Jessica McLean MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS NAME: Jessica McLean AGE: 28 ROLE: Senior Account Manager COMPANY: Zadro Agency Three and a half years ago Jessica McLean was the office intern at Sydney-based communications firm, Zadro Agency. Her willingness to learn and openness to feedback saw her career sky-rocket to Senior Account Manager in just a few short years. Jessica’s advice? “Take every opportunity presented to you. Always say ‘yes’. Give it a go. Try your best and if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry you’ll have more opportunities.” Jessica says. Jessica completed a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics. During her six years of study, Jessica completed an internship at Zadro Agency. Three months in, she was hired. Zadro Agency is a communications agency, specialising in producing tailored strategic work for a range of businesses. Zadro’s multi-disciplinary team delivers specific solutions for public relations, marketing, digital and social, design, website and internal communications. Jessica was hired as Administrative and Marketing Assistant and worked her way up to her current position as Senior Account Manager. She credits her quick ascent to hard work but more importantly, her ability to take on feedback and push herself. Jessica says Founder and Managing Director of Zadro Agency, Felicity Zadro, has been integral to her success. “Take every opportunity presented to you. Always say ‘yes’. Give it a go. Try your best and if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry you’ll have more opportunities.” “She took a gamble and hired me after an internship. She’s the reason that I have been able to grow so much in the last three years and move quickly through the ranks.” She said. In 2018, Jessica tackled her fear of public speaking after Felicity put her name forward to present at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Leader’s Forum and Conference. “Felicity signed me up for it and I am so glad she did. That was a big moment that I will always remember.” She says. As Senior Account Manager, no two days are the same. She produces strategic communication plans for multiple clients, social media content, design work and regularly creates media releases and editorials. Jessica says the variety of tasks involved in her work helps her stay engaged and cope with the more challenging responsibilities. A supportive team, she says, is also crucial to her success. “My colleagues at Zadro are so supportive. Everyone has come into the industry via different paths. Everyone has a different perspective.” She says. Away from work, Jessica is a self-proclaimed “nerdy kid”, enjoying all things science fiction, food and world-building computer games.