This is part of the #CareerAdvice series - featuring successful professionals who share their advice to people who would want to take their career to the next level.
How does one switch from a traditional job and transition to more fulfilling career in digital marketing?
Clayton Wood, Marketing Director of TrueLogic Online shares how he started his career in finance and eventually discovered his passion of online marketing which then led him to helping startups become profitable in three different countries for over 6 years.
Clayton Wood, Marketing Director of TrueLogic Online Solutions
Can you tell us a bit about how you started your career? What are some of your best moments in your professional life?
I started my career working for an accounting in Florida. After a few years, I wanted a switch and jumped on an opportunity to get into digital marketing.
Some of the best moments I've had are working with digital agencies around the world, seeing how they approach their work, and relationships with clients. I also really love helping facilitate the training workshops, and having our company Christmas parties - they're really fun!
I've been lucky enough to work closely with digital agencies in a number of different countries, and I've learned a lot about how these different corporate cultures. It's really educational to see how different countries do business.
If you could advise your 20-year-old-self today, what would tell him?
Start doing business online! I'd also tell him to start building a network sooner, it's one of the most important things anyone can do in his career.
What has been the most valuable advice you've ever gotten when you were facing challenges in your career?
Someone told me to find out what I really want in life, and learn to make money doing it. That has helped me stay motivated. I love marketing, human behavior, and social interaction.
What would you advice the millennial just starting with their career or aiming to take their careers to the next level?
Don't jump around. Find something that makes you feel fulfilled and get into it, big time. Experience is truly the best teacher, so get into your job, and be great at it.
Be likable and genuine, people will respond. Also, don't be afraid to ask for referrals and more work.
You may learn more about Clayton Wood by connecting with him on LinkedIn.