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Shartara’s Shenanigans… My first two months at Forte

I’m officially two months into my new role as the Marketing Assistant at Forte Marketing and what a time it’s been.

Being part of the Forte team has given me countless opportunities to acquire new skills and also to develop skills that I sometimes didn’t even know I had.

As someone who is always eager to learn, being in a position where there are no opportunities to develop is simply not for me. I’ve been there, done that and don’t want to go back. So, when Darren and Louise took me on as part of the team and asked me “will you…?” I of course jumped at the chance.

Darren has been progressively teaching me the way of website builds over the past few months and I’m proud to say I’m getting better and better. At least I assume I am, he hasn’t told me to stop yet so I’m taking it as a good sign.

Louise has been great with giving me tips and advice on content planning and Yixy has shown me a couple of tricks with photoshop. Not only are these necessary parts of my role, but also what I need for my degree. For those playing along at home, I’m currently halfway through a double Bachelor of Business and Arts at JCU, majoring in International Business and German.

Still, this month’s most significant learning has been tackling how to edit videos for our Marketing in a Minute segment along with other very important posts.

With some video editing experience from high school (forever ago) and from my previous role, I already knew that it was something I enjoyed enough to develop more. This was great in theory, except it meant relearning everything because we use a program which is new to me.

I can’t remember the program I used in high school, but I do recall that we did not have a good relationship. Many hours were lost pleading with it to just do what I wanted before I would inevitably lose everything and have to start again.

Wondershare was the program that got me by and showed me that it wasn’t just me. It was nice, it was simple, it also wasn’t that advanced. This time though, I am using Premiere Pro.

Adobe is great. There is so much you can do, as long as you know how. Thankfully Darren was on hand to assist and I also completed an online course to help kick me off.

Things have gone well so far. Need to add subtitles? Done. Need to add a backing track? Too easy. Need to blur out the face and identity and mangle the voice of the person in the video like you would for a crime show? I got you.

All in all I’d say the ‘new skill’ goal has been achieved. Obviously there’s still a lot for me to learn but this has been a solid start and I’m lucky enough to have the Forte team supporting me every step of the way.

I can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

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