For today’s blog post, I’m looking to do something a little different from the norm on the old LBi blog. While I do love a good tech update as much as anyone else, I’ve spent a bit of time reflecting on my first couple of years here at LBi Edinburgh, and after a certain amount of time it became apparent to me that the last two years have been pretty big for me personally.
For those of you who don’t know me on a personal level (which, in fairness, will probably constitute most people reading this), I currently work as a Media Architect Team Leader within LBi’s Edinburgh offices, having, rather coincidentally, joined the agency as a standard Media Architect two years ago today.
When I first joined the company, I was a newly graduated journalism student whose working experience pretty much consisted of mundane office work and various floor jobs I’d carried out to fund my way through college (as well as the odd venture into the world of Scotland’s lower-end music scene, but that’s probably best left undiscussed for now!). Naturally, I’ve had to expand my skillset pretty rapidly to cope with the various tasks I’ve had to complete on a daily basis since joining, and it’s safe to say I’ve had scope to develop my career in ways that most graduates in their early 20s just don’t get the chance to.
After learning how to properly answer the inevitable “so what does a Media Architect do” questions that have been fielded at me in most of Edinburgh’s nightspots (trust me, there were a few early answers where awkward doesn’t begin to justify it), I learned how to delegate tasks, hold meetings, communicate in an effective manner with people at various levels within the company and beyond, manage my own workload and obviously, I learned how the world of SEO and digital work.
While the last thing I want is for this to come across as an insincere piece where I’m praising my employers to the high heavens for the old corporate slap on the back, the truth is, my career and prospects wouldn’t be where they are right now if it hadn’t been for people within the company and department seeing something in me and pushing me in the right direction. As such, I’m entirely grateful for being given the opportunity to do some of the things I’ve done here, and I will be for the rest of my life.
More than anything, I’d like to use this piece as a chance to push anyone that feels they’ve got the skillset to succeed here at LBi in the right direction. Without sounding self-deprecating, when I joined the agency I knew how to write and that was about it, heck I’ll even go as far as to say that when I applied for my initial role I didn’t think I had a cat’s chance in Hell of getting it, but I did.
If you’re in a position where you feel that you tick the boxes in a person specification for a vacancy here, but don’t know if you fit the bill, then my advice is to steam on and apply. From my own experience this agency has done an awful lot for my own skillset and experience levels, and no matter where I end up, I’ll always bear in mind that I’d never have had the opportunity to do so much from a young age and further my prospects if I hadn’t taken an initial job here.
Like anywhere, you’ll have days that are better than others, but if you’re looking to further your career while holding down an engaging position, you’ll struggle to do better than right here.