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Balancing Work, Life, Family and Fitness
To any young professional starting a new job, or a student starting a work placement year, wondering what it’s going to be like – I want to share how I’ve been getting on so far, and how I have been balancing my life with the dramatic lifestyle change that comes with having a full-time job at fresh!
As a ‘newbie’ to the big bad world of work, I was unsure how my work/life balance would end up. I’m used to coming and going wherever and whenever I please (…normally taking myself off on a cheeky trip abroad in the sun), but that all changed six weeks ago when I started my new career at fresh as a Project Executive. Although I found it a little daunting at first, I think I’m beginning to get the hang of it!
Here are my Top 5 Tips on how I balance work, being onsite, student life, family, and fitness:
There’s nothing scarier than starting a new job, wondering if it will be right for you or if you’ll fit in, but not at fresh! From the moment I stepped through the door, I already felt a strong sense of belonging and that ‘newbie’ feeling just melted away.
No matter what your job, you need to enjoy it, and find it interesting! I love being here, I learn something new every day, whether that’s seeing how budgets are created and managed, to briefing our studio on a new pitch, communicating with clients or providing project updates and working with DMCs! There’s so much variation here at fresh, and no two days are ever the same!
To all those people who are in the same position as I was 6 weeks ago, about to embark on a new chapter in your life, my one bit of advice to you would be to challenge yourself every day, ask to be given more responsibility (if you think you’re ready) and use your initiative to work ahead! Your compassion and enthusiasm will shine through, and people will remember you for it!
As I’m sure all you #eventsprofs will agree, when you tell your friends/family you have to work on-site, show them how long your days will be, the amount of work needing to be done and the number of hours you’ll end up doing, you can visualise their reaction!
They think you’re mad! You’d think we’d all dread it – but no! Even though the days can be lengthy, it’s what I love the most – why? Because when you witness your client and delegates enjoying a successful event, sharing ideas, networking with each other and seeing everything come to life, you feel proud to say “I made this.”
That being said, we’re not all robots, the long days can take their toll, and we need to be able to relax and unwind! One of the greatest things about being here is that I get unlimited holidays to help with my recovery and support my wellbeing post-event, ensuring I can return ‘refreshed’ and ready for the next challenge!
3. Student Social Life:
After being a full-time student for two years, I became accustomed to going out partying on a weeknight on my cheap-as-chips student budget, where some nights I would only spend £10 (and that was including a greasy kebab on the way home)! I would even book last minute deals to jet-set across Europe, anywhere that was sunny and had a beach – I was there!
How have adapted my student lifestyle to a working lifestyle? Well for starters, I drive all my energy into my work and fitness during the week when I would typically go out. I must admit though, that although it’s great for my health and fitness, it’s not always easy to watch your friends go out clubbing, and you’re in bed by 10 pm!
However, I still go out partying… but mainly at weekends! I also still have my regular catch up nights with the girls, including that cheeky glass of prosecco (with strawberries) during the week! When it comes to holidays, I regularly check Skyscanner to see if I can disappear for a few days and as I’ve said already if the right deal comes along, fresh make it easy for me to take a few days off – what more could you ask for?
Sometimes, we all need the comfort of being around family. Hailing from Belfast, going home to visit them isn’t always easy and finding cheap flights and matching them to my availability can be even more of a struggle! My solution: FaceTime!
I love nothing more after a busy day at work than coming home and video calling my parents! We even have the same TV channels on and discuss it together (it’s just like I’m sitting on the sofa with them at home)!
Even though I love going back to Belfast when I can, I still need my weekends in Manchester to see friends or to have some ‘me’ time away from everyone without having to travel anywhere. A bit of retail therapy usually does the job.
The dreaded fit and healthy lifestyle! I used to be obsessed with the gym, motivated to go twice a day (I know!) and not feel shattered at the end of it! When I started at fresh, I struggled to find the right balance because the gym was heaving with people at night and I was used to my do-nothing-all-day student lifestyle, I didn’t feel motivated!
Thankfully, my gym offers free classes, so I book myself into 6-8 classes a week to force myself to go – and I love it! Going to the gym, or even just a walk in a park is what we all need to make us feel good about ourselves, and believe it or not, it boosts your job performance and gives you a better ‘can-do-attitude’ for everything, whether that be at work or even just at home. Health & Wellbeing is so crucial in the events industry; we need to look after ourselves so that we can look after our clients!
I do have to admit, the hardest part is overcoming the seemingly 6ft brick wall of getting to the gym or doing a bit of exercise, but once you do it a few times, it’s easy to stay on top!
Top Tip: buddy up so you and a friend can push each other – you will feel good and a lot more confident!
It allows me to leave earlier so I can catch a flight home to see family, it supports my fitness routine enabling me to attend that all-important gym class, and there’s always a fresh bowl of fruit in the kitchen to satisfy those snack cravings throughout the day!
What I’m trying to say is that the work ethos in fresh is incredible! We can all manage our own time, our workload, the hours and even the days we work. With fresh full of friendly faces and hard work shown in the events they deliver, it makes me proud to say that I am a ‘fresher’!