I know, I know, you were all sitting there wondering where on earth my little minute series has gone, right?! Well, I ran out of people. But not for long!! We've got a new Account Executive! Wahoo. Introducing Sarah - she joins us from the Anaphylaxis Campaign and has been with us just over a week. She's motivated, eager to learn and I've noticed she's hot on process, which is ALWAYS a bonus in a busy agency. PLUS, she's a great writer. So, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful work friendship.
What has been your favourite project you’ve worked on in your AE life so far?
Helping at thefuturestory has definitely been a highlight. It was great to see everyone in action at an event like that and it was a nice introduction to the role, a really relaxed way to meet everyone. I’ve also enjoyed working on various DHL projects – it’s been challenging and often a lot to take on board but that’s why I’ve liked it.
What would be a 'what not to do' as an AE?
Don’t sit silently. If you have an opinion, voice it, if you find yourself with downtime get up and find something else to do (there’ll always be something!). Just be keen and focused, it’ll help you keep yourself in balance and remain consistent. From experience it’s hard to go from relaxing to manically working, so finding a middle ground is helpful.
Give me your top three tips on being the (very clearly) organised and smart AE that you are:
1) To do lists are an essential! I tend to write mine down so I can always clearly see it, or print off an excel sheet. I can’t be dealing with documents on a computer (too easy to lose or forget about).
2) Learn to prioritise! You run yourself ragged if you put off a big project to complete a small one just because it came in first. Figuring out what’s urgent and sticking to your guns about that choice is really important.
3) Mistakes happen. Deal with them and get over them as quickly as you can otherwise you’ll make more or find yourself too stressed and lacking in confidence to fulfil the role the best you really can. Even the most qualified, senior person mucks up, and no-one learns from perfection.