Be Open-Minded! If You Are Presented With A Good Opportunity, Take It!

(Robyn Wroblewski)

In this week's, Work It Wednesday post, we introduce you to the beautiful Robyn Wroblewski. Robyn discovered her career while on a journey to a different career path. Robyn found her passions could be used in different platforms and seized her opportunities when they presented themselves. Robyn's story is a perfect example of how taking risk and exploring your career options can truly pay off. 

Take risks, live, and learn. You may surprise your self.


1.     How did you choose your career?

Originally, I wanted to go into news as a reporter or producer. After an internship, I realized that path was not for me. After graduation, I got a job at a digital advertising agency in Santa Monica. This job opened so many doors for me and taught me about a whole new field of marketing I had not studied in school. It also prepared me for the role I currently have, as Digital Community Specialist. Since age 14, I worked as a model so that influenced my decision to work in fashion at Wet Seal.


2. In your opinion, what would you say are the top three characteristics/traits to be successful in your career?

Passion for the company you work for, good analytical skills, and the confidence to take initiative.


3.     What do you find most rewarding about your career?

In my role, I am allowed creative freedom but also held accountable to numbers and analytics. I like that I can see sales and engagement metrics on paper and know if I hit my goals or not. On a bigger scale, my job is not rewarding in the way being a teacher or nurse is. However, it does allow me to have the time and income needed to get involved in church and charity opportunities outside of work.


4.     How would you rate your income?

For my age (23) I would say it is very good! It didn’t start off that way – out of college I was going into debt because I was living in a studio 16 blocks from the beach on an entry-level salary. However, I moved up quickly and am very comfortable with my current salary.


5.     Is this what you always wanted? If not, how did you land into it?

When it comes to my career, I never had an exact picture or idea of what I wanted. However, I did know I wanted to work in marketing and I liked fashion. I also knew I wanted to enjoy my job – nothing is worse than dreading going to work every day. I am thrilled to be working at Wet Seal because it fits my previous criteria (marketing and fashion) and I truly enjoy my every day duties. My team is pretty awesome as well.



6. What is your background? Did you have to go to school for what you are doing?

I have a BS in Communication with a PR emphasis. Communication is really cool because you can get pretty much any business-type job with a degree in it. I find the things I learned in my PR classes help me more in the way I interact with my colleagues and the way I approach things than directly relating to my job.   


7. What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to be in your field?

Be open-minded! If you are presented with a good opportunity, take it! There are so many jobs out there you would probably excel at that you don’t even know exist. When I graduated college, I felt very narrow minded as to what jobs were out there. Now that I have graduated and been working for the last two years, I see there are so many more opportunities and career paths that one can go down – it just takes experience and an open mind to try new things!

8.  Being a busy woman, what do you like to do on your free time?

While I am busy with work, I make my health and relationships (with God, my fiancé, and close friends/family) a priority. If you aren’t happy outside of work its hard to be happy at work. I enjoy hiking, running, spinning, yoga, and beach trips.

9. What do you value most in a career? Ex. Money, fun, work life balance?

For me, it’s really important that I am good at what I do. If I had a job everyday that didn’t excite me or that I didn’t feel I was good at, I would be miserable. A career that fits my personality and allows me to use my talents is essential. Once that is established, the other things (fun, money, etc.) will come.

10. Do you have any other goals you strive to achieve?

Since I am very goal oriented, I set monthly and yearly goals for myself, both personally and at work. Since I am relatively new to Wet Seal, I have a lot of catching up to do and am still working through that. It takes me a long time to feel “settled” so I am hoping by the holidays I feel totally in the groove of everything. Personally, I am kind of consumed with wedding planning at the moment! So I have goals of what I would like to get done there but also personal goals of not letting the stress or little details take away from the important stuff.

11. What is the greatest lesson you have learned? What would you do differently if given a second chance?

The greatest lesson I have learned is not to doubt yourself. I was terrified by the thought of taking an analytical job at the advertising agency as I am NOT a math person, but it turned out to be the best career move I could have made at the time.

I have made a few mistakes here and there but always learn from them. I don’t really like the idea of regret or wishing you could do things differently – you can’t go back in time and every experience made you who you are (as cheesy as that sounds)!

12.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years, I want to be VP of Marketing at a major fashion brand. If I don’t continue down the fashion path, I see myself working for a wildlife conservation charity or zoo. In my personal life, I want kids and the same close friends I have now. A big house with horses would be nice too :)