I quit my job 4 months ago. But I’m still a business woman. I’m now a freelance Social Media & Content Executive and I don’t regret it. I work 3 days a week for a lovely agency in Manchester and I feel very happy working there. I worked in fashion and hopefully will still be doing. I will hopefully be working with smaller fashion companies as clients for those two other days. My last job didn’t work out and I was good at my job and it was so frustrating to have to leave a job I loved.
I’ve had a few job offers, a few rejections and a few ‘Jesus Christ what is this interview?’ moments. Oh, I do have some stories. But honestly, I was struggling to get anything suitable within a creative agency. So here I am Freelancing. A terrifying, yet incredibly rewarding career to have at the moment. The clients I have brought on so far are incredible and it’s given me so much more confidence in myself. I’ve been in contact with national brands and I am being taken seriously – every woman in business deserves that.
I’ve had men look at my breasts in interviews, wink at me and pretty much every other sexist assumption men can have about women. I’m 22 – I’m not planning on having kids anytime soon so I have no idea why it’s brought up. I get tired of it. You’d be shocked how many advertising/marketing/creative agencies have problems with women. It’s just a fact and you can see it in this Guardian report. But why does business have a problem with women? It ain’t Mad Men so calm down.
My point is I’m privileged enough to not have to put up with sexism. I’m also incredibly lucky as I work with an agency in town that are absolutely fab. Advertising and Branding are something I’m quite passionate about because they are such personal things. Advertising is about people. If your values are outdated, your advertising and business will be. Simple, tiny things have the power to change how we view people from different minorities.
Social Media has also given a huge voice to women & men everywhere. If you produce something problematic, oh will you be told. This is why advertising and business more generally needs to become more diverse and more socially aware.
Just because I don a pair of heels and wear a skirt does not make me open to discussions about my sex life or my career. I’ve written previously about how I got a graduate job in marketing and I have a whole section dedicated to business, feminism and empowerment. It’s important to realise that things are changing in business for women, but we still have a way to go.
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.