Today I want to talk about what I would wear to work on any given day and hopefully dispel a few common myths around what is is I actually do.
By now, I’ve heard a lot of variations – someone people think I blog full-time, others think I work for he Star, others think I’m a full-time freelancer. The answer is, actually, none of the above!
I have a full-time job in marketing for a learning disability charity and I write a monthly column for the Sheffield Star. As well as this, I write freelance for a number of clients and run my blog in my spare time, too. Prior to my full-time job now, I worked in the Comms Team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and before then for a local PR agency.
It didn’t take long for me to realise that I didn’t really feel great spending (let’s face it) the majority of my life making SMEs marginally richer, so I sought employment in the third sector. I wanted my work to have more meaning, more positive impact, which is one of the reasons that I love, and have loved working for charities, not-for-profits and the NHS.
I’m not under any misconceptions – I know I’m in no way as amazing as the support workers who are out there supporting people with disabilities to live happier and more independent lives, but equally I always say that without a good marketing team, your business might as well not exist, so our presence is important in a different way.
I’ve worked in a few offices by now and they all have varied so much in terms of what’s expected from you dress code wise. Where I work now is incredibly relaxed, and though this is nice for the days where I wake up and can’t be bothered to think of what to wear so sling on a tee and some jeans, I generally do make an effort and dress well for the workplace – I always have and I always will.
One of my favorite quotes is “Dress for the job you want” and this is one of the reasons I like to dress well – people know you mean business. At the end of the day, how you dress is how you communicate with the world and if you look like you don’t give a sh*t people are going to think that you don’t give a sh*t.
Weirdly enough, the fact that I like to make an effort for work has been brought up in some way or another in almost everywhere I’ve worked that didn’t require a uniform – and not always in a positive way. I was once even told that I dressed “too smartly” for an organisation which dumbfounded me at the time (I was wearing a culotte and blazer suit in an office environment) … even more so that you wouldn’t dream of making remarks like that to someone if it were to highlight the opposite!
Dressing well is how I know that I am up, feeling productive and am ready to own my day. I have tried dressing casually every day, but casual dressing for me signifies casual times and it just doesn’t get my geared up in the same way. But we’re all different, which is the beauty of the world, and what works for you works for you… if you’ll pardon the pun 😉
Hope you’ve enjoyed the post and speak soon.
Photo credits: Barton Chase Inc