You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you have absolutely NO IDEA what you’re going to do next? When you make it to the final round of interviews, and you don’t get the job.
Yes, that was life for me.
Last year, I made a bold move and decided to quit my job in pursuit of something with a lot more creative freedom. At the time, I felt stuck and not very motivated in my role, something wasn't right. I didn’t like my job much and needed to leave.
Life is too short for unhappiness at work. But sometimes it’s tough to separate the Monday blues from genuine work frustration. So, it didn’t take me long to hand in my notice in pursuit of something more creative. My last day soon came and despite being stressed about not having a job yet, I was happy.
After what seemed like endless searching, I received a call about a one-month unpaid internship. I immediately jumped at the opportunity as I didn’t have anything else to do and staying at home drove me crazy. I must admit that this was the toughest period yet as I was living alone in one of the most expensive cities in the world and it was a struggle to make ends meet.
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Soon my prayers were answered and a contact from Inspiring Interns , with whom I had previously registered, got in touch with me about a paid internship at MeasureMatch. I was super excited and - on reading the details - immediately told them that I was interested in the role.
After a couple of rounds of interviews, I was offered the position and wanted to start immediately. My first day at MeasureMatch came and went so quickly. I remember being nervous, but the team made sure I felt warm and welcomed. It wasn't hard to fall in love with the company.
So far working at MeasureMatch has been a blessing. I don't get treated as just an intern but as an equal member of the team. The start-up approach to business means I get given real projects and tasks that best showcase my skills as well as the opportunity to tell my manager what I want to learn.
As a Digital Content Marketer Intern, I manage MeasureMatch social channels (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. That means researching tech trends, creating organic content to share such as blogs and watching out for relevant influencers to follow and engage in dialogue. I’m also making sure we measure the impact of everything we do on social channels using a whole range of tools. Although last week I was also helping out on some database work and next week I’m running a photoshoot and an international food festival for the team, so no two days are ever the same.
Looking back now, I believe that I made the right decision in leaving a job that was making me miserable to work for a company/ team who supports and values me. I’d advise anyone reading this to do the same; stick out for what you believe in!
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