A roundup of a couple of years at The Wonderland, from Intern to Marketing Exec and beyond…
And so I leave The Wonderland… a place that I’ve called my work-home, on and off, for the last 3 years!
Coming in fresh faced, dodgy-haired and eager as an intern in 2012; I knew as soon as I’d finished my interview at The Wonderland that this was a place I wanted to work. The energy in the office is noticeable as soon as you step foot in the door, and from this energy you can feel the passion in the work that The Wonderland do. This is something I wanted to be part of.
Luckily for me, they offered me the job on the spot and I went on to work at The Wonderland as a Marketing Exec/Intern full time for around a year as part of my sandwich course at Bournemouth Uni.
Everyone who’s spent time as an intern looks at their experience differently, however it’s an experience I can whole-heartedly recommend to anyone looking to go down the advertising/marketing/design route. Mine was invaluable to both my professional and personal development – however it wasn’t easy!
Over the course of 10 months at The Wonderland I cut my teeth as a Marketing Exec by working hard on every project I could get my hands on. I also learnt how to work under pressure (real pressure, where multiple people are relying on you – not the same kind that university deadlines give you. That’s you relying on yourself!), how to take criticism (that one I struggled with for a while), how to budget (with intern wages you aren’t ever going to be a millionaire) and I also found out what kind of place I wanted to work when I’d finished my degree. Company culture really is important – if you love the place you work, you’ll love your job too.
I then went back to uni to finish my degree, and towards the end of my course I was offered my old job back at The Wonderland – which I joyfully accepted on the premise that I’d have more responsibility than I did as an intern…. and I hit the ground running on my first day with a task list as long as my arm!
I had been back at The Wonderland for just over a year and I’ve worked on countless fun and exciting projects, from making masks and planning exhibitions; to managing blogs and working on printed materials. The great thing about The Wonderland is the close-knit aspect of the team. Due to the small nature of the business, everyone can get stuck in on every project, which I believe is part of the reason why so many creative and well thought out projects come out of the agency. The Wonderland are an agency who respect and utilise their employees to get the most out of them – in terms of work and also in terms of personality.
I attribute a lot of who I am now at 24 years of age to The Wonderland – they’ve guided me through my career thus far, helping me to express my creativity whilst keeping my strategic brain well and truly on course. Working creatively in a commercial environment can sometimes be challenging, however at The Wonderland they turn this into projects and campaigns which gain results, due to the very human aspect of the agency.
We’ve stayed together through green hair, blue hair, pink hair, purple hair… through thick and thin, through happy times and sad times… now it’s time to move on and I couldn’t be happier to have spent the first years of my career with some awesome people.
Anyway… I’m off to travel the world! Change is scary, and I’ll miss being a Wondergirl, daily chats with my clients and Fish Media and working hard on some fantastic projects; as well as a good cup of tea!
I’ll still be writing for The Wonderland Times here and there about my endeavours around the globe… so keep an eye out for wanderings of a Wondergirl very soon!
Written (& drawn) by Emmy