Nine months ago, Push went out on a limb and hired a millennial who had just graduated from college with a degree in International Studies. And the rest… is history.
LOL, but really I’m pretty lucky that my first job post-college is at the coolest Digital Creative Agency there is. But given that this is my first adult job, that means that I’ve learned A LOT. About working with others, working in a digital age, and simply working in a new field, so here are 7 things that I’ve learned from my first big girl job.
1. Not knowing isn’t an excuse.
I come from a very different background. I studied European studies and political science in college, which meant spending my four years learning about the operations of the IMF and the effects of globalization on countries. So coming to Push, I experienced a total learning curve. Luckily, I have an awesome boss who sat me down and showed me the ropes, but even today I’m still learning. That means if I don’t know how to do something, I can’t sit on my hands. I ask someone and learn how. Period.
2. Be like Nike, Just Do It.
No one wears just one hat and no one is too good to help out. That means if someone needs help on something that may not necessarily be for your client or in your wheelhouse, just do it. If someone needs someone to take out the trash, just do it. If someone needs to clean the office, just do it.
3. Mobile First. Mobile first. MOBILE FIRST.
In 2017, this is pretty self explanatory. We are on our phones all day, everyday. That means whatever we are viewing better be aesthetically pleasing or it will be scrolled over real quick. Here at Push, they really stress this. If we want our clients to thrive in their respective industries, not only should they have a big mobile presence, but it should also look freaking awesome.
4. Get to the point.
I work on social media all day every day and that means: CHARACTER LIMITS (dun dun dun). While there is really only a strict limit on Twitter (140 characters) that doesn’t mean you should use it. There is always more that you can say, but people don’t want to read lengthy text posts. So as a rule of thumb, keep it short, sweet, and to the point.
5. Sometimes things get tough… don’t let it break you.
Like I said, I deal a lot with social media and a lot of the time that is engaging with people. Nine times out of ten people are pretty nice. However you do get the odd person that will give you a piece of their mind. When I first started with social media two of my bosses told me “Don’t let this break you.” They were right. People are mean and have a lot of confidence behind a computer screen, and while I could let this “break me” and get me down, I have to constantly remind myself to not take it personally and move on with my work.
6. People are doing awesome work. Tell them.
It’s not very often that I get to see what other Account Managers, Executives, videographers, or the creative team are doing. Whether they are on the advocacy or political side everyone is usually working a million miles a minute. But in the case that you get to see someone else’s work; maybe their staff blog, or A Day at Push video, share the love. I see people all the time giving shout outs on Slack or in teaching meeting, which is really encouraging. It may seem simple but it’s been a good lesson to reiterate, your co-workers are doing amazing things and they should know it.
7. Teamwork makes the dreamwork.
The saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Well, Rome also wasn’t built by one person. At Push, people are always collaborating. Whether it’s on a video concept, some shareable infographics, or just brainstorming for a proposal, nothing is done by one person. That means always bouncing ideas off of one another. This helps formulate ideas and get a wide range of feedback. I have seen this first hand create some of the coolest concepts and deliver some amazing products (and I’m not just saying that).
So thanks for these 7 lessons, Push! And here’s to many more.