Rachel Gregory, sales manager at Diversified Communications and EN 30 Under 30 2018, says don’t settle for a ‘comfortable’ role.
If your job is not one you absolutely love, you are not pushing yourself hard enough! Being comfortable is not amazing, nor is it exciting. We as people thrive on a challenge and when a role is not challenging it becomes routine.
We work the majority of our lives, which is why it is vital that you feel encouraged and enjoy your job. You shouldn’t live to work, but you should work to live and live well being happy.
You can tell a lot about a business by its staff, if you have demotivated staff you have a company culture of negativity, bad habits and less productivity, which will result in loss of profits.
A successful business will have passionate staff, encourage ideas, offer progression and have staff that feel valued.
- Do you feel valued in your job?
- Is your job challenging enough for you?
- Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
These are all questions you should be asking yourself, and if the answer is no or ‘I’m not sure’ then it is time to re-evaluate your position.
Education is sometimes taken for granted when we are younger but actually it opens up endless possibilities and the beauty is you are never too old to learn.
What if you don’t know what you want to do or which path to take? Then take a leap of faith and go with your gut, we don’t always find our passion straight away but working in multiple jobs, grasping every opportunity possible will lead you to find your centre, your happy place.
My passion for events stemmed when I was at college, I studied Travel and Tourism for three years (funnily enough I have never actually worked in travel), I fell into sales at 17 and I was lucky enough to have the ‘gift of the gab’ as they say and I intended to use this skill to obtain a job and succeed.
I joined Hastings Direct at 18 working in a call centre which was like college, everyone knew each other and it was more of a fun environment than a stressful one, but this is where I grasped some fundamental skills that I could then develop and build on these skills. This experience was the foundation that helped mould me into the person I am today.
I have no degree. In fact, my education was poor; I dropped out of school at 14 and I didn’t obtain the best GCSEs, however I have gained the life experience and a skillset that’s transferable, which has led me to be working for a leading global event organiser (Diversified).
Within my first two years of working for Diversified I progressed to a sales manager role, which then led me to being selected and awarded the EN 30 under 30, which was another great achievement. Working in events and climbing the ladder amongst other projects is my core focus, I want to be the best version of myself and you should too.
Whatever your goals and dreams in life nothing is unreachable, make sure you take the leap, make decisions and make it happen.