Monday, 27 April 2015

The joys of going to work

Looking for a job can be tedious, and looking for the perfect job is even more so. I spent nearly nine years working in the customer service industry, and after such a long time a change was needed. My goal was to break into the social media industry and working in a place like Facebook was my dream. I was aware the transition was going to be difficult and ‘oh boy!’ it really was. 

We are familiar with the frustration of knocking on so many doors with no answer and when you do get an answer, it’s a rejection. You shape and reshape your CV just to get noticed and still sometimes it doesn’t work. You speak to professionals to try to get guidance, but it doesn’t seem to work either. I experienced all of this but I never gave up and I never gave in, because I knew, with perseverance and determination, I would reach what I was striving for.

 In order to academically better myself, I went back to college and did a few courses. I created my own blog and I started researching online for ways to increase my passion for social media and, as a result, I got a better flavour for what was going to be my next career move.


Through CPL I landed a career opportunity as a Community Operations Analyst – onsite Facebook - and I can honestly say my dream did come true. This role is a totally new experience for me. There is very little in common with my past work experience, but I love the challenge and achievement that comes with it.

So, for the last two months I have been waking up – literally - every morning looking forward to going to work and often a sense of pride embraces me when I step foot inside the building, not only because Facebook is such a well-established company, but also because I have so much fun doing my job. We have had a laugh and even though you have a high target to reach, you keep laughing, and top it all off, I am working with intelligent and interesting people from different corners of the world who I have learned something from.

I’m not lying when I say that my enthusiasm is a genuine, well-earned feeling. I am gaining a new set of skills, professional, personal and emotional.

I recently had a dinner conversation with a group of friends, and some of them were expressing their feelings of monotony in relation to their jobs and the only answer I could give them was, ‘to try to avoid tediousness, we have to use our own initiative to make what we do interesting.’ And they ask me, ‘How Marlon?’ and I say, ‘that question can only be answered yourself, because everyone’s career is different’. I am one of those people who think that gaining satisfaction from your job goes far beyond the technical aspects of it.

I know my motivation is exacerbated by the fact it was tough for me to get to where I am now.  You might I agree with me if I say ‘the rewards are greater when the journey is longer and difficult’. I want to share this feeling with you, because good feelings are worth sharing and because as much of a positive person as I am, I would never undermine peoples professional activities, no matter how monotonous they may be.

I always encourage people to fight for their dreams, whatever they might be. And if you feel you are stuck and want or need a career change, don’t be afraid, go out there and try to grab it. I did it and here I am, thanks to CPL, working in Facebook and so far so good.

Cheers to a bright future…


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