserable.

  • Changing a career must be really scary. Congrats on the new job. =)

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    Congratulations on your new job. Changing jobs is scary. I am going through that right now. It is a good move for my career, but change is so frightening for me.

  • Aww a huge congratulations to you and wishing you every success in your new job