Director of Talent, Media.Monks
If you could go back to when you started working, what would you do differently, knowing what you know now?
To start, I truly believe that every experience that we have leads to where we are today. With that being said, I would go back and tell younger Stefanie to be truer to herself earlier. When I first started my career, I was pretty quickly faced with the challenge of being told “no” when it came to my ideas and having to “learn my place”. Sometimes, I would drop those ideas because you know what? They weren’t that great. But sometimes I would let that feeling of disappointment linger because I was confident in my abilities and could make an impact, and knew I wasn’t standing up for what I believed in. A pivotal moment in my career came when I taught myself that I deserve to be heard and deserve to be valued as an employee and as a person. And therefore I deserve to work at a company that will give me those things. Since I made the decision to stand firm in my own beliefs and values, I have had a much easier and less stressful time when it comes to decision making. It is okay to be who you are and think what you think, young Stefanie. It is okay to know your worth and to leave something behind if you aren’t being valued. It is okay for your personal self and work self to be the same. You are much better just being who you are because that is where your true strengths and creativity can start to shine though.