Sunday, 16 June 2013

My Graduate Success: One Year On

I can’t quite believe my journey at IPC Media began one year ago. I couldn’t have predicted the events that have unfolded. The rollercoaster ride I felt I was once on, now feels like an accurate depiction of my working life - full of highs and lows. As you probably know, I landed my first job in marketing one year ago and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was sad when it all ended but in hindsight glad, as I wouldn’t have got the job that I have today.

Six months on and my first PDR complete, I am happy and overwhelmed by the amount I’ve learnt in such a short space of time. For example, I’ve taken full advantage of all the training courses that IPC offers from influencing skills to the aspiring manager. I’ve read copious books about adapting my working style and personal effectiveness. I’ve always strived to learn and train, I feel it’s such an important part of work early on in any career. At the same time, I feel totally blessed to even have this opportunity and be able to write a blog post like this as a know many grads are still struggling to find work. Thus, for the opportunities I’ve received, I can’t thank IPC enough. I remember a year ago writing that I’d never leave IPC out of choice and I’m pleased to say that that’s still true. It is a brilliant company to work for and I feel so lucky.

Without a doubt, I’m so glad I made the move from marketing to a PA role because in doing so I was able to meet the most phenomenal boss. He’s ascended me to some real highs and by that I mean, allowed me to excel in my role, to take control of it and to expand my workload with no limitations. Without deliberate intention, he has been a great encouragement to me to exceed all of my expectations and constantly better myself. With his support I’ve felt able to accelerate my development and most importantly stay true to myself.

But rapid highs have now descended to lows because a short while ago, I found out my boss is leaving IPC. Personally, it’s been a difficult one for me. As I’ve said before on my blog, I’m glad he’s not just a manager that I tolerate, I’m lucky that we get on so well and that I have been able to work closely with him over the past 6 months. I’ve always said that I try to surround myself by people who really inspire me and he’s no exception. He’s way more than a boss, but more of a mentor and will remain an inspiration to me. I hope someday that our paths will cross in the future.

His departure has definitely prompted a momentary low in my working career. I guess I’ve 
always associated my new role with such stability and security compared to my last job. In the midst of inevitable change I’m not sure whether it is that safe anymore. However, I have to focus my energy on the things that I can control. IPC will no doubt change in the future (as with any large companies) all I hope is that I can continue doing what I’m doing and achieve the goals that I’ve set for myself.

This is as much a ride as it is a journey. I’m now wondering if there really is a destination because if there is, I don’t know it yet. 

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