Are you wondering how it would be working at a Marketing Agency, working with data-driven marketing, or maybe very specifically how it is working at Precis?
One of our recent joiners, Mercurius, has shared his thoughts about joining Precis. That contemplation also entailed thinking about what it would be like working in digital marketing, joining a small office in start-up mode, under a large company in rapid development — here are his thoughts before and (shortly) after starting.
This blog is a part of a series of posts written by people at Precis, which describes from their perspective how it is to work with us.
Did I Make The Right Decision?
Twenty applications sent, seven interviews and four job offers later I found myself in the heart of London struggling to manoeuvre through the densely populated streets – my childhood dream was slowly becoming real. Two weeks prior to hauling all of my luggage down to the city, I decided to visit the rest of the team at Precis to ensure that this was the right place for me. The office was empty when I first arrived and that’s when I quickly discovered how early those from Sweden eat lunch! However, once we all bumped into each other I instantly felt welcomed and embraced.
Having recently graduated with a Mathematics degree, I had very little experience with Digital Marketing and was completely oblivious to the inner workings of an agency; however, I was hungry to learn. I blindly signed the dotted line the following week as I knew that I would eventually figure things out. Monday 6th November: First day at Precis. I’ll never forget, I woke up with a serious amount of excitement as I knew this was going to be the start of something really special. The first month flew by; onboardings on top of meetings, mixed with exams and client tasks, I honestly don’t remember much of what happened but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Being assigned a personal mentor and sitting directly behind my manager has undoubtedly catapulted my learning – the flat hierarchical structure of our office space encourages questions to flow which I absolutely love. Moreover, the culture is perfect for me as it confluences the hustle of a start-up with the flexibility of a long-standing organisation.
I had zero expectations of what my daily schedule would look like; three months down the line and my naive outlook still hasn’t been skewed – I’m still trying to adjust and forge a routine. However, I’m now much more equipped having carried out a wide range of tasks. I start my day by crawling through relevant marketing blogs to ensure I remain at the forefront of any industry news, updates and trends. Soon after, I segment my calendar hour-by-hour, check my emails and slack channels before I throw myself into my planned agenda. Albeit encouraged not to, I sometimes find myself lost in curiosity way past regular work hours, trying to solve whatever problem I’m faced with before having to squeeze on the underground tube.
“Ask yourself, how much of the work you’re doing is self-imposed?” Ever since this question was posed to me by one of the co-founders, everything changed. I began allotting time each day to create tasks that I felt as though would provide personal and company-wide value. It then occurred to me that downtime is inevitable when starting out, so taking ownership and lead of your own learning is paramount otherwise your growth will stagnate if you become too reliant on client tasks to be delegated to you – this has been the greatest takeaway for me thus far.
To answer my initial question…I definitely made the right decision. I genuinely appreciate and admire the people I work with and what Precis stands for; we also have new clients walking through the door very soon and more people joining the squad — I’m super thankful for the opportunity and excited for what the future holds.