I’M BACK! It has been awhile since my last blog post, but I never really had the time to write a post since my dad’s accident. He’s making progress, but please continue to keep him in your prayers 🙂
Congratulations to all new graduates! This is such an exciting time, so soak it all in! Whether it’s moving on to grad school or going into the workforce, I’m sharing five tips for success.
I am the Development Specialist (Events and Marketing) for the Center for Hearing and Speech, a nonprofit that helps deaf children learn to listen, read and speak without the use of sign language. I work with an amazing team that fundraises to keep our Center open and accessible for all children, despite their financial situation. I specifically help plan/manage our major events and assist with marketing campaigns to promote our mission.
I started working for the Center in June 2016. Since then, I have been given two promotions and three raises that I didn’t even have to ask for! It was an amazing feeling to know that my hard work wasn’t going unnoticed.
With that being said, promotions are not just given, you definitely have to work for them. Here are my tips:
- Stay organized: Create a to-do list that works for you! My to-do list is broken up by event/department and color code them based on priority. I jot down each task and include important details that I need to know. I also make sure I keep up with my work calendar and personal calendar.
- Set goals and keep learning: Don’t doubt yourself. If your goal is to be the Director of your department one day, what do you need to learn now? What skills do you need to be successful? Creating short and long term goals are helpful.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions: This was my first official full-time job and I was nervous. Everyone else in my department knew so much and I felt like I didn’t know anything. Don’t let this get you down! You have to start somewhere. Your boss will honestly love it if you ask questions. If you hold everything in, you’ll never be able to grow.
- Do your best and work hard: You can’t be perfect, but work your a** off. The results will show and your co-workers/boss can tell when you’ve tried your absolute best.
- Don’t let the stress get to you: Do what you need to do to relax. Whether that’s going for a walk on your lunch break, watching Netflix when you get home, or listening to music, let yourself take a break. You’ll get overwhelmed at times, but you can do it! Ask others for help if you need it!
Blogging became my stress-reliever. I needed a creative outlet for something I was passionate about. I loved being able to create my own content and site (and the shopping). There’s definitely a lot that goes into blogging that basically makes it a second job. Bloggers take photos that’ll last them for the week, edit their own photos, create new content, attend events, and on top of all of that, do all the PR for themselves. It may not sound that bad to some people, but it is a lot of work y’all – I can’t complain though. I keep a separate blog calendar with all my content planned for the month and include any blogger events I have.