I Get By With A Little Help From…The Web

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m thankful for so much — especially this year. But I thought I’d take this time to talk about how amazing the internet is, and how helpful the advertising community has been.

A week or two ago, I posted a discussion on a LinkedIn group about entry-level strategy & planning positions. Not expecting much, I was amazed at the number of responses I received —both from other aspiring planners and established industry execs.

Sumit Roy, founder of UnivBrands and formerly of Ogilvy & Mather, volunteered to help seven of us “grow our own brands” in an effort to better prepare us to start a career in planning. Remarkable on its own, its made even more so by the fact that this is truly a global group.

We’re from the States, Sydney via London, London via Paris, Milan, and India! And we video chat at the same time. Just think about that — the number of time zones it entails — amazing.

I’m already learning a great deal about how to present my own brand to agencies, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Not to mention, it’s great to have a group of likeminded “newbies” to bounce ideas, share information, and really, just grow with! It will be great to see where we all end up in the future…and I can tell you now: look out world!

Though it launched in April 2011, I just discovered this platform and it’s awesome. A self-proclaimed “global marketplace for classes [where you can] learn real-world skills from anyone, anywhere.” Not only is it a great educational tool, but it’s great for networking too.

In the next three weeks I’ll be taking mini-classes on graphic design, social media, building an audience, and storytelling. And they’re not taught by just any old schmuck: I’ll be learning from Julian Cole and Amber Horsburgh, as well as Noah Rosenberg, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Narratively.

Before the classes have even begun, I’ve been able to connect with people from all over. I’ve even received some great feedback and advice from Julian Cole (Digital Strategy Director, BBH) about my next topic.

I’m on a learning kick as of late (clearly) — and one of my tasks is to teach myself how to code. At least the very-basics. Codecademy, as its founder told CNN, isn’t just a platform for getting coding lessons — it’s a way to stay relevant in a changing world.

While you may not agree that all students should learn coding alongside math and reading, I’m certain you’ll agree that its a useful skill to understand — even if you don’t practice in action.

I’m well on my way, and hope to be able to code my own little project to add to my portfolio in the future. I’ll keep you updated!

Several months ago, I couldn’t have told you I’d be a blogger. But now I realize doing this has been such a blessing. It’s made me a voracious reader and learner, it’s allowed me to build connections, and it’s really enhanced my confidence — both in my portfolio and in general. Not to mention, it’s led to the greatest opportunity, as I mentioned before: blogging for the Advertising Week Social Club as a student contributor!

The internet is awesome. And if you use it correctly, there are people out there who are so willing to help you learn and grow as a person and a professional.

So I’m thankful for you today, Internet: you rock.

I know, I’m on a Beatles kick. But that’s never a bad thing.


One Comment on “I Get By With A Little Help From…The Web”

  1. […] to this point, I’ve tried my best to learn as much as I can. I’ve taken extra classes, I’ve read too many books to count, […]

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