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A summer of agency work and the beginning of adulthood

A summer of agency work and the beginning of adulthood

Stephanie Blais
Stephanie Blais

By Élisa Sabatié, Media Coordinator - Summer 2018

I waited a long time for the moment when I could finally trade the UQAM’s brown walls, where I studied for 5 years, for those of a real communications agency to finally experience what working there would be like for real. The final step separating me from my dream was 6 small credits from a mandatory internship. Mandatory doesn’t sound very attractive. Since I don’t like to do things halfway, I challenged myself to find a placement that would combine business with pleasure. I wasn’t disappointed.

This winter, right in the middle of my last university semester, I saw the Braque internship offer. For the record, I had already applied to Braque two years ago, but wasn’t chosen. However, since I am a person who doesn’t get discouraged easily, I confidently applied once again. This time, it was for a job in media coordination, an aspect of advertising that had interested me for some time. This year I was lucky enough to be chosen!

Knowing how to adapt

In our profession, being flexible is extremely important. You have to be able to “turn on a dime” as the saying goes. I started my internship with this in mind, and learned that I was going to do a 360° placement instead of working exclusively in the media department. The experience proved extremely rewarding, since I quickly found myself involved in almost all of the projects at the agency. I worked in the consulting, operations and media departments. It was quite the challenge, since I worked with teams with different pressures, issues and realities. I gradually found my rhythm, learning how to navigate between each of the departments.

I wanted to live the agency life, and boy, did I ever! No more school projects where only half the team did the work. At Braque, everyone was completely dedicated, and that was super motivating. However, I can’t deny that realizing my life as a student was finally over was a little nerve-wracking! Handing in a school project versus doing a project for a client don’t involve the same level of risk, but you end up getting used to it, and that’s what being an adult is all about!

A generous team

During my internship at Braque, I expected to learn more about my future profession by having the chance to work on real projects, since having a degree is all well and good, but doing the job for real is the best! From the very first day, the entire team welcomed me with open arms. Everyone was not only friendly and warm, but also extremely generous. Having a full-time trainee requires much more effort than you may think. At Braque, my colleagues spread the word to make my experience the most enriching possible, and I can never thank them enough!

Bring on the projects!

I was brought up to speed from the start of my placement by attending brainstorming and planning sessions, joining in client meetings and group activities. I also had the opportunity to have my own projects, under the team’s supervision. As an intern, feeling that they were confident enough to trust me with tasks to contribute to projects was extremely rewarding.

Discovering the professional world and myself

After working at the agency for three months, I decided to continue my career elsewhere, but it was my experience at Braque that allowed me to learn a lot about not only the advertising world, but also about myself on a professional level. I discovered aspects of advertising that I adore, and I was better able to understand what I am looking for in terms of a working environment and conditions.

It was a summer full of wonderful meetings, lots of learning, and tough challenges. I feel fortunate to have been a part of this team of incredible human beings. If you are thinking about signing up for the placement at Braque this year, my advice to you is to go for it, and not be afraid to try, because as they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Photo credit: Béatrice Munn