Graduating from portfolio school in a few months and they are having us start gathering a list of our top 10 agencies. Curious who would go on yall's

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Martin, W+K, 72, Droga you end up there you can go almost anywhere after, then top 3 local agencies at whichever city you want to live in most (places that are smaller but mighty like Highdive, Instrument, Mojo supermarket) Then 3 that you can comfortably move up in and have lots of offices Ogilvy, FCB global, Havas, R/GA etc

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Really great way to break it down, probably will end up structuring my list like this. Thanks!

One of my portfolio school professors helped me with mine. I wanted to work at an independent, midsized agency on one of the coasts. My professor suggested Wieden, Mother, Mischief, Anomaly, Erich & Kallman, Lightning Orchard, Martin, and McKinney. It was helpful because he was very honest about where he thought I could go based on my work from and personality in class. My friends had similar preferences, and they got different suggestions from him based on their work and personalities.

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My program was a grad program. I was in a similar boat where my undergrad professors weren’t very knowledgeable about agencies. My grad school professor was fresh from the industry, having worked in agencies only two years prior to teaching. He also taught all the portfolio classes for the entirety of the program, so he got to know our skills and personalities very well. I was skeptical spending the money to go back to school, but the attention and guidance were so worth it.

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was in the same boat earlier this year so i made a list. these arent all necessarily agencies i wanna work at, but at least they’re recognizable. i’m sure there’s some missing but it’s a start!

preacher
wieden
goodby
vlmy&r
mullen lowe
translation
dentsu
mekanism
72 & sunny
cramer-krasselt
fcb
havas
highdive
pereira o’dell
okrp
leo burnett
bbdo
ddb
mischief
erich & kallman
mother
gut
martin
gsd&m
grey
deutsch
venables bell
360i
anomaly
arnold

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Lots of good stuff here!! Though if you're looking for some smaller / independent shops, Minneapolis ones are worth a look. Mono, Colle McVoy, Periscope, Fallon, etc.

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If you had the choice, would you go to Mischief or Mojo?

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Damn that's a tough one. I really like the diversity of Mojo and the owner seems like a young, cool guy that "gets it." They've also have had a fair amount of really cool stuff come out. That being said, seems like Mischief wins new business every other week, and I really like the stunty, PR stuff they do. I would probably have to flip a coin lmao

Also if you are leaning towards smaller, independent shops or bigger agencies

Lean towards independent almost always

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Im from Toronto, here's my list.
1. Rethink
2. Zulu Alpha Kilo
3. FCB Canada
4. Lg2
5. Ogilvy
6. Broken Heart Love Affair
7. BBDO
8. Mosaic

(Can't think of more tbh)

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