Being a young creative at a fast paced agency can be daunting for even the most confident of people. However, if you stay focused on why you’re there and what you want to achieve, it’s incredibly rewarding. Although young employees may struggle finding their feet, we believe if they follow these simple 10 steps, from two of Liquid’s young creatives, they’ll be on the path to success.
1. Hard work pays off
No matter how big or how small the project, the work you put in to it, will always pay off. Whether it be for a client or for internal use, always give your everything. The harder you work on the smaller projects; the more chance you’ll get at working on the bigger projects. Your managers will realise your potential and you’ll quickly become invaluable to your company.
2. Be yourself
This might seem difficult when you’re working on a task that has to be completed in a certain style, following a certain process, but you can stand out away from the work you complete. Although it is important to always work hard and produce quality work, its just as important to socialise in work, be fun, be different, be approachable but most importantly, be yourself.
3. Enjoy what you do and have a positive attitude
Although at a young age it can be hard to know what you’re passionate about, try to find a job that you enjoy. Having to force yourself out of bed each morning to go somewhere you don’t want to be, is not the way to spend the rest of your working life. To have success and reach targets both personally and professionally, you need to enjoy what you do and have a good attitude – the only way to achieve this is, is to have passion for what you’re doing.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
A lot of time, especially when you first start a new job, you feel afraid to ask for help. You might worry that asking for help indicates that you can’t complete the task you’ve been set; this is not the case. Asking your peers for help shows your interest and passion in getting the job done correctly, with no mistakes. Instead of guessing and possibly ruining the project, show that you care and would rather seek help to benefit the project.
5. There’s always something new to learn
When you ask for help with any job, you are learning something new. Whether you’re a fresh starter at the company or have been there for years, there is always a wealth of knowledge that can be learnt. No-one knows everything, even the management of a business will sometimes ask for help from junior team members. You’ll never stop learning and this is a good thing.
6. Don’t worry about the future, everything will fall into place
Not too sure what exactly it is you want to do yet? No need to panic, this is the time where you can really experience different things and find the area that is right for you.
7. Believe in your work and have confidence in yourself
When being around professionals in your field, it can be overwhelming. It really can feel like you’ve been thrown in at the deep-end but have confidence in your work. There is a reason why you’re there, you’re a fresh set of eyes on a field that your colleagues have worked in for years, they will probably appreciate your take on things.
8. Constructive criticism is there to help you, don’t get offended
Constructive criticism is there to help you; it aids your progression and helps you produce work to a higher standard. It might be hard to hear when you have put so much time and effort into a piece of work but it really is worth listening to any feedback. A fresh set of eyes can notice faults in something you might not notice yourself.
9. Organisation is key
No matter what your line of work is throughout your career, organisation goes a long way in getting the work done correctly and on time. Planning ahead for all of your jobs will give you confidence to complete the tasks on time.
10. Enjoy it as much as you can
Finally, just enjoy it! Enjoy this time when you can try new things and experiment with what you may want to do. Being creative is a talent and enjoying yourself now will help you find the right career for you in the future. Try new things now before you have too many responsibilities to have the freedom.
If you have any questions or need further advice please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com we look forward to hearing from you.