Diary of a Marketing Co-op: Work Found Me

Diary of a Marketing Co-op: Work Found Me

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This is the second entry of my co-op blog. I’ve been working with the TELUS marketing department for a month and a half now, for the full story make sure you check out part one.

The last time you heard from me I was trying to come up with ways to keep busy at work. At the time my supervisor reassured me that I’d be wistfully hoping to get that free time back. I probably should have listened.

A week after my last post one of my team members left the company. Remember how I was shadowing someone while I learned the ropes? Well that was over. All of those projects were my responsibility now, and well as two others I had never seen before. I had help and guidance of course, but the person on our team most familiar with the projects was now me, and the deadlines weren’t going to wait for me to catch my breath.

Need another plot twist? A few days after I finally got a handle on my projects and felt fairly confident in what I was doing I was invited to a meeting. All of our current campaigns were changing. Immediately. That meant that I was now responsible for making sure my new projects were seamlessly changed over, complete with new legal that I had to compile and approve. I think that was probably the biggest challenge. I love The Good Wife, and I used to think about going to law school, but I never thought I’d be the one writing the fine print on your mail.

Without getting into the nitty gritty details, I had to coordinate with about four different teams, including our creative agency, who were the ones making the actual changes, get new offer codes, approve every piece, and get it back to the agency to send out. All without missing a mailing date.

I complain about it here of course, but I loved it. I’ve always worked better when I have a million things and it sure makes the day go by fast.

That’s all from me this week, I guess I don’t have a lesson for you this time (except be careful what you wish for), but instead some advice: If you ever feel like you’re floundering at work, you’re probably not alone. You just need to keep your head down, ask smart questions, ask for help if you need it, and get it done.

Is anyone else on a co-op term this semester? Tell me about your experiences in the comments or send me a tweet @lizzmoffat.

Posted on March 02, 2012