Well, here I am. You’re meeting me!
So I’ve decided to start a bit of a series. At the end of every week, I’m going to highlight one of my fellow colleagues here at MakesSense. Well, today I’m going to highlight myself to start it all off, because I’m ever so narcissistic!
In each one of these entries, I’m going to highlight what each person does at MakesSense, what they’ve done in general throughout their careers, and share a bit of advice they have for everybody else looking to get involved in their field. The purpose is to share a little bit of insight into what we do at MakesSense, and what it’s like to work for a startup.
Me? I’m the Creative Director. Basically, I manage the social media pages (right now, pretty much just Facebook and LinkedIn). I write the blog posts, and take care of anything else that involves writing, whether it be pitch decks or just peer editing an e-mail. At the moment, I’m kind of like the all-in-all editor of MakesSense.
It’s been amazing being a part of this startup because the experience in itself is priceless. When I went to Bridgewater State University, I initially went to school to become a high school English teacher. I’ve always had a passion for writing, just at the time that’s where I thought my passion was leading me. A little before my senior year, however, I realized that teaching wasn't where my heart was, and I instead looked into professional and creative writing as a career. In the meantime, I’ve worked at Best Buy, selling computers and getting familiar with technology as a whole. That is where I met Isaac Remy, our CEO, who eventually invited me onto the team along with Anthony Lopez, our President. Amazing how a simple day job for a paycheck can lead to grand opportunities!
Due to most of my time in college being used towards an educational career and internship opportunities being spent in high schools, I wasn’t able to take part in internship opportunities as a professional writer in any sense. My core bit of extracurricular experience was as a staff writer for The Comment, the campus newspaper, where I wrote primarily about sports. So outside of that, academic papers and personal writing of my own, I had very little experience leaving college. Luckily for me, an opportunity presented itself, and I jumped on it.
One of the most important things to remember, and this goes for really anybody in any career path, not just as a writer, is that sometimes you have to sell yourself. Being a salesperson over the past year at Best Buy has actually taught me some lessons about selling in general, and sometimes you have to sell yourself to somebody who may be skeptical. When Isaac was interviewing me to bring me on board, I wouldn’t say he was skeptical but he was definitely curious about what I could bring to the team. So, I brought up ideas, the main one eventually being the blog that I’m running today for the company. The idea isn’t always to fill a vacancy in a company, but to prove to them that you have something to offer they may not have even realized that they needed.
When I bring up that I was an English major in college, many people immediately assume I’m going to be a teacher. Little do they know, the opportunities for writers today are quite abundant, and those opportunities lie not only in journalism. Companies need a voice, and a powerful one at that. One of the great qualities of a writer is creativity and an imagination, so they don’t only bring the ability to write to the table, but they usually also bring out-of-the-box ideas, as well. Sell your ability to think abstractly; it could prove invaluable.
Working with MakesSense has been an incredible experience. I’ve learned a ton since I started working here, both within my own craft and about the business world in general. At the end of the day, getting your feet wet and experiencing what it’s like to be a part of a business is payment within itself. Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t count anything out. Look around for opportunities, and if you see a company you like, knock on the door. If they say there’s no vacancies for what you do, convince them that there is one. You can’t be blamed for trying, and your eagerness will only prove positive in the long run.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to check in next week to read about our Quality Assurance Analyst, John Mancino!