Reflections on my first week
If only I’d discovered BrighterBox in my first few weeks of job hunting. At the point that I did, having searched for work for what I rather dramatically referred to as eternity, but was probably more apropos to the latter end of two months, I felt a bit disheartened at the process. A few interviews had been had by this point, none I could say wholeheartedly I particularly wanted, and I had definitely sent more cover letters than I cared to wish for. After a while, the sincerity of my applications felt like it was waning as I dolled out another one, and it became increasingly a challenge to create a dazzling cover letter that was going to overflow with enthusiasm and wow an employer.
Then, BrighterBox, which apologies in advance for the rather cheesy reference here came along like my recruitment prince in shining armour, and as if, by magic (well, a week or so) I was no longer unemployed. But I’m not singing the praises of BrighterBox in a naive fashion - I’d signed up to at least six other agencies recommended by very well-meaning friends prior to getting in contact with the agency. However, they fell into one of two categories: I either never heard back from them, or I continuously got matched to jobs I was really far from being compatible with. A recruitment version of a Tinder nightmare, you could say.
However the guys at BrighterBox are different. Specialising in start-ups in the creative industry, the very friendly team actually put in a lot of care and attention into helping you find the right job, and are extremely prompt in doing so, just not in an incessantly annoying way like you might find with other recruiters. The agency put me in touch with the company I work for now and the process was all very efficient. The company founders and I had a phone call, then we met and discussed the position, before following with the obligatory meeting with the company cat. Having passed the cat test, I’m now in role that I couldn’t be happier in.
I work freelance for quite possibly one of the nicest teams I could imagine. Every effort to make me feel comfortable and not feel like a complete duck out of water has been made, which I’ve really appreciated, and it’s something I try to not take for granted. There were lots of things to learn which made taking on the role exciting, and it was one of the main reasons why I was so interested in the position, but I’ve never been made to feel nervous about making a mistake because I haven’t quite mastered everything yet. As a result, it’s made learning within the role a really enjoyable experience.
With the company I am with, I have the freedom to work at the lovely Shoreditch office or from the comfort of home. This is something of a definite plus point for me. I like having the option of choosing where I work, the independence that comes along with it, and really respect and appreciate the trust implicit from the company founders in letting me do so. It also really strengthens your levels of motivation, which is a valuable skill to have.
I tend to write for different projects on a variety of different subjects every day, and so having the opportunity to have a change of scene, especially when I am already a fairly restless, fidgety person is great. I have enjoyed writing editorial for TechRound, which has involved writing creative pieces and interviewing entrepreneurs. I have also had to become an expert in funerals, writing for a client Perfect Funeral Plans.
It helps to feed your imagination, and therefore keeps creativity levels high. It has also given me time to familiarise myself with East London, where I’ve just moved to, and explore its copious cafe and restaurants. I think my thoughts on returning to work after New Year a few days ago sums up fairly succinctly my overall happiness in the role. As most of my friends resentfully grumbled about having to return to their jobs, I remember feeling nothing, because I couldn’t relate: it wasn’t a hassle to go back, and I definitely didn’t dread it. A bit of a smug realisation? Maybe, but happy a one? Definitely.
This blog post was written by Mairead Finlay, who is enjoying her first graduate job at Tudor Lodge Consultants following her graduation from The University of Bristol in 2017.