Alumni Profiles

ADV- Rachel Burke LARGERachel Burke

Art Direction, 2009

What is your current job?

Interactive Account Executive at One Trick Pony.

What do you enjoy most about working in advertising?

Within an agency I enjoy working with my team members which range from other account teammates, developers, designers and copywriters. Together we work to execute on projects. It’s a great feeling when a project launches successfully!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were looking for your first job?

Don’t wait for others to guide you, sometimes you need to take the initiative to get things done. Confidence will be recognized.

How did your time at Temple prepare you for your career?

Temple’s Advertising track was great for giving me a good basic understanding of advertising. Taking classes taught by ad-junct professors like Sheryl Kantrowitz or Bruce Lev, really helped to give me insight into how to apply my learning to an agency setting.

Did you participate in Temple’s Ad Club (TAC), Diamond Edge Communications, National Student Advertising Competition, Study Abroad, or any other similar programs?

Diamond Edge Communications with Dr. Marra was an awesome experience. Having the ability to transition from classroom to working with a client was very valuable. It helped me to better understand the process of working with a client, brainstorming concepts, creating and executing a fun campaign. It was an experience that helped open the door to internships with amazing agencies in Philadelphia, that experience was the foundation of my career.

What types of internships did you have while you were in school?

I interned at Skai Blue Media and Quaker City Mercantile as a designer. Both experiences were great, I learned so much and met some great people along the way that I still keep in touch with.

What was the most important thing you learned during your time at Temple?

Any and all experience is extremely valuable. You need to work hard, build confidence and follow your heart. Don’t let people tell you “No”, or let yourself fall short. Gaining as much experience as possible will not only help you to get a great job, but it will also help you to figure out what exactly you want to do.

What advice would you give to current students?

Intern, intern, intern. Learn as much as you can from as many people as you can and never stop learning!