It’s true, I’m now a legit Digital Content Creator, with a salary and all. It feels like only a few weeks ago that I wrote my all about my Graduation Day, and my lack of motivation to do anything at all. I was so exhausted having studied full-time for the past 4 years that I had put a hold on looking for a ‘proper job’ until could regain my motivation. I did not expect that to happen as quickly as it did.
It kicked in on a Monday shift whilst working at Sainsbury’s, I was dealing with some god-awful customers when a switch flipped in my head. This wasn’t what I wanted to do – I just couldn’t do it anymore. I had to take the next step in my career. So, I dedicated my summer to self-hosting this blog – learning all about Google Analytics and SEO from first-hand experience. During that time, I applied to many jobs in marketing, and like many, experienced a few of my first rejections. But there was one role I was fixated on, a role advertised for a Digital Content Developer, which encompassed everything I love; blogging, vlogging, videography, photography and social media. It sounded too good to be true that I could be paid a salary for something I love to do. So of course, I applied.
A few weeks later, I received an email notifying me that I had been shortlisted to the interview stage. Let me tell you now, the interview process was cut-throat. It was a group interview which meant the competition was fierce and personal. In preparation, we were all asked to create an engaging and inspiring presentation. I decided that I wanted to take a creative risk here, by creating a stop-motion video presenting my love for Content Creating. It was embarrassing enough that I had done this, and even worse having to present it to a group of competitors. It required a lot of forced confidence that I didn’t have. I tried to not let my anxiety take hold and just trust my general enthusiasm would prove something.
At lunchtime, we would find out who would be ‘eliminated’ from the first stage of the interview process. Considering others had some incredible experience behind them, I thought I would be the first to go until I was called to the final interview stage. I focussed on being myself: fun, enthusiastic, passionate.
Long story short, I received a call 2 hours later to let me know I was successful.
It has now been 5 weeks since I started my new job, and I love it. I’ve been given a lot of creative freedom to do things my way, even if I get things wrong. To them, my learning is a valuable trait, and this is supported through workshops, courses and other training support that my employers provide for me. For example, I recently learned how to build an App which is something I hadn’t previously considered as ‘Digital Content’, but a brilliant addition to my experience. Even though this is only a 12 months contract, I look forward to adding my stamp and seeing where this takes me. So stay tuned for my adventures.
What next? I realise that some of you are aspiring Digital Content Creators yourself, and there’s nothing better than free tips/ advice/ support/ guidance. Following this post, I’m going to be releasing a string of posts relating to this topic like how to get a job in this field, and great apps that I have discovered to enhance your social media. This is stuff that would have helped me, so it’s great to pass it on.