Our Social Media Assistant Shonagh Kelly reflects on her first couple of months working with the Women’s Business Station team, how the government’s Kickstarter scheme helped her find the role and what the future holds for the budding photographer.

“When I first started here at WBS I felt very nervous and anxious because this was my first job out of retail and as a graduate and I was going to be working from home. I’m here as a Kickstarter; I initially came across the position when my case worker, Luke, suggested that it may be a good fit for me. My flatmate was also on the scheme and so I asked her about her experience to which she explained how helpful it was for upskilling and a step towards a career path. This was a scheme I definitely wanted to be a part of and so here I am! Despite the initial optimism, I was incredibly worried in case I had gone over my field of expertise and that I wouldn’t be of any help to the business. I grew up within a business environment and even helped collecting money as a child for my grandparents business so it’s safe to say I know what it takes to run one! I didn’t want to mess this up! Thankfully the team put my mind at ease and I soon found my confidence.

My first couple of weeks were spent figuring out our brand language, immersing myself in who WBS are and what we stand for. I was working closely with Lauren, our Membership Manager, she definitely pointed me in the right direction, making me feel right at home. Working in social media is more than just ‘post something quickly’ or ‘just a few words and a nice image.’ There is a lot of thought, process and organising that goes behind the scene and I am thankful I’m naturally an organised person otherwise I think I would have really struggled. I graduated in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design last year (2020) so I think I can confidently say that being creative has definitely been a great aid.

Within my role, I’ve been incredibly lucky to attend masterclasses and courses that I have been which have taught me a lot and been very helpful for my day-to-day job. From learning about how to properly build a website, creating a podcast and how to build your confidence, it’s safe to say I’m excited for the future events and to say I’ve bettered myself and the way I work would be an understatement.

Since our Marketing and Communications manager Abigail started working for WBS a few weeks ago, I’ve been working very closely with her and I’ve been learning so much in respect to marketing, she’s been such a great help and mentor. Meeting some of our members along the way has been so eye opening and empowering – it really shows me that when women come together and help one another we can achieve so much. I’m incredibly grateful for being given the chance to work here and I see this as a first step in towards a career for my future. Time has definitely flown by and I can’t believe I’ve been here for over 6 weeks now!

In terms of what I see myself doing in the next few months, I really want to become more involved with the members and bring the skills I have to them and their business. I’m a photographer outside of work and so I would really love to physically capture what we do here at WBS, what our members do and the community in general. Showcasing what our members do would also be something I want to be involved in – really showing the world how strong, empowering and inspiring these women are is something I really want to reach for.  

If you are a member and you have any news or updates you would like to share across our network, do not hesitate to get in touch with me!

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Credit: Photograph taken by Annabel Steen

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