Brittany Ransom started work at Candor on March 9, 2020. A week later, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Oklahoma City full force — the Candor offices were shut down, and Brittany found herself working from home while trying to learn the ropes of being an account coordinator.
Though it certainly wasn’t easy, she threw herself into the new opportunity and tried to adapt quickly. Brittany and the Candor crew recently had a candid chat about joining a team during a global health crisis, her impressions of agency life and why looking at the big picture is always best.
Candor: Tell us what it’s like starting a new job during a pandemic.
Brittany: I’m so grateful for that one week I actually had in the office with the team. I was able to go through some onboarding, and I learned the lay of the land a bit before attempting to work from home.
This has been a challenging transition, but it has also been a learning curve for everybody. All of us are pandemic first-timers, and we’ve all made adjustments. Starting a new job in this period has forced me to learn a lot in a short amount of time. I just had to go for it and do my best.
Candor: Why did you want to work at an agency?
Brittany: Until I started at Candor, my main work experience had consisted of figuring stuff out on my own. I was ready to go somewhere where I could learn from other people and be part of projects from start to finish.
I heard all through college and from my friends about how valuable agency experience is — I can certainly say that’s true. I’ve learned more in just a few short months at Candor than I did in years at other positions. Getting to work with multiple clients across multiple industries through a variety of service lines is more in-depth than anything I’ve ever done. I appreciate the hustle and everyone’s willingness to go above and beyond. It has truly been eye-opening.
Candor: What advice do you have for people in situations similar to yours?
Brittany: Look at the big picture, and don’t let this difficult time keep you from pursuing your goals. There will be stressful times, of course, and some days you might not get things right or you might not feel the strongest, but it’s important to accept it’s not always going to be easy. The way things are now, it’s natural to feel scared and prefer to stay comfortable in your role — but try to put yourself out there. Get creative, push yourself and see what you can do.