A day in the life of an entry-level employee
It’s hard to know what to expect when you enter the workplace for the first time. Some people expect to hit the ground running with responsibility for their own projects, while others resign themselves to getting the teas in. We talk to Georgia Traher, 23, a recent graduate in Creative Writing from Bath University, to find out more about her first job at digital start up, Movellas.
How I got my job
“After I left uni I was interning for 12 months in various publishing houses. I knew it was a competitive market – but I don’t think I realised how much! It was hard to keep moving around while applying for jobs – I wasn’t earning any money but still working full time. I started my blog to show my commitment to publishing – I could talk about it in interviews and put it on my CV – it definitely helped.
“I interned at Movellas for three weeks and fitted in well with the team. When a position came up a few months later, they asked me to interview for it – and I got the job! I suppose I was in the right place at the right time.”
“Movellas is a story-sharing community for teens – they read, write and share their writing on our site and apps. As a Community Manager at a digital startup, it’s my responsibility to be the voice of the users. I’m like a bridge between them and the rest of the team. I look at ways to enhance their experience, handle any queries and look after our social media channels. I’m lucky in that I have a lot of autonomy in my role – although that was intimidating to begin with.
“Every morning I get in and spend some time on the site, checking out what’s been going on, responding to queries and taking a look at how our competitions are going. Then I check our social media channels – Twitter and Facebook – and reply to any messages or share anything interesting. I try and get all these things done in the morning to leave the afternoon free to work on bigger projects.”
“Learning to interact with our users has definitely been a challenge – you have to be a professional yet friendly voice in the face of lots of different topics. I’ve really enjoyed learning this and when you get praise from the community for sorting out a problem or setting up a competition they love, it really makes me smile.
“Working with teenagers is pretty amazing really. Something else I’ve had to get to grips with is writing our social media copy. I have to really think about how best to sell something to make people click through to find out more. It takes more time than you think and it has to be done all the time.”
Loving the job
“So many things attracted me to the role – and I’m definitely glad I got a taster of my job as an intern. The small team of a startup was a ton of fun to work with. I also love the fact it combines editorial and marketing skills, which are very transferable – I can take those on with me to future jobs.
“I don’t feel like my degree necessarily had an impact on me getting the job – but interning definitely did. Gaining on the job experience also gave me confidence in my own ability – I knew I could be an asset to the company.”
“I tend to grab sushi for lunch and then in the afternoons I’ll tackle bigger stuff. Recently I got to work on a programme to increase the popularity of our super users. It involved brainstorming and some strategy, which I’ll go over with my manager.
“I’ll also chase contacts to set up competitions which would excite our users. It means I have to know what makes them tick – it’s not always what you’d think. Recently I set up a competition to win some stationary and they went crazy for it!”
Diana Ilinca, Founder and CEO of WorkinStartups reveals the top 3 qualities she looks for in an entry-level start up employee:
1. Being an all-rounder
You will end up doing a lot of tasks outside your main job. And that’s the beauty of it. You’ll learn so many things about running a business that the experience is comparable to doing an MBA. You even get to apply it all, not just learn the theory.
2. The ability to analyse results
There isn’t usually a lot of time for micro-management, therefore you have to be your own boss sometimes. That requires a lot of analytical and decision-making skills – initiative is also a bit part of it. You’re expected to be honest with yourself about subpar results and fix it.
3. Passion for tech
When going for an interview, they will of course assess your skills for the role. But more important will be your enthusiasm for joining the team. They look for people that can share the same passion as them for the product or business they are building.
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