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Long out of school — should I go back in order to break in?

I am 3 years out of school and only have a 3 month intership in the marketing department of a school. I was wondering what are some things you would recommend for someone who is trying to become a copywriter after being out of school for so long. I was looking into Chicago Portfolio School. Is that school any good …

AE to CW switch: scoring an internship before returning to school

Hi there,
I have been working as an AE at my agency for about 1.5 years, but like many others, have decided to make the move to copywriting. I have a degree in business, a post grad in magazine publishing (I have worked at a couple magazines before), and have been doing some CW work with my CD for the last …

What about NZ’s Media Design School?

Dear Jancy,
While researching about Portfolio schools, I stumbled upon Media Design School ( Axis Ad school) Auckland. I’m eager to know your personal rating if you know about the school.
A quick search turned up a pretty impressive shout out to this school, a top ranking from Young Guns. Have a look at the article here.
We like these insurance ads.
And here’s their …

Creatives and MBAs: to what degree is a degree useful?

Do copywriters or creative directors ever get MBA’s to be promoted to a higher leadership position? Is experience as a copywriter count as enough work experience to be accepted in MBA schools?
People in the creative jobs have all sorts of degrees and often, none. It’s a business where what matters is what’s in your portfolio, and the boss and your …

Creative Circus vs, Portfolio Center?

Dear Jancy: what are your thoughts about the Creative Circus and Portfolio Center for a prospective student in graphic design..I’ve visited both schools but still not sure where I should go. I liked the whole vibe and energy at CC but I think it might be a little more geared towards advertising. Do you think the design program at CC …

Am I too old to give my career the “rebirth” it needs?

Hi Jancy,
I’ve been an Art Director for about 15 years. In the recent years I’ve been laid off twice. As a family man, I’ve had to put my ego and pride aside and take a number of freelance jobs that I would have normally balked at. Naturally, I would never put these on my resume except for a few lesser …


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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