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Should I switch jobs for better opportunities (but less money)?

Hi Jancy,
I am currently in a temp-to-perm job with a medium sized agency to ultimately become a full time Digital Producer. I have been working my tail off and my boss is very happy with me. I would be surprised if I’m not made an offer after the 90 days (which is coming up). I have been offered a more …

Internship vs. “future career path” discussion… HELP!

Help me Jancy!
I have just endured months of trying to land myself an internship to no avail, until recently I got my foot in the door at a small year-old agency. I have been in contact with the MD the last couple of weeks organizing the details of an internship.
Then out of nowhere I’ve received a reply to a letter …

I was gonna work in the ad industry, but then I got high…

Dear Jancy,
I don’t know if you have been asked this before and I feel like a tool even asking, but I can’t really find an answer anywhere else. I know that most large companies use pre-employment drug tests. Does this hold true for most ad agencies? If offered a position at an ad agency will I likely be subjected to …

I’ve started in direct response, but I’m longing to get more creative

I’m a new Brand Manager/CW working in a very young DR agency with a pretty impressive clientelle (as far as DR can be considered impressive.) My aspirations are creative and being required to use words like “limited time” and “revolutionary breakthrough” is taking its toll. I love the people I work with and the products are interesting, but I’m craving …

Can I quit a new job for a better one and NOT seem like a jerk?

Dear Jancy: If you just started a job at Agency A, and three weeks later Agency B offers you a better job (more money), with better opportunities (proven track record of award wins and work that’s respected world wide), is it wrong to quit and take Agency B’s offer?
It’s just business, right? Agencies hire people and they get 3 …

How to survive the ad biz as a mommy

Hi Jancy,
First, I love your book, Pick Me. I’m waiting to hear back from grad school (VCU and the Creative Circus) right now, and have enjoyed reading it, along with a few others, in preparation for what I hope will be a successful career.
To that end: how did you both survive as females in advertising when it came time to …

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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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