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Making Decisions: Big Agency vs. Small

2014-07-10 18.09.06Hey Readers! It’s a beautiful day in Chicago and I’m currently waiting for my boss to get in, so I thought I’d blog. I’ve been thinking about the topic of big agency vs. small, and whether I really want to work for such a large agency. Don’t get me wrong, Ogilvy is amazing! However, I feel like with a big agency, the job you have is the job you have. If you work in account management, that is your job. By that I mean, you won’t be making creative decisions or dabbing in social media, etc. You have your role, and that’s what you’ll do.

Being an account manager is rewarding because you do work with many people, trying to make sure the client is happy and that the work is being done. You are the contact between the client and the agency. It’s a big role in many ways, but I’ve been wondering if I want to do more. Do I want to be at an agency where I do more than just be an account manager? Or would I be happy doing this in the long run?

I only have one semester left at Ohio U, and I have to start thinking about jobs. Do I want to do advertising? Do I want to do PR? Where do I want to live? Do I want to work at a big agency or a small one? All of these questions are swirling around in my head and currently I have no idea what I want. I guess this summer will help me figure things out.

To finish the post up, I thought I’d give a list (based on my experiences) of the pros and cons of a big agency vs. small agency.

Big Agency

Pros

  • You get to work with big brands
  • You meet and work with many different types of people
  • Big agency means big perks (name recognition on your resume is one)
  • Big agency could also mean big company culture (Ogilvy has many fun events for it’s employees to attend)

Cons

  • You’re stuck in your niche
  • Turnover rate is very high
  • Pay is not great

Small Agency

Pros

  • Your work is more versatile and you’re not stuck in your niche
  • You know the names of everyone you work with
  • Smaller brands but more freedom creatively

Cons

  • You could potentially work twice as many hours
  • Pay is not great
  • Not as many perks of being at a big agency (company culture wise)

Well this list kind of helps me, but after this summer we’ll see where the chips fall. Have a wonderful Friday readers!

x KMSH

Why a Virtual Internship, Why not?

photoI was recently approached with an internship offer this fall, the quirk? It’s virtual. Today I was officially offered the position and I accepted. My roommate made the joke saying she’s not surprised… personally I am. I, like many Scripps students I know, work very hard but sometimes things just don’t end up happening. The one thing that I believe set me a part from other candidates? Passion. Virtual internships are wherever you are and if you aren’t passionate about it, do not expect to be able to work from home. The question is, why did I accept? I am taking 19 credit hours, am a brand ambassador for two companies and do PR for a non-profit. Why in the world would I want another job on my agenda? Because it’s an opportunity I cannot afford to miss. The agency is based in NYC and has clients all around the country. They worked at New York Fashion Week and have many clients in the fashion and beauty industry. That is my dream so I am going to do whatever it takes to get there. Even if it means constant coffee refills and catching up on sleep on the weekends.

Why should you apply to virtual internships? Why not? You get to work at home and usually at your own pace. Yes, these positions are usually not paid but welcome to the world of internships, where paid internships are like pulitzer prizes and only a few people get them. The best of the best applicants are offered paid internships and they usually have passion for what they do. Who knows? Maybe this virtual internship could lead to a summer internship wherever it’s based out of. Maybe even paid if you did an amazing job. My advice to you readers who are fretting about not having as many internships as you should is apply to virtual internships. It can’t hurt right? If you want to stand out from the post-grad cesspool of applicants, you’ll need experience. What better way than working for a great company from your room?

All in all just think about it. The most life changing opportunities are usually the ones we miss out on and regret later. And if you have a dream to be working in NYC after college, virtual internships may be your best bet. PR especially is all about who you know, not just what you know so freshen up your resume and apply.

Here’s a fun article I saw today “The 100 Things Every 20-Something Needs to Realize.”

http://elitedaily.com/life/the-100-things-every-20-something-needs-to-realize/

x KMSH

When things get busy

photo 3Hey readers! I did it again and trailed off and forgot to blog… It’s been very hectic. I have classes, meetings, sorority recruitment and I’m ready for bed right now. Luckily tomorrow I don’t have class till 1:30 but I’m still going to bed before midnight. If I don’t I may regret it later.

I usually deal with a hectic, busy schedule. I love it because I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m bored. Sure, Saturdays and Sundays are for relaxation, that’s fine. During the week I can’t just sit there and do nothing. If I do nothing I’ll most likely fall asleep. Funny thing is though my roommate Elisabeth pointed something very interesting out to me yesterday: even though we are always go–go–go we still enjoy sleeping in. Some workaholics wake up at 7:30 a.m. naturally. I can easily sleep till noon. That being said, I am not a morning person. Never have, never will be and coffee is my best friend. Well coffee or a diet coke (which tastes so good in the morning!).

My best advice for if you are starting to live the life of an overachieving college student:

1. Get some rest: It’s still important for you to function naturally. After awhile you could become immune to the effects of caffeine. Do you want to drink six cups a day? I think not.

2. Hydrate: Water is your friend. It is good for you and will help you keep going throughout the day. Coffee and other caffeine products will dehydrate you so please hydrate and grab some water on your way out for the day.

3. Manage your time: Everyone manages their time differently. I like to write everything out into a planner so I remember. I also keep a digital copy. Just remember to leave a little 30 minute break in there every now and then.

If you follow these three tips you will survive the life of an overachiever. Trust me, you do not want to overdo it. I almost passed out during my sorority’s recruitment this past weekend. It was NOT GOOD. So if you don’t do what I did and get some rest you’ll be able to function as you normally would.

x KMSH

Post-Abroad Adventure Rut

IMG_0649I left Ireland over a month ago… it’s strange to think I was in an amazing city working in their parliament for two months, then I just packed up my bags and headed home. I’m in a rut. I miss Dublin. I miss the city. I miss the excitement of all the people. I miss walking on streets that are older than anyone I know. I just miss it.

I didn’t travel as much as I thought I would. I didn’t feel like traveling alone to other places. See that’s the thing, when you do the independent program, it is TRULY independent. I am thankful for that. I learned so much more about myself than I could’ve imagined. I now know I love visiting Europe, but I hate touristy things. I walked by the Trinity Library, looked at the line, and continued walking. When I lived in Germany I saw many, many amazing Cathedrals, Castles, parks, etc. but now I just like to sit and watch. I find the best thing you can do in a foreign country is find a cafe, sit there and watch. Watch the people go by about their daily lives. I find it’s more interesting than the Mona Lisa any day, which by the way is super tiny. It was a total let down.

If anyone of you readers is in the post-abroad adventure rut, I feel your pain. Athens is a cool place. I don’t agree it is the most amazing place on earth like many people I know. I think I am getting to the point where I am ready to move on and graduate. Scary as that sounds I’m ready for another adventure. I have a year and a half left to make my mark on Athens. I’ll do it. Then I’ll move on. But for now I’m going to get some sleep. I suggest the same if you’re reading this right now and are feeling the same way. Otherwise, pick up a book or a journal, laptop, anything. Let it all out and get excited for what lies ahead. You’ve traveled around the globe, so who knows what amazing adventures are in store for you! I have a feeling, mine will be pretty fantastic.

x KMSH

P.S. I need to learn how to discipline myself better with these posts… I think I’m going to have to schedule them. “Write blog post 30 minutes before sleep.”

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby