I have finally started my new job in marketing. In other words, I have crossed over to the dark side.
It's been four days and I am loving the dark side. Now, let me just point out that magazine marketing is called the dark side for a reason: long hours, smaller salaries, demanding sales people, the list goes on. But it's just so FUN!
My job description has completely changed. While I still have the word assistant in my title, I'm not an assistant like I used to be. It took me a few days to realize that I don't need to assist my new bosses the way I did my old ones. Instead of answering phones, filing papers, entering data, and teaching my boss how to use excel (and her phone, and her e-mail, and her calendar...you get the point), I am working on projects that will appear in the magazine, helping plan a sales meeting in South Africa, assisting with advertiser promotions and I've even used my new corporate card.
My feelings that marketing was for me and sales was not were confirmed during my first few days as a marketing assistant. Those days went by faster than my fastest day as a sales assistant and I'm enjoying them. My nerves have also eased. I jumped right into the middle of preparing an online promotion and in-book promotion that are due next week. It's something I can handle and I'm really excited to do it.
Maybe I'm in that part of the honeymoon part of the relationship with my job. But one thing if for sure, this is a much better honeymoon that one I had with my sales assistant job.