I celebrated my one year anniversary in the month of May, of being a full-time yo-pro. Congratulations to me, myself and I, and thank you to my family, friends and workplace for all your support. It’s been an enlightening, challenging ride with a few highs, lows and curveballs, but overall, I can happily say it’s been a very positive experience <cue award-show applause here>.
I’m a Marketing Manager for a tourism retail chain, and New Zealand made clothing brand. I was part lucky, and part active enough to find a job in my niche: clothing and textile science, and marketing. Every day, I get to use my university knowledge, which is pleasantly surprising and satisfying: #mydegreeisuseful! I switch from creative to analytical brain at least once an hour, and I number-crunch more than I thought I would, and could! The office is a hub of really patient people who love to share not only their experience, knowledge and wisdom, but their personalities, snacks, and bad jokes too.
Ticking off the #1year is an appropriate time to create a list of achievements and things I’m grateful for in my initial year of yo-pro life. As I move forward, I don’t want to forget what (big, or little) things I’ve done, and enjoyed. In no particular order:
Coordinating a 2 day photoshoot in Queenstown has to be a highlight! Maybe not a swag of long days and nights sorting out samples, outfits, models, looks, props, accessories, suitcases, steamers, runsheets… But this really challenged my patience, time-management and organisational skills. I increased my respect for people that do this on a regular basis (decisions are hard!), but also gained confidence in my ability to #getsh*tdone.
Coordinating a video shoot with 3 locations, 6 models and 3 outfit changes was a rewarding, fun project. It ran quite successfully, and also to storyboard and schedule! However there was one drama- let’s just say I truly learnt the importance of investing in a solid clothing rack the hard way. The one that I had was $11.99 from The Warehouse and it buckled, very early from the 6am start, under the pressure!
Earning a promotion was a real pride a joy. It included an increase in responsibilities, a change of job title, a work phone and a payrise! I started in the company as a Marketing and Product Coordinator, and in January 2016 I was promoted to Marketing Manager. This came as a surprise to me, but I feel very valued to have been recognised and rewarded for my contribution to the company.
The domestic travel has been such a bonus! I’ve been able to spend a few work trips in Queenstown, Rotorua and Wellington, and have few work days out in Waiheke. Travelling with your colleagues and spending time together off the clock is such a different experience to being in the office.
As well as being an employee, I became an employer. Turns out that a huge part of picking the right person is taking a leap of faith and going with your gut feeling… The star that I hired was my first applicant and first interviewee!
Another role that I hold at work is Absorbent Sponge, a glamorous title that I’ve given myself on the side. I do the little finishing touches like formatting and proofreading, and a bit of minute taking and sit-ins at meetings. As well as getting to dabble in all aspects of the business through these opportunities, I have the privilege of learning from people who are happy to share and teach. I’ve amazed myself with what I have picked up on across a range of topics, such as profit margins, budgets and targets, to printing materials and methods, buying products, branding products and managing people, workflow and projects. It’s n u t s, mindboggling and enriching.
I’m so pleased to be in the workforce, and my first year of work has been just as I had expected and wanted. Cheers to Year 1, and here’s to Year 2!