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.
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.