Interviewing the Professionals.
Are you interested in a career in Marketing, PR, Digital or Creative? Want to know how to break into the industry? We follow on our series, interviewing people to see how they got their big breaks and suggestions for people looking to do the same.
Meet Dan. Digital Account Director for a Global Agency based in London..
What is your job title?
Digital Account Director – or office clowns sometimes!
How long have you worked for the business?
It has been about 5 years.
What is the best thing about your job?
Where to start, the free donuts are brilliant! But seriously, it would have to be the people I work with (don’t tell them I said that!). You can’t work somewhere and not like the people you are around. What is the point of getting up every day! We are a team and as they say.. teamwork makes the dream work! Cheesy but true.
Give us a brief summary of your career so far..
How long have you got? Ok so I didn’t go to Uni like most of my colleagues. I always loved the techie space and was the first of my friends to get Facebook, viewed hundreds of blogs and always had to have the latest gadgets. Spent a few years floating around doing all sorts of things until I got my break working for a small agency as a Account Executive.. spent a few years there learning the ropes and progressed to AM level. I fancied a change of industry sector so moved to where I am now.. and haven’t looked back!
When you were growing up, what did you want to be and why?
Prime Minister.. no seriously! I wanted to live in the nice house in London and tell people what to do!
What do you think are the key skills from your past that enabled you to get the job you have today?
I was so unsure what I wanted to do growing up. Which was why I spent a few years doing random jobs. I remember speaking with my Dad and he said “do what you enjoy” and I loved all things digital, techie and cool… so I really focused on that moving forwards. Sorry didn’t really answer the question, but my Dad’s chat definitely helped!
What advice do you have for someone looking to start a career in Digital?
Go for it. Have a passion for it and fight hard to get what you want. Hard work pays off.
If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Talk to your Dad!