The 23rd February, marks one whole year since I started my job, as a Junior Consultant at a PR and Marketing Agency in Soho. What a year it's been, I had been living with my parents in North Somerset and I was dying to make a move to London. After I was offered the job it was a whirlwind, I moved to London, into a little flat with my boyfriend and began my career.
Wow, from where I started.. I've learnt SOO MANY things, here's just a few:
#1 Don't put your hand up..
Now I know this sounds stupid but hello.. it's ingrained in us since we're four years old, I've gone through primary school, secondary school, A Levels and a degree putting my hand up. I don't want be rude and interrupt people, how else are people meant to know I want to add something to a meeting. I even put my hand up when i'm with friends sometimes.. But take it from me, don't do that.. People laugh and look at you strange.. just be confident and plough in there with what you've got to say, your voice counts for something so make sure it gets heard, if that means interrupting so be it, apparently it's not rude in meetings, who knew..
#2 Aaaall the emails
Sooooooo many emails. I once went on holiday for a week and returned to over a thousand emails. I've slowly learnt to organise my emails into different folders (I wish someone suggested that from day one) creating rules for non urgent things and moving others to folders to store once i've dealt with them, or to deal with them later. Makes life much easier. But expect your inbox to be filled with you being CC'd into things you couldn't possibly respond to and not knowing what to do with it. Equally expect people neeeever to reply to you, you will have to chase people several times if you want something from them, that's hard work in itself.
#3 Phrases you hear all the time
No matter where you work or what you're doing everyone seems to have the same dictionary for phrases that you will hear everywhere.. Examples include 'reach out', 'touch base', 'going forwards / moving forwards', 'scalable', 'think outside the box', I could go on..
#4 You really appreciate spare time
You work so hard during working hours that evenings and weekends are heavenly. At Uni I had so much spare time that it ended up being wasted a lot of the time.. Now spare time is considered and used wisely, a weekend of doing nothing is a thought about conscious decision, as is a weekend away or a night out with friends. It's your time to shine and you can distribute it as you want.
#5 I think they like me..
I feel so accepted by my job in a way I never have before. From the massive pool of exceptionally qualified graduates looking to get into PR in London, I was the one they chose! I don't even think they regret it either which is great!! Nothing makes you feel more incredible than when someone see's your potential and wants to help you build your career. It does take time believe me!! To find the right place for you, but when you do, it'll be worth the wait.
Bonus thing: Taxes are a thing.. and student finance is a thing.. that wasn't free after all..
I'd love to know your experiences, if you relate to anything or you had different experiences let me know in the comments!