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How I Got My Job: Eva from Movellas



Please welcome Eva Caiden from the absolutely brilliant Movellas to the MKB blog today! She's here to tell us all about working for Movellas - an online fiction-writing community website for young adults and YA fans - and how she went about getting her dream job. The floor is yours, Eva!
 
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1) Tell us what you do for a living.
I'm the Senior Manager, UK Community & Partnerships at Movellas. Movellas is a story-sharing community for teens. We have a website and range of apps that users can read and write from.
 
2) How did you go about getting your job at Movellas? What did you do before that?
Before I landed my job at Movellas, I was the staff writer on girls' magazine Girl Talk. I got to interview all the top teen stars (yes, even 1D), style and picture direct on fashion shoots and attend photo-shoots with puppies…it was a lot of fun!
 

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To get my job at Movellas I got really involved in my magazine's website and newsletter and was active on social media. In short I tried to do as much as possible to learn about the digital world. I met my boss through a work event and we kept in touch and it went from there…
 
3) What does a day in the life of your job look like?
My role isn’t 9-5 and I’m as likely to be reading on the site or app at 10pm as I am at 10am. Every morning I spend an hour looking through everything: checking out popular stories and trends, responding to user queries and commenting on my favourite stories.
 
We have a group call every day at 9:45am where we outline our focus for the day. I could be scheduling our social media, writing a blog, liaising with a publisher and designer for a new book campaign we’re running, judging competitions, organising focus groups with our users, meeting record labels and PRs to tell them about Movellas or working with our product team to create a better experience for our users. It’s always very busy but that’s how I like it.
 
4) What’s your favourite thing about working at Movellas?
I love getting out of bed in the morning knowing that our product is getting teenagers into reading and writing. Ultimately, that can only be a good thing. I am also passionate about the sense of community Movellas has cultivated - our users are incredibly engaged (average session times are pushing 16 minutes) - and they take the time to give each other constructive feedback on writing. Who says teenagers just watch videos of cats all day?!
 
5) What would be your advice to people aspiring to work in a creative industry?
The best thing you can do is get out there and get yourself some work experience. And when you land your first placement, remember: this is your chance you make your mark. Do everything to the best of your ability. Chat to people and find out how they got their job - offering to make them a cuppa is a great way to break the ice. Don’t be nervous about making mistakes - we all do it at some point.