How To Disconnect From Work While On Vacation

How To Disconnect From Work While On Vacation

The holidays are right around the corner, and you're looking forward to putting up your out-of-office email. But sometimes it can be hard to truly disconnect from work, especially when you're still trying to prove yourself as young talent, or you're hustling to get your portfolio together as a student. Here are some tips to help you set boundaries and step away from work, so you're able to reset and recharge during your time off. 

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Negotiating Your Salary As Junior Talent

Negotiating Your Salary As Junior Talent

You've heard that you should always negotiate before accepting a job offer, but asking for more can be tricky for young talent. While you want to be paid what you're worth, you also don't want to come off as ungrateful or in it for the wrong reason. Here's a quick how-to on pushing for what you want, while still remaining realistic.

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Writing A Strong "About Me" Section

Writing A Strong "About Me" Section

Ashley Sommardahl, Director of Student Affairs & Industry Outreach at VCU Brandcenter, works closely with students and alums to help them land internships and jobs in the industry. She worked at The Martin Agency in Account Management on clients like UPS, Vanilla Coke, and Olympus cameras, before returning to the Brandcenter (she's an alumna herself!), where she's been for 14 years. Today, she shares advice on one of the trickiest sections of your portfolio—the "About Me" section—with the help of some Brandcenter alumni.

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Building The Career Of Your Dreams

Building The Career Of Your Dreams

Tiona Langley is a freelance producer (previously, she was a producer at Google Creative Lab in NYC) and a 2018 ADCOLOR FUTURE. While navigating the beginning of your career can be stressful, Tiona loves the process of building the career of her dreams, and has some tips to share to help you build yours.

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5 Takeaways You Can Use From The 3% Conference

5 Takeaways You Can Use From The 3% Conference

Last week's 3% Conference brought together incredibly inspiring speakers and rooms full of attendees hungry for positive change in the industry. To make sure that you can apply some of the larger takeaways to your own career, we gathered five of our favorite things we heard and matched them with relevant We Are Next content. This way, you too can help increase the number of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities in positions of creative leadership, while also advancing your own career.

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3 Tips For Networking At Happy Hours

3 Tips For Networking At Happy Hours

Jordan Warren is a Marketing Copywriter at DEG Digital, and served as the 2017-2018 Ad 2 Kansas City president. She started as an unpaid intern, and has mastered the art of leveraging her connections to move up in her career. Now, she makes an effort to help others get connected to the right people, especially in Kansas City. This week, she shares 3 tips for networking at happy hours, which can be an unexpectedly fruitful place to find your next opportunity.

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3 Tips For Staying Sane On The Job Hunt

3 Tips For Staying Sane On The Job Hunt

KP Thomas is a recent graduate of the VCU Brandcenter where she studied Creative Brand Management/ Brand Strategy. Two months ago she took a leap of faith and moved to New York City with no job secured, but full of ambition. After months of navigating a job hunt that's been filled with ups and downs, she's managed to figure out a few things to keep from going crazy.

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5 Advertising Scholarships To Apply For This Year

5 Advertising Scholarships To Apply For This Year

Student debt is no joke, and our finances can have a huge influence on where and how we begin our careers (ex. needing a job that pays the bills vs. having some room to explore your options). To support your bank account while you're working toward the start of your career, here are five advertising scholarships you can apply for before the end of the year.

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How Prototyping Early Leads To Digital Products That Users Love

How Prototyping Early Leads To Digital Products That Users Love

You’ve probably heard that prototyping is becoming a critical skill in digital agencies. But what does it mean to prototype effectively for big brands? Large digital-native companies like Google and Adobe have long embraced prototyping — and now companies of all kinds have come around to seeing the benefits of working this way. With clients such as Apple, Lyft, Marriott, ALDO, Acorns, and Planned Parenthood, few have embedded prototyping into their process as deeply as Work & Co

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How to Manage Up And Build a Relationship With Your Boss

How to Manage Up And Build a Relationship With Your Boss

The relationship you have with your boss/direct manager has a huge influence on your experience at work. Whether your boss is your bff or you're dealing with a difficult one, there are ways to strengthen the relationship so that you're creating a productive work environment where you feel supported. Ideally, your boss will become an ally who will advocate for you for the rest of your career, wherever you go. 

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5 Pieces Of Advice That No One Gives Interns

5 Pieces Of Advice That No One Gives Interns

Hannah Lewman, Junior Strategist at Joan Creative (and long-time We Are Next reader!), knows a thing or two about interning. Before she landed her current role, she spent over 2,000 hours interning (40 hours a week x 10 weeks x 5 summers), and has interned at three different agencies (including 72andSunny this past summer) on both coasts. Given her experience, and having listened to a lot of advice given to interns, she brings us five tips that no one tells you—but that will make you an intern people want to hire.

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Navigating The Ad Industry Social Scene

Navigating The Ad Industry Social Scene

Caitlin O’Malley, Strategist at Eleven, Inc. in San Francisco, just finished her first year in the ad industry. To reflect on her experience working at a small creative agency, she brings us tips on navigating the casual, free-spirited agency atmosphere while remaining professional—something that's hard to learn before you're in the thick of it.

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5 Time Management Tips

5 Time Management Tips

Learning to manage your time is one of the most common challenges young talent faces when coming out of school. Juggling multiple projects, staying on top of your own schedule, and not wanting to disappoint anyone makes for a pretty stressful situation, so here are 5 tips to help you better manage your time as you gain more experience and responsibilities. 

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How To Look For A Job While You Have A Job

How To Look For A Job While You Have A Job

At some point in your career, you'll decide it's time to move on from your current company. Or maybe you accepted a job knowing that you'd keep your eyes out for something else. Whatever the case, you're looking for a job while working full-time. For those who need to keep things quiet, here are a few tips to navigate this tricky situation.

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Why Relevance > Resume

Why Relevance > Resume

Drew Rogers is the Founder and CEO of Relevant Youth, a student-run creative agency at the University of Missouri that empowers college students to start taking ownership of their education. As a creative entrepreneur, his dream is to help mobilize other creative people towards taking ownership of their future. This week, he shares ways to create your own industry relevance within your educational experience—which ultimately, is what will land you that job.

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4 Tips To Make Your Resume Stand Out

4 Tips To Make Your Resume Stand Out

Michael Benjamin has worked at ad agencies, design studios, and on in-house creative teams. He’s currently an adjunct teacher at the University of Colorado and the Creative Director at Anthem Branding in Boulder. This week, he shares four tips to help your resume stand out and get you an interview—just in time to refresh your resume for Fall internship/job season.

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Learning It's Okay To Not Have The Answer Right Away

Learning It's Okay To Not Have The Answer Right Away

Evva Semenowicz is a Brand Strategist at Team Eleven, a fully integrated creative agency based in the South West of the UK. She worked across life science, packaging, and immersive cinema production before making a move to brand strategy to indulge her love of people watching. This week, she shares the most important career advice she's ever received, and how it's shaped her approach to her work.

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5 Ways To Make Your Agency More Inclusive As Jr. Talent

5 Ways To Make Your Agency More Inclusive As Jr. Talent

Eileen Zhao is a Senior Strategist at FF Creative Community in New York City. As one of the 18 participants in the first cohort of the #MoreLikeMe program, a diversity initiative hosted by HP and the Cannes Lions, Eileen shares her perspective on how we can chip away at the ad industry’s diversity and inclusion problem within the walls of our agencies—even as young talent.

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