My Career | A Day in the Life | Seersucker Sass

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Career | A Day in the Life


I get a lot of emails asking about my job, so I thought this would be a fun post to do!  I work at a non-profit as a marketing and corporate events coordinator.  My job duties include planning and promoting training events and fundraisers, handling all of our social media, and occasionally meeting with clients.  Here's a little what a typical day in my life looks like:

8:00 am | get settled at desk, fix myself a cup of tea and a bowl of oatmeal

8:15 am | check e-mails, voice mails, and social media calendar for the week; create a game plan and to-do list 

8:45 am | create a press release, then distribute it via email, our website, and other news sites (the majority of this process is just me trying to create a quote for my boss and the event speaker... That's one of the things I struggle with the most.  I had never written a press release before my current job, and now my boss allows me to send them out without her proofreading them!  #progress)

9:30 am |  check on event registrations, and schedule social media for the next two days accordingly.  I create a social media schedule for each quarter (thinking about it makes me want to cry,) but it's really tentative.  If a class isn't getting the registrations that we feel like it should, I really double my efforts.  I like to schedule my tweets in advance via Hootsuite, and my Facebook posts in advance using the scheduling tool on Facebook.  (I love that it allows you to be "linked" to other Facebook pages, unlike Hootsuite,)

10:00 am | meeting with my boss.  When I first started my job, these made me want to cry.  I always felt like I was in trouble.  But now we try to have a sit down meeting every few days to know what the other is working on.  Usually she will give me a few action items to do - make some phone calls, follow up with someone, register someone for an event, take on a massive new project... the usual

10:30 am | perform a client intake - print some paperwork and a list of upcoming classes, review paperwork, and alert my boss that her client is now ready

10:45 am | work on the minor tasks that my boss has assigned me, which usually results in a little game of phone tag

11:15 am | schedule mass emails for the week.  I use a super streamlined template, but the product that we use tends to give me a little bit of a fuss.  By the time I'm done with this, I'm ready to pull my hair out in chunks.

12:00 pm | lunch time!  My favorite hour of the day!  Most days I either go home to eat.  If there's catering, I bring a plate to my desk and use that time to work on my blog.  I have double monitors at my desk, so it makes creating links and images a lot easier than it would be on my laptop!

1:00 pm | back to work with a full belly & ready to take a nap!  I usually come back from lunch with 2-4 voicemails, a handful of emails, and some social media notifications, so I get caught up on that immediately.

1:30 pm | usually another client intake process!  depending on the day of the week, we have anywhere from 1-3 clients come in.  I was recently allowed to start working with clients, so I tend to schedule my appointments on Friday afternoons, as the office gets pretty quiet.

1:45 pm | nail out event details with an event speaker.  Some days this means setting up an entirely new event, and other days this just means touching base to see if they need me to print any handouts for them on the day of their training or letting them know that their class has met capacity.  (That's my favorite!!)  My boss recently gave me full control of events (she used to handle scheduling,) so these phone calls have become more and more frequent.

2:00 pm | this is when I usually try to knock out a huge project.  We have two monthly newsletters and a monthly video, so this is when I really buckle down and try to knock out the project.  I also take 3-4 days a quarter to plan out a quarterly marketing calendar, so this is when that magic happens.

4:00 pm | prepare materials for the next morning's event - roster, evaluations, upcoming training handouts, sign in sheet, extra ink pens, etc.  I also try to set up the room as much as possible so that the only thing I have to do in the morning is set up coffee, water, and technology.

5:30 pm | I get off at 5, but I usually end up staying until 5:30 to tie up any loose ends, straighten up my desk area, etc.  Sometimes on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, I'll go to yoga after work.  The best days are when I have no "extracurricular" meetings, and can go home to cook dinner with my boyfriend.  And then I spend the rest of the evening working on blog projects.

And if you've ever wondered what I wear to work, here are some of my staples:



I apologize if I bored you to death, but I thought this would be a great way to tell a little about my job for those who are interested.  

I'm curious to know - what's your career?  What's your dream career?

I hope that you're all having a wonderful day!

XX,

SS

55 comments:

  1. What a fun day-in-the-life post. I used to have a similar job for a small company and it all sounds very familiar. I also love your wear-to-work staples. Great choices!
    Gina- On the Daily Express

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    1. Aww, thank you! Glad that you enjoyed it :)

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  2. Seems a very active career! Amazing post and beautiful picture! =)

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  3. I love posts like these that lay out a whole day! Your work sounds super interesting! I work for an organization that provides funding to small and medium business as well as entrepreneurs through different programs and in collaboration with provincial and private funding vessels. I'm in the policy department so I write a lot of material for our higher-ups for speaking events and conferences.

    I honestly don't even know what my dream job is, because I've loved everything I've done so far! When I started here a couple months ago I totally thought it would be an interim position, but I am loving it way more than I ever thought possible. It just goes to show that you really sometimes have to try something out before you can form an educated opinion about it!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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    1. Ahh, it sounds like our companies would be awesome partners! Your job sounds so fun!

      I agree completely!! I started out as an intern, then interned for another employee after that internship ended. When I decided that I wasn't ready for law school, a job became open, I applied for it, and I've been there ever since. I am so glad that you love your job!! We are blessed to be able to say that. Xo

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  4. I liked this post a lot! I spend the majority of my time at work too so it's nice to see that I am not the only one.
    Your job sounds interesting and like something that I would potentially like to get into one day as I really enjoy social media/event planning. I currently do Brand Marketing for a oil and gas publication and that can be a bit of a snoozefest.

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    1. I am really thankful to live so close to work, because I think if I didn't, I would probably fall asleep at my desk some nights!

