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Connecting the dots: how I landed my first job in the creative industry at AKQA

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11:15 AM | 1 May 2015
by Robert Glad
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Robert Glad, a recent graduate and now design intern at AKQA Amsterdam reveals how he landed his first job.

This is the story of how I landed my first gig in the creative industry through doing extra work, breaking into an agency and using Instagram. So here goes…

To be frank nothing at university prepared me well enough for what was coming the moment I handed over my major project. The only thing I understood was to trust was my gut, aim high and be prepared for disappointments along the way.

"To be frank nothing at university prepared me well enough for what was coming the moment I handed over my major project."

I started my bachelor’s degree in advertising and brand communication in Norway and ended up finishing it at Southampton Solent University. It was a great year, full of hard work, trips to London to visit major agencies, briefs from real clients and brands and events to expand ones network. The environment at university was built to let you set your own limits. We pushed each other, and we loved every minute of it, the companionship and the work it resulted in.

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