Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life – by Isabelle Patel

We’ve all heard this expression before, but have we ever taken the time to think about what it really means or, indeed, to consider whether we’re one of the lucky ones?

On the day of my interview for the role of Marketing Executive at Reward Finance Group, Elizabeth Harrison told me, “no two days will ever be the same”. Now 12 months into the role I realise how right she was and I feel privileged to have been exposed to this early on in my career.

Nowadays, millennials are stereotyped as extremely demanding and entitled. However, I know that anyone can blossom within the right environment. Reward’s culture and ethos is certainly one that has provided me with the opportunity to learn, grow and reflect. And, now that we’re on lockdown and working from home, even though our office has become a virtual one the team spirit and support is stronger than ever.

As Marketing Executive at Reward, my role requires the ability to juggle and prioritise a number of projects. Tasks change daily, and, as well as supporting with events and communications, I also look after the contact database making sure it is up to date and that we are complying with GDPR legislation. This is a really important part of my job because this is how we communicate with our clients, introducers and prospects.

Reward’s marketing strategy is based around the ethos of the business – working with our introducers and clients to provide financial solutions for various SMEs and offering a no-nonsense approach that makes Reward stand out in the market. We are a very transparent business and that needs to come across in our communications.

There are so many components and strategies in place to grow the Reward brand and increase awareness. I’m sure that many marketing graduates will agree that the textbook and examination practices of university don’t fully prepare you for the real working world. That being said, the patience and support that I’ve received from everyone in the company is a testament to the incredible Reward culture.

The team ask for my opinion and to provide any feedback which helps me feel valued. It’s nice being trusted to get the job done whilst receiving recognition and ongoing performance feedback. Being able to build on my existing skills by learning new ones has been a bonus during my time at Reward. From time management courses to videography workshops, I’ve learned transferable skills which only serve to prove how invested Reward is to their employees.

In my opinion, a true marketing role should provide an element of freedom to think laterally and that is exactly what the Directors and my Manager advocate. I’m proud to work for a company that trusts its employees and are also willing to take a risk with different marketing strategies, techniques and events, to ensure the business is standing out in the market.

Everyone at Reward is genuine and personable and people lie at the heart of everything we do. There is a healthy work/life balance and I can honestly say that I get excited about going to work and never get ‘that Monday feeling’. It’s times like the present that your work and colleagues pull you through. So, I would say that if it feels like you’re working then you’ve probably not found what you love doing yet. In which case I would recommend that you keep on looking.