      You don't make as much money working in a non-profit, but there are so many perks that money can't buy! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! Xo

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  5. Looks you love your job, SS. That's a cute pic of you, btw!
    Happy start into your week, honey.
    kisses
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. I do, Lenya! You are so sweet :) Hope that you're having a wonderful week, as well! Xo

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  6. Loved this post! It's always fun to see how other people spend their days! I'm currently an admissions evaluator at a small university, but I would like to eventually be a director of admissions/student success. A lot of my friends have jobs similar to yours and they love working for nonprofits - always busy but the work is meaningful!

    xo
    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

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    1. Thank you!! That seems like such a rewarding job :) Keep climbing that ladder, girl... You'll be at the top before you know it!

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  7. Very interesting "A Day in the Life" post! Looks like you have a cool & exciting job :)

    XO naomi @ Naomi in Wonderland

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  8. Wow, this sounds like such an awesome job! Your days sound busy but I'd rather be busy than feel like I'm not doing anything! Were you a Marketing major in college?
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

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    1. Thank you! I may be biased, but I feel like it's a pretty great job. I never have a spare moment, but I love/hate it because my day passes so quickly.

      I actually only took one Marketing class! I have a BBA with concentrations in management and legal studies. Feel free to shoot me an email - I'll be glad to answer any questions that you may have! Xo

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  9. This is such a refreshing read! I love how different it is and it reminds me of my days working in the office. I do miss working the corporate 8-5 job but the feeling goes away quickly, I think being a stay at home mum now is one of the most challenging job in the world. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Oh girl, I do not doubt for a second that it's one of the most challenging jobs out there! You are a strong woman :) After babysitting for less than six hours, I'm usually ready to run out of the house when the parents get home. Haha

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  10. I love hearing about people's jobs and how they spend their days, so I enjoyed reading this! I'm finishing up my masters in school counseling, which is my dream career. I'm currently a long-term substitute school counselor at my old high school; I've been loving having my own office and duties!

    Kristin
    thedixiedaisy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!! That is awesome! Best of luck with grad school :)

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  11. My dream is to become a professional runner, but if that does not work out I am interested in working with public relations or business.

    Alyssa The Runner

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  12. Great post!

    xx
    www.mellowyellowblog.com

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  13. It was very interesting to read about your job, and it sounds interesting too! You look flawless dear!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! Hope your week is off to a great start :)

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  14. Ahh this is such a creative blog idea, it's nice to see more about different bloggers careers in the non-virtual world.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Alex! I'm always really curious about people's careers, so I thought it might be a fun post in the event that someone was curious about mine. Hope you're having a great week so far :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing! I appreciate you always being so open and candid in your posts. Loving your work staples!

    xox. A Peachy Sonder

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    1. Aww, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for that :) Xo

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  16. I love that you shared this post with us, your job sounds really busy but it also sounds like you really enjoy it-which is super important! And I love the outfit staples that you shared with us, I'm a student teacher so I know several of those outfits could work in my wardrobe as well :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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    1. Thank you!! I love it so much :) Girl, you've gotta check out the Minnie pant from J. Crew. They are work pants that feel like leggings on your body! They would be so comfy for student teaching!

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  17. You look gorgeous in the photo. I really love your clothes. Your schedule didn't bore me to death, it was really interesting to hear about your typical workday :) You made it so easy to read too. I don't have a career at the moment, I still have a lot of thinking to do when it comes to what would make me happy.
    It'sMyLife

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    1. Thank you, Miriam! You are always so sweet to me :) It definitely takes time to discover what makes you happy, but I know that when the time is right, you will have a career that you absolutely love! Xo

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  18. Pretty photo, girlie! :) I love some great work looks! Keep them coming!
    xo Erin
    www.winkandatwirl.com

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I am ready for spring work clothes :)

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  19. You look so elegant and ladylike in that black dress. Thank you for the insight!
    Red Reticule
    Red Reticule Collection
    Red Reticule | YouTube

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  20. Great post! You seem so suited for your job, and it sounds like you're so productive! Although...I don't know if I actually know your job...Haha

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. Thank you :) I work as a marketing and corporate events coordinator.

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  21. Just amazing career. You look perfect for it. Keep going!
    xx
    cvetybaby.com

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  22. OMG I can somehow relate to this because of my OJT/internship. I had to handle major and minor events in the company and sometimes I have to work on my own. I really miss dealing with events and I'm glad you're enjoying your work. xx

    Roxanne ♥ | Awkward Turtle

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    1. You can always go back to events! It's not my long term career goal, but I'm having the best time right now :) Xo

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  23. Your work OOTD is so cute. :)
    Thanks for sharing your day. Enjoy it and may you prosper in your career. :)

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    1. Aww, thank you, Lux! You are so sweet :)

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  24. No, this is a great idea! I love seeing what people do in their day to day life. I think having the Internet and these virtual lives stunts us to the idea that we are actual people with jobs and have bills, etc.

    Elleosophy

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    1. Thank you! I agree with you - I'm always curious as to what people do besides blog!

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  25. Great post! Your days sound very busy - go you!!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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    1. Thank you! And you've got that right!! Haha

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  26. It's so interesting to gain an insight into your daily working life - how interesting! Your office set-up looks rather cosy and I love that you eat your breakfast at your desk :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Aww, thank you! Most of my co-workers do, as well :) Sometimes our CEO even goes desk to desk with breakfast foods. We are a little spoiled. hehe :)

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  27. Love these kinds of posts that let you know more and more about a person's everyday life!! (Also totes obsessing over your outfit lol) Tea at your desk sounds heavenly for a good morning start.
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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    1. Thank you, Brooke! I keep so many different boxes of tea at my desk that I might as well be running a Teavana! Haha :)

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  28. In the present industry, where the technology and reality combine easily, it's easy to see why some of the globe's biggest companies are very aggressively modifying the way they view the management of corporate events as a whole.

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