Our final day :(

How can I describe my time here at William Joseph?? In one word… amazing!!

This has been one of the best experiences I have had in a long time. Being in school for the last 4 years is no comparison to what I have witnessed and experienced in the last couple of days at William Joseph.

Today we had a chance to go offsite to a client meeting where the team pitched their concept. I have always thought that I was fairly good at presenting, but watching Scott, Jason, and Liz today made me realize I could learn a thing or two from them! They were fantastic! They were so engaging, and the main reason why is that they were so passionate about the idea that they were presenting; and over the course of the pitch you could tell that they had done their due diligence and that really, it was the right course of action and the best idea for them! I can honestly say that I am a little bit sad to go home, and if living in Calgary was not so expensive, they may have not been able to get rid of me . . .

I want to thank everyone at the office for putting up with all of my questions but most importantly for being so friendly and inviting! I am not sure where my career path will take me in the next couple of years, but if I am lucky enough to end up at company like William Joseph, I can say that it will be great career and an ultimate dream come true! – Intern1 aka Lacy

Day two of our captivity…continued

After an evening exploring downtown on the C-train with my partner in crime Lacy, a good night’s sleep, and more than a few cups of coffee I was ready to take on Day 2.

We started the morning off down in the Monkey Room with the Strategy team. There wasn’t any monkey business; instead we did do some real great exercises in creative thinking. One thing that has really been impressed on me today is the impact of creative thought on the entire marketing process. The team is really great at bringing creativity into both strategy and design for their clients. It has encouraged me to try to practice actively thinking outside the box in the future.

Then it was off to help with a few administration duties upstairs, before meeting with the CEO in the boardroom. We were able to sit in on a video conference with a potential client. It was great to listen in on the meeting and try to understand the clients’ requirements and vision for their organization (which is going to be a very exciting addition to Saskatoon!- But I’m not allowed to talk about it because we had to sign a non-disclosure agreement). Ryan Townend, William Joseph’s CEO was able to describe all of the ways that the agency would be able to help them reach their goals and make the impact that they are looking for. I was very impressed by the relationship that starts to develop from the very first meeting with a client! It was also an awesome opportunity to meet the men behind William Joseph and get to discuss their company and the industry; they have really opened my eyes to the world of opportunity both inside and outside of Saskatchewan.

Next, we sat in on a meeting between Strategy and Design while they planned for an upcoming presentation. The staff here are very hard-working and kept busy with several of the projects that they have on the go, but still make time to share a few jokes and have some fun. Afterward, we stuck around and had an excellent discussion with Scott Hartley, Director of Client Services; it was so interesting we almost forgot to go to lunch! I had my first experience with a Calgary food truck over lunch before returning to the office to spend the afternoon updating contact lists and analyzing clients’ use of social media sites.

It’s been another great day, and I’m looking forward to Day 3 tomorrow!
– Intern2 aka Cera

Day two of our captivity…

Today at the office was a very busy and eventful day! We started off with a ‘Smartshare’ meeting where we got the chance to learn some great creativity techniques that help to get your creative juices flowing. We went through a number of exercises, which were a lot of fun and good for a laugh when I realized that there were others that shared in my sense of humor! In the end after a couple of exercises, I learnt that I am actually creative! Who knew?!!

Afterwards we got a chance to sit in on a meeting with a potential new client and the CEO Ryan Townend. I have to say this was the highlight of my day getting a chance to see Ryan work his charismatic charm! And the only thought I had afterwards was, that if more businesses had the chance to listen to Ryan, they would understand the importance of a good marketing campaign and how beneficial it is for a company’s bottom line. It was really a great experience getting a chance to see how everyone at William Joseph is so incredibly dedicated to helping their clients succeed.

I also had the opportunity to experience a food truck here in Calgary for the first time, and I have to say the food was incredible, which was surprising to me since I was expecting it to be a lot like food you would find at the fair every year.

After one more meeting in the afternoon and some other tasks around the office, it has been an amazing learning experience, one that is above and beyond any classroom experience I have ever had. One thing I have really taken from today, is the fast pace work environment/industry that all the staff encounters on a daily basis, and all I can say is WOW! Their ability to work on multiple projects, all with different deadlines, and budgets is enough to make my head spin! Yet they handle the stress of it all as if it were the most common thing in the world and I respect the heck out of that!! – Intern1 aka Lacy

Day 1 at WJ – continued

After an early morning flight from Saskatoon, I’ve had a long but wonderful day in Calgary at the William Joseph Communications office.  It’s been a pleasure to meet everyone that I have so far, and interesting to learn about them and what they do on a daily basis.

There is a very comfortable and collaborative atmosphere, and a great team assembled here at William Joseph (including a staff member’s dog who has kept me on my toes today).  It’s been educational and insightful to observe the staff of different departments working together, and the flow of project materials from one to the other.  While I’ve learned a lot in my courses, it can’t compare to observing a real agency in action. The staff has been great, answering our questions and showing us around. We’ve even been given our own project to work on!

The opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes look at some past and current campaign materials, and sit in on a real project meeting has been indescribably rewarding.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for us tomorrow. – intern2 aka Cera

Day 1 at WJ – our interns report in…

Today has been an amazing experience so far into the world of advertising; and what’s great is that there are still 2 days left, which means that there is still a lot to see and learn! What I can say so far is that all the classroom learning cannot compare to what it is like to actually be in the center of it all. In any business school you spend a lot of time working in groups, and every professor will assure you that collectively you will come up with better quality ideas then when you work alone. I personally have had good and (more often than not) bad experiences working in groups. You know the experience I am talking about! That one group where one person does all the work because there is that one mysterious group member that no one seems to know or have ever met. One thing that absolutely impressed me today at the office was the level at which the staff at William Joseph works together, and ultimately the culture that they have created. The staff here is not just a group brought together on a common project, but instead a extremely strong team all dedicated to a high level of customer service, and as such they produce some amazing ideas and executions. I would feel very lucky to be part of a company like this that not only has each other’s back, but can do it with a smile and joke along the way! I am excited to see what the rest of the week has to offer and what else I can learn while I am here! – Intern1 aka Lacy

Interns again…

Intern Laurel writing to you once again from downtown Calgary.

I sit here as the clock nears 4:30 (AKA quitting time) and am in awe of the level of stuff I have been exposed to in such a short time. Amazingly, I can say that all of which been positive and extremely informative of WJ and the industry itself. Also, I have managed to get a free meal and a few coffees out of the deal. Speaking of which, “Serious Heather” even remembered how I take my Starbucks, now that isn’t love folks, I don’t know what is..

Day two has been quite the collage of activities including; talking shop with the strategy department, hanging with the account managers, eating fish, watching strategy and creatives play together!

Well I better skedaddle, I clearly have to put more thought into my dining out choices for this evening because last night’s quick decision resulted in bad sushi. Frankly, I am lucky to be alive today and what would you all do without my pearls of wisdom & humorous antidotes? That’s what I thought, you would probably just go back to your daily lives…