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So as far as workflow goes, it's a little bit more than I had originally expected. Prior to beginning PATHS, I assumed it would be like any other job with children. I knew there would have to be planned activities, and I knew there would have to be more than one a day, but I didn't think they would have to be planned, typed up, actual lesson plans.
The lesson plans are a detailed explanations of each activity that will be done that day, we do 3 in one day. Based on the theme of the day, the person responsible for that day is responsible for creating the lesson plan explaining each activity. For example, I just created a lesson plan about gossip. I needed to create 3 different activities, and explain how each activity would be done. In addition to the 3 detailed activities, I also need to come up with 2 "back up" activities in case the others don't work out too well. Each lesson needs to be sent to our supervisor each Friday prior to the upcoming week, so there is definitely a deadline. Our supervisor needs to be able to approve each activity before the next week, in order to be sure that we are following the PATHS curriculum.
PATHS itself incorporates a lot of teamwork. Each day in the classroom requires that the counselors work together as a team, and so do the lesson plans. Since there are 3 lessons that need to be created for each week, we as a group split up the lessons so that we are all sharing the work and cooperating. The same goes for in the classroom, it is extremely important that all of us are on the same page and are working together in order for each day to run smoothly.
Even though I usually prefer to work individually, I've become accustomed to working together with my group. It makes it a lot easier for both the work inside the classroom, as well as when I am creating lessons. :)
As I continue my journey to explore the exciting advertising world at J. Walter Thompson, I've been learning a lot more about myself as well. All the events, workshops, talks and discussions have given me many thoughts about what I want for my career. As many people say, internships are windows for you to take a look at the real world, YOUR future world.
Last week, we had a screening of a panel discussion that took place at Cannes last month. Hosted by JWT and The New York Times, "Women Aren't Creative?" discussed the challenges that women in advertising face to understand why women are so underrepresented in leadership roles in creative industries. It was a great discussion that left you with many open answers. One topic that I remember the most was the work/life balance topic. People in advertising don't have a work/life balance, that was what most of the extremely talented and successful women in the panel said, especially if you're in a leadership role. We don't have a 9 to 5 daily schedule, our schedule depends on projects and deadlines that we have. Sometimes we are done with work at 4pm, sometimes we don't leave the office until after midnight. It's a part of the job. However, people who love advertising don't mind it. At this point, after three internships, I know I want to work in this industry. I know it is not going to be an easy career, but I love what advertising can offer me. It offers me the opportunity to be creative, to design pretty things, and possibly make a change. It offers me a platform to communicate to and interact with people. Am I willing to trade in long, unpredictable work hours and constant work pressure for those things? I think I am.
A co-worker asked me last week: "Why do you want to work in advertising?" in our conversation about the industry. We were discussing about the bad impression that many people have when they think of advertising, that advertising was all about profit and selling more products. I said I liked advertising because it had the possibility to do good things. Look at the recent works that won Lions at the Cannes Festival of Creativity. Virtual girl "Sweetie" helped tracked thousands of sex predators. Coca Cola's "Hello Happiness" phone booths helped hundreds of workers make calls to talk to their families. Melbourn's "Guilt Trip" campaign persuaded young people in Australian cities to visit their parents in the country. Those are three of many, many good advertisement campaigns out there that are making an effort to make the world a better place. That's the kind of advertising that I love, the kind of advertising that I want to be a part of.
A good internship is one that teaches you a lot about the industry and makes you excited for what you do. A great internship is one that teaches you about the industry, all the good and the bad, then inspires you and reminds you of the reasons why you want to work in that industry. Based on those criteria, my JWT internship is surely a great one, and you'll see me stick around in this industry for a long time.
Because we are working in live TV, things change every day. On my internship days, there is "Bridge Street" from 10-11 am, the Noon News from 12-12:30, and the night news from 5-6:30. I get to choose what I want to focus on for each broadcast. Today for "Bridge Street" I sat with the CG (graphics) person to learn more about that. It is one of the areas that I don't spend a lot of time with so I try to sit down there for a few broadcasts every few weeks. In the time between "Bridge Street" and the noon news, we check for tasks to be completed by the production department. These tasks include making plasma graphics (RPS or OTS) which is a picture for a story and a tagline for it which is displayed behind the anchor on a plasma screen or over their shoulder.
Then we do the noon news, which is a short half hour with a "News on the Go" segment to catch people up as they head out the door. After that, we do some tapings for weather that other stations north and south of us use. Then, it's lunch time for about an hour.
From 2 until right before 5, we complete more tasks assigned to us for the night news and get ready for the show. Then from 5 to 6:30, we do the night news, which is very fast paced and a little bit stressful. This would be a typical day, but we had an extremely not typical day when a bad line of storms went through this area a few weeks ago and spun off six tornadoes. We stopped doing the news stories and just did non-stop weather until 7 pm, which is a half hour past when we are supposed to stop. That was an extremely exciting day but was not typical at all.
