This month, I celebrate my one-year work-iversary at liquidfish. As this milestone approached, I took some time to look back on my first year in the advertising and digital marketing world and write down what I have learned. Some things were exactly as I had imagined them in college, and others have changed my perspective completely.
There’s no better feeling that showing someone a finished project and knowing you had a part in the process. Meeting with the client, designing the concept, developing the site, or paying the electric bill — they’re all integral parts of creating cutting-edge work we’re proud of. When something has the name liquidfish on it, I feel like it’s a part of me no matter how big or small my role was in the process.
Make friends with your coworkers! My job is immensely more fun because of my coworkers. I’ve found even taking a few minutes to ask about someone’s weekend or how their pet is doing goes a long way in building a relationship outside of “did you finish those edits?”. I work with some amazingly talented people, and it’s been so fun getting to know them this past year, considering I couldn’t even remember everyone’s name my first week!
Professors ingrained a sense of fear about the workforce. Your job would be on the line if you missed a deadline, misspelled a name, or used an exclamation point instead of a period. The real world, I’ve found, is much more forgiving of mistakes, but that doesn’t mean you should be careless. While bosses and clients are understanding, the stakes are higher. Missing something important in your job can do more damage than an F on a project. It could mean the loss of reputation, a client, or your position. I’ve learned there’s room for error because we’re all human, but make sure you learn from it and are aware of it moving forward.
I’m thankful for a job where I never stop learning. Whether it’s a new area of our company, a more efficient system, or a better understanding of website development, I’m constantly being challenged to grow my knowledge and expertise on a day-to-day basis.
I’m so thankful for my year at liquidfish. I couldn’t have asked for a better company or team of people. So cheers to one year! I can’t wait for more to come!