Be What You Want But Adapt
Isn't it fascinating how sometimes we become so fixated on a particular matter that we cannot see past it?
If only IG would look for other things and other ways, think more openly, remove the blinders, stop waiting and see how much this world has to offer. This would be the first step to get ahead of those thousands in "competition" with her. By looking above and beyond her goal, she would in fact elevate herself beyond the competition. She would make herself even more valuable employee. Wouldn't that be changing the odds dramatically in her favour? How many employers are interested in individuals who can see a bigger picture and who can adapt, work with what they have, and make the most of it? Wouldn't she be much happier as she would be making some progress? At the end of the day forward is forward. Wouldn't that separate her entirely form other career obsessed individuals who don't remotely care? Wouldn't some extra experience and an open mind make her more interesting and intriguing candidate? The way IG can get ahead is to get in the door. Or some other door and work with what she has, either way move closer to get into the door of company Z.
Let's imagine one is driving from A406 outer London ring road Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane (allegedly the most congested stretch of road in London), one wouldn't stop on Chatsworth Road, abandon the trip and call it a day? Option one is to wait patiently and drive in a straight line to the selected destination. But that's boring and fails all of us most of the time. Option two is to drive around: there is 5 other reasonable-looking routes! No idea if they are any good for a daily commute, but hey, the key morale of the story is that there are other ways!
You don't settle. You don't wait for things to happen to you. You don't just abandon your goal entirely. You reconsider and redefine.
Option three could be just get out of the car and walk, run, crawl... Do whatever you have to, in order to get to that Hanger Lane! But I do appreciate this wouldn't necessarily be a popular one in reality but I am redefining here... You have different routes, you have different means!
Therefore, what IG should not be doing is sit on her arse working a job which she cares less and less about, because she isn't challenged enough. What she should be doing is get out there and make things happen for herself. Yes, it is that simple. Get out of her own head. Let shit go. Put herself out there and make things happen. By all means insist on company Z but appreciate other things that are out there as well and the opportunities they offer. Try different things and do not by any means settle for company X knowing it NEVER was not and is not the ultimate goal.