I should document this. I really really should document this…
After arriving in Canberra in 2013 I decided to take a break from the corporate world for a little bit. And get involved in a whole bunch of different things.
I made a list of stuff I wanted to do. It looked a little something like this:
- Work with small businesses
- Do more making/crafting
- Work with animals
- Start a business
- Teach workshops
- Try new things
As you can see the list wasn’t exhaustive but it’s very different to the life I used to lead. So for the last 4 years, I’ve dipped my toe in a whole bunch of things 🙂 It was the best way to get a taste of different industries and improve my skills in different areas.
So far this is what I’ve gotten up to:
It’s been so much fun! I’ve learnt a lot. Met some amazing people. Laughed a lot.
And I can’t wait to see what happens next. So watch this space! 😆🎉
Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
AKA Receptionist 😉
This week I started a new contract at Artisan Recruitment. And I kinda like the fancy title of Director of First Impressions.
This is my first receptionist job and my main responsibility is to make everyone feel welcome (on the phone and in person). And to make sure the office is presentable. Good thing I enjoy talking to people and cleaning!
But to be honest I was a little nervous about working the switchboard. When I think of a telephone switchboard these kinds of images pop into my head.😆
Now, I know that’s silly… And what I should be seeing is something like this which in my opinion is just as scary! 😵
Lucky for me it was nothing like that AT ALL! The system they use is all computer based. It even has an app that you can download to your smartphone. The system is called Jabber. It’s super easy to use.
The rest of the recruitment portal was pretty straightforward too. So I was up and running in no time.
I’m enjoying talking to candidates and answering their initial questions about the recruitment process. Many of them are so grateful to just speak to an actual human being.
All in all, it’s been a fun week! I’m enjoying working with a broader team and getting back into a company environment has been smooth sailing.
I guess it’s like the saying goes… It’s like riding a bike, you never forget…. (Although I’ve never learnt to ride a bike 🤔… that’s a story for another time!)
When my Creative Director from Asos called me about a Production Manager Role at Figleaves. I jumped at the opportunity. I loved working with Matt. Even though he’d only be consulting on an ad hoc basis I figured…
Why the hell not?
The role itself was slightly different to what I was doing at Asos. At Asos, I was purely focused on the creative team. But at Figleaves I was managing the Creative and Digital Imaging Teams. The Digital Imaging Team’s main focus was to retouch and prepare all the product images that went onto the website. Which means:
No image = No product = No sales 😵
So the pressure for the Digital Imaging Team to meet their weekly targets was high!
Within the first few weeks of observing I found a few a bottle necks. These little bumps in the road slowed down the process of getting products published in a timely fashion. And so the puzzle solving began…
And this was the favourite part of this job! Streamlining the production process included collaborating with ALL the team within the company. This included – Buying, Merchandising, Photo Studio, Copy Writing, Warehouse, IT and Marketing.
The most challenging part was convincing the different teams to change their entire process. But in the end, we got everyone on board.
Working at Figleaves taught me how important communication and collaboration is. It’s the grease that keeps the wheels turning. I know that sounds silly…
But it’s so easy to get trapped in your own little bubble. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you can forget about the other teams in your organisation. And for any company to succeed each department should have some understanding of how the other departments work to create a successful operation.
When I first moved to London I decided I wanted to get into the fashion industry. I had no idea how I was going to do it. But I did know I wanted to work with fashionistas, be surrounded by glitz and glamour. And of course beautiful clothes all day every day.
So when I got an interview at Asos.com it was like a dream come true! Working at Asos opened me up to the world of online shopping – both a curse and a blessing.
The Curse – every £££ I made went straight back to the company 😆
The Blessing – I couldn’t have chosen a better place for my introduction to fashion and e-commerce.
There was so much to love about working here. It was like working in a huge closet. You could play dress up in your lunch break (just kidding… or am I 😉 ) All jokes a side I got to manage a variety of projects. From press days to campaign shoots. Lookbooks, branding, trend boards, email marketing, website builds and micro sites.
And to top it all off I had the best team!
Primedia Unlimited was a huge step for my career. I started as a Junior Designer and within a month was promoted to Production and Design Manager.
I learnt so much about large format printing and installations. Negotiating contracts, site management and of course managing teams. It was a steep and exciting learning curve, and I have to thank my managers Gavin and Andre for sharing their knowledge with me.
This was also the place where I developed my eye for detail. Proofing prints and making sure every millimetre of the design was in the right position. Was a crucial part of the production process. The tiniest mistake could cost a small fortune to fix. And not to mention the damage control we’d have to do with the client…
My favourite part of this job was seeing these larger than life campaigns out in the world. Driving behind a full wrap bus is pretty awesome. Or seeing you 6m billboard towering over the highway is pretty breath taking. Or watching people react to the clever designs in shopping mall or airports is kinda entertaining 🙂
I also loved the logistics behind pulling the campaign together. Working with the creative agencies to develop their designs. Briefing the printers and choosing the best materials. Managing the installation teams and liaising with the site managers gave me an adrenaline rush!
Here are some of the campaigns I delivered:
It took me 3 months to find my first job in London. If I had to be honest with myself I was under prepared and had high hopes of walking straight into my dream job in fashion.
After the 1st month of job hunting with no bites, I was starting to feel uneasy. As the 2nd month whizzed by. It felt like I was throwing my CV into a black hole never to be seen again! Desperate to get a call back from anyone I knew I had to change my tactics.
So instead of pursuing an industry, I had no experience in I decided to apply for roles where my skills could be easily transferred.
One of these roles was a Junior Consultant role at Creative Recruitment. It was perfect! I had a good working knowledge of the industry. I had experience in vetting CVs and it would be a great insight into how the industry worked in London.
Exactly a day later I got a call back from Alan and he wanted to meet up!
Halleluja!!! I finally got to speak to a human!
My time at Creative Recruitment was short. I learnt a lot about recruitment in London, I even picked up interviewing tips.
I loved the administrative side of things. Like data entry, completing the candidate profiles on our system, and general paperwork for the senior consultants. Although I didn’t run any candidate interviews on my own I did get to sit in on some. I loved meeting creatives and getting to know more about their work and what their career aspirations were. This was 3 months well spent.
Also, my wonderful colleagues helped me get an interview at asos.com 🙂 I’ll be forever grateful to Di who gave me a chance and effectively set up my career path in London!
Every morning I got off the tube at Moorgate station and walked into the Sportingbet offices I felt like I’d stepped onto the trading floor of the London Stock Exchange.
Although the in-house design department was fairly casual the rest of the company operated like a global financial institution. Everyone came to work in suits and ties. It was very different to the creative agency vibe that I was used to.
What I loved about working at Sportingbet.com was coordinating teams around the world. Working with different time zones brought a new meaning to deadlines. Cultural differences and nuances had to be considered when it came to translating campaigns as well. Because it wasn’t only about the written word. Imagery, graphical elements and UX had to be considered as well. These elements made this a fascinating job.
Cultural differences and nuances had to be considered when it came to translating campaigns. Because it wasn’t only about the written word. Imagery, graphical elements and UX had to be considered as well. These elements made this a fascinating job.
Within my first few weeks, it became super clear how everyone I worked with loved sports and online gaming. If they didn’t play they were obsessed with the statistics. They pretty much lived and breathed their passion. And it was contagious 🙂