Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ogilvy & Mather: My Dream Company

Hey there, its been a minute. I forgot to mention in my last post, that about two weeks ago, I had the honor of having a very special and well respected public figure sit in, on my PR writing class for a few minutes. Gen. Colin Powell himself, was in my class! He was visiting the campus, more specifically meeting with the fellowes of his program at The Colin Powell Center, at City College. He gave us a few pointers in regards to our class project (West Harlem Group Assistance), and was very approachable. Reminded us that he once walked the same halls, as a City College student back in the days. It was a great and memorable experience.

On Friday the 13th, myself and a few other colleagues, attended a Career Development Workshop held at The Chocolate Factory, which is the New York office of Ogilvy & Mather. The workshop was hosted by Ogilvy PR in conjunction with the LaGrant Foundation, and about 20-25 undergrads and grad. students from different schools participated. It was an eye opener into the world of PR and the different branches that make up PR. It also gave us insight into how Ogilvy PR functions. I have to admit though, that I was slightly disappointed that amongst all the speakers, there was no African-American, Hispanic, or minority amongst them. Mind you, during our tour of the building I did see a couple around, but it would have been nice to have a speaker that I could relate to.

That being said, Ogilvy & Mather has always been my dream company to work for, and that hasn't changed. It's a pretty tough company to get into, even just getting an interview is pretty tough due to the high volume of applications they receive. But, in this industry persistence is key, and I am not giving up. The HR team gave tips on dos and don't, when it comes to resumes, interview and follow-up, and they were pretty helpful. All in all, I'm glad I attended the workshop, and got to see around and go to the roof-top...the view is amazing!

Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

That's about it for now. Still internship searching, will keep you posted.
Have a great week ahead.


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