According to Anders Ericsson, it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something.
But before you even start thinking about all of those hours that you’re going to be investing into that ONE thing, you have to figure out what that thing actually is! For the lucky few who grow up already knowing what they want to achieve, they’re able to start on those 10,000 hours sooner than the rest of us.
For me, and I’m sure many others, it was slightly different. After discovering that becoming a princess isn’t as straightforward as the Disney films make it out to be, and becoming an Olympic swimmer requires you to wake up at 5am every morning, I needed a slightly different life plan. After trying my hand at a number of different things (and inevitably moving onto something else), I decided uni was the next best step to take.
Throughout uni I completed placements in various agencies where I worked in different departments to try and find where I would be best suited, but none of them were quite like ilk!
My week at ilk has been nothing short of boss (said in a Scouse accent)!
I was given the chance to learn new skills and find out about all aspects of the agency, including the different departments of PR, Digital and Photography, whilst spending the bulk of my time in Comms with some amazingly talented people. I was welcomed as part of the team, taken to client meetings and I’m pretty sure I drank them out of green tea. The atmosphere here is like nothing I’ve come across in an agency before and the open office creates a sense of community between all of the departments!
Whether you know what you want to spend your 10,000 hours becoming an expert in or not, you will meet some amazing people along the way who will teach you new skills that sometimes you didn’t even know existed.
ilk has been a brilliant experience and thank you so much for putting up with me for a week. I most definitely owe you all a beer…..or two!