How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I wake up insanely early no matter how hard I try to sleep in, so I typically wake up and head to the gym near my apartment, shower, have a leisurely breakfast, and eventually make my way over to work. Once I get to the office, first thing I do is wash my hands (gotta get those subway germs off) and make an iced coffee. Then I’ll check my email and make a to do list for the day.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
It’s all about a good playlist and/or podcast. My commute is about 30 minutes door to door, which is usually a good amount of time to listen to part of a podcast (I’m a big fan of The Moth). Also, because of where our office is, you’re probably going to have to walk (unless you take the shuttle), so comfy shoes are key. I change my shoes when I get to my desk most days.
What is your go-to work outfit?
It really varies, but always always an extra sweater or jacket. I learned that the hard way my first week of work. No matter how hot it is outside, don’t forget an extra layer for the office.
What is something you always have at your desk?
Multiple beverages. Iced coffee, tea, iced tea, and my water bottle. And tons of sticky notes.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
The roof on a nice day, or anywhere that gets a lot of sunlight.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
The other associates. I always try to make time to eat lunch with people so I can vent about my day or just to socialize and not think about work.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
My team is pretty small compared to others, so I have been able to do a lot of work directly with the clients which has been great experience. I help communicate across teams here at Ogilvy too and often am coordinating work between creative, strategy, account etc.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I always bring my lunch (I’m a hugeeee fan of mealprepping, ask any of the other associates) but I always make time to eat in the café with other people.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Not to stress so much about the little things, but HA, I still do that all the time. Trying to work on that though.
How do you break up your work day?
I usually take a lap to go chat with other associates on my floor.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
The people! I am so happy I am part of a program like this, especially because we are all just out of college and can lean on each other for help and some good laughs.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I have attended a few Young Professional Network events and they are all super fun!!
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
I’m a big coffee fan and there are so many cute coffee shops in the area. Serious self restraint not to go every day.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
Make a nice dinner, clean, light a candle and lay on my couch to catch up on TV. Then go to bed at a solid 9 pm.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Eat good food and go to new places in the city. And I love walking around central park! I live on the Upper East Side super close to the park and most weekends will meet up with friends and walk around, have a picnic, and people watch.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
I really had no idea how connected Ogilvy was to other agencies. I’ve already worked with people from a bunch of other agencies within the network Ogilvy is a part of (WPP) on many client projects.
If you get to leave the office early…
Meet up with friends for dinner or get a manicure.. Or both!
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
The executive assistants have answers to all questions. They seriously know everything and always have what you need (including mid afternoon chocolate)