Meet Lily - Content & Engagement Strategist #DigitalCity
After a long search and a lot of interviews I’m excited to welcome Lily to the Selesti team in the role of Content & Engagement Strategist.
Lily has been with us just over a week and has already impressed everyone by hitting the ground running, something we’re confident will translate directly onto the client accounts she is being prepped to work on.
With Selesti taking part in the #DigitalCity event today, we’ve had a lot of people coming in and asking us about careers in digital. I thought this would be the perfect time to catch up with Lily and ask her about her first week at Selesti.
How has your first week left you feeling?
Really excited to be working here. Everybody's been so welcoming. There’s a lot to take in, but everything’s starting to click now.
Can you tell us a little about your past experience and how that is slotting into what you’re doing now?
In one capacity or another, I’ve been working in online marketing since 2012. While that’s really not long in the scheme of things, it’s long enough for me to know what I want from a job— to work with great people who are enthusiastic about doing innovative things with digital.
What are some of the things that have made an impression on you?
The work ethic. There’s a definite “if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well” attitude at Selesti. Obviously, that’s great for the clients as each project is given the time and attention it deserves, but it’s also great for job satisfaction, and that’s really important. Doing good work is addictive, and the energy from one successful project can launch you into the next.
Careers in digital aren’t really 9 to 5, even when they are. Whether you’re generating ideas of planning strategies, digital marketing projects have a habit of playing on your mind — you’ll get strapline ideas while you’re brushing your teeth, or finally think up a strategy solution while doing your shopping. Because of this, it’s absolutely vital that the work is enjoyable — if it’s on your mind a lot, it needs to be fun. And that’s definitely the case here.
One of the main things that drew me to Selesti was emphasis placed on learning new things. Working at a digital agency is a bit like being one square of a Rubix cube — you need to be in harmony with everybody internally (i.e. all the other same-coloured squares) while ensuring that the work you do isn’t in conflict with the clients’ in-house teams, the needs of your audience, or the ebb and flow of the industry as a whole. That’s a lot of things to keep track of at once.
The team is always sharing useful information they’ve found, and we’re given time to grow our skills and develop new ones. Search engines and social networks are always changing, and it’s much easier to stay ahead when learning is built into your day.
Anything that’s surprised you?
It’s been wonderful — and a bit of a surprise — to see how friendly and supportive everybody is of one another. A lot of agencies try to cultivate that atmosphere, but there’s a really organic kind of positivity here. For example, Shaun lost his phone last week, and everybody chipped in to help him buy a new one. It’s things like this that show just how thoughtful the team is.
Digital roles can be hard work — there’s a lot of problem-solving and cross-discipline communication involved — so being able to talk openly with other members of the team is crucial. At Selesti, it goes beyond simply getting along — everyone has made me feel really welcome.
I’ll ask it; is there anything you think we could do better from your first week?
I honestly don't think there is!
What are you most looking forward to?
Everything, really — getting to know everyone better, and getting started on some exciting new projects.