Of working in advertising agency

A lot of people think that working in advertising agency is cool, is fun, is……*fill in the blanks*

Which is kinda true, at times.

Today, let me tell you the how working in an agency is like, specifically, in Account Service department.

First of all, agency is a really really tough environment. It is NOT as glamorous as you might think it would be. But one thing, it is fun. Really. Although it’s hard and tiring, it’s fun, and I don’t know why, but from 3 agencies I’ve had worked with previously, I always find the people interesting and really fun to be with, which is good, as you need fun people and environment to release the work stress.

Secondly, working hour. Yes, agencies do have official working hour like other companies. Usually it will be 8-9 hours per day. But, believe me, it won’t happen. Wait, it does happened, once in awhile. Most of the time, you will be working around the clock, sometimes until wee hours in the morning.

I’m not saying that everyone who works in an agency will have to work around the clock. There’s exception for those in Administration or Finance departments, and sometimes Marketing. But for Account Service and Creative team? Forget it. I literally had almost no social life when I was still working in agencies.

Client Servicing team is the punching bag in an agency. You got scolded from North East South West Up Down. Superior, Creatives, Clients,….you could get scolded/shouted at by them. Maybe mostly are from clients. Most clients are nasty, if you asked me. I’m not saying that there are no nice clients out there. There are! And I’ve experienced a few of them. But some are just plain nasty. How nasty you asked? Well, sometimes they expect too much from us and pay peanuts, did way too many revisions, couldn’t make up their mind, and what pisses me off at times is when they keep on rushing us for artworks and they keep on saying “It’s urgent! It’s urgent!” and after we had rushed the artworks and finally sent them, they took their sweet time to give approval, and on some rare occasions, they keep it on hold.

And I thought you said it’s urgent?

Some people think Accounts team’s work is nice. We got to meet lots of different people from both small and big companies. Well, what I can say is if you’ve never worked in an advertising agency before, you will never know how it feels like.

But please don’t be afraid of working at agencies just because I’m saying this, alright? This is just my personal views and opinions. Of course there are advantages of working in an agency, such as: you got to network with lots of people which will be useful in the future, you learned how to deliver excellent service for client, how to keep on smiling (or putting a fake smile) although you are hella pissed off (including when you are talking on the phone), how to think and solve problems quickly, how to deal and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and levels, etc. These are just some of them, which can be applied to any job in any industries out there.

There were times I regretted of studying Mass Comm, there were times I felt like creating a voodoo doll of my client, there were times I threw out the F words cos of depression, there were times I felt happy from the satisfaction of completing a project and saw the smile or big grin on client’s face.

Good and bad, working in agencies played a role in shaping me to who I am today, until I (and my last Account Manager) realized that I am just not that suitable to work in an advertising agency 🙂

It’s time to move to the next step and hopefully I will be able to land on something I’m really good at soon 🙂

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My last day at the opis

So I’ve finally resign from the company. There were a few reasons why, but I guess I’d better keep it to myself 😉
Anyway, these are the photos from my last day there.
Laydees and gentlemen, THIS:
is the AE’s area!
LOL! I got various comments when I post this pic on FB.
“Wow!”
“Scary sia!”
“Why is there someone hunching at the corner?…”
“Still manage to catch a glimpse of nice lappies =)”
“So cool! Can’t see the table anymore!”
LOL I guess it’s kinda …erm…cool yet scary at the same time? Super messy wei!
The table on the front right side was mine. Nehh, the one with a blue bottle and a magazine on the MacBook. The table in front of mine was not occupied. Errm.. can be said that it was our “everything also put there” table :p
After work, we all went for my farewell dinner at Newton Circus *nonit to go so far from opis*
But not everyone can make it tho, only the ladies 🙂
Munching on yummy yummy chicken wings~

Gillian, the drink so shiok izzit? Lol!
Thanks for the nice dinner, ladies!! ^^
Gonna miss all of you!!

Last one!!

Just came back from Jogja yesterday for Nike Warehouse Sale (again). It was a sudden decision tho. At first, I didn’t have to go as I have another project which the dateline is…TOMORROW! /die.

So yea, after an exhausting 4 days at Jogja (altho it was MUCH MUCH better than our first and second NWS. Lol), here I am back at opis, sitting down with the designer to finish the ongoing project. Die la still so much to do. Lol…

Will update quite slow.

Kthxbye!

Bz bz bz bz bz bz…

I thought when the end of year is approaching, I’d (I mean…all of us at the office) be more relax, but I was tooootally wrong! I haven’t felt my weekends for the last couple of months *they just passed me by without me realizing it – ok, that’s a bit overrated, but it’s kinda true 😦 *, and with projectS coming ahead, most probably I won’t have my Christmas holiday. How sad can that be?

On the other note, my office is gonna have a new home! New DT-ers are coming in and there’s no more space for all of us, so we need to move out to a new home 🙂

At first, the moving out plan was for next year. But suddenly, it all changed, and we’re gonna move out in 2 weeks!! Yeap, 2 weeks from now! So fast!

Oh well, at least I’ll be able to feel the new office before I resign :p