So... a typical day at PATHS? Since it's a classroom full of youth, there really is no such thing as a typical day. But I guess I can give you all an idea of what happes throughout the day.
First, we base all of our day's activities on the theme of the day. So for example, today's theme was friendship. Each of our 3 activities today was related to friendship, so first we read the rainbow fish story and made our own rainbow fish, then we had a waterballoon toss, a 3 legged race, and an obstacle course where the youth had to work together to finish it. Following the PATHS curriculum, the youth are able to work on their social skills and learn about each theme without even realizing it.
Our 2 our day is split into 4 thirty minute quarters, the first thing we do is have lunch, then we do our first activity of the day, next we either go outside or go into the playspace, finally we make it back into our room where we have our last activity of the day. The day is set up so that it's almost the same routine each day, so the youth know exactly what is going to be happening next. The structure of the classroom really helps to maintain a successful completion of our day.
But no matter how much we plan and how much we structure each and every activity, kids are kids and we can never predict how each day will go or what kind of mood each child will be in that day. While this does cause for some challenges throughout the day, it keeps the counselors on our toes and really makes for a fun summer! I think that with the challenge of each child, I'm really learning a lot about what it means to be a counselor in a positive youth development setting.
As I have said before, this is a station that I have been watching for pretty much my entire life. Their motto is "the Local station" and that is a big part of their culture. We have shows/segments that are special to this area specifically and that is something that is really cool. "Bridge Street" is a local entertainment/talk show that airs for an hour every weekday. It covers local events, restaurants, artists, ect. in a laid-back setting. That is the first show of my internship days.
The station also has a current events show with one of the anchors that I have yet to see. Monday I will be working on so there will be more information to come about that. One special I have heard a lot about is "Carrie Lazarus Presents: Extraordinary" which talks about people, places, and talent local to this area. This past weekend was the Syracuse Jazz Fest and two of the artists that performed were featured on her special and are 15 and 18 years old. I really like that being local is so important to this station because I love this city so much.
I am only there one a day a week now, soon to be two, but I did hear someone wish someone a happy birthday over headset today. When there is food on "Bridge Street" everyone is out on the set after the show talking and eating, which is a great way for me to be a part of the culture of the station. We are obviously not the only TV station in Syracuse, but I think that we are the best one and I have realized that through my internship here.
P.S. "Bridge Street" gets its name from the location of our station. Fun fact of the day!
So similar to my last post regarding career values, I've been with Mt. Hope for a while now and I've definitely picked up on their culture. Throughout the entire center, teamwork is definitely one of the most embraced value. Within PATHS itself, I am a member of a team made up of 11 counselors and 2 supervisors, and within my own group, there are 4 counselors including myself. PATHS really focuses on working well together so that the group as a whole (including the youth) are all on the same page. In my opinion, having 3 other counselors to lean on for support each and every day that we are there is extremely beneficial to myself, as well as the entire program. It allows for cooperation, sharing of ideas, and most importantly--a support system. While being an intern since January, I've noticed that Mt. Hope itself as an organization is one large support system, not only for its clients but also its employees.
As far as birthday's and accomplishments, any time there is someone's birthday, it is usually celebrated in some way. In fact, just the other day there was cake in the staff lounge! Birthday's are celebrated as they come, in addition to major accoplishments. For example, specific to PATHS, when a child has made a positive step forward in the right direction, it is celebrated throughout the PATHS group as a whole. It really makes the child feel as though he or she is doing really well in the program, and it encourages other children to make their own positive steps in the days to come.
Overall, Mt. Hope has a unique culture particularly in its unity. Each employee goes out of his or her way to help you with anything you need, even if it's outside of their own project--and even if it's as simple as fixing the copier!
Okay-- looking ahead, I'm really excited for the next post so I can tell you all what a typical day at PATHS is like!
I am finding that although we are in a professional environment, having a sense of humor is something that makes the long days more enjoyable. I like being able to have a fun conversation with the people I work with. In a field like this, there has to be a nice cohesion between the members of a team. So many things are happening at once so everyone has to work well together and work well individually.
I really want to be doing work that I find interesting and entertaining (and few things are as entertaining as live television.) A field like this can make drastic changes that could really shake things up and I like when stuff like that happens. I like being able to adapt and change my work style to fit the changes that come. That is something that I have learned to do in my last 5+ years at Panera Bread.
In a supervisor, I value someone that is really interested in how I am doing and if I am able to meet the goals that I set. My current supervisor, Scott, is great and I really like that I am able to move around to the different positions to see what I am interested in the most. He also explains and teaches things to me really well so that something like the switcher board (responsible for just about everything you see on the news) seems a bit easier to manage.
