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I want to intern during college summer break

I’m a first year advertising student at Sheridan College. I’ve just completed my first year and I am awaiting my second year. I’ve fallen in love with the industry, because of the school’s program and also because of my co-op experience at the National Post. However, I do have some concerns and …

When creative depts. need to hire…

When you need to hire in your creative department, do you put an ad in the paper? Do you just go through portfolios that have already been dropped off? Do you rely on referrals? Or do you use a creative recruitment agency?
Also, what is the best way to get a CD’s attention when phone …

Am I too scared, insecure for this business?

I love advertising Jancy, I know everything about it and I just finished my college degree and have a good book. My problem is, I am scared and I am very insecure. How can I design and think of ideas when I feel like this. Help me.
Join the club. It took us several years …

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 …

Is it just as hard to break into account management?

Dear Jancy, I know that the advertising business is hard to get into, but most of the people who I hear complaining about not getting a job are people who are into the CREATIVE SIDE of advertising. Is it the same for the business side? And if so, where can you work …

Headhunters and juniors

I was just wondering what your thoughts are on ‘headhunters’. Are they irrelevant for a junior or entry level person looking for a job?
Thanks in advance…
Headhunters don’t play much of a role in placing juniors. Agencies pay a commission to use them, and juniors are generaly easy to find without a headhunter’s help or …


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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