Happy New Year everyone! Just before the festive break we welcomed a new member of the team – Nicola, our new Client & Marketing Executive.  So what better way to start the year than with one of our get-to-know-you interviews?

Hi Nicola! Let’s start with an easy one, what's your role at Connect Three and what do you do?

I am a Client & Marketing Executive. In a nutshell I’m here to help grow Connect Three through client relations, marketing and internal comms. My role will be very varied, and I expect I’ll be doing something different every week!

I have no doubt that will be true!  What was it about Connect Three that made you interested in joining the team?

I have always placed huge importance on authenticity and not bending my values. As a marketer, it’s my job to tell a story, educate and win people over. How would I sell something I don’t fully believe in?

The first time I met Colin and the team, I knew that my values were completely aligned with Connect Three and I was so excited to get involved. Connect Three’s B Corp status, business values and the team are all examples of how they’re putting their values into action.

That is so good to hear.  We’re so glad you joined!  Can I ask, what are you reading right now?

I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan, so I am actually between two of her books right now - The book of two ways & Wish you were here. I love the way she deals with really intense topics and always gives a few viewpoints.

Amazing, we love a book recommendation.  Next question - which business leader would you like to have a cup of tea with?

I would love to sit down with Whitney Wolfe Herd, the youngest self-made woman in history to become a billionaire! After founding dating app Tinder at 23, she was forced to leave the company after being a victim of sexual harassment. At 25, she founded Bumble – a company now worth over 14 billion dollars.

Good choice! Final question, if you could only give one piece of advice to people starting out on their career reading this, what would it be?

After being made redundant during the pandemic I really struggled to get back into the job market. I felt like I had been knocked back to the start and endless job applications with no-replies is really tough! Throughout my career I’ve learnt that knowing your own identity, values and purpose are the most important thing you can do. For me, this also meant I didn’t want to join a company that didn’t or wouldn’t meet them. After a long time of searching and waiting, I finally met Connect Three and it wasn’t just by chance.

I did a great mini exercise (thanks to Hannah Miller, the founder of Sidekick) when I was stuck and I would advise anybody just starting out, or confused about where to go next, to do it too by answering the following questions: Who am I? What are your passions? What do other people love in me? What frustrates me? What are my values? What do you want to be remembered for?

Love it – thanks Nicola, we’re so happy you joined the team!