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UK soon-to-be grad looking to break into the Big Apple

Hiya Jancy,
I’m a UK advertising student getting ready to graduate this year.
I have done a years work (as part of my course) in an agency in London, but it has always been my dream to cross the Atlantic after I graduate and see what the US has to offer.
I am duel nationality, so visa etc shouldn’t be a problem, but knowing where to go in an unfamiliar land is.
I have booked a trip out in June for 3 weeks to test the waters and see if I can get any work experience in some Ad agencies in New York, just to make a start.
Is it too soon for me to be looking for positions in another country?
Is taking someone on just for a week or two something agencies out there would do?
Any advice on starting to look for a job in another country would be most appreciated.
Thanks for your help!

intro UK soon to be grad looking to break into the Big AppleIt’s always more trouble for an agency to bring in someone from another country; the reason anyone would deal with immigration and all that involves is simply talent. One thing will always be true: big talent is in short supply. Your best way in is to present great work. Put together a well edited book on a well designed website and get that into the hands of the CD’s you’re interested in. An offer to work for a week as a trial run could be a good strategy. Timing for your effort should be based on your book and it’s presentation being ready. Get your cv together and line up credible references. And think through your true readiness to make a move. Agencies that are interested would typically want to fill their position fairly quickly. Immigration process aside, be sure you are truly prepared to make the move before you start looking. It wouldn’t hurt to investigate immigration rules before looking too to be able to tell CD’s what the process may require. Nancy moved to Canada and never looked back. It was well worth the effort. Good luck.

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  • Sophia Thomas

    Best of luck to you! I’m in the opposite shoes! A soon to be US grad looking to work for an Ad agency in London! :)


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