A new monthly feature on our blog will be an interview with different members of the Catsurveys team called ‘What do you do?’. Kicking off the first blog post in January is Jodi Turpin.
Jodi joined Catsurveys in August 2017 as the Media and Marketing Officer. Based at the head office in Brentwood, Jodi manages all Marketing matters for us including social media channels, updating the company website and organising events.
What does a typical day look like for you?
That’s hard to answer because every day is different in my job! The first thing I do in the morning is grab my to do list and go through all my outstanding tasks. Then I take a look at my calendar and see if I have any meetings on that day so that I can plan my workload.
How long have you worked for Catsurveys?
I have been working for Catsurveys since August 2017, so almost a year and a half! The time has flown by and I can’t believe I’ve been here that long already. So much has happened over the past 18 months.
What’s your favourite part about working with Catsurveys?
I get to work with some really great people every day. I’ve never worked somewhere before that has been this welcoming and friendly.
It’s also very important to me that an employer cares about the wellbeing of their staff, and Catsurveys have achieved this. I always feel like my health and wellbeing is looked after here, which isn’t something I’ve experienced working at any other company before.
What is your proudest achievement so far?
I was really happy when I won Employee of the Month with my colleague Anna. We organised the annual CATFEST last year and it took a lot of time and planning to pull off (especially since it was my first CATFEST!) so being awarded Employee of the Month as recognition for our efforts was great!
CATFEST itself was one of the best events I’ve ever been to. There aren’t many companies that will plan and pay for an entire event for their staff, and their staff’s friends and family. We had dodgems, fairground games and even a unicorn! It was a fantastic day!
Have you always wanted to work in Marketing?
Sort of – when I was younger I either wanted to be a magazine editor or work in a zoo (very different I know). I kind of ‘fell into’ Marketing in my first job when I worked as a Business and Administration apprentice.
I worked with the Business Development team so completed a lot of tender documents and PQQs, and as time went on I took on more responsibilities such as managing the website design and creating company brochures. I’ve always been a creative type of person, so I think it just came naturally to me.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve been given?
The best bit of advice I’ve been given is to break my work load down into small tasks. Sometimes it can be overwhelming if you look at something as one big problem that needs to be solved. However, if you list everything that needs to be done, and break it down into manageable pieces, it doesn’t feel so daunting. You also feel like you’re getting somewhere when you tick off small tasks from your list!