Two Promotions, 30 Under 30 and 2.5 Years in Media - Highs, Lows and What's next?

Campaign 30 Under 30 2019

When I think about my growth in my career,

I wonder how the fu*k I managed it.

Don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near where I want to be, but as people we don’t often take the time out to bask in our achievements. I am guilty (like everyone else) of ticking off one achievement and saying on to the next one and that creates a real negative cycle of constantly grinding without any real sense of reward.

My media career started just over two years ago, I started in social media doing the basic stuff like community management, collating reports. I didn’t care about my progression at that point I was just happy that I was in the building working for a company I had aspired to work for since I was 15.

Six months in to my career, shit got real and progression was on my mind, HEAVY. I knew that I wanted to progress a level each year in my career until I got to a certain point where I knew it would take longer to go to the next step. I also wanted to grow horizontally as well as vertically.

To cut a long story short I achieved my first promotion 12 months after I started my career and my second promotion 9 months after that. I don’t compare myself to other people but as a general benchmark I am in a position now 2 years in where other people would have spent 5 years getting too. Let’s just say after dropping out of college, studying an extra year at university and then spending several years in retail I have made up time.

I’m proud of myself for putting the work everyday to get to where I want to be.

Another notable achievement was being listed as Campaign Magazines Media Week 30 under 30 2019. This was big for me because it’s not an agency thing, it’s an industry thing and to have that recognition is unmatched and really motivating.

How did I get here?

Dedication, hard work, showing up everyday and doing it with… INTENTION.

I can’t even begin to tell you how important intention is in everything you do. When you wing it, you allow yourself to be carried to wherever. When you do things with intention you make a conscious decision to do things that will benefit your growth and get you to where you want to be!

I spoke about this in my recent LinkedIn post, but last year I wrote a growth plan (useful shit) and on it I documented all the things I wanted to achieve. I have pretty much ticked off everything on my list. Isn’t that nuts?

I must mention the fact that I work for a bloody awesome company with a team behind me who really support and mentor me through everything. I know not everyone has this privilege and so I am super grateful.

If you want advice the first things I would tell you to do are;

  • Put in regular check ins with your manager

  • Write a growth plan

If you need any more advice, let’s have a chat.

What’s next?

Like I said, I am nowhere near where I want to be in my career, I still have a way to progress and to be honest I don’t think I will ever stop wanting to make progress and grow.

But for now, I am focused on perfecting my craft, really learning more about my industry and some of the complex parts of the business. Managing people is a big part of my job and I am in a position now where I am responsible for growing people, getting better at this is one of my main priorities.

Diversity and Inclusion is something that I am passionate about and is an extra 50% of my job that isn’t in my job description, but I am working on really creating a shift in the industry and pushing more Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities through the talent pipeline and making sure the workplace is somewhere we can show up and take up space.

On one of the recent episodes of the Adzvice Podcast I said that the grass is greener where you water it and I water my career grass heavy.

Where do you want your grass to grow?