Before I start telling you the story of my first week at FotoWare, let me tell you who I am. I’m 18 years and currently studying sales and marketing. I grew up in a neighborhood outside a small town in Norway, in elementary school there were only 5 students in my class, so meeting and socializing with new people every day was not something that I was particularly used to. I figured this was my best chance at starting the so-called “grown-up life”!
As soon as I entered the office, I was met with smiling faces and joyful personalities. As my first day was a Wednesday, the first thing I got to do was to participate at the marketing meeting. I had already read up on FotoWare but not to the extent where I could contribute to anything, so I chose to sit quietly and take notes. It didn't take long for me to find my place and start contributing though, and while I don't feel like I'm quite up there with the rest of the team just yet, they are all open to hearing my ideas and contributions.
I've had a couple of jobs before, but neither of them were open to new ideas of how to work, and I was just put in the corner. When I read up on FotoWare, I knew that this was going to be a good place for me to work.
Learning about DAM
Digital Asset Management or DAM, as it's so nicely named, is not something that I was familiar with before, or at least not something I was aware of using. After a lot of time spent on learning what it is, I really believe that every company needs a DAM system, and especially the marketing department.
Why study sales and marketing?
Sales and marketing is something that has been embedded in me ever since I was a small child. My father has worked in sales for most of my life and I always remember quarrelling back and forth with him. The feeling of proving I was correct about a topic, or persuading him to do something, has stuck with me. When I began studying sales, I quickly realized that sales is not the only tool to get your product out to the public. Most of the work is done by marketing your product or service and once you get the leads the sellers take over. So, it's important to understand both these areas of business.
Where can I be found outside the office?
Well, I only work at FotoWare 3 days per week so on Monday and Tuesday, you can find me at my high school in Fredrikstad, and almost every evening on the weekdays you can find me at the gym. In the wintertime, you can find me on my snowboard in the mountains, while in the summertime I spend all the spare time I got near or on the water.
Reflecting on my experience so far...
I would definitely recommend going this direction for those who have the opportunity to study Sales & Marketing and taking the extra step to go out and find a workplace that is forward-thinking and is heading into the future instead of holding onto the past.