I just got a job at a very glamorous company where everyone dresses very well, has impeccable manners and drives cars that cost more than my four years at college (that I fear I will be paying off for life). I am so pleased to be a part of such a prestigious organization, but the truth is that I feel like a slob next to these people. I am clumsy, can’t afford Prada bags and shoes and bring my lunch to save money (while they all go out or order in from nearby trendy restaurants). I want to make a life for myself as a luxury planner, but I worry I won’t ever compare. Can you please give me some advice.
So not wealthy
I wish I could give you a big hug. My main concern is not your lack of designer clothes or the fact that you bring in leftovers, but more the fact that you are a college educated young woman who has just landed a great job and doing her best to make it work and feel inferior. As a boss, I care about my employee’s productivity and happiness in their position more than what they are wearing. And by the way, while I want my employees to look professional, I never look at their labels. What looks good, looks good. I will also let you in on a little secret: I bring my lunch too. I like to have control over what I am putting into my mouth. I have a feeling that your co-workers are just living their lives and happy to have a smart and ambitious young woman on their team. If you’re really worried about looking the part, I suggest you polish and tailor what you have to look its best, showcase your good manners and read up on industry etiquette. The important thing is that you walk in the office feeling happy about your new position, confident about your abilities to do it well and secure in the knowledge that you are right where you belong. Then do the best possible job you can every single day. If you trip up here and there, just remind yourself that you are human, smile brightly and move on.
Good luck, love.