We like to give you guys an outlet to anonymously give us the low down on your job roles, and next up in the series? 28-year-old Cat* who works as a digital producer, creating online and behind-the-scenes content for TV shows and brands.
Cat* earns £240-£260 a day and has been in her role since 2018. She gained a degree in broadcast journalism and worked in a few digital positions before gaining her current title
She says: “I’ve always been interested in social media and found ways to incorporate it into every job I’ve had. For example, I worked at a pet shop when I was a student and would take photos in store for their socials, and for TV shows I worked on when I was more junior, I’d capture behind-the-scenes content and pass it on to the press/marketing teams (social in TV wasn’t as big then!).”
Cat* shares what a day in her life looks like…
8am: I begrudgingly wake up and get straight outside for a walk or a run (I’m doing couch to 5k, I’m definitely not a ‘proper’ runner ha!).
8.30am: I get home, make a coffee and go straight to Twitter to see what’s happening. If I haven’t written my to-do list for the day the night before, I write that so I have a clear idea of what I’m doing for the day. It’s broken into categories that covers everything from work, to house admin, to messages from friends I need to reply to. If I don’t write everything down, I feel I have no direction for the day.
My work days vary in length. Sometimes I’m balancing a few jobs at once so I will work really long days, for example, from 8am to 2 or 3am. Other times if I’m working on one project I do a few hours a day. I find I work best later in the day and into the night, so I always consider what hours are expected of me before accepting a job – I hate jobs where you have to be constantly online and expected to reply instantly, even out of ‘normal’ working hours. I work from home so luckily, I can usually be quite flexible with my time.
9am: I log on to my work laptop, check Slack, check the content calendar to remind myself which posts we have going out – this is for Job One. If I’m hungry, this is when I’d have breakfast which I have to say is pretty boring, always yoghurt and blueberries with honey and seeds! It’s then straight into a team meeting, usually VERY boring. I hate meetings and get very little out of them if they’re not in real life.
10am: I get stuck into work, which could be briefing a designer on a new video or graphic, pitching an idea to the client, researching (looking through socials for inspiration, setting up and attending brainstorms, a great excuse to spend hours on TikTok) or writing copy. I usually listen to music on the loudest setting so that I can block everything out and focus, what I listen to can be anything from classical music to techno to Radio 1.
2pm: I have lunch. I love soups and sandwiches, or if I’ve got dinner left over from the night before I’d usually have that.
3pm: I’d keep working on Job One whilst checking in on Job Two, very occasionally I would have the odd meeting for Job Two but they know that Job One is a 9-6 kind of a job, so they try not to bother me. As I work from home, I would also do things like laundry or hoovering in this time too. This has been such a benefit of working from home in the pandemic!
7pm: Get outside for the final bit of daylight, just a walk around the park before coming back for dinner.
9pm: If I have a deadline for Job Two, this is when I would work on that project. Sometimes just for an hour, sometimes, if I’m editing a long video for example, it would be until as late 3am. I know that it’s not great to work like this but I get everything done much quicker late at night, there’s no disturbances or distractions so you just have to crack on with it. I’m conscious that this looks like all I do is work, which is true for the odd few days when things are really busy, but I still go out, so there’s times where this wouldn’t happen as I’d be out having drinks with friends or doing something fun, and probably still getting in at 3am! I could also spread this work over weekends, which sometimes I do, but since things have reopened, I’d rather work late on a weeknight and still have my