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A Steep Learning Curve

It’s been a long time since I blogged about my job at Benefit, but that’s simply because I’ve been so busy! I’ve actually been there almost 5 weeks already; I can’t believe it!

Since the last time I wrote, I (mostly) successfully arranged meetings with bloggers; people I’ve never met before, to meet at Oxford Street in London and cover the start of the Boots Great Skincare Swap. I was Photographer, Tweeter, ‘Facebooker’, ‘Mingler’, Hostess…. I won’t lie, it was difficult. But it was also completely necessary and brilliant. I was thrown in at the deep end and despite the nerves and the initial stress, it became a huge learning curve that now has given me the confidence to know I can do it again.
I was pretty terrified my neck wouldn’t hold out on me like the last time I went to London with my condition quite bad at the time. On that occasion, I collapsed. But this time, I didn’t. I pushed on, I focused and I did it. Sure, there were technical issues. It was never going to go brilliantly first time round. But I sure as hell know better for next time.

After that, there was our National Meeting. I wasn’t well after my trip to London, I caught one of the many colds going round, so I wasn’t expecting to have to ‘contribute’ that much to the digital presentation. But halfway through, my boss asked me to eleaborate on my slides, and I did. The fact that this was again throwing me into the deep end, I had to stand there, talk loudly and clearly to the room of 80 people and be coherent. There wasn’t time to be nervous or scared. I was really pleased with my little bit; as was my my boss. She now tells me we have another two presentations coming up, where I can do more of the talking. I’m surprisingly quite excited!

Since then I’ve been working on more graphical elements, which is obviously where most of my skills lie. Blogger invites, Press Releases, Photo Galleries… My latest one is on the Benefit Cosmetics UK Facebook page under Top Sellers. It took a lot of time and effort to do; and there were many issues with it. But over the past two weeks, I’ve persevered with it, and now I couldn’t be more proud of it! I have more coming up; and I’m really looking forward to it.

I feel like I’m really finding my feet at Benefit. My body is far more used to the longer hours and the more strenuous work. I’ll be planning a blogger event all by myself, a big to-do. I’ll be attending a Press Launch party as well. There’s a lot of great stuff coming up, and I really feel like I can contribute to Benefit’s digital side. It’s already doing brilliantly, but if I can help continue it’s positive progression, I think it’ll really help towards my future.

Now I need an early night; all this work takes it out of me! But I’m loving that it’s all coming together (even if my gym turnout isn’t really that promising…)

Emily x

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