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Why I Gave up Freelancing for a Corporate Gig

Why I Gave up Freelancing for a Corporate Gig

Jess Santini

Jess Santini

September 3, 2019

"Working for an hourly rate makes it tough to find the time to career in your career," writes Havas Media's Jess Santini.

"While I enjoyed the freelance lifestyle, I felt that there was something missing, namely a support system."

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By Jess Santini
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications, Havas Media NA

September 3, 2019

 

Two years ago, I was freelancing as a marketing and communications consultant. I had several clients on retainer and a few ad hoc jobs coming in each month, so I was able to set my own hours. Most days I worked out of the corner of my downtown apartment with my toy Yorkshire terrier sprawled across my lap. Some days, I would glance at the clock in the middle of the day and realize I had yet to change out of my pajamas. It was comfy, cushy, and convenient. When it came to the daily operations of my career, I had all the freedoms in the world.

While I enjoyed the freelance lifestyle, I felt that there was something missing, namely a support system. Flexibility comes at a price: I was a one-woman show — sourcing clients, developing campaign strategies, directing and designing creative assets, executing campaigns, delivering reports, managing the financial operations. I did it all. It was rewarding, but it was difficult to grow professionally all by myself.

So, when I came across a job posting for a corporate communications role Havas Media, I thought, “Why not check it out?” After all, we’re talking benefits! Insurance! Paid time off! Coworkers to bounce ideas off of and perhaps grab the (not so) occasional Aperol spritz at happy hour!

Fast-forward to today and I’m thrilled to work for a company that prioritizes investments in their staff. Working for an hourly rate makes it tough to find the time to invest in your own career; but, at Havas Media, professional and personal development are greatly encouraged. In fact, I consider the agency to be my masters program, without having to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for further education.

In the past 12 months alone, I was granted tuition to use towards a Spanish language class through the company’s BetterU program, which funds extracurricular learning up to $500 each year for all full-time employees. I regularly attend industry conferences all over the country, where I have the opportunity to network and learn from leading professionals in our marketplace. Our internal development program, Havas University, covers topics, ranging from mastering Excel to public speaking. I even had the opportunity to host my own Lunch & Learn where I taught my colleagues the importance of personal branding through social media.

 

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"While I enjoyed the freelance lifestyle, I felt that there was something missing, namely a support system."

MediaVillage

By Jess Santini
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications, Havas Media NA

September 3, 2019

 

Two years ago, I was freelancing as a marketing and communications consultant. I had several clients on retainer and a few ad hoc jobs coming in each month, so I was able to set my own hours. Most days I worked out of the corner of my downtown apartment with my toy Yorkshire terrier sprawled across my lap. Some days, I would glance at the clock in the middle of the day and realize I had yet to change out of my pajamas. It was comfy, cushy, and convenient. When it came to the daily operations of my career, I had all the freedoms in the world.

While I enjoyed the freelance lifestyle, I felt that there was something missing, namely a support system. Flexibility comes at a price: I was a one-woman show — sourcing clients, developing campaign strategies, directing and designing creative assets, executing campaigns, delivering reports, managing the financial operations. I did it all. It was rewarding, but it was difficult to grow professionally all by myself.

So, when I came across a job posting for a corporate communications role Havas Media, I thought, “Why not check it out?” After all, we’re talking benefits! Insurance! Paid time off! Coworkers to bounce ideas off of and perhaps grab the (not so) occasional Aperol spritz at happy hour!

Fast-forward to today and I’m thrilled to work for a company that prioritizes investments in their staff. Working for an hourly rate makes it tough to find the time to invest in your own career; but, at Havas Media, professional and personal development are greatly encouraged. In fact, I consider the agency to be my masters program, without having to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for further education.

In the past 12 months alone, I was granted tuition to use towards a Spanish language class through the company’s BetterU program, which funds extracurricular learning up to $500 each year for all full-time employees. I regularly attend industry conferences all over the country, where I have the opportunity to network and learn from leading professionals in our marketplace. Our internal development program, Havas University, covers topics, ranging from mastering Excel to public speaking. I even had the opportunity to host my own Lunch & Learn where I taught my colleagues the importance of personal branding through social media.

 

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Jess oversees media relations, content management, culture, and events for Havas Media NA.

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