10 Things I’ve Learned From Working in an Ad Agency

Everyone says time flies as you get older and I’m finally starting to realize it. No matter how much you enjoy each day and make the most of it, there is never enough time. I honestly can’t believe it. One year ago I was fresh out of college and ready to start my first job at the only agency I wanted to be at.

This means today is my one year anniversary at LEAP. In my opinion, agency life might possibly be the only way of living. I work in a kickass agency with crazy talented people and I’m kind of addicted to my job.

Just to give you a little history, I started at LEAP as an intern in Feb 2013. After being very persistent to get hired, I was brought on full time right after graduation. Since then I’ve taken on all of our social media clients, email marketing, PR, some light SEO work, and a lot of blogging. I thrive through my work and absolutely love what I do.

With that being said, I want to share some things with you that I’ve learned over the past year:

1.) It’s next to impossible to actually work 9-5. It’s more like 8-6.

2.) Your coworkers are more than just coworkers. They very quickly become some of your best friends. Or as we like to say, “real world friends”

3.) You literally learn something new everyday. And by new, I mean, “mind-blowing new”.

4.) It’s totally acceptable to drink at work. I’m a fan.

5.) 96% of the agency will be wearing jeans and a t-shirt everyday. (This was a huge shock for me.)

6.) You’ll see a lot of people come and go. This is a good thing though. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many talented people in the past year because of all of the change and movement.

7.) It’s very easy to go out to lunch everyday and forget that it’s not healthy. Beware.

8.) Be prepared for spur-of-the-moment projects and meetings. You never know when a new task or meeting invite will pop up.

9.) Also be prepared for people to be late for meetings. Agencies run on a different kind of clock.

10.) Lastly, you better love where you work and who you work with. After all, you’re going to spend the majority of your time at this place, with these people.

My advice… open your mind, share your ideas, and enjoy the ride.



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