Update: I became a Digital Content Developer

Update: I became a Digital Content Developer

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. Β 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.

Interview Process

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.

Digital Content Developer

This is me signing my contract!

My Job

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? IΒ 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.

Follow:

18 Comments

  1. November 4, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Congratulations! After years in hospitality and retail, I started working in digital marketing in April last year and the fact I had a blog definitely helped me get the job – I went from intern to account manager in 18 months and I’m now off to a new role that’s all about creating content and working with other bloggers, influencers etc. Really well done and welcome to the fun part of the 9-5 world!!

    • helloleaa
      November 4, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thank you so much! Oh my gosh, you’re job sounds incredible. I can’t believe you’ve made that much progress in such a short time – well done to you! It’s such a strange thing going from crappy jobs to 9-5 hours in something you love doing (it’s cray.) xx

  2. November 4, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Congrats ! Just had a similar experience . So so glad we can finally find a job we love and can grow with after graduating xx

    • helloleaa
      November 4, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Aw congratulations to you also! I’ve just noticed I can’t access your blog. Is there an error on your end? xx

      • November 4, 2017 / 2:15 pm

        Ah yeah the link doesn’t seem to work but here it is : atouchofcharlottexo.wordpress.com/

  3. November 4, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing your joy, I love it when God blesses sweet people! xoxoxoxoxo

    • helloleaa
      November 4, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      You are so lovely, thank you for your support! xx

  4. November 4, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Congratulations! You are so lucky to land in a job you’re passionate about. We all know not everyone is lucky enough for that. πŸ™‚ And wow, two hours and you already know you were successful. That was fast!! πŸ’–

    • helloleaa
      November 4, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you so much Amielle! I’m definitely lucky to have been given this opportunity xx

  5. November 4, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Congratulations on graduating and landing your dream role so fast – finding something you love that pays a salary is always the goal:) I still have a couple of years to go until I am out there in the world of work but this has definitely made me feel super optimistic about my own prospects!!

  6. November 5, 2017 / 2:33 am

    How exciting! πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to learning some skills from you πŸ˜‰

  7. November 5, 2017 / 3:44 am

    Congrats!! I’ve always felt the same way, being muddled and not sure of what to do next, I’m still studying and figuring life out. Thank you for sharing your experience, this post is super encouraging and definitely gives me more confidence in exploring self-teaching methods and looking into new opportunities!

    • November 5, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Thank you so much! It’s a super confusing time from your third year and after you graduate. But everybody is just winging it and not many people have their sh*t figured out! You’re going to do amazingly πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  8. November 5, 2017 / 7:00 am

    I’ll be graduating next year and I am dreading it. I feel as if I don’t know yet what I really want to do and I am scared to get out in the ruthless world in search for a job that I will love.

    • November 5, 2017 / 7:02 am

      BTW congrats on getting a job that you love!!

      • November 5, 2017 / 10:10 am

        Thank you so much! I know exactly how you feel. I didn’t know roughly what I wanted to do until late in my third year of university, and neither did any of my friends. To be honest, everybody is just winging it! Stick by what you know you love to do and visit your universities employability centre. You’ve still got a lifetime to figure it out πŸ™‚ xxx

  9. November 5, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Way to go! I’m very excited for you 😊 This is a growing field with so much opportunity. I work in the San Francisco Bay Area in marketing for hardware that DCCs use. This allows me to attend workshops, conferences, and events and I’ve met so many individuals who have worked hard to make very successful careers doing something they absolutely love! https://kellyincaliblog.wordpress.com/

    • helloleaa
      November 5, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much! Wow, your job sounds incredible. It’s really exciting how big this field actually is, and how many opportunities are out there. Thanks for popping by and sharing your story!

Have anything to add?