What did you want to be growing up?
Everything. A window cleaner, an actor, a lawyer, a shopkeeper.
How (if at all) is the subject you studied useful to your current role?
I think the skills I learnt are invaluable in my day-to-day life. I don’t speak so much French anymore though.
What were your first jobs?
I did a year abroad in Paris for my degree. I worked in a recruitment agency, which was rubbish, but it did give me experience in a professional environment, improved my French and showed me that I definitely didn’t want to work in recruitment.
Was there anything in particular that helped you at the start of your career?
When I was on my year abroad, I went to an event at the British Embassy and met someone from British Airways’ marketing department. I told her I was interested in going into advertising and we met up after to talk about it. She wrote on the back of a beer mat where I should apply for grad schemes – Ogilvy was at the top of the list, so I applied to the fellowship in my final year of uni.
Was there an early project you worked on that helped your development?
When I started at 18 Feet, the House of Fraser Christmas campaign was in production and loads of other projects were kicking off at once. I really got thrown in at the deep end, which was great (if daunting).
What skills have you learnt along the way?
I haven’t been in the industry that long, but the main skill I’ve learnt is prioritisation and having a thicker skin.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Deciding on the direction I want my career to go in.
Is your job what you thought it would be?
Mostly, yes. When I hear my friends talk about their jobs, it makes me so grateful that I’m doing what I’m doing. I’d hate to work in a corporate environment.