Robert's Thrilling Journey as a Digital Marketing Intern

My Journey as an Intern with ElementIQ

As the new year has come upon us it brings on new challenges but also new beginnings. One of those new beginnings has been working alongside a great group of team members here at ElementIQ. I embarked on a journey of a lifetime and went into this not knowing really what to expect.

Chasing your dream job in life is not just a myth but should be a goal that we can achieve no matter what is in our way. Taking baby steps and reaching small achievements over the past four months has got me to where I am now.

My dream was to become a digital marketer and ElementIQ has helped me bring that dream to reality. As my internship has been a roller coaster ride I have learned so much from where I was at day one to where I am now. The journey we embark on in life only matters if you are passionate about continued learning and experiences that help transform you into who you are.

Tying it all together

As I have experienced and learned a lot from my internship I have developed many different key takeaways on what it’s like to become a Digital Marketer working at an agency. Using different tools and programs along the way (Teamwork, Hubspot, Passwork, Mailchimp, Sendible, Sendgrid, Google Analytics, Google Ads, Facebook Ads Manager, Ahrefs). I've discovered an even deeper understanding of why planning and being strategic is so important to your day to day work life.

Here are my tips for anyone who is looking to be a digital marketing intern with an agency:

 

Make sure you are continuing your education or learning after hours or on the weekends to get a step ahead.

 

 

Time-Management is probably one of the most important factors to work and even life in general.  Effective use of time will lead you to generating quality work and more time for other important projects. “Simplify, Simplify, Simplify”.

 

Being prepared for a task or a meeting is very crucial to being successful.  Make sure you are prepared for your day the night before so when projects come your way unexpectedly you are at least prepared for other tasks for the day.

 

 

Focus on your company's values and mission to align everything you do towards it.  This way every single team member is aligned to one goal and everything you create works together not against each other.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to speak up or give your own opinion because some of the brightest ideas have come from new employees who know nothing about your company.  Give your thoughts and don’t be shy.

 

 

Take on new challenges with a strategic plan in place.  Any new challenge requires you to plan before you work towards it.  Make sure you are prepared for that challenge and you believe you can take it on.  If not, ask questions!

 

 

Teamwork is the best thing that we have here at ElementIQ.  Everyone works together effectively to save time and generate the best projects.  Having a team that's committed and trustworthy is most important and here at ElementIQ, I am lucky to have just that.

 

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." --Michael Jordan.

My Final Reflection of My Journey

Continuing to ask your team questions and explore outside your boundaries is what will get your intuition going and expand your knowledge to becoming a better digital marketer. Reflecting on my past four months brings tears to my eyes because I am so lucky and blessed to have a team who is willing to take me on and help guide me into who I am today.

 

They say the best things in life come when you're least expecting them. I started off travelling the world years ago and in Costa Rica stumbled upon one of my best friends who was doing remote work as a Digital Marketer at a hostel (My First Week Post). That opened my eyes to exploring those opportunities and going back to online school at BrainStation which ultimately got me this lovely career and job at ElementIQ. Don’t be afraid to take chances in life and don’t be afraid to do things you don’t like to do because you just never know what will come of it.

 

Are you ready to become our next intern?

As one chapter has come to an end in my life it's always exciting and exhilarating to know what my next chapter has in stores for me.  Are you looking to become our next intern at ElementIQ?

 

Now you know what to expect and the commitment that aligns with it.  Do you have what it takes? We are always looking for friendly, hard-working, enthusiastic and creative individuals to join our wonderful team.

 

Because in the end, every opportunity that is put in front of us you just never know what that door will open up to.

 

The Four Months Internship Journey At ElementIQ

Four months ago, I shared my first-week internship experience at ElementIQ, but “Time” indeed does not wait for us. You never knew that time is ticking when you have challenges every day. During the four months of internship journey at ElementIQ, there was not a single day I felt that I had nothing to do.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney

Able to learn continuously is a gift, and we always want to receive that gift to move forward with your life. ElementIQ is not just a place to work; it is a place that provides you with the opportunity to explore and decide on the new thing you want to take on and own it. The internship program at ElementIQ is all about having that hunger for learning.

The Training

When you are just starting a new job in a new company, you will feel nervous and unsure what to expect most of the time. It takes time for most of us to be on board with everything in the company, but you’ll need guidance to help you go through that learning curve.

The first two months of the internship are to provide us training on all the ElementIQ channels. The training helps us prepare and understand how ElementIQ does things to bring success to our work. I learned that being just a graduate and just starting a career is that you never know what you want to do until you are exposed to other things. ElementIQ internship program provides me with the opportunity to explore and find the channels that suit you the most.

The Work

During the second half of the internship, I don't feel myself being an intern anymore. Every day is an exciting day for me; I wake up for the huddle, meet the team members, schedule my tasks for the week, resolve the blockers, complete my tasks, and weekly check-in with my leads. There is not a single day I feel like I got nothing to do because there's always something that I need to do at ElementIQ. Maybe this is what we call an "Agency Life."

When getting hired at ElementIQ, I knew my role was to assist in the Web Dev department, but one channel I was never expecting is doing email marketing. During my interview with Joseph and Andrea, one question was "What channels are you most interested in?" and I said "SEO." but who knew I am doing email marketing at ElementIQ for the past two months.

I took on email marketing because I thought it would be a great learning opportunity. After all, a learning opportunity is a gift, and you wouldn't want to give that gift away. I ran into so many blockers when doing email design and content, but I had always succeeded in sending those emails and learned a new perspective on email with Andrea's guidance.

I appreciate that I was exposed to work on so many different channels, web development, design, email marketing, content writing etc. Sometimes, I would feel a bit pressure by the workload, but I would never complain that this is too much. There was a quote that Brendan had shared with us during the huddle that printed in my mind:

“If you’re not being asked to do more, soon you’re being asked to do less” - Ray Ferraro

The Reflection

In my first week of internship blog, I said I felt fortunate that ElementIQ chose me as their intern; this statement is still valid. I get to have the chance to explore different channels, meet outstanding team members, and have the opportunity to have hands-on experience. Being just an intern, having to receive these many experiences is such a win.

The most valuable thing I receive is having to work with such a great team. Although we are working remotely, the communication between the team members is flawless.

If you are planning to apply for the ElementIQ internship program. DO IT! I guarantee you will never regret it.