It’s amazing how much progress you can make in a year.
One year ago today, I started at MSLGROUP as an account executive. On my first day at work, I remember feeling completely overwhelmed and out of my element. I had to learn new skills and internal protocols, forge new relationships and quickly familiarize myself with all my new clients. I left my first day of work with a migraine in addition to feeling completely inadequate, wondering if I would ever get the hang of my new role.
365 days later, I’ve worked on eight accounts, helped win new business, developed relationships with several journalists, had amazing pitching success (something I was terrified of doing when I started), and I was promoted to a senior account executive. It hasn’t been easy and I’m still challenged every day, but after a year I finally feel like I’m good at my job and a valuable team member.
Your career will be full of these new beginnings, big and small, that teach you a lot and show you and others what you’re made of. Starting a new job is hard; it takes a lot of time, willpower and perseverance to fit in, excel and move up. It’s daunting at first and can seem impossible sometimes, but if you make the commitment to always improve, forgive yourself and work hard, you will flourish.
It’s been a wild ride so far; full of amazing highs, hard lessons and great learning experiences. As I look ahead, it seems like there is still a long way to go until I’m an expert in my field. But looking back and seeing how far I’ve come in the past year gives me the strength I need to forge confidently into the future.