'Earlier this week, Mr. Plastics' Social Media Manger: Tillie Adelson was invited to speak at San Leandro High School's annual Career Day. It was a busy day with several presentations revolving around the questions: "Who are you?" "What do you do?" and "How did you get there?"
Here is a small recap:
Who are you?
My name is Tillie Adelson and I'm originally from San Leandro and work as a social media manager and blogger.
What do you do?
I work for Mr. Plastics spearheading all their social media efforts. When I first started working with Mr. Plastics, on a freelance basis in 2018, I realized they weren't utilizing any of their social media channels. So I immediately took on the task of collecting and creating content and got those accounts active.
How did you get there?
I started as a blogger for my own blog: My Stiletto Life and as social media became a larger part of blogging: I started to focus more on my growth there. Once, I saw success in the social media marketing space: I began freelancing for individuals and businesses that wanted someone to manage their social media. (As there were many businesses that knew they needed to be active in the space but didn't know how to manage or do the work.) With this, I realized social media was not limited to just one field but could be applied to many and was a viable career! Mr. Plastics came into the picture because it is my family business and I knew I could bring my skillset there and make an impact. (This blog is even a product of that impact: we are blogging!!)
Speaking to the students on Career Day, about social media and how it's a viable career was really exciting. Now there are degrees in social media and classes tailored just for a career in the field.
Many of the students were mostly interested in, you guessed it: the bottom line! How do you make money this way? and How do you live a balanced life? Which were great questions! My answers to them was to either freelance and work for several people at the same time or look for social media roles within large corporations that offer the full-time support.
Overall, it was a great day and the students questions were thoughtful and it was evident that they were excited about their future.