Une month et counting…

10 Nov

So, I lie in bed as I type, relishing a slow and restful morning after a manic week, both personally and professionally. I’m full of cold and frail as anything, and today won’t allow me any rest as I struggle to adapt to working life and cram in whatever socialising I can in my free hours. But as I roll about and delay rising for just a moment longer, my phone, my beautiful new Samsung Galaxy S3 (yes, I had to throw that in there – and yes, it is 50 shades of amazing and many more besides!), alerts me of a little reminder that I set myself… that it’s the tenth of November.

Now yes, that stands for a plethora of birthdays and anniversaries, deaths, wars and much more besides. But, for the sake of this humble little blog post, it stands for my first completed month as the Marketing Intern, first of its kind, at Vertex Solutions.

How do I feel about this past month of experience, growth and change? Mixed is one word, different another. I’m happy, of course! I adore my job, I adore the people, I adore learning and growing and seeing how my presence can develop areas of the company – internally and externally. It’s rewarding seeing the likes, subscriptions, follows and shares increase incrementally across our Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. It’s a pleasure to help fellow staff ‘sex up’ a job ad or write a blog post, film and edit a little video or be told that the business leads you’re sending over are now, already, the best leads currently being sent over in the whole company.

I feel like I am settling into a routine and learning what works and what doesn’t in an organisational context. I’m learning what times of day to get involved in social media to gain the largest viewing and viral engagement, how to best involve staff in your projects (hint: tea is the best bribe I have ever come across – although presumably that’s just cos sex is hardly a professional persuader, is it?!), and what looks and sounds good in all I write, say and design.

I’d like to think I’m a quick learner and that I’ve proven this by taking on every task given to me as well as my own, and hopefully exceeded expectations with my produce! I love everything I’m involved in and feel especially privileged that I have been able to come in at the time that I have, taking on an expanding company’s public presence and continually improving our ability to demonstrate our greatness and promote that to all who’ll listen, and even to those who won’t! The marketing side of Vertex has literally become my baby, alongside all side projects I’m involved in to prove my worth (R.O.I! R.O.I! R.O.I! Ahem… and crazy in-depth secret agent Boon covert Searchology shizzle as a less-than-minor aside!). I want to succeed for my own personal aspirations; my sense of persistence and an inherent desire to achieve and be the best at what I do. I want to succeed because this company has exceeded every expectation I have had of literally any company I have observed or operated within. I want to succeed because I feel that the world is their oyster as well as mine, and something so good can’t possibly fail, right?

Well, one would like to think so anyway! Of course it goes without saying that these things don’t happen overnight, nor do they come without the continued hard work and efforts of all involved. It’ll take time. Some long hours, some frustrating days, some bribery and stubborn determination will be encountered and necessary. It won’t always be easy, but it’s more than possible and I am so excited to make that a reality.

I feel like I’ve come more into my own since joining a month ago today. I’m more comfortable with my colleagues and am making some great friends already. I’m confident in my work and how to approach future projects. I’m nimble, enthusiastic and ever-ready to make this happen.

It’s sometimes those leaps of faith we take that lead us to our greatest heights and most painful falls. What counts is how we choose to get back up from our failures and master our own future destiny. If you never try, you’ll never know, so just throw yourself in that deep end and give swimming a go. There are so many lifeguards to help us along the way that we needn’t be so scared if failure, only of the sense of lacking if we never try. The key to it all is inside ourselves, but like the sink other swim analogy, we can’t always unlock other unless we put ourselves know uncomfortable and uncharted territory and take a few scrapes along the way.

… Okay, maybe my fragile and poorly countenance are making me sound as high as a kite… Let’s just summarise and round off:

– I love my job.
– I love these people.
– I love this company.
– I love the scope for growth and the future possibilities.

Thanks for reading this disjointed and rambling blog and please comment your thoughts and questions.

Thank you.

By Natalie Boon.

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2 Responses to “Une month et counting…”

  1. leopoldroad November 11, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Good morning Natalie,
    I was attempting to send a reply whilst on the train home last but couldn’t remember my password etc.Any way it’s all sorted now. One thing that is resonant in all your blogs/post ( even when poorly) is your sense of enthusiasm and passion for whatever you’re involved in. It comes as so surprise that you’ve done so well and also done so much in a short space of time. It must be great to be involved in a company that uses social media tools with such positive results. I went to a meeting/conference in Manchester yesterday for Librarians and one of the things discussed was social media. It was most insightful and using these tools to promote the library services is so crucial today. Anyway, I think I’m getting onto my soap box here!
    I wish you continued success on both a personal and professional level. I reckon greater things are yet to come.
    Cam x

    • thatnewgirlinmarketing January 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Hey Cam!

      I did notice this and replying just slipped right off my to-do list. Perhaps I should blog next on organisation… /ahem

      Thank you so much for your appraisal! It was very lovely to read, as is any form of compliment I guess! Haha.

      It really is ace to work for people who are game for embracing change and the ebbs and flows of the way the modern world works. By all means, stand loud and proud on that soap box – I’d love to hear more about what that conference taught you and how you plan on utilising social media and other formats to engage with library users (and those who need to learn how to pick up a book!)

      One idea though, and I don’t know if it’s been covered, is the tactic used by a lot of film-makers and promoters… Making social networking profiles for characters of the films or books. So as to minimise impact on time and the need for people to write content, perhaps you could just do a little something each time during a reading challenge or for an inclusion of a new book or a promotional event associated with an author and their most popular texts and characters. What do you think?

      And thanks, sweet. I wish you that too, and will chat to you as we normally do via text or whatever soon! x

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