We chatted with Rosie Quirke, Digital Marketing specialist at We Are Connected Ltd.
“My career ideas have always been different, a writer, fundraiser (a singer when I was little), but they all came from the need to make sure I was doing something I was passionate about. Now that I am older, the job itself seems less important; I am far more focused on making sure I am working for a company or NGO that I believe in.
I studied International Relations at Southampton University. However, it was my volunteering work that I put more focus and time into! I was President of the Amnesty Society, where we ran weekly meetings and organised a range of fundraising events for different charities; The Homeless Period Southampton, Save the Children Syria Appeal and the Malala Fund. It was during this time that I also started volunteering for the sex education charity Fumble UK. I am still working with them, running their Instagram account and managing the other social media volunteers.
It was working with Fumble and realising the positive impact social media can have, that made me curious about digital marketing. When I finished University, I freelanced with Brighton’s Creative Bloom, a fantastic digital marketing agency, who are ethically driven and do a lot for the community around Brighton. I was then offered a full-time position at We are all connected, which is where I am now. I manage email marketing for them and their clients and also help out with account management.
I think a significant barrier to the digital marketing world is the fact that even entry-level roles, ask for one year, often two years experience. I would say keep an eye out for freelancing/ad-hoc jobs. They are great at building up your knowledge and also gives you the freedom to figure out whether you enjoy the marketing world or not.
As much as I love marketing, I have always wanted to work with a charity – I am not fussed about what capacity, but as I said earlier, I love working for a cause I am passionate about. I am hoping in ten years; I’ll still be in Brighton but be helping a charity make positive change.
The best advice I ever received was not being afraid to ask questions! Especially when you are first starting in a role, it’s better to ask and be sure, than make an assumption and be wrong. Once you have that foundation of knowledge underneath you, then it is just about being confident in yourself and your decisions.”
Working in a high-pressure, fast-paced industry
“Yes! I feel like I am prone to digital burnout, I am a natural stressor and often end up taking work stress home with me…something I am trying to stop in 2020! For me, self-care can be ordering a takeaway when I get home from work knackered or doing a face mask – but I am also trying to do ‘boring’ self-care. Tidy the house, take the bins out, making myself lunch for the next day, taking vitamins. I often unplug by reading, my favourite book at the moment is ‘The Memory Police’ by Yōko Ogawa.
I think a lot of people feel that mental health is a taboo topic to talk about in the workplace and I equally believe that a lot of people who suffer from mental health issues, feel afraid to speak of them at work in case they are discriminated against. Over the years, I’ve made sure to have a fantastic support system around me who I know will be there for me if I need them!
I feel like businesses need to make every effort to make people feel safe and secure in talking about their mental health at work, starting conversations is the first step in breaking down that stigma. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, are an amazing social enterprise who offer mental health training in the workplace, something that more businesses should consider doing.
I think social media can be a considerable force for good; you can find communities on there with people who may live miles away from you but enjoy or experience similar things to you. Having that outlet to talk to people outside your support system about mental health can be freeing and can also allow you a chance to vent and talk about things that people close to you may not relate too.
I also think that social media is amazing for raising awareness and starting conversations about things that were previously taboo. That said, I do believe that a lot of discussions about mental health focus a lot on depression and anxiety, while ignoring the fact that there is a whole range of mental health issues people can suffer from, and they also need support.”