5 Things I Learnt in My First Year in a Proper Job

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


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!

25 comments

  1. Brilliant post :) I've been working in my 'proper' job for nearly 3 years now and it's flown by. I remember it being such a huge adjustment from Uni to working life though and I think I was constantly tired for at least 6 months trying to figure out where I could fit my afternoon nap in like I did at Uni hahha. I completely relate to the emails thing...you just manage to clear them down and they rack right back up again! Sounds like you've found a great job that works for you xxx

    www.francescajayne.com

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    1. Thank you Francesca! Even this year has flown by really.. Uni only seems like yesterday! I too do miss those afternoon naps.. or 'working' in bed.. those were the days eh!

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  2. i loveeeee this post! im 8 months into my proper job and oh my gosh I can relate to all of them!

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    1. Thanks Catherine! Hope you're enjoying your job!!

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  3. Firstly, I ADORE YOUR HEADER!!! And also I read this post as someone who is terrified of graduating and being a grown up... I am assuming in the grown up world people cant email me at thatbaberosy@gmail.com? Do grown ups do that or nah?

    Great post, am now going to have a further look round :) Such a fan of this layout, so clear!!!

    www.rosycandlin.com

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    1. Thank you Rosy!! I had a play at the weekend and made my header and bits and pieces so i'm proper chuffed you like'm.

      I think work that email tbh.. if an employer doesn't like it they're not worth you time anyway! (i.e. you probs ought to get an alternative.. haha

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  4. Great post! I can't wait to finally get a proper job

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I'm sure you'll find something great when you do :) x

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  5. I love these kinds of posts. I find it so endearing that you still put up your hand. At least I know for the future hahaha.

    I would actually like to do marketing or selling possibly after my degree so I'd really like to hear about your experiences in a marketing company and the kind of things you get up to.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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    1. The response 'wait.... Did you just put your hand up' haha.

      Ah brilliant! It's great fun I'm enjoying so far, I'd be more than happy to share a bit more about what I get up to :)

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  6. This was interesting to read and definitely stuff I wish I knew when I started my first job out of uni. Having said that, I think you gain more from the experience of discovering it yourself sometimes. :) And the emails thing..oh my! It very quickly no longer becomes exciting that your inbox says 200 unread. I had over 100 folders on my gmail at my last job. Eep.x

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    1. Oh god yeah, you learn and grow up so much!

      100 folders! Ergh, I'm still pretty bad at allocating to folders..

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  7. Loved this post - there are so many interesting things I've never thought about when it comes to getting a real job - I'll be doing that this summer so I need to get my life in check asap!

    Holly | www.thekittyluxe.com

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    1. Thanks Holly! You'll do great whatever you find yourself doing, I'm sure of it! Don't worry too much, you'll learn as you go 's all good

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  8. Was a very interesting read! Thank you for sharing! :) I don't consider myself a traditional career girl so I don't have any stories to tell, but as I said, enjoyed yours. :)
    Madara
    lookforsmile.com

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  9. I use folders for my personal emails like finances/blogging/travel etc so I think it would be really good if I kept that up when I get a proper job x

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    1. Great idea! I should do that too.. I wish someone suggested these things, this is what they should be teaching in school ahaha

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  10. Totally feel you about the emails - I am dreading my week off! I'm gonna redirect them to my colleague ha! He can deal with the queries x.x.x.

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    1. Niiice! That's the way to do it!

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  11. Brilliant post! I actually laughed at number one! You're right it is ingrained in us from a young age to raise our hands when we want to talk! It can be a hard habit to break lol.

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    Claire
    http://www.theclairediary.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Claire, yeah exactly! I've since got over my habit but when there's a lot of people in a meeting and they're all butting in its so hard to plough in there.

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  12. All of these are so true! I've been working in as an administrator since finishing uni last year and I can vouch for every single one of them! Haha :) xx

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    1. So funny how it's the same wherever you go haha!

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  13. This made me laugh way too hard. Your email inbox is never empty, NEVER!

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

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