Chloe Parsons is Digital Marketing Executive at Influential Agency. She shares her fears and advice for young people trying to decide what to do and how to get started in work after finishing school or university.
- What and where was your very first job?
My very first job was at a local cafe working for a family friend as a waitress.
- What 3 words describe any fears or worries you felt on your first day in this job?
Panicked, clueless and young.
- Did any of these ever come true? If yes, please give details
No, nobody else seemed worried by how young and clueless I felt
- What do you wish you’d known when you started work?
That everyone makes mistakes and that’s ok, that it’s not a bad thing to ask questions and be inquisitive and that very little goes unnoticed!
- What was the best thing about starting work and why?
After spending what felt like an eternity in education, focusing on improving yourself, you finally get a chance to contribute to something bigger – in your own way.
- Briefly, what was your route from school to the job you have now?
I left school after my A levels and decided to take a year to decide what course I really wanted to do. Most of my friends went travelling…, but I really wanted to get some work experience so I took on three jobs. And as I hadn’t done as well as I wanted in my Spanish A level, I went back to school to re-sit it.
I then applied and was accepted to study Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. I graduated in the early summer of 2014 where I immediately took a job working at a summer school and at an estate agents that I had worked at whilst at uni.
I then wrote an email to various companies in Liverpool asking for work experience in exchange for cups of tea – I was eager to get some hands on workplace experience in a variety of sectors. This led to an internship with Influential in the September, which subsequently allowed me to join their brand new Digital Marketing team in the October. It’s coming up to two years now and the team has grown from strength to strength!
- What is the most important thing in your life now?
My family, friends and cat – in that order.
- Do you still get scared or worried about work and your job? If yes, why?
Absolutely! I am learning (the hard way) to accept that sometimes you have to take less than 100%.
- How do you cope with any fears that you have?
10 deep breaths in the loo and say 3 times ‘I choose to let this go’…something I learned from yoga.
- When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Everything from a pilot to a radio presenter and a farmer’s wife (less so the latter when I discovered feminism and decided I wanted to be the farmer)
- If there is one thing you would like every person who starts work to know or to have a skill, what would it be and why?
I’d like them to have a positive attitude – a friendly smile/voice can boost the whole office on a tough day and provide a team with solutions, not just problems.
- Any final words of advice…?
Have fun and don’t forget to meet and make friends with as many people as you can along the way. Be kind, always. You don’t know when you might need someone to help you out in your time of need!
Oh, and have the confidence to say no every now and then. Manage your time well enough that you know when you’re at capacity. Expectation (and stress) management is so important with clients and colleagues alike.