By Hannah Buckley, Head of Content
- What’s your career background, in brief?
I’d always wanted to have a career in writing but wasn’t quite sure what that might be. So after university, I interned for a while at a publishing house before bagging a role as a Publishing Assistant at Xbox. I then decided to give agency life a try so moved into the world of content marketing and SEO for five years before joining Whiteoaks last summer.
- What’s the most challenging job you’ve ever had?
During the summer between school and college, I worked at a nursery a couple of days a week. That was probably the most challenging job I’ve had as I was sixteen and had very little experience of being around small children. It was rewarding and a lot of fun at times, but definitely not for me.
- What apps, technology items and gadgets can’t you live without?
I couldn’t live without WhatsApp; my family doesn’t live locally so us all having WhatsApp means I get daily photo updates of my niece and nephew and can video call them once a week. Also, we swapped our TV for a projector a few years ago and I couldn’t live without that now — having a big screen experience for absolutely everything is pretty cool.
- What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
While it wasn’t given to me personally, I really like this piece from Dolly Parton: “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one”.
- Name one thing about your job that gives you a sense of satisfaction or makes you leave the office smiling…
I get a real sense of satisfaction when something I’ve written gets good feedback from a client or journalist – it’s nice to get that little confidence boost.
- Do you personalise your workspace?
I don’t, but I’m a big list writer so my desk is often littered with Post-it notes of things I need to pick up from the shops on my way home.
- What’s the first thing you do in the office in the morning?
I tend to get in fairly early so once I’ve turned my laptop on, I head straight to the kitchen to make a cup of tea and my breakfast.
- What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment?
I’ve just started re-reading one of my all-time favourites, Persuasion by Jane Austen. I’m really interested to see if thirty-year-old me reads it differently to teenage me.
I’m the first to admit that I watch a lot of TV; at the moment I’m loving series 2 of Fleabag and am excited to watch the latest series of Queer Eye on Netflix. I’m a big fan of true crime podcasts so always have one of those on the go and enjoy listening to the weekly episode of pop-culture podcast The High Low on my drive to work.