Meet India Ward. She’s gone from cutting hair to assisting the directors at one of the first social media agencies in the UK, Status Social.
Describe your typical day
My day consists of eating fried breakfasts, cake, and drinking prosecco. Ok, that’s a lie. I don’t do that every day, but it happens a lot. We like to celebrate our achievements at Status Social and it helps to bring the team together, they’re like family!
Honestly, there is no typical day at Status Social.
How did you get your job?
I’d followed Status Social for years and was always interested in finding out more about them as it seemed such a great place to work. When I saw a vacancy pop up on LinkedIn, I called them immediately to find out more. After a lengthy chat with my predecessor, she arranged for me to meet the directors, Mark and Kerry Saxby.
That chat led to an interview and the rest, as they say, is history.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I love that I’m given opportunities to expand my skills and develop my knowledge.
Being a personal assistant is not typically a creative role, but I’m allowed to experiment with ideas and new ways of working in any way that will contribute to the business positively. It shows that I’m trusted and I’m very grateful for that, it’s a lovely feeling.
And the least favourite?
Honestly, I enjoy every aspect of my job but if I really had to choose, I’d say that my least favourite thing to do is invoicing.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
Prior to working for Status Social, I spent 5 years working in finance and marketing for a certification company in the building services sector.
It started as a six-week temporary position and during that time I created a brand new role for myself at the company. Over the years that role developed, I took on more responsibility and grew with the company but it reached a point where I couldn’t progress any further.
Leaving there to come to Status Social was a real step out of my comfort zone. It was a complete change of routine, I had to push myself to drive (something I’d always feared) and I was incredibly sad to leave behind the colleagues who had become friends.
It’s cliché but it was the best thing I have ever done. I’ve conquered a lot of my anxiety and my confidence has improved massively, which is all thanks to the supportive team I have around me now.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
I left school at 16 and trained to become a hairdresser. At 19 I became a self-employed stylist, working evenings and weekends whilst having a separate full time job. I’m now 27 and have been able to stop hairdressing and buy my first home.
Without all the opportunities I’ve had in my career, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Picking up the keys last December was the best Christmas present I’ve ever had.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in your field?
Whoever you’re assisting, get to know them really well and believe in your company’s values. If you’re invested in the business and the people you work for, it’ll make for a great relationship.
What do you do in your downtime?
I love interior design and spend most of my time sharing ideas and looking for inspiration on Instagram. The Instagram community is so helpful – it started off as a way to ask others about their experiences and now people are asking me for advice.
Buying a house can be really scary and stressful so it’s nice to be able to help others who might be experiencing the same things that I did.
“I can’t live without…………”
My diary. My job encourages me to be organised but I’m the same at home too. I plan months and months in advance, sometimes even further than a year! My family and friends have to make an appointment to see me – they think I’m crazy but being organised genuinely makes me happy and it’s the only way I manage to get everything done.
I even book in time to do my washing and ironing!
For more information on Status Social, go to: https://www.statussocial.co.uk/