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Another great 32 Under 32 interview is coming your way. Today we speak with 32 Under 32 winner Aaron Klein of GMR. Check out what he has to say. As we’ve mentioned, we’ll be back each day with another 32 Under 32er to spotlight. And if you haven’t read all of them to date, dive into the Editorial section and catch up on any that you missed!
Congrats on being chosen as one of the top 32 advertising and marketing professionals under 32. When it comes to your job, what do you think you do differently to stand out?
First and foremost is a focus on fundamentals of my role and making sure all of those are exceptional – resulting in delivering great work for our clients and driving value for their organization.
What sort of things have you been doing at work that excite you?
I like to be challenged and enjoy learning new things – whether that be a cool digital product we develop for a client or learning a new agency discipline and how to apply it to our client’s business. From developing and building a VR concept to consulting with clients and developing strategy for their sponsorship portfolios – the variety and continued learning excites me.
What is it about where you currently work that really pushes you to be better?
I work with a lot of really smart and talented people. That is what drives me to be better and bring my ‘A’ game every single day. It is not a competitive environment – quite the opposite, it is a very collaborative group – but the motivation comes from me wanting to bring my best work to the table because I know my colleagues are.
Somewhere out there is a kid half your age who wants your job. What do you tell them?
I’d tell them that this line of work can be a lot fun and rewarding. I’d also tell them that no experience is bad experience. I’d encourage them to try working different types of jobs that require learning new skills and are in different industries – that will ultimately help them determine what they enjoy most and what career path to choose.
In thinking over your career so far, what work has made you the proudest?
I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of different clients with work ranging from strategy to event execution. It is hard to narrow in on a specific project that has made me the proudest, but there are two things that I enjoy and make me proud: 1) seeing employees grow and learn from the work we do, and 2) creating meaningful experiences for consumers, giving them something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
What do you want to accomplish career wise? What are your goals?
I’m lucky in that I work in a field I’m passionate about. I think if I keep chasing what makes me proudest (growing talent and creating cool experiences for consumers), I would feel fulfilled.
What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
Listen more than you talk. You can learn a lot from those around you and when you speak, people will listen.
This might be tough, but here’s your chance to give a shout out to one person who has helped you get to where you are today. Go.
My parents. For instilling in me a good work ethic and raising me to always be thoughtful in everything I do.