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Au'guest' Blog month - A 'proper' job in Brighton

For the seventh instalment of our guest blog month Sophie Coley highlights her Brighton career so far since starting out just a couple of years ago.
Sophie Coley, @coleybird works as SEO Consultant at Propellernet
 
Throughout my time at university in Bournemouth, I tried to force myself to get used to the idea that one day, I’d have to pack up my worldly possessions and head to the big smoke to get a ‘proper’ job, rather than returning home to the city I loved: Brighton. It’s not that I don’t like London, but having done several stints of work experience in the capital, I knew that hot, stuffy, tube journeys and scarily-high rental prices for grotty bedsits were not things I wanted to get used to.
So, I was pretty pleased when I got an internship via WiredSussex when they were running their Sussex Internship Programme, with then-Hove-based SEO agency Propellernet; low and behold, I’d found a local marketing agency who worked with big brand clients such as Hi-Tec, Furniture Village and TUI! I was even happier when my hard work paid off and the internship turned into a full time position.
Almost two years’ later, Propellernet has moved to lovely new offices in the middle of Brighton (my bank balance loves it less than I do!) and I’m regularly coming up with creative online marketing solutions for even more exciting clients, such as Westfield Stratford and M&S. I’ve also bagged myself a promotion, going from a junior to a mid-range search consultant, and my team has won some impressive industry awards. I genuinely believe that I have as good as a career as I would have had if I’d gone to London- if not better. The agency has grown and grown in my time here, and there are now about 30 full-time staff members; just enough to win us some great accounts, but not so many that no-one knows each others’ names and you’re just another cog in the wheel. What’s more, I’m home by 6.30pm each night, which means I can get my regular soap fix and still see friends and family.
A huge highlight of my career-to-date here, was when I secured coverage for Propellernet on the BBC 10 o’clock news. The editor wanted to do a piece highlighting the thriving entrepreneurial spirit in Brighton and how it was a great, buzzy place to work, particularly in the recession. I used my newly-developed PR skills to charm him into coming to see our offices and he was as impressed with the agency as I was.
There’s a little part of me that still wonders if one day, I’ll have to get a job in London in order to further my career, but for now, I’m happy to be working on lovely clients, in a job I love, in a city I love… it will take a lot to tempt me away!

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Phil Jones

Hi, I'm the Managing Director of Wired Sussex, overseeing our strategy as an organisation and work to promote our membership and its needs to local, national and international stakeholders, including government.

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