I'm a 24 year old female living in the UK. I graduated with a good Journalism & Advertising degree in 2011, and since then have had a handful of jobs.
First I worked in retail, then managed to get a graduate internship for 3 months at a magazine. When that ended, I landed another temporary job with a communications company doing a (pretty mind numbing) job with their CMS systems/websites. So I moved from that job after a few months into the one I'm in now because it is permanent.
posted by littlepeeo to Work & Money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This job is a Digital Marketing role for a successful recruitment business. I enjoy it here, there is a really good social aspect, and because of the nature of the business most employees are similar in age. There's a big emphasis on reward and on teamwork, and I feel very comfortable. The job itself is quite a challenge though. I have no marketing manager to work from, a team member left because she disliked the environment, and I run a department that should ideally have 5/6 staff members with just myself and a graphic designer. I enjoy the challenge, but feel that I am only treading water here and find it very frustrating. They have promised me training in areas I lack skills, as I am still young and have a lot of responsibility with little experience. I trust that they will provide me with this eventually, but it is slow going. I have had no experience in a marketing role working under a manager, and therefore I feel like I am missing out on vital learning. I do what I can, but that's all I can do.
I got pointed in the direction of another job, slightly better paid and a reputable university in my city. A friend recommended me for it, and I have recently been for an interview. I am confident that I am a good candidate. The environment is naturally more formal, but undoubtedly more structured. Far more people to learn from, a structure that is clearer and less stress as I won't be out of my depth. The package is better, I would double my holiday allowance, have flexible hours (unlike now where I have to work recruiter hours 8-6) and many other benefits associated with moving into the public sector (including study funding as they're a uni). Closer to home, and a travel allowance too. My friend currently works at the uni and loves it (not the same department though)
I do however, feel like I would let this organization down. They have recently promoted me and increased my pay, promised me training as they would like me to manage the department as an actual manager in 18 months. I see a lot of progression and they put a lot of trust in my to hold their marketing together. If I left I know my manager would be stressed out and disappointed that they're back at square one after all the work we'd put in. I'd also worry about moving again so soon. I have only been at this job for a year, and don't' want to come across a s a job hopper.
But at the same time, if I get this job then it would be a big opportunity as they're a reputable organization and I could learn from them a lot. It isn't the exact direction I wanted to take, as I wanted to move into a more creative organization and not an even stuffier corporate environment that the one im in now. The benefits package, the higher salary (although not much higher - i reckon id get that here by January) and the opportunity to learn is the big draw. I would be sad to lose out on the buzzing atmosphere of my current company and the people and friends Ive made - but I would not miss the job as it is incredibly unorganized and frantic and I don't currently enjoy it all too much.
However, the one at the university might prove to be stifling and mundane, as I have always worked autonomously here, and have the opportunity to work the way I want and recruit a team around me. I appreciate most people sill say "you might not even get the job yet!" but I suffer from anxiety especially about making decisions so id like to have an idea if the job comes through.
In short my two options are:
1. Move to the university and take a role that I will definitely have a better package, more freedom, more learning opportunities, more structure, more exciting topics to work with, perhaps some travel. But with less social side, not much autonomy, progression not as fast. Also, let my old company down.
2. Stay where I am, progress quickly into management, build a team around me that I want and run it how I think best, with a great social side and good rewards. But with more stress, no manager, really boring topics, difficult people to work with sometimes, nobody to learn from and general frustration about how the department is poorly structured.
Any advice on making this decision will be gladly received.