Mariam Guessous is a force for standing up for what you believe in and taking care of yourself as you do so. The Creative Director and Entrepreneur left a role at DigitasLBi to start Majorité, a hybrid agency focused on diverse voices, and I SEE YOU, an accessible wellness brand for women of color. You might also remember Mariam from her inspiring podcast episode. Her Guest Pro email is a rallying cry for everyone just starting their career.
As the semester comes to a close and the new year approaches, it's natural to feel like graduation or whatever's next is right around the corner. As a result, I've been hearing more questions about when to start actively looking for an internship for the summer. While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, here are some tips to help you plan ahead and be in the best position to land an internship.
I connected with Toni Dawkins, then Strategist at Grey Group, over the summer when we were both MAIP Coaches. She promptly and awesomely sent me her Guest Pro email then, and it's my pleasure to share it with you now (after much delay on my end). Here's Toni, answering one of the most commonly asked questions—how do I stand out when just starting out?
After shortlisting the right agencies and priming your resume, the informational interview is one of your most underrated tools. By informational interview, I mean reaching out to someone at an agency you're interested in—whether it's your first one or your next step—to ask for a conversation (via email, phone or in-person) that helps you learn more.
One of the most common pieces of feedback I received early in my career, and have given to almost every intern is to speak up in meetings. To kick off 2017 right, here are five tips to help you conquer the fear of speaking up. They'll make it easier to jump in and contribute, so you'll get the reps in and build confidence—until it becomes second nature.
While a legendary holiday party, on-site laundry service, and dog-friendly meetings are all (awesome) aspects of culture, they're only part of the picture. So what other things define an agency's culture? Here are five key measures, expressed as questions you can ask in interviews to get a sense of an agency's culture. (Or questions you can ask yourself if you're at an agency and need a gut check.)