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Looking to start in a more “nurturing” agency


I have a question about the advertising agency atmosphere. I’m in school right now, about to start looking for my first position at an agency, and I’ve heard a lot of stories about all agencies being cut- throat etc. I’m not interested in the type of job where you give up your life for a paycheck. What kind of advice can you offer to someone who wants to be in advertising but is more interested in a smaller, more “nurturing” (for lack of a better word) environment? Thanks.

intro Looking to start in a more nurturing agencyWe’ve been at Ogilvy for so freakishly long in large part because of the positive environment. We’ve never been able to understand how people can get out of bed in the morning to go into a back-stabbing hell hole. Yes, there are quite a few. But certainly not all. Note that size has very little to do with it; some big agencies (like ours) are nurturing and positive, while some of the smaller ones are the worst offenders. Look at who is at the top and you get your answers on who to work for and who to avoid like, well, SARS. Ask professors and working creatives about reputations. All the clues are out there.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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