It has officially been six months since I started my new position at KC Communications and what a six months it has been!
Although in my first three months we were hit by a global pandemic, we adapted so well as a new team and worked together to get through the crisis. I think in a way, this has positively impacted my confidence in myself and my position, urging me to work harder on my abilities, and I look forward to progressing to the Account Manager position in the near future (I hope!).
When I initially joined KC, I had plenty of inhouse experience but had yet to work in a marketing agency, so I was eager to learn the ins and outs of the day to day life. No day is the same! I love it.
Here are six things I have learnt during my time so far at KC.
- Time Management
With multiple clients comes responsibly and accountability to manage work and time.
Thankfully I have the perfect team who was there to support me and provide me with different methods of managing time effectively. I now use monday.com as much as possible alongside Google Jamboards, a productivity planner and monthly reports to plan monthly, weekly and daily! Trust me, planning ahead is a lifesaver.
I have always said communication is vital, and when starting my position, I found out this was a strength of mine. Effective communication in the workplace is essential to work efficiently and be productive. We have implemented morning and afternoon calls daily to keep up to date with what’s going on and to provide each other with support.
- Don’t be scared
Never be scared of sharing an opinion or idea. No idea is a silly idea; every great campaign was initially a small idea that has since been expanded on.
- Focus on your strengths
I think at the beginning of the year it was clear to see that the role I had taken on was harder than any role previous. Partly because I heavily aim to please with my work, but I was still yet to get to grips with the different types of content and learn about my client’s industries and therefore struggled with my confidence.
With our continuous support programmes such as “Coaching Circles” and ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays” combined with a previous strength analysis, I realised the importance of using my strengths to my full potential in day to day work to overcome struggles in other areas. For example, I have been focussing the use of my activator strength to try turn thoughts into action more often and take charge in presenting ideas to team members or help solve problems.
- Learning and development
Previously, I didn’t realise how much one webinar can spark ideas and creativity as well as teach you things you didn’t know before. I have signed up to many webinars to help boost my creativity and benefit both my clients and skills. Taking time to focus on continuous development is crucial for your future as well as the present. Luckily, my position during the pandemic has been secure, but I have witnessed many others in different industries who haven’t been so lucky. Actively pursuing professional development ensures that knowledge and skills stay relevant and shows you’re accountable for your future.
- Teamwork and support
Lastly, working as a team is so important as we all have so many different skills, talents and experience that can benefit each other’s development. Supporting one another doesn’t just help the other person but benefits you as an individual as we’re all still learning every day.