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A day in the life of…
Marketing and workplace experience coordinator, Mirvac
Sanjida Huda studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) (Human Resources) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). Sanjida is a marketing and workplace experience coordinator at Mirvac.
Time to get up! I make myself some healthy breakfast and enjoy it while I catch up on what has been happening around the world. I also try to squeeze in a morning meditation. Mirvac offers free Headspace for employees, so it has really motivated me to take some time out for myself in the morning.
I catch the train to Martin Place and begin my day. During my commute, I begin to think about what priorities I have for the day, both work related and personal.
I like to quickly catch up over coffee with any friends who also work in the city, before I head into the office. This really helps me kick start my morning and is a great way to begin the day.
In the office I find a desk to sit at and begin planning my day at work. I like to spend 15-20 minutes every morning writing out my priorities for the day and a detailed to-do list. My role is primarily to collaborate with different stakeholders to organise activations, and design unique experiences for our customers who work in our office buildings across Australia. There is a lot of attention to detail required so doing this first thing really helps to make sure I haven’t missed anything. I also make sure I write down any questions I need to ask. This helps me to make sure I’m asking these questions and is a great way to learn more.
First meeting of the day! This year, we’re lighting up some of our buildings for Vivid Sydney 2019. My first meeting is to take some of the designers who will be installing the lights, to the different buildings. It is important that I stay in the loop with all of their concepts so that we are able to offer the best experience for our customers.
I am back at my desk and have some time to check through the emails I’ve received. I make sure to spend some time solely just replying to emails and making sure I update key stakeholders on different projects.
After emails, I make sure to focus for an hour straight and progress on any planning or urgent tasks that need to be done by the close of business. I regularly check my priorities and to-do lists to make sure I’m staying on track.
It’s lunch time! I heat up my food or go out to buy something to eat and take it up to our main floor. I try to have lunch away from my desk as I tend to be productive when I give myself a bit of a break and catch up with some of the other grads from different teams. I find this to be one of the greatest ways to learn more about what is happening in different areas of the business.
After lunch, I spend some time replying to emails and updating others on work. I assess how I am going with everything on my priorities list and ensure I am still on track to achieve my goals for the day. I can never completely predict how my day will go as additional tasks continuously come up and I have to make changes to my to-do list. I find the best way to manage a lot of stakeholders at once is to keep communicating progress clearly and set deadlines.
I have a catch up with my manager today to update her on everything that’s going on and what my current priorities are. I learn more about what she is up to as well and offer to help out in any areas where I can. Regular catch ups are great, especially during busy times as we can collaborate on different things to produce the best outcomes for our customers.
4.00 pm usually pops up out of nowhere and this is where I find myself finishing off top priority tasks for the day. I also make sure I’m on top of everything for the rest of the week. This way I can begin to get an idea of the next day. I also make any necessary phone calls and, in that way, I have an update on different things before the day ends.
As the day starts to slow down and everyone begins packing up, I check in with my team to see if there is anything left to do for the day that I could help out with. This is a great way for me to learn new things, as my team works on all sorts of things for the office and industrial business! Once I’ve finished up, I pack up and begin to make my way home.
I love coming home and resting after a long day. I usually have some dinner and if it’s not too late, I’ll catch up with some friends or family afterwards.