Working in an agency isn’t for everyone. Don’t let the hip culture and fully stocked kitchen mislead you, this will not be a walk in the park. The hours are long and it can definitely be overwhelming at times. The good news is if you can master agency life you can work just about anywhere.
Here are some tips to help those of you just starting out:
- Write EVERYTHING down. It can be a lot to take in at first. Every agency has their own system of doing things, and you don’t want to fall behind or be that person who asks the same question 20 times.
- Plan out your day. It’s easy to get lost in a project but you don’t want to let it consume you because trust us, you will never just be working on one project at a time. Block off chunks of your day to ensure you manage your time properly. Tip: At the end of each day, write out what you need to get done for the following day. This way when you come in the next morning you’ve already got an idea of which projects need your attention.
- Get involved. The great thing about working in an agency is that you have the opportunity to work on a wide range of different projects and tasks. When you have extra bandwidth, ask your colleagues if they need help on a project that interests you. Chances are they will be more than happy to give you a task to help out with.
- Ask for help when you need it. It’s important to remember that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. There’s nothing worse than taking on too much and letting things slip through the cracks.
- Take breaks and remember to eat. Worried about watching the time slowly pass by during the day? We can guarantee that will NEVER happen in an agency… if you’re doing your job properly, that is. Although completing your task is important, your health is too. It’s likely that you will be more productive after you’ve had a meal!
Mastering these 5 tips may take some time. We’re not expecting you to become an agency pro your first day, however implementing these tips will definitely help you feel less overwhelmed when you’re first starting out.
Best of luck!