I can’t believe I’m already writing my final blog for The Social Firm. It’s been such an awesome journey and I’m sad to see it come to an end. It’s going to be difficult to summarize all of the things I’ve learned since my first day, but I’ll try! Looking back on my time here at The Social Firm, I’ve been pushed outside of my comfort zone, learned how to use SEO tools and software, written copy for clients’ websites and social media, and of course, written several blog posts for The Social Firm. I’ve also learned some things about the digital marketing and PR industries that one most likely wouldn’t put on their resume, but are still valuable takeaways about my experience:
Culture: Agency life is much different than other office gigs. Here at The Social Firm, birthdays are celebrated like national holidays, company bonding events are the norm and goofing off with co-workers (we still get our work done, of course) is part of a typical day. I’ve learned that this work hard, play hard environment is one that I thrive in; it’s not a stuffy, boring office, which can be great for some, but I know that isn’t for me. I like to be able to bounce ideas off my co-workers or collaborate with the entire team on one project. Everyone at The Social Firm has such a unique background and story, so it makes work that much more interesting.
Saying Goodbye to the Comfort Zone: Before I started at TSF, I knew that I was going to learn and grow a lot. I knew I would be pushed outside of my comfort zone to grow both professionally and personally. I’ve worked on several projects for both the Search Team and the Social Team and I have learned more than I ever thought I would. Additionally, I felt like I was able to shed my intern title and was actually a valuable member of the team. I’m definitely ready to take on the professional world.
Work/Life Balance: Although I was still a full-time student while interning at TSF and my life consisted of papers, exams and group projects, I was able to see how one might balance work life and personal life. Especially in this industry, where working from home can be done without hesitation or inconvenience due to the wonders of technology, it’s difficult to find the balance. I’ve learned that I am the most productive in the morning, but even if I get all of my work done, there is still a part of me that’s “at work.” People say that there’s no such thing as a work/life balance, but I think that it’s essential for one’s sanity. That might sound a little preachy, but I think it’s important that people take time to relax and do the things they want to do; Gmail isn’t going anywhere.
Looking back, I wouldn’t trade my time at The Social Firm for anything. I’ve learned a lot and I’ll leave this office feeling more confident than ever about my future career. I also learned that I love funfetti cookies. Thank you, TSF Team! You will be missed.