I feel comfortable in the Social Progress office already, just as I did the day I had my interview. Janet and Becky remind me of my mum and my sister; whether that’s good or not I have no idea, but it feels familiar and I don’t feel out of place. The only thing that bothers me is that “smart casual” is much easier for women to manage than men (in my opinion), especially as it’s been so warm.
I would admit immediately that I don’t know everything about Social Media, despite being a serial user of it for myself and freelancing previously for others. I helped to grow audiences and grab attention to those channels for whatever their ambitions were, but even in my first couple of days at Social Progress, I definitely learned new things that would be beneficial moving forward for the way that I could work managing accounts. This was from listening to both Becky and Janet in the office, and even Esther despite only being in for a few hours. It also came from sitting in on Workshops run by Janet designed to help businesses support themselves.
I have my own personal favourite social media platforms to use, as everyone does. It’s great to be able to use those daily for clients, but I have to remember that they need to be used in-line with the client and their strategy for using Social Media, and not how I might’ve used them previously for myself or others. The other great thing about doing it as part of a team is bouncing ideas off others, not something I’ve been able to do often until working with Social Progress.
The second thing I’ve learned is that I really will need to prepare myself for meeting a lot of new people and in situations that aren’t necessarily preferable for me; I definitely have to throw my inhibitions out of the window. I can be quite bashful at times, but I’ve been approached by a lot of people already as ‘#thenewguy’, and they’re all asking how I’m getting on, their advantage is that they know who I am! I will manage this eventually and then there’ll be no stopping me.
I already enjoy what I’m doing and where I am and I’m sure I will continue to do so in what I’ve found to be a very easy going environment and I’m really keen to learn as much as possible from the people I’ll be working with.