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Reflections of my time at Ogilvy by Emmanuel Akeju - Summer Intern Ogilvy PR London

Week one.

I feel absurd, but at the same time overwhelmed writing this blog post, because I thought I would never make it past the interview stage. My name is Emmanuel Akeju, and I am interning at Ogilvy PR. For the next few weeks, these blog posts will act as a documentation of my personal experiences, opinion and thoughts.

My first day changed my initial thoughts of working in a prestigious PR agency. I envisioned myself coming to work every day in a corporate outfit, sitting and working in an environment filled with mixed emotions and feelings from individuals who worked for the sake of working. I also thought I would work alongside apathetic PR professionals who were driven by office politics and professional egos. However, I met the COMPLETE opposite. The staff were friendly and walked around with a smile. The bright red and white colours and display of countless awards in various sections of the building ignited a connection between myself and Ogilvy & Mather’s mission and vision. On stepping into OPR, my eyes came into contact with the famous quote “Here’s to the crazy ones…” I knew right there that I was in the exact place, a place for individuals with “odd perspectives”. Crazy.  An open plan office where creativity, fluidity, and the sharing of ideas are encouraged. The environment turned out to be friendly, colourful and not as chaotic as I anticipated; every practitioner I have spoken to so far love what they do, which is creating and turning an idea into reality.

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I and other new joiners were eagerly received by talent management and OPR’s practitioners, and our induction began. The induction process consisted of showing us around the building, settling in and getting to know who and what Ogilvy is and does. On my second day, I got straight to work. I was put with the brand marketing team based on my previous PR experience, allocated to a line manager and introduced to diverse and interesting client accounts to work on. I started with some admin tasks (imputing data and doing research) however the whole experience wasn’t clear until the company meeting (which happened that same week) gave me a VIVID knowledge of who/what OPR is and why the admin tasks also contributed to the agency’s success. I also came to realise that they are a bunch of innovative, hard/smart workers and know how to have maximum fun! (Tweet me for details!J). In a nutshell, I am happy to be interning here and learning from some of London’s best PR practitioners.

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@OlumideEmm         emmanuel.akeju@ogilvy.com

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  • ABOUT US

    Ogilvy Public Relations drives influence at scale to effect change.

    We believe that to deliver commercial value and demonstrable change, we need to drive influence at an ever increasing scale. That means we encourage bigger, simple thinking to drive better results, by fostering a culture of permissive creativity, aggressive curiosity and smart collaboration.

    Ogilvy Public Relations/London is PRCA Large Consultancy of the Year 2013 + 2014

    Ogilvy Public Relations is the Holmes Report 2014 EAME Agency of the Year

    Ogilvy Public Relations is No1 in the Holmes Report 2013 + 2014 Global Creative Index

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    FOLLOW US: @OgilvyPRLondon

    INSTAGRAM US AT: OgilvyPRLondon

    VINE US AT: Ogilvy PR London

     

  • WHAT WE DO

    Our core offerings include:

    • BRAND MARKETING
    • MEDIA RELATIONS
    • SOCIAL MEDIA
    • B2B COMMUNICATIONS
    • INFLUENCER RELATIONS
    • CORPORATE REPUTATION
    • STRATEGY+ PLANNING
    • CONTENT CREATION
  • CONTACT US

    OGILVY PR LONDON
    Sea Containers, 18 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9RQ
    T: +44 (0) 20 3193 3000
    E: info@ogilvyprlondon.com

    For all new business enquiries, please contact:
    E: A.burns@ogilvy.com
    T: +44 (0) 7973673074

  • DIRECTIONS

    By Bike: 
    Dock your Bike at Milroy Walk, a 3 minute walk from Sea Containers
    By Tube:
    The nearest tube is Southwark (Jubilee Line), an 8 minute walk from Sea Containers. Alternatively Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo & Waterloo & City) is 15 minutes walk.
    By Car:
    There is limited car parking near Sea Containers, if you wish to arrive by car please let us know.
    By Bus:
    There are many bus routes that operate around Sea Containers. We advise either using Google Maps or Transport For London’s journey planner to find the best route from your start point to our office.
    By Plane:
    London City Airport is only 40 minutes away via the Jubilee line and DLR (change at Poplar). Other major airports within one hour from Canary Whard are Heathrow and Gatwick.

    WORK FOR US

    Been tempted by what you’ve seen and want to be part of one of our world-class practices? To find out more on current opportunities please click here or send your CV and covering letter to Sara.Walpole@ogilvy.com