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Copywriting from Cape Town to Canada

I’ve been a copywriter at a good agency in Cape Town for a year. Is there any chance for me to work in at an ad agency in Canada (i.e. Ogilvy)? What are the requirements that an agency needs from an applicant from South Africa?
Many South Africans work in Canada and we have an …

Should a real but dull campaign be in my book?

I’ve been working for 2 years as a copywriter, and I’m getting my book together to hunt for a new job for the first time. For the past 14 months, I spent most of my workdays executing a large global campaign for a high-profile client. Unfortunately, thanks to all the global client …

Should I stay or should I go?

I’m finally in the industry as a copywriter and have the necessary background and experience to stay in. All good. I’ve been gradually moving forward from pure interactive over the last 3 years or so, getting some TV and print experience, and taking on a more senior role at a smaller agency. …

Should I add a Masters to my work experience?

I’ve been working as an art director for about 6 years in Asia. I’ve been thinking a lot about post-graduate programs and deep inside me wants a taste of it. My husband will relocate in North America where they offer a wonderful masters degree in advertising. I thought this may be the …

Moving from IT to the ad world

I completed a masters in information systems two years ago but I really have no interest to work in IT. After, I was fortunate enough to do a course in marketing and advertising (diploma level) only to find that I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately getting an internship let alone a job is …

Can a pysch. degree get me in the ad business?

I recently finished a psychology degree here in Canada, and am very interested in finding work with an ad agency. Am I out of luck without some more industry specific education? I don’t have a ‘portfolio’ nor do I know exactly what it entails. I have no problem at all starting from …

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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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