I joke with my friends and say that my career is officially the longest relationship I’ve had.
This month I’ve officially been at my company for three years. This also marks the third year I’ve been ‘adulting’ out of college.
I got the itch to write a post about this because for some reason the three year mark feels like more of a milestone than my first or second year.
In a way, I feel like the first year I was more focused on landing a full time position and title that I didn’t realize a year had passed. The second year I still feel like I was learning digital marketing while also proving to myself that I belonged in the industry.
Now I feel like i finally know what i’m doing lol. I’ve really gained traction and confidence in my knowledge and expertise. Looking back, I feel like the most growth came from 2018. I put sooooo much effort into my presentation and people skills that I’m really proud at how far I’ve come. I have this irrational fear of public speaking lol, so I pushed myself to be in front of large crowds and meetings aallllll 2018. Sometimes I still get anxious, but it feels 10x better now.
Invest in the work, but more importantly invest in yourself as a professional
It’s always important for me to be great at my job and continue to craft my skills, but my professional development has by far propelled me in my career. Things like, leadership abilities, building relationships internally, networking with clients, being involved in initiatives that I’m passionate about. All things that help me build myself as a business woman regardless of the company or industry. I think every company appreciates an employee who is bettering themselves.
Moving on is part of the process
I’ve realized that people move on. My boss recently received a promotion at another agency and I was merged with a whole new development, creative, and account team. While I was sad to see her leave, when better opportunities present themselves you have to take them. I feel her.
It is quite a big change working with new people, but I like the idea of being flexible because at the end of the day one thing that’s always is certain is change.
Be open to criticism
As painful as it was - I had my boss read over my emails for months when I first started. I had no idea how to craft an email to a client, but I was open to learning. Now look at me lol. Leading projects and ish. Even chats with my boss about how my conference call went or how my presentations went helped tremendously.
I’m always asking, Did I handle that correctly? Should I have said more? or less?