Moving from 418 to 514 thanks to an internship at Braque

Moving from 418 to 514 thanks to an internship at Braque

Stephanie Blais
Stephanie Blais

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.

Misleading stereotypes

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