From the Professional Soccer Field to the Search Field

KLIK Staff

June 11, 2021

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My name is Bakie Goodman and I joined KLIK as a Digital Marketing Coordinator in May 2021. I graduated from Georgetown University in December of 2016 with a degree in marketing. I just moved back to the Washington D.C. area a few months ago after retiring from my previous profession as a professional soccer player.

Before joining KLIK, I had been a professional soccer player for the past 4 years after finishing up school. I was fortunate enough to have been drafted by the Seattle Sounders of the MLS and went on to play for a couple of other teams in Pittsburgh and Detroit as well. Playing professional soccer had always been my goal especially after growing up in such a sports-centric family. I’m happy to say that I accomplished the dreams I set out for myself as a young child with big aspirations of playing the game I always loved. I never would have thought I’d get the chance to meet and play with Lionel Messi (best player of all time), and I’m grateful for the opportunities and memories this path provided me with over the past few years. I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I think it’ll always be a big part of my life as it shaped the beginning of my professional career.

So how does all of this connect to KLIK? It may seem like a bit of a change to go from being a professional soccer player to working at a marketing agency overnight, and I would fully agree with you. But KLIK is different. I haven’t been with the company for too long but I can already feel that sense of unity and togetherness that any great organization exudes from the start. My main worry when making the career switch was missing the everyday aspects of sports like being on a team and feeling that sense of camaraderie and group success.

The KLIK team went above and beyond when it came to each of those details. I felt at home from the very first second. Whether it was someone reaching out to offer a helping hand or someone just sending a welcome note, I felt part of the team from day 1. I wasn’t surprised by any of this because it’s exactly what I found when looking into the company throughout the interview process. Every review and every source had the same remarks, “the atmosphere is amazing and you’ll love working for them”. That’s pretty unique and it was exactly the kind of culture I was looking to join.

It’s only been a couple of weeks so far, but I feel like I’ve already learned more information than I could have ever imagined. The learning process has been challenging after being away from marketing for several years, but KLIK has provided me with many resources and teaching materials to help me get back into it. It’s been challenging in a good way where you want to keep going to see where it takes you and to find out how much you can really learn. I know I have a long way to go, but I’m more than excited to learn everything I can along the way.

KLIK is doing some amazing work, and its success and trajectory are more than deserved. The company is young and passionate, and I can tell that everybody really cares about the work that’s going on. It’s inspiring to see how much effort and detail everyone puts into it and that’s just a clear reflection of how well the entire operation has been built. KLIK is trending upwards, and this agency is on its way to taking over the digital marketing world.

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