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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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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How To Avoid Confidentiality Slip-Ups

How To Avoid Confidentiality Slip-Ups

Confidentiality is one of those terms that you rarely hear about until something goes wrong—which sucks, because at that point, the damage has been done. Breaches of confidentiality are very serious, but totally preventable, as long as you know what to look out for. Here's your confidentiality cheat sheet so you can understand and avoid any slip-ups as you start your career.

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How To Support Your Interns As Junior Talent

How To Support Your Interns As Junior Talent

As junior talent, it might feel like just yesterday that you were the new kid, starting to learn the ropes, and familiarizing yourself with office email etiquette. Then BAM—all of a sudden, you're being asked to oversee an intern. The reality is, your close knowledge of the intern experience gives you some of the best perspective on how to support even newer-bies. Here are a few tips on supporting your interns so they're set up for success and have a positive experience overall. 

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5 Things I Learned During The First 6 Months At An Agency

5 Things I Learned During The First 6 Months At An Agency

Sarah Vella-Labrador was an intern at Goodby Silverstein and Partners for six months before she was recently hired as a Copywriter, working mostly on BMW, Doritos, Cheetos, Pepsi, and Xfinity. This week, she shares five things she learned during her 6-month internship to help you integrate into an agency while building the right skills and protecting your creative mojo.

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What To Do If You're Questioning Whether To Leave

What To Do If You're Questioning Whether To Leave

You've been at your agency for a year or two, and are starting to feel like things aren't the same. Maybe you're burnt out on a client. Or you feel like you've stopped growing the way you want to. Or you're just curious what else is out there. At the same time, you love the people you work with, and the agency where you started your career. What do you do? How do you know it's the right time to start looking for what's next? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate this period of questioning. 

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Navigating A New Business Pitch

Navigating A New Business Pitch

Winning pitches means more money coming through the agency's door. Those high stakes mean that being on a pitch can be extremely busy and stressful—but also super exciting and fun. While the exact process will vary between agencies and roles, here's roughly what you can expect when you're put on a pitch. (It'll also give you the right language to use in your next interview!)

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Common Presenting Tics And How To Get Rid Of Them

Common Presenting Tics And How To Get Rid Of Them

First things first—we all have tics when we talk. Those little things we do so unconsciously that we don't even realize we do them. Some are totally harmless, the flavor of your own presenting style. But others can be distracting and take your audience's attention away from what you're saying. Here are four super common presenting tics and tips on how to get rid of them.

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Learnings You Can Use From CES 2018

Learnings You Can Use From CES 2018

Last week, 180,000 people descended on Las Vegas to see the latest in tech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As advertisers and marketers, it's important to stay up on emerging tech—today's reveal at CES could be tomorrow's way for brands to make consumers' lives better, deliver messages or content, and build relationships. Now that the dust has settled, what can you take away from CES 2018? Here are four things we heard in Vegas that you can apply to your next project, brainstorm, or client meeting.

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How To Stand Out By Being Yourself

How To Stand Out By Being Yourself

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?

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4 Methods For Mastering Your To-Do List

4 Methods For Mastering Your To-Do List

We're all familiar with the good ol' to-do list—maybe there's one sitting next to you on your desk(top). But creating a list the same way day after day can lull you into an unproductive cycle where certain tasks get stuck on the list. To help you get more done, here are four methods for creating more effective to-do lists, gathered from all over.

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How To Give Feedback On Someone Else's Work

How To Give Feedback On Someone Else's Work

Giving feedback on someone else's work is one of the trickiest parts of our jobs, especially when you first start doing it. It's a balance of wanting to make the work better with not wanting to damage to our relationships with our coworkers. It's a skill that requires practice, so here are ways to effectively give feedback on someone else's work.

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Preparing For The Unexpected In Client Presentations

Preparing For The Unexpected In Client Presentations

Practicing your presentation skills is one thing. But anyone who's been in a client presentation knows that there are a lot of things that can throw you that you don't see coming, despite all your prep. So how do you prepare for the unexpected? Here are some curveballs that commonly come up and how to handle them.

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3 Steps To An Unstoppable Social Strategy

3 Steps To An Unstoppable Social Strategy

A common misconception regarding social strategists is that we're only responsible for promoting products and amplifying brand recognition via social media. While this is indeed one aspect of our job, anybody can post an obnoxious amount of promotional posts per day. Spoiler alert: this tactic doesn’t work. But you knew that, right?

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