A friend of mine who was already in Research Administration encouraged me to apply for an entry-level RA position in 2010. I did, and I was interviewed, but I was not offered a job. The same position came up in 2011, and she pushed hard for me to try again. I did, and that time I was successful! That was 12 years ago, and my friend has since left RA, but I am forever grateful to her for encouraging me to try again. It truly changed my life.