Last year I decided to make a career move. I had worked as an Assistant Producer in Theatre but I was looking for something secure and stable. But how could I adapt from a creative, exciting theatrical world to an office desk? Could I do it? I wanted to utilise my creative skills, not have them diluted by a typical office job…
I was searching for a role that was the right fit for me when it popped up:
‘We Get Talent, Do You?’
The position was advertised as PA & Marketing Assistant to a Growing and Dynamic Organisation in Cork’ I hit the apply button and sent my CV through. Within a week I received a call – my first interview date was set!
Arriving to the Fastnet offices in Little Island, I was greeted by Eimhin, the Managing Partner. We discussed the responsibilities, requirements and purpose of the role and Eimhin was very open to any questions I had. I knew straight away that this was the job for me. Walking out of the office I felt confident and excited. I felt the interview went well and Fastnet was definitely a place I would like to work.
Within a week I was asked back for second round interview. This time I was to give a presentation on why I was the ideal candidate for the role. Eimhin kept in contact with helpful tips and points to mention in the presentation.
The overall process was open and informative, clear and specific. Ultimately, it was a success; I found out within a day that I got the job!
On my first day, I was given a warm welcome by Niamh & Eimhin and was introduced to the Cork based team who were all very forthcoming with their help and support.
Niamh & Eimhin took me through the Fastnet specific induction programme which was a great way for me to get a better understanding of Fastnet, their values and how they worked as an organisation.
My training programme was put in place with clear goals and outcomes set. I had clear direction and an excellent manager to coach & mentor me
Over the first two weeks, I was given extensive training from a colleague so as to allow me to understand everything that was required of me in the day to day aspects of my role.
Niamh met with me on a regular basis over the first two weeks, to informally chat about how I was getting on and also to provide me with knowledge on Fastnet, our clients and candidates so as to better equip me to succeed in my role.
By the end of the first month, I was given more and more responsibility and quickly became part of the team. Getting to know my colleagues was made easy due to the team building exercises and events taking place in the office and offsite.
I had only been here 3 weeks and I had already attended two exercise classes, one nutrition consultation, a treasure hunt around Cork city, October Fest and an offsite event in the River Lee!
I have now been working at Fastnet for 2 months and I have already completed many tasks working independently, with Niamh, and with other members of the Fastnet team in Cork & Dublin.
My achievements so far include;
Organising a full page article in the Sunday Business Post
Creating the company’s newsletter
Writing blogs for the website
Attending informative conferences and workshops hosted by Cork Commerce and LEO.
And I have only been here 8 weeks!!
The next few months are already busy and full of new milestones, both personally and for Fastnet as a whole. I am starting a course in video for small business, I am heavily involved in Fastnet’s Employer Branding and I have taken leadership and responsibility for our social media platforms.
My initial fear of joining the office world has dissolved. Yes, I do have a desk, I do work Monday to Friday but it isn’t mundane and it definitely hasn’t zapped my creative energy! In fact, it has rejuvenated it!
Working alongside Niamh, Eimhin as well as my colleagues in the Cork & Dublin offices has allowed me to utilise my talents in areas including design, event management, PR and research.
My Life at Fastnet is going to be busy and exciting – and I am looking forward to it!
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