Some of you have been asking recently what I do for work, so I thought I would write a post about it.
My job is to create digital content and manage online communities for an international animal welfare organisation. It's all about social media so I spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, the blog, the website, all the while interacting with supporters and creating content I think they will like and will accurately show the need for improvement in animal welfare overseas. Whether it's a film, photo, meme, story, anything really! It all has to be powerful but sensitive - you want to portray the need while not upsetting people. It can be a hard balance to strike.
Sometimes the process of creating content takes me overseas, to film mostly, or to photograph the work of my organisation. Because our work has a focus on the developing world and animal owners as well as the animals themselves, you'll often find me with a camera in some village in the middle of nowhere, trying to conduct an interview in a language I don't speak while also trying to film an animal that has decided to wander off because of course you can't ask them to "stand still please". It's challenging, and definitely not glamorous, but it certainly is an adventure!
I feel really lucky to do what I do and to have the opportunities I have had to see things a lot of people don't get to see. But I had to work hard to get my job, and now I have it I have to work even harder to do it in a way it needs to be done.
How I got my job is a separate blog post altogether, but also probably a not very interesting one. Essentially, I had the right qualifications and I started at the bottom, working my way up over about a year and a half.
I know how tough it is to worry about landing a job you love though, so if you want to ask advice or hear the specifics of how I went about it send me an email and with any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.
*photos of me taken by a colleague in India and edited by me.