First of all, I know what are thinking about, and shame on you. On this post, I want to talk about the jobs I had until now and my overall experience with them, because this is my blog and I can write about whatever I want. So if you ever wondered what do I work with this post is for you.
On the last three years, I’ve worked for three different employers, two of them were internships but since I was still being paid for my work I decided to include them. Also, I believe it’s important to clarify that internships in Brazil are probably different than here in the U.S. Basically, you need to be a student to be an intern at a company, and you can only stay as an intern for a maxim of 2 years. After that you have to look for something else or the company properly hires you. With these technicalities out of the way let‘s go to the story part!
Hello, how can I help you?
My first job was as a receptionist for a real state agency. At the time I was 18 years old and had just moved in with my grandparents so I could go to the University and study Journalism, my classes were at night so I had the entire day to do mostly nothing. Seeing that I had too much free time my dad got me a job at his friend‘s real state agency, and I’m not going to lie, I was really looking forward to doing something useful with my time.
I really appreciated my time there, I met amazing people and learned a lot of “how to adult” and how to work with other people. I also learned that I hate to speak on the phone (I’m a millennial, we text and express our feelings through emojis), but, getting paid was awesome.
Seriously, though, talking on the phone with other people, is the worst thing ever. They were constantly mishearing my name, at one point I would respond as Maria, Mariana or Karina (actually, my name is Marina). People would think that I knew about everything about each specific problem, I had to be nice all the time, and surprise, not everyone knows how to have a proper telephone conversation. If you don’t this is how it goes:
Receptionist: Hello, how can I help you?
Client: Hi, my name is [insert name here] and I [insert problem/question/request here]
A lot of the times it went like this:
Receptionist: Hello, how can I…
So yeah, hopefully never working with that again.
I consider myself lucky, because how many people can say that they starting working with something that they love while still on College? I love the internet, I love making content and somehow, I love to understand how people communicate with each other. On my next two jobs, I worked as an intern on online marketing agencies, and I learned some things about social media and dealing with clients.
One thing that I learned about social media: Facebook is a dick. I honestly think that it’s impossible for you to like Facebook after understanding it’s mechanic’s. It’s pure information manipulation, and the worst thing is that almost no one knows about it. I’m not even going to start talking about intellectual property and freebooting because that’s not the focus of this post, but I get mad at it every time I think about it.
The second thing that I learned: when talking about social media everyone is an expert. I was working with small business; their owners would do most of the “advertisements” for themselves. They would create the Facebook page (or worst, a Facebook profile) for their business and they would run it as they run their personal profiles. But, you think that if they hired an agency to do that, they would be admitting “ok, that’s not my area of knowledge I will let someone more capacitated do this job”, you are soooo wrong. How many times I had to do things on social media that was not the right approach because the client wouldn’t shut up about it. But it was still pretty cool.
This is what I did in the past and what I learned with every single one of those jobs. If you have any first job stories to share feel free to write in the comments!