What’s your career background, in brief?
I started my career in PR. Though, with life’s strange twists and turns I ended up working in finance for just over a decade before taking the ‘it’s now or never’ plunge back into PR in 2020 and haven’t looked back. I’m currently a junior account manager here at Whiteoaks.
What’s the most challenging job you’ve ever had?
After uni, a friend of mine and I went to live and work in the Netherlands for five months for our first bit of ‘real life’ experience in the big wide world. The job itself was fine but the majority of those working with us (and living with us, in an old army barracks of all places) were Polish. We couldn’t speak Polish and they couldn’t really speak English. So, at first, this inability to communicate was extremely challenging, lonely and frustrating. But, as time went by, it was surprising at just how much could be communicated with a gesture or expression (and a bit of extremely broken Polish/English thrown into the mix). By the time we left, we walked away with some really great memories, good friendships, many life lessons learnt – and knowing a lot more Polish.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What apps, technology items and gadgets can’t you live without?
I couldn’t live without Spotify on my iPhone and my earphones.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
When someone shows you who they really are the first time, believe them.
Name one thing about your job that gives you a sense of satisfaction or makes you leave the office smiling…
Receiving good feedback from a client, whether it’s on a great piece of coverage achieved within a publication they really wanted to appear in or whether it is to do with how well the team is working together while ensuring that the account in a great position, knowing the client is happy and likes what we are doing gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment?
I have just finished watching Firefly Lane on Netflix and I am currently reading It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover (which is the sequel to It Ends With Us). I would recommend all three.
Cabin in the mountains or house on the beach?
Both! Cabin in the mountains in winter and house on the beach in summer.