Over the 2017 holiday season, I inquired about a posting for a graphic design position at Flood Marketing, which I came across in my search for a part-time job in Sheridan. At the time, a series of hiccups in my career aspirations as a fine artist left me with no studio space and staggered confidence, which further led to clouded brain space and worry about my ability to pay the bills and fulfill promised commission work that sat on my plate.
I thought the position would afford me opportunities to exercise my artistic muscle in a different way than I was used to, while also providing a chance to meet and learn from professionals that likely shared similar interests with me. To pinpoint a possible catalyst… the concluding bullet point on the job write-up read along the lines of “adept cookie-baking skills ☺.” Glancing through the Flood Marketing website, I got a cheerful, yet professional and approachable affection that inclined me to investigate more about the graphic design position… or any position… at Flood. I was hopeful.
By mid-January, I was thrilled to be on board managing business accounts across multiple social media channels, writing and editing engaging digital content, and soaking up information about ever-evolving business development practices. Always encouraging of strong, genuine interpersonal relationships— I’ve learned that Flood holds transparency and honesty as its guiding compass for navigating the winding channels of business affairs. Office-assemblages consist of intentional team time, alignment of goals, retrospection, and reflective evaluation of processes– I’m surrounded by leaders.
I have observed our team welcome aboard clients equally bound for serious progress. I’ve watched many of my entrepreneurial coworkers experience encouragement and support from Flood in pursuing personal endeavors; a number of the artistic, like myself, others, enthusiastic about of craft beer, motorcycles, and nonprofit volunteerism that support the Sheridan community. In the collective Flood-conscience, every connection is important, every relationship has value, every craft and calling is meaningful. Flood instills motivation while sharing the ropes and sails necessary for capturing the blowing tailwinds that promise to propel us toward success.
Surrounded by a growing team of positive, forward-thinking leaders and well-respected individuals, each holding exciting plans for the continuous development of Flood– I have periodically experienced sudden charges of pride to be part of the voyage underway. I am certain that there will be turbulent waves and moments of defeat to come, but to be alongside this crew of lifetime learners and devout leaders, I know I have not given up on my personal career aspirations, after all. In the company of these curious and interesting people, I’ve learned to harness perseverance. I have felt the strength of merging channels and full sails—I have been handed responsibility and ownership, knowledge and autonomy, and the assurance that my state of being, career, and personal aspirations are all sustainable and within the frame of Flood’s periscope.
By Polly Burge