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Team Talk : Heather MacArthur

Our new blog series, Team Talk, is here to introduce you to the people behind the screens at Lexel properly. We’re a full-service digital agency so there is a whole range of different kind of work that goes on here. We’ll be finding out more about people get up to, both in and out of the office. If you’ve ever wondered what our project managers get up to day-to-day or what an analyst does on their way home then this series will have all it covered.

The first person to be featured in the series is our new Project Manager, Heather MacArthur. Heather has only been working at Lexel for a couple of months but is already a solid, valuable member of the team. We caught up with her to find out a little bit more about what the life of a busy PM entails.

What is your official job title?

Project Manager

What’s your favourite type of cereal?

Cookie Crisp with very cold milk

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

Turn up as early as possible, check emails, check that the developers have work to get on with when they arrive, organise client tickets, plan my ‘to do’ list for the day.

 

The rest is usually a mixture of investigating tickets, talking to clients about projects, assigning new jobs to developers and drinking lots of tea. It doesn’t sound very glamorous but I actually enjoy spending 8 hours organising stuff, so it is OK.

Can you tell us 3 things that you like about working at Lexel?

1. I like seeing other people - I use to be freelance and work at home so after a few years I ended up a bit like Shirley Valentine and talked to my walls a lot. (They are also a nice bunch of people which is handy too)

2. Being able to get in early and leave early is very handy…if you can manage to escape on time.

3. The company is very busy which makes the days go faster and the learning come quicker - which is never a bad thing.

What is the weirdest job you ever had?

I once got paid to do a sexy voice over for a late night ‘basestation’ type advert.

Other than money, what inspires you?

Kind people

What’s your secret talent that no-one knows about?

I am not that modest to have a secret talent that I haven’t gloated about… but things that people might not know are, I can complete a Rubik cube and I can throw really far.

What do you like to get up to after work?

Currently, looking for houses to buy, but usually I like to spend time drinking wine, and watching documentaries. I have a tendency to watch a documentary over and over again in a week although it really annoys my partner who usually has to sit through them with me.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into your profession?

Get as much experience as you can, even if it is for free, and always try and learn about what you are project managing as you can gain other skills along side your day to day job.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt in the last year?

That the fear of change is a lot scarier than the reality of making changes.

 

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