Career Conversation with Ryan Harms, Director of Digital Production at Arnold Worldwide
Ryan Harms is an extremely personable guy. His young energy and passion for advertising and marketing made our conversation comfortable and informal, yet it was very informative. Ryan graduated from Boston College in 2007 as an International Studies major, worked for two small advertising agencies in Boston, and is now leading a production team at Arnold Worldwide, which is one of the most well-established, well-known firms in the industry. Ryan shared his academic and early work experiences with us to prove that marketing and advertising careers attract people from all walks of life. It’s encouraging that some companies find you as a person more compelling and interesting than your GPA, number of past internships, and extracurricular activities.
Our conversation progressed into a discussion about how technology is rapidly changing the advertising industry, such as with the creation of online “ad blocking” tools. Each day certainly brings a new challenge for Ryan, who doesn’t mind the hard work and long hours that it takes to manage projects for over twenty clients simultaneously. The “soul” of the workplace, as Ryan put it, is important for productivity in terms of coming up with ideas and building brands for companies, as well as for chemistry with colleagues and those with whom you interact on a daily basis. There is also a significant difference between small and large agencies, both in which Ryan has experience. For example, you get to work with a diverse group of clients at a larger ad agency, whereas a smaller agency exposes you more to different tasks and roles. Big agencies are much more bureaucratic than smaller ones are, and small agencies lack the mentorship that many of the large firms provide. In the end, Ryan loves what he does, and inspired many of us to consider a career in marketing and advertising.
A huge thanks to Ryan for speaking with us!
-Michelle Totino, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2013