Life As An RMD Advertising Intern
Being an intern can evoke a variety of emotions from excitement to stress and everything in between. Being in a new environment can be scary, but it is important to embrace the opportunity you are presented with and jump in feet first.
Life in an advertising agency is fast-paced, exciting, stressful, and fascinating all in one. There are always deadlines to be made, work to be done, and clients to please, which keeps everyone on their toes at all times. Something can come up at any moment and you need to be prepared to jump in and help diffuse the situation at any time.
5 things that I have learned thus far at RMD Advertising:
1. Time management – it is important to prioritize your tasks. Understanding which tasks are time critical, which are best to be done in the morning vs. afternoon, and which need to be re-prioritized in order to complete other tasks that may come up.
2. Stress management – life can get stressful in an agency. It is important to know when to take a deep breath and keep on going or when you need to take a step back and regroup. Managing your stress will allow your days to run much smoother!
3. Ask questions & take (lots & lots of) notes! – If you don’t know something, just ask! Someone will be willing to help point you in the right direction. Also, take lots of notes so you can refer to them in the future to get the tasks done.
4. Learn from your mistakes – nobody is perfect and as an intern, you are bound to make mistakes. When a mistake is made, let everyone know, do what you can to fix the problem, and/or offer your help in finding a solution! Learning from your mistakes will help you grow both personally and professionally.
4. Explore your strengths & weaknesses – find out what you excel in and in what areas you could use more work. Soak up every opportunity you have to learn everything you can about an ad agency to find out where your strengths really lie.
In order to succeed, it is important to remember that you aren’t always going to have the answers. It is important to do the best work you can do and ask for help when it is needed. Be confident in who you are and the work you produce, enjoy what you do, and never stop smiling!