I oversee current accounts and develop new business at a creative agency.
I get to choose when I come in to the office. As long as I work an 8 hour day and I come in before 10am, I'm good. I work with an amazing group of people and everyone collaborates creatively in order to produce the best work we can. We work really hard but I enjoy interacting with everyone. I typically have client calls set up, make sure all my current projects are on track, that my team and clients are happy, and I handle some business development. Oh and there's ping-pong and beer Fridays.
Hands on experience is invaluable. I also think customer service experience is invaluable as well. Whether it's in restaurants, retail, whatever. Working in a service industry can be very valuable if you use your experiences to become more self aware. When you serve others, you interact with a lot of different people in different situations and get to see the good, bad and ugly. I think this experience builds maturity and character and will help you throughout your career.
Here's the first step for college students
Work Hard! I feel like a lot of kids out of college these days expect a high paying job out of school, with no prior work experience. The truth is, work is hard! You have to put in your time. I did outside sales for 2 Fortune 500 companies and a lot of the time, it sucked. But I gained an incredible amount of experience, which opened the door at Column Five. I think the key is starting with a company you enjoy working for with people you like. Then gaining that experience is fun!
"I can't believe you are going to drive from California, through Central America, to Panama! You're crazy! You just finished college so why don't you get a good job? You're going to throw it all away to get robbed in Mexico, kidnapped in Guatemala or killed in El Salvador? When you get back, all of your friends and peers are going to have good jobs, a head start and they will gain valuable job experience. After all your hard work in school, you're going to give that up?"