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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 …

My CD wants on-strategy but boring work, but I want ‘cool’ stuff

i think my cd & strat planner are over-analyzing ad ideas. they always reject our team’s ‘cool’ ideas, and go for the bland, safe stuff. i have to admit they r on strategy, and the cool stuff are somewhat ‘streched’. anyway, judging from the output, i find they’re boring & still think the cool stuff is better. at least different …

How do I go about looking for an internship?

I’m a 3rd year advertising student at my university but I’m having trouble finding internships. What’s the best way to approach looking for internships? Are there any good websites that list internships? Even if a company does not have internship information on their website should I e-mail them anyhow? Also what do people expect an intern to have? Should I …

I’m having trouble taking criticism without emotion — HELP!

Hi Jancy,
I’m still a student at design/ad school but I have a problem which I would really like to find a solution for before I get out there in the working world.
I am horrible at dealing with criticism. I love receiving it and find getting feedback on my work very valuable, but my body has a different response to it …

How long is “too long” when looking for an internship?

Hey Jancy,
I’m reading Pick Me right now and am finding it very reassuring, so thanks for putting it out. While I was in school my main instructor told us not to worry about being a copywriter or an art director. He told us to let the agency decide when they hired us. From what I’ve read in Pick Me this …

Good ideas are universal, English grammar is not. HELP!

Hello, I’m a brazilian copywriter who loves to travel.
And my major goal is work abroad.
I love to meet different cultures and interesting people.
But I need to practice my english.
There’s no problem to speak and understand what the people are saying.
But, as you can see, my grammar is awful.
Do you think is indispensable to know the grammar well?
Good ideas works on …

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About Jancy

'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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