“We not only managed to salvage the situation but also performed to a level where our clients continually renewed their contracts and gave referrals as the relationship strengthened. It thought me one important lesson, you can achieve more than you think.” This reflection applies to those looking for a new experience that is both challenging and fulfilling. For me, it was a career switch from selling merchant vessels to shipowners in Asia to marketing. A discipline I thought I had an idea about but realized otherwise as I learned new frameworks and technologies at this dynamic and nurturing company.
I was aggressively looking for a position in Digital Marketing after completing a 6-month course. Needlessly to say it was difficult as I had no real experience in marketing, just an idea of what it might be. I was lucky enough to be given an offer by Design Prodigy, which took me several nights to think over as I was constantly warned that it will be tough. The founder, Marc Goh had great ambitions and I knew that it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. I took on the challenge and would say that it was one of the best experiences I’ve had – allowing me to develop both marketing and management skills to a high degree, helping Fortune 500 companies realize their goals. These skills have proven to be very useful in my subsequent role.
Valley of death
Those familiar with Design Prodigy would hear this term often when they first start. I was hit pretty hard initially trying to learn multiple platforms such as Marketo, Hubspot, Zapier and Data Studio as I handled three of the company’s key accounts with a three-day handover from the previous account manager.
Coming in with zero experience, one client submitted a harsh complaint within my first month. It resulted in me working sleepless nights across Singapore and US time zones trying to salvage the situation. We not only managed to salvage the situation but also performed to a level where our clients continually renewed their contracts and gave referrals as the relationship strengthened. It thought me one important lesson, you can achieve more than you think. Persevere and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a pretty bright light 😉
As time passed, with the right balance of curiosity, commitment and ownership, results would come naturally and most importantly your own personal development. The opportunities given were plenty such as learning new marketing frameworks, contributing to company strategy, leading teams and learning new technologies. Furthermore, the environment although challenging, was also nurturing and motivating as I was working alongside some really bright people. I still keep in touch with them as these were the people that helped me see that bright light at the end of my journey.
To those looking for a challenge, I encourage you to join Design Prodigy. It will be one of the toughest experiences you will have with a founder that constantly strives for excellence. Your limits will be tested and in return, you would acquire skills at a pace you would have never thought possible.
To everyone at Design Prodigy, I thank you for making my journey a meaningful and pleasant one.