It’s that time of the week again! Time to have a sit down around the fire, hot chocolate in hand, and listen to our friends’ first five jobs! This week, Jen practices the art of peacocking in the sport shop, takes us through her Co-op antics and leads us on her adventure to the Senior Account Manager we all know and love. Jen, come on down…
1. Shop Assistant
This was my first ever job at the grand old age of 15, working in my local sports shop. It mainly involved pretending I knew a lot about sport to impress the boys; it didn’t get me too far, I only lasted 6 months…
LESSON: Don’t fake it. You can try and blag but you will always ALWAYS get caught out!
2. Customer Service Assistant
Working on the checkouts in the local Co-op with my best mates every Saturday.
LESSON: A 3-hour shift is really not that long a day.
3. Regional Administrator
I worked for the same supermarket in their Regional Office, this was my first full-time job in an office environment and I loved it. I got to work with so many people across the business and had a great insight into how a large business operates.
LESSON: I definitely wanted a job that involved being organised and organising other people – who would have known that I liked being bossy!
4. Marketing Assistant
This was my first marketing job after university. I was working for a large recruitment company that had never had a marketing department before. I worked on internal comms, the company website and PR/events – recruiters love a party!
LESSON: That I definitely don’t want to work in recruitment!
5. Account Executive
Working for an internal comms agency, across a variety of FMCG and financial services clients. I’d never worked in a comms agency before and being put in front of senior people within the likes of HSBC was scary but definitely a great confidence builder.
LESSON: Never be afraid to ask questions, when working on a DM campaign I was unsure about how the postage was going to work but stayed quiet. I ended up posting out hundreds of envelopes with no stamp on them to a lot of senior people… very embarrassing! Everyone makes mistakes; just make sure you learn from them!
Where next, for our (now) stamp lover, Jen?