Our Account Executive Intern, Anna, shares her experience so far at maclean. 

Tell us about yourself?
How did you end up at maclean?

My journey with maclean started in my second year of university. As part of my International Business with Marketing course at Heriot Watt University I had to conduct an interview with someone in the marketing field, I contacted Diane, our Managing Director. After quizzing Diane for an hour (which I’m sure she loved!) I stayed in contact with maclean. A year later, here I am working as their Account Executive Intern and loving every minute of it. It really is true that in marketing connections are key!

Settling in for the day
How’s your WFH set up?

I still live with my parents… pros, well I get my lunch made every day! Cons are we both work from home, so I work in my room in case we are both in meetings at the same time. Luckily, I already have a study space for uni, so this was perfect for my work set up. I have my candles on and cup of tea (the essentials!) which is making the WFH that bit more enjoyable. However, I would love to be in the office with the team!

Out of the ordinary
What’s it been like completing an internship working from home?

Strange is definitely the first word that comes to mind! When starting a new job, or in this case an internship, you are very used to the process of meeting everyone, shadowing and then completing training which of course can’t be done when WFH. However, I couldn’t ask for a better team to work alongside. Everyone here has welcomed me into the team and even though we can only meet through zoom the fun and friendly culture at maclean is clearly felt by everyone. I am lucky enough to be continuing my journey in marketing with maclean even though I am back at university. I now work part-time thanks to the flexibility provided to me.

Highlight reel
Is there a favourite project that you’ve worked on so far?

All the jobs I have worked on have taught me so much as a soon to be third-year student, but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be Dobbie’s Little Seedling Workshops! I have grown up going to Dobbies for the usual scone and coffee combo for as long as I can remember, so getting the chance to be part of their projects is amazing. The images and style are so fun and colourful and really allows you to get creative. This was also one of the first projects I worked on, so it has been great watching it develop.

Game plans
What happens during your average workday?

Our wonderful Creative Director, Jim kick starts all our days with a traffic meeting. Here we discuss the day’s projects and is a great chance for everyone to have a little catch up! After this, my tasks vary which is another thing I love about being an intern at maclean as I have been shown all aspects of agency life. My days consist of calls with clients, training with the account management team, writing and briefing projects into the studio and proofing projects making sure they are good to be shared with the client. I’m involved from the beginning to the end of the project. The team have helped me understand how to cost a project right through to billing it. I also get opportunities to help with idea generation for maclean’s social accounts – I didn’t expect to have a post dedicated to me! 😉

Expect the expected
Is there something about working in an agency that surprised you?

I know this won’t be the case for all agencies, but I was surprised by how close the design team work with the account managers. I guess this is one of the unique things about maclean. I love being creative so having the opportunity to input your ideas into the studio is great, it is the best of both worlds getting to work closely with clients and the studio to bring their briefs to life.

Express yourself
What’s your most-used emoji?

Everyone who knows me will agree I always end my messages with a 🤣

Since joining maclean, the 😊 and 👍 has definitely been overused by myself!

Tip-top advice
Tell us one thing you’ve taken away from your experience

To be confident! No idea is a bad idea is definitely something I will take away from this internship. I have also met and worked with (albeit virtually) a lot of new people during this experience which I have loved as I have got to speak with people from all different industry sectors – and I love to chat if you couldn’t tell already! 

Switching off
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside work?

My days consist of my internship, dinner, then the gym. I absolutely love the gym and is a great chance to keep active when working from home! It’s great putting my headphones on and just zoning out for an hour or so. Weight training is what I love doing, setting myself targets and pushing myself to meet them. I am also a keen baker and run my own small business creating bespoke cakes, cupcakes and more – this keeps my weekends super busy! 

Spread the knowledge…
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to get experience in an agency?

Put yourself out there and make connections! There are so many opportunities in marketing and agency experience is a great way to both form connections, and gain knowledge in different sectors. As a second-year student, it is typical to wait until third year to start looking for internships but my advice for other students would be to start as early as possible. Not only does it help with gaining experience in the workplace, but will also give you a huge advantage academically as this experience can’t be taught in a classroom!

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