Career Guide: Ogilvy

The business

Ogilvy is a big communications agency started a long time ago by a chap called David. And I'm Alex Lewis, a graduate who started at the business just under a year ago.

Company culture and style

The kind of company who didn't laugh me out of the room when I suggested that perhaps us grads were the best equipped to talk to prospective applicants.

The kind of company that has so much faith in its graduates that it lets them write its own graduate recruitment campaign. In fact, the kind of company where the recruitment team insists that we tell you exactly how it is, warts and all.

Working environment

Canary Wharf. Tall buildings, expensive sandwich shops, but actually a really nice place to work. And with a subsidised bar and canteen in our plush offices you don't really need those sandwich shops anyway.

The graduate scheme

Your first port of call should be www.ogilvy.co.uk/grads. Here, you'll be able to find out all about the scheme and how to apply.

Oh, and the deadline is midnight Sunday 13 November for jobs starting in September 2006.

Training

The 360 Fellowship Programme. Might sound a bit pretentious, but it's actually the reason I'd choose Ogilvy over all the others. That's because communications today are no longer about putting all your eggs in one basket. It's not just about running TV ads, or just concentrating on PR.

The best and most successful brands recognise that you need an integrated communications mix, and Ogilvy's 360 training is the only scheme set up to truly reflect this.

You'll begin with six weeks general training, which if you're anything like me you'll find fun, tiring and rewarding. You might even get to meet stars from EastEnders or dress up in dominatrix gear. But that's another story.

You'll then embark on three separate six month placements in different communications disciplines - one at Ogilvy & Mather (the above-the-line agency), one at OgilvyOne (the below-the-line agency) and one at another of the group companies like Coley Porter Bell, Ogilvy PR, Ogilvy Healthworld, 141 or Dialogue. You might not realise it now, but that's a hell of a lot of really valuable experience to amass in such a short space of time and is a start that is unmatched within the industry.

Pay and benefits

Let's be honest ... you could probably earn a fair bit more working as a banker or management consultant, but the £20,500 a year you get is more than enough to live a decent lifestyle. And you don't have to do a boring job or wear a suit.

You'll also get a nice cheque for £2,000 when you join - believe me, it's useful when you need a deposit for your flat. And as Ogilvy is one of the largest agency networks in the world, you get all the benefits befitting of a company its size.

Career opportunities

You'll quickly find that many of the people at the top (both at Ogilvy and other agencies) started as graduates here. To such an extent that Campaign recently dubbed it "the University of Ogilvy".

Says it all really.

OGILVY 10 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QB Tel 020 7345 3000 Website www.ogilvy.co.uk Recruitment enquiries Jane Ainsworth or any one of the grads from last year's scheme Tel 020 7345 3116 E-mail jane.ainsworth@ogilvy.com Website www.ogilvy.co.uk/grads, where you'll be able to find contact details of the grads from last year's scheme

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