Want to learn about the benefits of starting your career at a digital agency? Read on for some insights from our Creative Director, Derek Nelson, or read the full article on Glassdoor.
The start of your career—or a mid-career shift—can be overwhelming. There are so many possibilities, and the decision to pursue one path or the other can have a huge impact on the rest of your life. How can you possibly decide?
The early stages of a career don’t have to be about titles, roles, or even industries. They should be about gathering experiences and embracing opportunities. Digital agencies, however, can be an ideal place for ambitious self-starters to launch a career. Through agency work, you can discover what you’re good at by taking on a variety of experiences, roles, and opportunities. Because you interact with so many people (i.e., clients, co-workers, cross-discipline teams, partners, etc.), you become less dependent on a single manager or colleague. And you get to embrace new technologies while doing it.
Whether you’re a developer, designer, project manager, or marketer, digital agency work will give you enough data and flexibility to understand who you are, what you’re good at, and where you’ll thrive.
Landing the Perfect Agency Gig
1. Find the agencies you love.
It’s important to think about what size of agency you would like to work for. If you work for a large agency with hundreds of employees, you’re most likely to be dedicated to one or two accounts for a long time. You’ll have the peace of mind of working on projects for name brands with wide reaches while not feeling spread across too many responsibilities.
2. Take initiative.
Remember, agencies love self-starters. Don’t be afraid to reach out, even if the agency doesn’t have a job posted. When you make that contact, show passion for the agency and the work itself. Demonstrate a connection to the company’s mission and clients.
3. Tell a story (or five).
Once you land the interview, prepare to tell your stories. You can say, “I’m great at executing in uncertain environments,” but that’s not nearly as powerful as a story to demonstrate your abilities.
Want to learn about the benefits of starting your career at a digital agency? Read the full article from our Creative Director, Derek Nelson on Glassdoor.