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From ‘home office’ back to ‘work office’

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts, you’d know that Team Ivy Social has been working from home ever since our lockdown was first announced in Australia.

While it might’ve been understandably difficult for some to adjust to the ‘new norm’ that was WFH, I loved it. I actually feel like I thrived in it. 🙌

How, you ask?

Well, for starters, I loved being able to roll out of bed and over to my desk. I loved wearing loungewear all day. I loved getting in the zone and smashing out three batches of client content… sometimes four. I loved playing Spotify’s The O.C. Complete Series Chronological Playlist on full blast. I loved not needing to worry too much about my lunch for the day. I loved not needing to worry about my non-existent my eyebrows. And most importantly: I loved not wearing a bra. Seriously, the bra thing was the best part. 😅

10 weeks later? We’ve returned working to the office.

To be honest with you, I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to wake up at 6:30 am to get ready. I kid you not, my partner was making fun of me because I was worried to return to adult-life. In my defence; I would literally wake up at 8:20 am, make the bed, brush my teeth, make a cup of chai latte then start work at 8:30 am. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Our first week back was certainly a busy one. Generally speaking, the first week of the month is pretty full-on for us anyway as we do our reporting and ensure that all of our clients are ready for the month ahead. Plus, after almost three months, we had our first WIP meeting and our to-do list grew by three times (or at least, it felt like it did).

As much as I loved working from home, I missed the team even more.

It makes such a difference to be able to turn around and ask a simple question as opposed to rethinking about whether it’s worth sending a text or email to either of the girls. It’s been nice to be able to work outside of a space where I wake up, get ready, study and sleep. It’s been really nice being back in a proper office space. Additionally, it’s been nice to wear proper clothes and feel like an adult again. But the best part? It’s been really refreshing to have a laugh over lunch with the gals and be greeted by the office pups as soon as you walk through the door. 🌿❤️

Now? I’m so glad that I’m back at Keep Co. Thrilled, actually.

Ivy Social’s first intern

If you were to ask the people in my life about my self-confidence and self-esteem, I have a feeling that most, if not all, would say that mine are pretty high (..often too high 😂).

To be honest, I’m quite sure of myself and am very confident in what I already know and what I’m comfortable with. For example, I know that I’ve got great time management and can mix a nicely-frothed Espresso Martini at my bar job. But… when UC updated course requirements and incorporated two internships in my double degree – I felt incredibly nervous within seconds.

Why, you ask?

Believe it or not: it’s because I have zero confidence in my interview skills and I know that they’re a first impression. Seriously.

When the time came, I searched through UC’s CareerHub which listed so many possible internships. I wasn’t sure what I was really looking for but I always had an interest in digital marketing (without even knowing it) and got good grades in my communications units.

And then, I stumbled across Ivy Social. Cute name, right? 😍

I looked more into them: “a boutique social media consultancy in Canberra”. I searched for the contact person and she’s someone I went to school with, she was actually in the year above me (classic Canberra). And so, I sent her an email with my expression of interest and resume.

Knowing that I had to do an interview was nerve-racking, but it definitely helped that I sort of knew my potential first internship supervisor. It didn’t feel like such a formal interview either, it felt more like a conversation which flowed nicely. Then and there, we discussed start dates and I was super excited (..internally, I was doing a self-high-five as I hadn’t applied anywhere else 🙏).

Now when it came to the actual internship, it was kinda funny in that they weren’t sure of how to go about training me – I was the first official intern for Ivy Social.

Let me tell you: they absolutely killed it. I learned so much about the ins and outs of social media including the algorithm, paid advertising, writing content for different clients across a number of industries – I’m still learning more about all of these things.

What I loved the most was that in one moment, I could step into the minds of a prestigious car brand, then the solar industry in the next. I never realised how much I’d fall in love with creative writing – all thanks to this opportunity.

The best thing about this internship?

It landed me the role of Social Media Content Coordinator at Ivy Social months later. 🌿

Safe to say that I’ve built – and will continue to build – my self-confidence in a new environment.

VP ✨