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Friday, 29 September 2017

What I’ve Learnt From 5 Years At boohoo

Untitled This week marks my five year work anniversary at boohoo, which feels weird writing in itself as it must mean I’m getting older and I’m never really okay with that. Luckily I got ID-d in a supermarket for a 15 DVD so it’s not all bad. I’m also not too sure people ‘celebrate’ work anniversaries but here goes. In a bid to pass on what words of wisdom I’ve accumulated, here’s what I’ve learnt in my five years at boohoo.

Be ready to learn

No two days are the same and you’ll never stop learning and growing. Whether it’s a physical skill set or your colleague teaching you something you never knew, make notes, research and spend some time widening your talents.

You’ll change

I started this timid young girl who never really got involved or mingled. Now? I’m completely different. I’ve luckily made a lot of friends here, been a part of some great things including charity work and my confidence has soared. Sure I still have down days but I’m miles from that girl in school who was constantly criticised for not speaking up.

Be prepared to get your hands dirty

Not every job you do will be glamorous, and having a ‘can do’ attitude will get you far. So what if you have to do something you think is ‘mundane’? Make it fun. Put some music on and get it done quickly instead of moaning about it.

Teamwork is key

Some days are more fun than others and others will test you as a person, but the best way of getting through the not so good days? Having a strong team behind you to give you a pep talk and help you out will make your working life soooo much better. Hand on heart, the people at boohoo make it the place it is.

Have manners and make relationships

It’s that age old phrase, but it’s who you know. Be a nice, polite person and others are more likely to help you or lend you a hand in your hour of need. It’s one of the main bits of advice I give to anyone new. Emails are all well and good but I push everyone to ‘go and speak to them.’ Putting a name to a face is much better than sitting behind a keyboard churning out emails.

There’s no such thing as a 9-5

I’m not saying we work all hours under the sun but again, having a ‘can do’ attitude and the willingness to stay if something needs finishing because you want it completed, or coming in early to get ahead, always helps.

Give it everything

You spend most of your life at work, so you may as well do what you love and try and enjoy it. Join in the bake sale, work your arse off, enjoy the social events, raise money for charity, attend a skill workshop and give the role your absolute all, because the more effort you put in with your job and your team, the more you’ll get out of it.

Let things go

Things chop and change so much and it’s important to have passion and be ready to change and adapt, but also to let things go. Some days you’ll read an email and think someone’s being ‘off with you’ or you’ll make a mistake but guess what – you’re human. Let things go, learn from them and carry on smashing it.

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