In the words of the great poet, Post Malone, "I'm no good at goodbyes." - a true statement and a great way to start off my farewell to Red Shark Digital blog.
As I prepare to move to The City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, Da' Big Apple - I've found myself reflecting on fond memories, lessons learned, and the incredible people I've met here. And, I must say, it's incredibly hard for me to compress my two and a half years into one Shark Byte blog, but we'll give it a shot.
I joined Red Shark in 2019 as an intern that shared the same name as the CEO, which made things very interesting from the get-go. After I was brought on, it was like I was being thrown into the deep end of the pool and I was either going to sink or swim, but the people around me tried their hardest to set me up for success (ie. Spencer). I've enjoyed the fast pace and being able to learn so much in what seems like such a short amount of time. Familiarizing myself with basic digital strategy, SEO principles, commercial photography, videography, design principles, and project management here has allowed me to be fully prepared for my next professional venture.
I didn't know what I wanted to specialize in, and that was okay, Red Shark Digital and the members of leadership allowed me a place to learn and experiment. An added bonus to this was that I got to learn alongside some pretty amazing people whom I will never forget.
Now, you don't really realize until you're on the verge of leaving that you've made such great connections with the people you work with. When you think about it, you spend more time with these people inside the office than you do with your friends and family -- they are your new family. With every family, there's always bound to be some tension, beautiful moments, and lessons learned. Red Shark Digital has given me an abundance of all these things.
To honor the late Travis Jones, I'll now share a Red Shark value and two personal "Spencerism's" that have guided me through my time here.
There are a few notable moments/people I'd like to remember so please indulge me with your patience as I recount these moments in time.
Red Shark Digital has truly helped to prepare me for a new role in a bigger city. I am incredibly thankful that I was given the opportunity two and a half years ago to become a member of this team. The leadership and mentorship I have received here has been invaluable and has set me up for success in my professional career.
As I look forward to my new career, I will always look back on my memories at Red Shark Digital. To quote Michael Scott, "The people that you work with, are just... when you get down to it... your very best friends. They say, on your deathbed, you never wish you spent more time at the office. But I will. Gotta be a lot better than a deathbed."