If you told me six months ago that my work week would consist of hosting a cookie exchange, indulging in a mac ‘n cheese buffet, and swapping gifts at a white elephant, I would have been much less stressed about starting my life as an adult. And yes, that really was a week in December.
A typical week in PR looks nothing like that, but the events certainly reflect our Ogilvy community out here in San Francisco, as well as in the greater West.
I am over halfway done with my first rotation in Ogilvy PR’s tech practice. In these past few months, I have been exposed to clients in unfamiliar industries, challenged to juggle multiple high-priority assignments, and stretched to quickly expand my skill set. But that pretty much sounds like anyone’s experience working at an agency, right?
These challenges are often the very things that deter people from agency life, and they could have very easily been roadblocks for a recent graduate like myself. However, with an encouraging mentor, experienced account leads, and a supportive network of colleagues, these things very quickly became mere speed bumps.
If I can brag about one thing in my short time here, it’s the people. The Ogilvy SF community has been crucial to my growth as a professional. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was struggling to manage my time across various accounts, and when I expressed my concerns, I not only received immediate feedback, but also immediate guidance to help resolve my conflicts. Having visited the LA office recently and worked with people across Ogilvy West, I can also say that the community extends beyond our office borders.
Plus, our pet-friendly office policy means we have a couple of dogs in our community too!
Four months ago, I planted myself in San Francisco and joined Ogilvy without any real public relations experience (we are predominantly PR in Ogilvy SF) - just a simple hunger and curiosity to learn. Everyone always asks what background you need to succeed here, and the truth is: hunger and curiosity are the two most important things. Once you have that down, the people at Ogilvy will help foster your growth.
Speaking of hunger, it was my mentor who cooked the entire office a mac ‘n cheese buffet for lunch. Who wouldn’t want a want a mentor like that? #westcoastbestcoast