When Your "Dream Job" Doesn't Live Up- Take the Risk and Embrace CHANGE

Alexandria Cannito

It’s rare to know what you want to do for the rest of your life at a young age. However, for me there was never any doubt in my mind that the news industry was where I belonged. I remember being eight years old and telling my parents that I would one day become a reporter who didn’t include bias in my storytelling, but rather shared the facts. News would become a part of me from that moment on. I created a news show, “ACC in the Morning,” and would have my friends sit behind the anchor desk with me as we conducted our amateur broadcast. While my closest family and friends always showed support for my dream, many people said I would change my mind. To me, they were crazy. 

As high school came to an end, I graduated with a full ride scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno. Thanks to the Nevada Broadcasters Association, and the Bonnici Family who had faith in me from the beginning, I became the first recipient of the Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Award. Nearly a year into college, I landed a part time job at the NBC affiliate in the Biggest Little City. Every day the dream of impacting communities from in front of the camera became more and more real. After graduation, I began my dream job of being a reporter and fill-in anchor. At the age of 21 I was finally living out my lifelong dream. 

Having a dream is easy, achieving it is a different story. During that part time job, I worked the early morning shift. What’s early you ask? 2am-7am five days a week on top of being a full time student. Talk about being tired! While the hours were difficult, the morning team became my family and I wouldn’t have wanted to work any other shift! The early mornings continued as I made my on air debut. Four and a half years of waking up in the middle of the night can take its toll on you, but I loved the job and still couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. However, as time went on, the job did not live up to all I had dreamed it would. News is a changing industry, and for the first time in my life I questioned if this was where I was supposedto be. After four and a half years, I said goodbye to the only career I had known. 

Deciding to leave news is one of the most challenging and difficult decisions I’ve ever made. Type A planners like myself always have to know what’s next, and to suddenly not know, well, it’s scary. Luckily I have a wonderful support team who made the transition into the world of public relations a little easier. Never did I think I’d find a job as fun as news, but I was wrong! Not only do I still get to tell stories, but I get to be creative and see the world of journalism in a whole new light. I’m also taking this time to start a news related blog with a reporter friend called “Home Means…” and continuing my efforts to better serve the deaf and hard of hearing community in Nevada. 

This journey has not been an easy one, but life isn’t meant to be easy. It’s meant to be challenging so we can continue to grow and become the best versions of ourselves. My recent career change has been difficult to say the least, but I’m healthier, happier and less stressed. I’m learning to take one day at a time and plan when necessary because knowing how to go with the flow is important. I’m learning how to slow down and love the adventure. When you face a pivotal moment in your life, I challenge you to take the risk and see what happens. I guarantee the experience will be worth it.