You have just landed a new wedding or event job. Maybe even your first role in the industry. Congratulations! This is your big chance and you want to impress so you can keep moving up the ladder. But how do you do that, without stepping on the toes of your new colleagues?
Get Up To Speed
You might have a shiny new Qualification from the Academy, a bag of creative ideas and a ton of passion, but you are the new kid in town when it comes to your new job. Take time to do your research and learn all you can about the company that has just hired you. What is the company’s story and brand message? Do they have a mission statement and what is it? What are they known for and how do they present themselves on social media and in marketing material? Is there information on the blog about big events they have been involved in? Do they have clients they always work with? Most of this research can be done via the company website, blog and social media accounts. You can ask questions too, but people will appreciate that you come to meetings and conversations with some background knowledge and understanding of what the company stands for.
One of the reasons you were probably hired is that you brought enthusiasm, passion and fresh ideas to the table in your interview. Whilst you don’t want to rub that in the face of the people you now work with, draw confidence from the fact that you were hired for a reason and you need to bring that to the table right from the start. Be open about what you can offer, but also be respectful of the fact that you are the new kid on the block and you have to prove yourself too. Also remember, creative ideas don’t matter at all if you are not prepared to do the work to make them happen. Show up in every way and demonstrate your willingness to work hard at whatever task you are being asked to take on.
Experience Matters – but don’t make it your everything
If you bring experience to your new role, you should draw on it. But, this is a new role and a new situation and you have probably taken it on for a new challenge, to take your career to the next level, or in a new direction. So whilst you may have experience, maybe even more than some of the people you are working with, you are still on a learning curve. No one wants to hear; that is not how we did it at XYZ company. Draw on your knowledge and use it to help you in your new role, but also be open to what this new situation and the people around you, can teach you. When you prove yourself you will find people asking you, how did you do this at XYZ.
If you are still looking for that new role in the wedding and event industry and you think a qualification may help you find it, contact us to find out more about our courses and work experience opportunities.