Nicole on Winning From Anywhere®: Meet #TeamTransparity

Our people are what makes Transparity special. So, we’d like to introduce you to some of our team so you can get to know the people who make it all happen and get their take on Winning from Anywhere. Introducing, Nicole Warren Senior Digital Marketing Executive.

Background and a bit about you

In 2012 I started doing a degree in Spanish Studies in hopes to becoming a translator in the UN, being half Spanish and able to speak the language, this was quite an easy route for me to take into professional life.

However, after spending a year abroad in Spain teaching and translating, due to some unfortunate circumstances, I quickly realised that this was not for me. At the time, I had my own fashion blog and spent a lot of my spare time keeping it updated and building up a following. Because of this, I decided I would jump into a digital marketing masters – how I got onto it is still a miracle to me!

After graduating, I landed myself a job with AMT. An industry very foreign to the fashion world, but the skills were very much transferable. 

How did you find joining Team Transparity after AMT was acquired?

In all honesty, I’m not a huge fan of change and after being told that we had been acquired, I was scared – as expected. I didn’t know what was going to happen, who I was going to be working with, how I would be working (in the office or remote) etc. From working in a very small, close knit team to working for a company with over 150 people, the jump was big.

Little did I know that the team I was joining was perfect for me. Everyone was incredibly supportive and keen to get to know me despite not working together in an office and being across the country from each other. The marketing team was amazing (only two at the time) and they helped me more than I could have hoped for when getting to grips with a marketing engine much bigger than I was used to!

How has Winning From Anywhere® impacted your work and home life?

Winning from Anywhere® has made my work life balance so much better! I have family in Spain that I had not seen for 3 years due to the pandemic, now thanks to being able to work from anywhere, I am able to spend plenty of time in Spain. So right now, I am writing this blog, but in approximately two hours I will be going to my aunt and uncles house for a BBQ and a dip in the pool.

It’s not only the fact that I can work from anywhere in the world, but also the fact that I can work from home and go into the office whenever I need to. That means I can cut out commute times and do more of what I love outside of work, making me happier when I’m in work.

How have you found embracing the Winning From Anywhere® way of working?

In all honesty, when I started working remotely, I was SUPER excited – the fact I could cut out my horrible commute to the office and have that extra time doing other activities (or simply staying in bed that tiny bit longer) was great. However, over time I came to realise that in order to ‘Win From Anywhere®’ you have to be disciplined and organised. Distractions are very real!

This was a particular problem for me in Spain due to that fact that I had my (very loud) family around me, all the time. To combat this, I made sure I worked when everyone was at the beach, or just out of the house. Sometimes this meant working weird hours but having the discipline and the trust from my team that I was doing the work, meant that I was able to work flexibly with less distraction.

How have you found building relationships with colleagues while Winning From Anywhere®?

A challenge with Winning From Anywhere® is the fact that we can’t build the constant face-to-face relationship with our colleagues that we would in the office. I’ve found that I have had to be more intentional in getting to know people I work with – regular meetings talking about topics other than work really help! It’s thanks to Teams messages and video calls that we can still build that connection with others despite the distance.

What would you tell future Transparity team members about Winning From Anywhere®?

Top Tips from me on how to make the most Winning From Anywhere®:

  • Make a clear list of tasks you want to be completed by the end of day as a non-negotiable.
  • Try to have a separate work area/room if you can with minimal distractions.
  • TAKE BREAKS (I am still working on this one!)
  • Don’t just talk to your colleagues about work – you have a life too and so do they!

What are your career highlights so far?

To be honest, I have quite a few, but one of my career highlights so far has to be building AMT’s marketing up from next to nothing.

When I joined, there wasn’t really much going on so I was able to make the role mine and run with my ideas to where it got to before we were acquired by Transparity. I like to think that the AMT website is what attracted Transparity to us!

What’s your favourite thing about working at Transparity?

My favourite thing about working at Transparity is the enablement they provide to get me to my career goals. I love PPC (Pay Per Click) and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and although I came from being a marketing ‘generalist’ in AMT, I have found that this is an area that I want to excel in and I have been given the support to be able to push myself in this area. From the courses I will be enrolling on, to working flexibly around my studies.

Transparity care about what I want my future to look like.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

When I’m not working, I love to socialise with my family and friends, whether that’s a BBQ, going out for drinks or going to the beach. I love paddleboarding (if you live on the south coast and don’t take advantage of the sea, you’re missing out!) and try to get out as much as I can.

I also have a small beauty business and transform people’s eyebrows, but I see this more as a hobby because I enjoy it so much!

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