If you don't know by now, I got a brand new job as a tournament director in a junior golf tour. This involves me traveling around, hosting tournaments in a random city week by week, and flying home for the weekend in order to do it again three to four days later. It's the life.
Being a director means you also have to manage people - go figure. When you're 22 years old and just graduating from college and you get a mid-level/manager level position, obviously there is a lot of pressure on you. You don't want to screw it up, you want to prove to your interns and the other people below you that you are a great boss, and you want to prove to the people above you that you're doing your job correctly. It's a lot of pressure.
The pressure in my position is a strange one. The perks of my job are great: free food, hotels, and airline tickets every week. You get a team of interns every semester. The monthly bonuses keep you motivated, and if you throw in the private office and the company credit card, at that point it's just the icing on the cake.
Obviously, with all these perks comes all the responsibilities and the pressures of the tour life. With a lot to do and the fact I only get to be home two days a week, I often feel like there isn't enough time in the day to my job. The last thing you want to think about becomes social and home life. Both have to take a back seat in this role. Dating someone is out of the question, and getting a dog is even more out of the question - all because you're invested in your new job and all you want to do is do well.
When I graduated college, I told myself that I would not pursue a career I didn't like. Now that I am in a career I like, it's now just a matter of keeping myself motivated. Days are long, rest time is short, and to pass the time you turn to dating apps and swipe to your desires in the hope you have someone to talk to. If you haven't figured out how lonely the tour life is, it does get lonely at times.
The new manager lifestyle is one that I'll probably get used to in time. With myself trying to take in all in, I've already thrown myself into the deep water. People look up to you to get shit done, and if you don't do that, they'll look elsewhere for leadership. My 22-year-old self has interns now. Do you know how crazy that is? I was an intern a year ago, and now the situation has flipped completely. I hope I figure this out sooner or later because honestly, I have no idea what I am doing. But then again, who really does know what they are doing?