At Braque, everything is possible
Last February, without any particular expectations, I applied for an internship at Braque. I would have never thought that I’d still be at Braque today. Less than a year before, I had just arrived from Quebec city, and I didn’t even know how to use the “Casserole” – our project management software program. It was a long shot.
Everyone had always told me that advertising was a very competitive environment. I was warned that I’d have to work thousands of overtime hours for a low salary and would have to do unpaid internships. When I think back on it now, it looked as though finishing my BA was going to be some kind of horror movie. So much so that at times I wondered why I wanted to work in communications. Now that I’ve finished my internship at Braque, I see my progress as an action film – pretty hectic, but all’s well that ends well, and it’s been a blast. My time at Braque doesn’t line up with all those advertising industry stereotypes at all.
A welcoming environment
The whole Braque team welcomed me into their family. Even though my internship was only going to be for the summer, I wasn’t just “the intern” to them. I quickly felt that I was a part of the team. All the stress related to job-performance and starting a new position wore off quickly. Why? Because the Braque team was there for me, helping me evolve. They didn’t want to see if I would live up to the job – they wanted to make sure that I grew and learned as much as possible! During my internship, they provided all the support and tools I needed to succeed. Working as a team is like gold. Feeling supported by a team is even more valuable.
Pushing your envelope
During my internship, I found out what my strengths and weaknesses were, and I learned what I would have to improve and what makes me stand out. During my internship, I was offered the chance to make mistakes and receive encouragement. During my internship, I pushed myself to my limits. I laughed and I learned.
At the end of it, I was offered a permanent job. A big challenge that was considered within my capacity. That’s how, having just turned 24, I officially started my professional life. In the Braque offices, with wonderful challenges to look forward to.
If you have the opportunity to do an internship, I say go for it. And all the more so if it’s at Braque. Who knows, maybe you will be the one writing this post next year. Good luck!
Author: Elizabeth Brassard, Account Services Intern - Summer of 2017