3 Reasons to Intern at a Small Agency

Six months ago when I graduated from college I felt what (I assume) every recent college graduate feels: excitement, fear, nostalgia, enthusiasm, along with every other emotion under the sun. I had finally gotten the piece of paper that I spent the past four years striving for and stressing over. I moved the tassel to the left and drove away from campus for the last time as a student, and of course then came the big question. Now what? I immediately started to search for the first position I would hold as a college graduate and soon after I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to intern at Yearick-Millea. I could not have asked for a better experience over the past few months. I have learned more during the duration of my internship than I ever would have thought possible and while other types of organizations have there benefits as well, I believe that interns get the most valuable experiences out of working for small agencies. There are many reasons why interning at a small agency is better than interning at a large corporation but listed below are the top 3 reasons.

  1. Flexibility

Working for a small agency also really allows for flexibility and for new ideas to always be brought to the table, which of course, is vitally important for an industry that is constantly evolving. It also really allows interns to gain the experience that would otherwise not be given to them. This flexibility allows for interns to be given more responsibility and they are able to see what a real work environment feels like.

2.  Learn More

When interning at a small agency, you are going to learn a lot more than at a large corporation. Not only will you get the chance to fulfill the duties that fall under your intern title, but you also get the opportunity to branch out and complete other assignments that will be something new and exciting. As an intern, learning as much as you can during the time of your internship is very important. Your internships are supposed to allow you to gain experience so that when you enter the job market you have a vast knowledge of what is going on around you with minimal additional training.

3.  Well Rounded

In a small agency, it is very difficult for one person to just wear their assigned hat. Each person does some things that reach above and beyond their given responsibilities. By being able to perform any task that is given to your company, you become a better-rounded individual, then once your internship is over you have a vast variety of skills that make you a better candidate for any position.

 

What other reasons can you think of to intern at a small agency? Let us know in the comments!

5 Tips to Proofread More Effectively

Let’s face it, proofreading is a skill that some people have a knack for and others dread. While everyone has their own approach, here are five tricks that may help you become a better proofreader.

Take a Nap

Well maybe not a nap, but take a break after you are done writing. By giving your mind some rest, you’ll be able to come back and proof your work with fresh eyes.

Print it Out

Looking at a computer screen for an extended period of time can strain your eyes. Print your work and you may—like I usually do—find some typos.

Speak your Words

Maybe you didn’t see any missing words or commas, but hearing what you wrote may uncover unseen errors.

Read Backwards

No, don’t read each word backwards, read the sentences in reverse order, starting with the last line of your document. This trick helps because your brain knows what it meant to write, but maybe that’s not what was written.

Call on a Friend

Or a coworker. After you are satisfied with your work, it’s always a good idea to have someone else take a look at it. New eyes may spot things that you missed.

 

Are there other grammar questions that you’d like us to explore further? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Keep Up With Changes in Social Media

The world of social media is constantly changing—with new platforms starting and big changes happening to existing networks. For example, Twitter might be changing its 140 character limit or the much-maligned, maybe hoax app, Peeple, has been making headlines. So how is one supposed to keep up with all of these developments? Here are a few tools we use to stay on top of things at Yearick-Millea:

  • Industry Websites – Websites like Social Media Today, Mashable and Social Media Examiner are all helpful sources to peruse a few times a week to see if there is any pertinent industry news. Setting up RSS feeds for the websites you find most useful can make finding helpful articles even easier.
  • Google Alerts – Set up Google alerts for terms about social media networks to get relevant news delivered to your inbox every day. Just make sure the terms you select are specific enough or you will get buried in emails.
  • Twitter Lists – Curate a list of social media reporters and influencers in a Twitter list to easily browse for the latest breaking news. You can go so far as creating multiple lists for different social networks to keep tabs on them individually.
  • LinkedIn Groups – Join LinkedIn groups for social media and digital marketing to stay up-to-date on the latest industry news and trends, and participate in discussions about them.
  • Social Media – Twitter is one of our favorite sources for breaking news of all kinds, so it will often be the first place to check for news about social media.

What are some of your favorite ways to keep up with social media changes? Let us know in the comments!

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful locations. Located in Oakland’s Schenley Park, Phipps offers many environments for visitors to explore—alone or with a tour guide.

Here are some things you can enjoy:

  • Visit one of the facility’s many gardens and plant exhibits, including an orchid collection, palms and desert plants. Statues, glass art, paintings and a variety of other artwork are also displayed throughout the gardens.
  • Attend one of the many events and shows hosted at Phipps throughout the year. The Summer Flower Show exhibit runs through Monday, Oct. 5. This year’s Fall Flower Show, which will showcase chrysanthemums and their importance in Japanese culture, will begin Oct. 17 and run through Nov. 8.
  • Take a class! Phipps offers a variety of programs on gardening, arts and crafts, healthy living, and sustainability for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Grab a bite to eat at the café, which offers organic, local food.

 

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Have you ever been to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens? What is your favorite thing to do there?