When life gives you melons: a week in the wilderness as a digital job hunter

When life gives you melons: a week in the wilderness as a digital job hunter

Posted by Luke on Aug 15, 2016

“Well, good luck and let me know if you need anything.” I was having a final conversation with my manager. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The role I’d thrust myself into over the last six months hadn’t worked out the way I intended and we were parting ways. It was bittersweet. Throwing myself into a creative agency and figuring out the world of startups was a dream of mine but somewhere along the way it failed to meet each stakeholder’s expectations. It is now a week later. There are irons in the fire, and I’ve been hustling my arse off to get the right kind of work, add value, and find my place. In the last week I have: Reached out to at least 32 contacts Received 3 rejections Travelled to 14 meetings Had 3 interviews Popped in 5 job applications Received radio silence from at least half a dozen contacts (more on this later) Leaving a job with nothing to immediately move on to is risky, financially taxing, and not for the faint of heart. It also forces you to be creative, hit the pavement, and challenge yourself in ways you don’t expect. In this article, I’m going to detail my experiences and learnings from a week in the wilderness. PREP Positioning yourself I’m a digital generalist in the wilderness. My roles have been varied, and I’ve adapted to what has been required in every role I’ve had. This has seen me implement social campaigns. It’s seen me pitch multi-million dollar sales solutions to C-suites. It’s seen me get under the hood and look at analytics....

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From the Herald Sun to Google: A recent interview

From the Herald Sun to Google: A recent interview

Posted by Luke on Jul 3, 2016

It’s been a while since I have updated. A new gig, an upcoming wedding, and all sorts of other hoo-ha. I recently did an interview with Comet.is – a career-focused site on how I got my start and what challenges I’ve encountered. I really got a kick out of the discussion and made me realise that I’ve matured a fair bit since my call centre days. Enjoy. — Between two degrees, two continents, and two tech giants, Luke Marshall’s career has taken him all over the world and challenged him in ways he had never imagined. After working at Google and Facebook, he’s now returned home to Melbourne to help startups grow as Head of Spotfires (www.spotfires.com) at CHE Proximity. We spoke to him about his journey overseas, his experiences working with companies big and small, and what he’s learnt along the way. Q: What did you study at University? A: I went to the University of Melbourne and studied Media & Communications, doing Journalism. I was lucky enough to do an internship at the Herald Sun, but through that I realised that journalism wasn’t for me. I sat across a lot of sections like mX, the Sunday paper, and also the sports section and I got to talk a lot about football with some of the best minds in the AFL – it was really good fun. I even did a bit of writing, but a lot of it was tagging along with other writers and it was incredibly hard to get published. I think you need a massive amount of passion for journalism itself and it just wasn’t...

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How to Beat Your Brain and Wake Up Early in the Morning

How to Beat Your Brain and Wake Up Early in the Morning

Posted by Luke on Aug 29, 2015

This morning I woke up with a sore back, an interrupted dream, and grogginess as I shuffled out of bed to get to my alarm in the other room. It was a bit chilly too. This was one of those mornings where I could have easily slipped back into bed and warmed by my beloved, but this is where the early morning routine usually kicks in as well. There are going to be times where you don’t feel like getting up, and you’re going to need some extra ammunition to ensure that rising early sticks. I’m going to share those bullets, but first I’m going to explain in my own words why you’re dragging your feet in the morning. ENTER SCUMBAG BRAIN Your brain is a truly amazing piece of anatomy. It does billions of calculations. It takes a disproportionate amount of energy relative to the rest of your body. We’re only now beginning to understand the sheer power of the subconscious and just how much influence it has over our lives. In fact, if you’re interested in the effects that can be gleaned from the subconscious you should read about the time I saw an erotic hypnotist. However, the brain doesn’t always have your best interests at heart. One example of where this conflict arises is as you’re trying to fall asleep, and as you’re trying to wake up. Have you ever had this happen? You’ve had a long day, you climb into bed exhausted, and instead of drifting off, your brain starts thinking of all these awesome things you should have done today, and you might want...

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