Mediacom Look-Up: leaders from Netflix, Vice and Disney share career lessons

Mediacom Look-Up: leaders from Netflix, Vice and Disney share career lessons

As part of the Mediacom Look-Up series, alongside co-host Spotify, the agency brought together a panel of industry leaders to share lessons on their career journey’s so far.

On the panel was Jessica Pouleur, head of strategy and business development at Disney, Joanna Jones, head of client services at Vice, Sabine Tija, head of marketing, Asia Pacific at Netflix with Diogo Andrade, head of automation, South East Asia at Spotify as moderator.

The event is part of a programme led by Mediacom in APAC that aims to rally the industry around the topic of inclusivity and equal opportunities for young talent.

The Drum has selected some of the top lessons from the panellists about challenges and successes in their careers so far.

“Think about what you can do for yourself outside of what you find through your workplace”.

This lesson was about making sure people invest in themselves instead of waiting for businesses to do it. While all businesses should be investing in their staff, the lesson shared by the panel was that people should also always be thinking about how they can help themselves and do things for their own progression and satisfaction.

“Stop being so hard on yourself, you are your own worst critic.”

This lesson is one many on the panel and audience could relate to but it was meant as a reminder that most of the time, we are too hard on ourselves and the outside world often thinks we’re succeeding more than we think we are.

“Stop thinking of the one role next, start thinking of the 3 roles next. Where do you want to be in 3 roles time, and that’s what you should steer your career towards”.

The lesson the panellists shared here was around making decisions around career choices. When opportunities come up, it can be tempting to take a new role for more money or a new title but choices should be made with a longer-term view.

“Sometimes you have to roll with it and see where it takes you because it can take you to a place you’d never expected or know about that’s better and even bigger than you thought possible”.

While it was agreed that a longer-term view was key, the panel also believed that sometimes taking a chance was the only thing to do - particularly as no-one can predict what will happen in the future.

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