THE NEW GIRL
As I’m sure anyone will tell you, starting a new job can be a very daunting and challenging experience, but also a very exciting and rewarding one. It’s a time to learn new skills and meet interesting people.
A month ago I started my new role as an Account Manager at Aire Adaptical Design. It was my turn to be ‘The New Girl’. Having worked in the brand and packaging design industry for a number of years, I was excited to be working on some of the biggest FMCG brands for Unilever. I’d only ever heard positive things about Aire and I was ready for new opportunities and a challenge.
After only being at Aire for a few hours I couldn’t believe how friendly, down to earth and welcoming everyone was (I’m not being bribed in any way into saying this by the way). My first-day nerves quickly disappeared and I started to feel a lot more comfortable in my new surroundings. It was quite clear from the get-go that this agency prides itself on its people and isn’t just style over substance, although may I just add the studio is pretty cool - think downtown Manhattan bar themed kind of vibes. Oh, and you can bring your dog along to work too if you want.
P.S. Little Albert is not actually my dog he belongs to Olivia, Aire's Studio Traffic Manager, but I thought I'd steal him for a picture!
During my first couple of weeks, it was a case of being introduced to the team, getting to know the client and understanding the general process of how everything works. One thing that was nice about this agency is that every single person in the team dedicated time towards having a one to one introduction with me. This really helped me familiarise myself with who was responsible for what.
My first project was working on a global ice cream redesign, refreshing their current design to give it a more premium look and feel. I had the opportunity to go along to the product photo shoot, which is always an enjoyable experience for me. I love being on set and seeing a photography scamp come to life!
The culture here is great too, extended lunch and an early finish on Fridays. The drinks trolley also makes an appearance on a Friday afternoon which is a “Brucey Bonus” if you fancy a well-deserved tipple of course.
TOP TIPS - for survival in a new job
Keeping a positive outlook and mentality is vital for starting a new role. Being out of your comfort zone and going into the unknown can be a daunting experience, but having a positive attitude to whatever is thrown at you will prevent you from going into panic mode!
Ask lots of questions even if you fear them to be stupid, they won’t be. Abbreviations are thrown around a lot within this industry and you’re not expected to know what they are so it’s better just to ask instead of playing the guessing game…
Take the time to get to know people, go out for lunch with the team or for a few cheeky drinks after work is always a good icebreaker! In fact, I have just been informed that at the end of each month Aire has #paydaypubday so this will be a great opportunity for me to get to know everyone better.