Having the confidence to carve out personal time, the importance of communicating what you’re prioritising getting done and what that means needs to wait.
Accepting that no career, however successful it looks from the outside, is a straight line of success. We all get stronger when we hit rough periods in our lives and careers in the long run, and being kind to yourself when you know you’re in one of those lulls or storms. And of course, asking for help is a brilliant habit to develop.
Hardly anyone in marketing follows the same career path and that diversity of experience makes us stronger for it. Being brave to accept opportunities, follow your gut and move into the unknown was a big theme of our discussions.
Several of us at the event have benefited from the opportunity to work internationally and talked about the stretch that gave us, opportunity to build new networks and selfishly the chance to blend a love for travel with work. And to not always judge a country, company or role by its cover. Just ask Olivia about her experience in Saudi Arabia next time you meet.
No conversation is complete at the moment without a brainstorm of what we’re seeing work in the Metaverse, how companies are showing up, making money, engaging customers differently and what we’re all learning. It feels like an entirely new world where we can all learn together, irrespective of age, length of career or role.
A great meeting of different minds, at different stages of our careers, with different perspectives. As with all mentoring conversations, inspiring on so many levels.
Event review by The Marketing Society Fellow, Ruth Rowan