I used to be in Advertisement for 8 years. Talking with clients, creating something nice, working together in a team of professionals, being in a creative environment, and doing many different projects at the same time. My role was project & account management. I still love this world. I like to pressure, the deadlines, the hectic, the clients, and the fact that no day is the same.
At the same time, I don’t believe in long hours anymore. I love it that I can put my time in the places I value more than work at the office. And even though I lived for a certain kind of stress (it makes you work harder and take faster decisions), it is also a toll on your body. Your body holds the stress in, even if you are not aware or feel this.
Because of this advertisement experience, I learned many things.
I remember clearly when I started my second advertisement job that my boss, at the time, sat me down and told me that I had to tie all loose ends in the project. I learned over the years to see the complete picture of all the elements that tie together to finish the project up well, like a big map or blueprint.
This skill I still use daily with every project that I am working on, seeing through all the phases from the beginning. Always 10 steps ahead in your mind. When people tell me their business idea, I have immediately a clear picture of all the steps that need to be taken and how to market it. And this all ties back to my early years in Advertisement.
So thank you Han Ernest for the good lessons 100 years ago.
Know that in any job, even though you might not like that job, you can learn the skills and experience that set you up for the future.
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