Today I am working more with the audio board and I even got to push some buttons! That is the area that I have chosen to focus on but I hope to also learn more about the studio cameras next week.
My name's Hoa Nguyen and I'm a Visual Communication & Design major at Naz. I'm interning at JWT, one of the biggest advertising agencies in the United States.
One year ago, I knew nothing about advertising. Throughout my junior year in college, I got exposed more to the industry and I realized that advertising is the perfect field for me. There are two things that I want to do in my life: create pretty things and make the world a better place. I’ve come to realize that advertising has so much potential to inspire, to connect people, and ultimately, to change the world. After seeing the recent work at the Cannes Festival of Creativity, and especially being here at JWT, I know I am heading in the right direction.
This is my fourth week at JWT and it seems like all the interns just got here yesterday. I just got used to navigating our office, which I often refer to as the “six floors of awesomeness,” remembering names of my friendly and super resourceful co-workers, and working in a 150-year-old company that surprises and inspires me every day. It is about the work, but JWT is great because of its people. Throughout my first month here, I have the chance to meet many wonderful people that are so encouraging and supporting, which definitely makes me feel like I belong. I made plenty of banner ads and Facebook posts, brainstormed for clever ideas for a TV commercial, prepared my first visual mood board and storyboard, got my first idea presented in a client pitch, listened in on my first client conference call, went to many meetings and presentations, and became involved in projects for great causes. At the same time, I got to know my awesome mentor, had fun with my fellow interns volunteering or just hanging out at the cafeteria, got excited anticipating the results of Cannes, won my first bingo ever, and joined JWT soccer fans watching the FIFA World Cup. Sounds exciting? Because it is! Going to work every day is so much fun and full of surprise because I don’t know whom I am going to meet, which part of the “six floors of awesomeness” I am going to explore, and in what new projects I am going to get involved.
So far, my JWT New York experience has been a blast! That may be the reason why you can see me smiling and looking excited all the time. This is definitely the best summer I’ve ever had so far, and it is because I’m here at JWT, pursuing my dream of making great ads, connecting with inspiring people and having fun doing what I love! My next six weeks lie ahead with more projects, more adventures, and more excitement, and I’m more than ready!
Hi everyone! So the week has finally come, all the youth have started coming into the center for beginning of the program! So far, it's going really well and I think I'm really going to enjoy working with each of them.
I've been working with Mt. Hope since January,and I've really gotten accustomed to receiving feedback and meeting with my supervisors/coworkers on a weekly basis. Specific to PATHS, once a week we have a scheduled time in which we meet together as a group for half an hour, in addition to a time in which we meet with our supervisors for half an hour. I find it to be extremely beneficial to have these weekly "check ins". It's a perfect time to talk with my group members and supervisors and air any concerns, problems, and most importantly to celebrate the successes of the program. For example, today my group and I met with our supervisors to discuss how we think the first week has been going, what we need to improve on, and how we think the youth are doing in our class. It was great to hear what my coworkers have been thinking so far, especially since it's been an exciting few days!
I value the importance of teamwork and "check ins" that Mt. Hope stresses throughout the center. I think it's a great way to communicate with my coworkers outside of the regular program hours. I think Mt. Hope does a great job of incorporating communication and self care into each of it's projects, in other words, they "practice what they preach" and that makes for a comfortable and supportive work environment.
As far as my supervisor goes, I value the fact that whenever I feel like I need to talk about anything, even if it's something completely different than PATHS, she's willing to do so without a second thought. For example, today I asked if we could meet sometime next week to talk about what her responsibilities are outside of the PATHS program. I'm really looking forward to learning more about her job as a clinician and how she ended up at Mt. Hope.
Overall, my time at Mt. Hope has been nothing but positive. No matter which program I have worked with, teamwork and strong communication has been a major strength of both the organization itself as well as both of my supervisors.
I have been driving by this studio for so many years, I have lost count. It is right by the highway so I see it multiple times a week. This station is a part of the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, which is a national company that has stations/services in about 20 states across the country. We are associated with ABC and work closely with other stations north and south of Syracuse.
From my time walking around the station, different services are (for the most part) in their own rooms with clearly labeled signs. Where I am in the Production Control Room (PCR) there is a little space for the radio show and the audio control room in that bigger room. It has to be kind of dark in there so we don't have any glare on the monitors, which are several big TVs all on one wall. There are different stations in that room that I have been able to rotate to.
In the main newsroom, many of the anchors/producers/etc. have their own cubicle-like work areas and the newsroom can be seen behind the anchor desk through a window for the noon news and from 5-5:30. (I'm surprised I haven't walked through that area yet and accidentally made it on TV!) This isn't the largest building, but everything is clearly labeled and well organized. I see a lot of people during my shift, but I see the most people whenever there is food! This rounds up week three at News Channel 9.