Am going back to my universtiy this wkd to give a talk abt breaking into the ad industry as a minority. Any advice? What do yall wish you heard before you started? How did you get your start?

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Be willing to listen. Go for non traditional roles. Got my start by just responding to a LinkedIn job post looking for ppl in social sciences background

Got my start by attending an advertising conference and then checking out the agencies for all the speakers that I met.

Be proactive. Learn from everyone. Step up without being asked. And never be shy when it comes to doing or saying the right thing. You will be remembered and respected for it.

Got my start by reaching out to the local HR manager/director on LinkedIn. Shared my resume, had a talk about my experiences and career interests and came in to interview for a freelance AAE position the next week. Now that my contracts ended she helped me get in contact with the HR Director in hopes of getting something else, but for the mean time I'm working at a record label. I guess I'd say accumulating varied experiences while also valuing/being passionate about something, in my case creative content, have allowed me to adapt at will and break into the content marketing/advertising fields.

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