What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
I recently saw a TikTok from a career coach who advised not to neglect the social aspect of your job if you want to progress [in your career].
She essentially said it’s not enough to just show up and do good work – you have to gel with your team, get involved in non-work related chats, and really make an effort to build those relationships.
This can be really hard when you’re a new starter and workplace culture feels very alien to you, or if you don’t drink and ‘going for a drink’ is the go-to social activity – but it’s worth putting your best foot forward and giving it a good try, I think.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?
In this day and age, there’s no excuse not to be doing the kind of creative work you want to be doing.
The best way to build up your experience in the creative fields you like is to practise those skills on your own. Don’t rely on an employer to give you an opportunity.
If you’re into videography, pick up your phone or camera and create short films about things you’re interested in. If you’re into writing, start writing articles about things you care about and just publish them on your LinkedIn profile. If you’re into social media and content design, pick a niche, start an Instagram page, and populate it with high quality content.
By doing all of these things, you end up building a portfolio for yourself, creating examples you can discuss during your future job interviews and learning skills that can define your career. That was my approach, anyway.