Kelly loves to do things which make her uncomfortable. She has jumped out of a plane from 15,000 feet, abseiled down the Spinnaker tower and completed the Nuts Challenge (an army style assault course), all whilst raising money for charity.
Kelly, our new Client Services Manager, graduated with a BA Hons Degree in PR & Communications at Southampton Solent University.
Firstly, how was your Cyprus wedding in September?
I’m still adjusting to the fact I’m now married! In a nutshell, it was wonderful. We had almost 50 people travel to be there with us, which we never expected. We had our ceremony under the trees and I somehow walked down the longest aisle ever created in five-inch heels. We had a BBQ whilst the sunset in the sea and danced all night – some might say it was magical.
What do you do outside of work (hobbies etc)?
I have a 9-month-old so she restricts my hobbies somewhat, but I wouldn’t have it any other way (Ava, my daughter, is the best kind of hobby). Mainly, I love going to the theatre and travelling. I love discovering new places and going somewhere for the first time, it gives me some sort of adrenaline rush! As mentioned above, I love doing things outside my comfort zone too.
What did you graduate in at Southampton Solent University? Did you enjoy University?
I studied PR and Communications. At the time I found university tough and intense but in hindsight, it was a really great time in my life and I definitely chose the right degree too. I was working two jobs alongside studying which was difficult but I became used to juggling everything.
What made you look into a Client Services role?
I started talking to Andrew on LinkedIn and he mentioned the role and the more I learned about it the more I felt it was a great fit for me. I used to work in an agency and missed the fast pace and variety that it offers. My marketing background ties in very closely with a client services role. I’ve had close contact with clients in my previous roles, so I knew that this was the next career path for me.
What was your last job and what did it entail?
I worked in the marketing team at Red Funnel which operates a ferry service between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. Some of my main duties included creating e-newsletters, editing web content, managing agency relationships, organising events and campaign planning. The marketing team are extremely busy and the role ignited my love affair with the Isle of Wight.
How do you feel about starting at/working at digital agency Advantec?
Having worked in an agency before, I knew that I would enjoy it again. When I was interviewed at Advantec, I got a warm feeling about the company. I know it’s early days but I am really enjoying it so far. The people are lovely and I already feel very settled.
This role entails working with all the marketing and development team and taking on a variety of day to day tasks. What are you most excited about working on at Advantec?
I love problem-solving. I’m looking forward to listening to clients and finding out what they’re trying to achieve and making a plan to make it a reality. I am excited about getting to know all of my clients so that I can give valuable advice and recommendations.