CAREER FILES: The harsh reality of self promotion

Jess is an online coordinator and founder of Parichaya, a community platform supporting people on their career journey. Today she’s giving a different perspective on mentors and self promotion.

What does your current role involve?

I'm an online coordinator for Frederic Malle and Kilian Paris, two French Niche perfume brands. It involves managing the website, looking at the customer journey, launching new products online, running promotions, analysing sales and trends.

The main challenge I face at work is around self promotion. Coming from a background where self promotion is discouraged, I had a hard time talking about my work successes. I always thought my manager and my colleagues could see what I was doing and I didn't need to talk about it. I am learning to share more of what I do and my achievements with people at work. I attended the Google initiative #IamRemarkable last year and learned so much on being proud of what you do and how to talk about it.

My biggest learning so far is to be open and kind to everyone. I believe we can learn something from everyone we meet. I love connecting with people not only from my workplace but people in different fields. It gives me an opportunity to learn about what they do and what inspires them, which is what led to me launching Parichaya. I have been lucky enough to have friends who are successful in their own fields and I can always go to them for career advice. I feel like mentors don't have to be in the same field you are in, it's advantageous but having a different perspective from people is also needed for career growth.

What is your biggest workplace learning to date?

My biggest learning so far is to be open and kind to everyone. I believe we can learn something from everyone we meet. I love connecting with people not only from my workplace but people in different fields. It gives me an opportunity to learn about what they do and what inspires them, which is what led to me launching Parichaya.

“Mentors don't have to be in the same field you are in.”

I have been lucky enough to have friends who are successful in their own fields and I can always go to them for career advice. I feel like mentors don't have to be in the same field you are in, it's advantageous but having a different perspective from people is also needed for career growth.

When it comes to dressing professionally at work, Jess recommends you "go for quality pieces that are stylish and comfortable".