Whenever someone asks what a normal day at an agency is like, I laugh. Normal?
Here’s an example: Your neat to-do list is on your desk and you’re checking things right off. By 4 p.m., you feel like you’ve had a productive day. All that’s left is a news release, some web copy to write and a few media calls to make.
You’re working away on the news release that has to go out before the end of the day and another client calls. They have a new project for you. Oh, and they needed it yesterday.
Meanwhile, an e-mail comes in about another client’s crisis situation and other e-mails trickle in about various other small projects that require intense research. These projects are due ASAP.
So what do you do?
Throw that to-do list out the window and make a new one. Prioritize what’s most important on that day and realize this is normal. You don’t get a syllabus, course outline or rubric in real life, especially if you want to work at an agency.
And, that’s why I was so drawn to working in an agency environment. Every day is different and your skills are challenged.
Here are a few tweets about working at an agency. What would you add?
@rebeccaodell Hectic and rewarding. Agencies move at a quick pace and give you an opp to work on various projects for varying clients.
@smt504 As an intern: It’s a fast-paced and fun learning experience. Be ready for anything and everything.
@Top_Drawer It’s like being inside a box but thinking outside of it!
@JasMollica My firm has been the most challenging and rewarding PR post I’ve held. Everyday is something different. Great learning exp.