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Do I need an ad-specific education to break in as a CW?

Well, it appears as though I’ve caught the ad bug. While working as a legal intern for Deckers Outdoor Corporation, I began to realize that my passion for my job is really just the joy I experience from working for a series of brands (in this case Ugg, Simple, Teva, Mozo, Tsubo, and Ahnu shoes).
I am about to graduate with …

What do you think of BYU Ad Lab?

I’m looking at Brigham Young University’s Advertising program. Do you know anything about it? Would you recommend it?
Looking at the ad program’s microsite, there are signs it’s a good school: some really decent work in the BYU Adlab portfolio, a list of top agencies they “collaborate” with, as well as which agencies currently employ alumni. Students have found jobs at …

I want to be an AD, but I’m no computer whiz

Dear Jancy,
I recently graduated from UCF this past December and have taken to looking at Portfolio Schools for art direction. I’ve zeroed in on VCU and MAS as my top two, but looking over the applications I am feeling a sense of panic. I want to show them my best work possible, but I am not proficient in InDesign and …

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 …

An AD in my school, but a planner in my heart

Hi Jancy, I am in my third year of advertising design. I have always wanted to be an art director, but for some reason I don’t feel that passion my friends have for this business. Adding to it every lecturer says “I know creative people hate research and just want to create ideas…” but I hate creating ideas and love …

Is my ad school a waste of money?

Hi Jancy,
So here is my dilemma, I’m currently enrolled in a graduate program for advertising at a school in Chicago that’s not necessarily renowned since the program is relatively new. While I’m not leaning towards the creative track and I can see myself on the account side, I’m still worried that this program is not the right fit. The courses …


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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