Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a successful freelance writer? Meet Vestiigo member Andrea Grassi. A University of Toronto graduate, Andrea has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for numerous publications, including the Mark News. She’s also applied her skills as a marketing coordinator at a communications agency.
Working her way up from internships, Andrea’s made a name for herself and successfully manages a multi-faceted career along with her dynamic online personality. We were lucky enough to interview this superstar about her career and the advice she has for young professionals. Read on.
This week’s member spotlight features Mila Vukojevic – a product manager who values collaboration and likes to give credit where credit’s due. A mentor at heart, she loves finding opportunities to advise and assist, and over the next few paragraphs, she’s going to be doing just that!
1) Where do you work? What do you do? And how did you get the job?
I’m currently transitioning into a role of Product Manager in the Governance segment of ISS, a subsidiary of MSCI Inc. It entails the planning and implementation of fun new product enhancements and product launches - in my case, anything related to our flagship product, the proxy voting platform.
Just prior to that, I was a Governance Account Manager, acting as the liason between our clients, the institutional shareholders (i.e. largest pension funds in Canada, well known asset managers, etc.), and various other operational, research and sales segments of MSCI.
If you love what you do, it’s not hard to find inspiration at work and I’ve always said that our members are an especially inspired bunch. This week’s member spotlight features Carol, a publisher account manager who finds her inspiration in philanthropy and all things delicious. With body and soul well nourished, Carol dishes on some of her experiences and aspirations.
1) Where do you work? What keeps you out of trouble? And how did you land your current position?
I work at Gunggo, an online advertising network that partners advertisers and publishers together in achieving mutually beneficial results. As a Publisher Account Manager, my role involves establishing and maintaining successful publisher-network relationships from all over the globe. I stumbled upon this amazing opportunity when chatting with a friend who knew of this organization with a position to be filled. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to explore the exciting world of advertising!
Everyone’s got a story to tell, and our Vestiigo members are no slouches when it comes to spinning a good yarn. This week’s member spotlight features Emile Perez, an inside sales extraordinaire with the heart of an artist. Armed only with his prose and a love of social media, will he triumph over the member spotlight? We believe he will.
1) Where do you work? What do you do? And how did you find your current position?
I work for one of the largest technology companies in the world. I’m currently in an inside sales position where social media and telephone/video conferencing are my tools for client interaction. I landed this position through my ability to network. I worked at this company during university which helped a lot, along with great references by my old manager. It really is a great place to be.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: our Vestiigo members are a fantastic bunch! This week we’re profiling one of our longtime members, Niya Bajaj, who works as a communications analyst. She’s an ambitious person with a lot of talents—in fact, a little bird told us she makes a fantastic jeweled mince pie.
Read on for her take on her career and advice for her fellow career-seekers.
When you’re on the hunt for a new opportunity, persistence can really pay off in the end. That’s how Vestiigo member Jill de Larzac landed her latest role at Digital Cement as a social media specialist, which allows her to do some really great work with exciting digital media.
When she’s not keeping up to date with the latest digital trends, Jill is an avid sports fan who vlogs about her passion and dreams of being a sports broadcaster. Here’s her advice for fellow career seekers:
Being a freelancer has its up and downs, but it can also be a really great opportunity to work with a lot of different clients across numerous sectors.
One of Vestiigo’s members, Amanda Lynne Ballard, has successfully established herself as a freelance marketing strategist in events and promotions. Here’s her advice on the industry, and how to apply for jobs as a freelancer with a highly diverse resume.
Where do you currently work, and what does your role entail?
I am currently working freelance as a marketing strategist in both the events / promotions and digital sectors. I love strategy work as I find it’s the perfect balance between smart thinking and creative drive – a truly unique project will have a perfect balance of the two.
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