When Sherril mentioned we were getting another CreComm’er at Honest, I couldn’t help but feel excited at the chance of rivalling numbers of our design team. It was only a year ago that I came to Honest as a student, nervous and scared of the days ahead of me. Needless to say, when Audrey showed up on our doorstep Monday morning, I knew exactly how she was feeling. After reading her blog post, it feels good knowing that we made her feel just as welcome as I felt one year ago. Audrey is a positive, bright young women full of new ideas and is always willing to lend a hand. Here’s Audrey’s take on her three weeks at Honest:
It sometimes feels as if I’ve spent my whole life in school; always moving toward the light at the end of the tunnel, dreaming of the day my education will materialize into a job.
As a second-year Creative Communications student, I am close to graduating and on the cusp of entering “the real world.” Luckily for me, I was given the opportunity to go on work placement through school and get a taste of real-life job experience.
I feel like I hit the jackpot and got to spend my three weeks at Honest Agency, a full service advertising agency that specializes in branding and identity through strategic planning and design.
I enjoyed the 9-5 work schedule; Monday morning boardroom meetings which were spent going over account progress and sharing stories about our weekends. It was inspiring to witness creative minds at work and learn more about each account.
Honest provided a happy, comfortable environment and despite my initial nerves, I ended up feeling really at home there. I was even given my own desk: sharp, white, equipped with a MacBook and set up in front of sleek twigs with a view that overlooked Portage and Main. We ate lunch together most days in the office and on Fridays we enjoyed a few bevvies at the Kings Head.
I was kept busy with client work: copywriting for web, proof-reading, research, a bit of design, Christmas crafting and even helped with voiceover work for a video they were putting together. It was great to feel capable and apply what I’ve learned in school to real life projects.
Aside from everything that I learned, it was the atmosphere and people that I will remember. Watching Kerri and Roberta’s hilarious dancing, working on Christmas crafts and taking part in a photo shoot for Charcoal Collaborative were a few of the many highlights. Everyone was so charismatic and kind – they answered any questions I had and were just fun to be around.
I’m grateful for the warm welcoming to both myself and the graphic design student, Chui. The three weeks flew by and it was surprisingly sad to say goodbye. I am incredibly thankful to have had such a great experience at Honest and I was proud to be part of the team, even if only for a few weeks.
If the light at the end of the tunnel means a job at a place like Honest, then “the real world” suddenly doesn’t seem so scary.