The University of Montana - International Business + Marketing
Editor's Note: Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in an advertising agency, as well as what types of jobs you can hold at one? All week long, we'll be featuring stellar females from WONGDOODY, an advertising agency with offices in Seattle and Los Angeles. Check out yesterday's interview with planner Sydney Chernish.
It's been said here before — yesterday, in fact — but it we're going to say it again: Internships really can be your golden ticket. Jessica Tade interned at the ad agency WONGDOODY as a digital strategist for three months before a position opened up in the account management department. A familiar face and known quantity, Jessica was able to snag the assistant account executive gig.
Jessica's position keeps her running. On any given day, she'll spend her time trying to track down contact info for a celeb's agent to researching new products. She loves the variety and appreciates that the job lets her work with people across the agency. And when she's not working, Jessica enjoys music, cooking and the arts.
Laugh every day and enjoy the little things!
How did you discover your current job?
I interned as a digital strategist at WONGDOODY for three months when I found out there was an opening in the account management department. I eagerly applied and was so thankful to be given the opportunity to continue working at WONGDOODY as a full-time employee.
What is your typical day like, and what types of things do you do in your job?
Every day is different. Whether I'm hunting down contact information for Ice Cube’s agent or learning about a new product or category for a client, I love it because it keeps me on my toes and has taught me to be flexible in every way.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
By working in account management, I'm able to collaborate with every department in the agency; from our wonderful art directors, designers, copywriters and electronic production artists to our ever-talented production team and super-savvy digital strategists.
What challenges keep you awake at night?
I either work late nights or wake up early to get a head start on the day in order to let my mind rest when my head hits the pillow.
What is the biggest personal sacrifice you have to make because of your job?
Moving to California from Montana and giving up precious time with my family and friends has been challenging. However, I recently celebrated my one year anniversary of living in LA and I couldn’t be more thankful for the wonderful people I’ve met along the way; people who have made my transition to California life that much easier.
What is one lesson you've learned in your job that sticks with you?
Be ready and prepared for anything. You really have to learn to be flexible and approach each change or challenge with excitement, curiosity and vigor.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for women today, particularly those in your industry?
Finding balance between your work life and your personal life can be challenging at times, but you must always make time for you and your needs, whether it’s going to the gym, making that dentist appointment or taking your cat in for a checkup. Work can be overwhelming, but you shouldn’t let your life become chaotic because of it.
Who are your role models?
I've been fortunate enough to grow up with some extraordinary people in my life who not only taught me the importance and necessity of hard work, but also showed me how giving back can be the most rewarding experience.
What are some of the rules you live by?
Laugh every day and enjoy the little things!
What advice do you have for women who want to be in your industry?
Whether it's in work or your personal life, surround yourself with people you can learn from. Having a mentor or someone who's willing to guide you can make a world of difference.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I hope life takes me on a path where I can be challenged and pushed to learn and grow every day.
What are three things you love aside from your job?
Music! Playing the piano, violin, tenor saxophone, bassoon or my latest interest, the ukulele.
Cooking for friends and family. I have a killer enchilada recipe.
Enjoying the arts. I love live music, plays, art shows and walking around the weekend markets in LA.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
A quote I love from Albert Einstein:
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
-Interview by Brianne Burrowes