My First Few Months As A jWebber
Starting your first big job can be intimidating, but it can also teach you a lot. In this blog, our newest member Julia Bambini, gives you an insight on what her first few months as a jWebber has taught her.
It’s May of 2019 and I am in my last week of school at one of the top journalism schools in the country. I have no job and no idea what I am going to do with my life. Four years earlier, I dreamed of walking across the stage at graduation with a job secured and a bright future ahead of me, but as I got closer and closer to walking across that stage, I feared that I was never going to find the perfect job, let alone a job at all.
I had worked so hard to apply on all of the listing sites, better my resume, and put myself out there, yet I was getting let down by false advertisements and unfit jobs. I was tired of getting rejection letters one after the other and feeling like I wasn’t enough.
But then jWeb Media came up on my LinkedIn feed and I applied for the Digital Marketing Specialist position. A day later, I received a message from one of the owners, Amy, who invited me in for an interview. I was so excited.
Fast forward through two interviews and two months and here I am with some fun things that I have learned since I started at jWeb!
It Is Okay To Not Know How To Do Something
When I first started, there were so many things I had to learn. How to use the project site, how to create templates, and how to use new editing software for videos; it was all a whole new world.
There were many days at the beginning that I felt overwhelmed and frustrated with myself because I felt like I was supposed to know things already. But learning to be okay with not knowing how to do was something I had to accept and become comfortable with. I was new to the position, new to the job, and there were going to be programs and software that would be new to me.
Once I accepted that, it came down to just asking for help, which leads me to my next lesson.
It Is Okay To Ask For Help
Being the competitive and determined person I am, it can sometimes be hard for me to ask for help. I have always tried to figure things out on my own and disregard the directions or any instructions.
But as I’ve grown, I’ve learned that not everything is going to click right away. This is when I came to terms with asking for help. I know that there might be times where I annoy my coworkers with all the questions I ask, but if one of you are reading this, I promise that I try to figure it out on my own before I come to you!
I am just thankful that I have the help I need when I do ask.
“Adulting” Can Be Hard, But Rewarding
Whether that is because I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, have a lot of work to do, or I just can’t seem to focus, there are going to be better days than others. But remembering the times where I had a good day, created something that made a client laugh, or felt inspired from the content I’ve made, has helped me.
It has shown me that while not every day is going to be a good day, the good days are what get you through the bad ones; and that is what keeps me going.
Find A Job Where No Two Days Are The Same
This is something I have cherished. When I walk into the office, I know that I will have a new project or two waiting for me, and that is something that I have come to find exciting. While some say it’s just more work, I have learned to view it as an opportunity to better my skills and teach me something I may not have known.
Each new project that I am assigned, is a chance to try something new, expand my creativity, and find new ideas for how to design content for our clients. I think that’s pretty cool.
Embrace The Change
When I first started this whole “adulting” thing, there were a few things I had to consider. I began to ask myself when I was going to work out or what was I going to have for lunch. I even questioned how much money I needed to save from each paycheck.
These were some of the changes that made me anxious at the beginning and gave me a reason to change. Little by little, I began to adjust the things in my life to make more sense:
I started to get up early to work out before work.
I prepped my meals on Sunday for the week.
I began to pick out my outfits the night before.
I started to adjust to the nine to five life style.
While it is sometimes still hard to get up in the morning and there are days where I really don’t feel like “adulting,” being able to have the chance to change has been good for me and I continue to embrace it.
While these are just a few of the things I have learned in my two months of being at jWeb, I still have a lot of learning to do. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge on the digital marketing world and hope to continue to grow and develop more of my own style.
I can’t wait to see where I am a few years from now!