How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I drag myself up to silence my alarm that’s across the room (it’s a surefire way to get myself out of bed!), make some eggs for breakfast, and try to get out the door by 7:30 – 8:00.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
My commute isn’t bad at all! I walk two blocks or so to the BART station (that’s like our subway, for you non-Bay Area folks) and take the train pretty close to the office, then walk the rest. Overall I would say keep your wits about you, and try not to touch the handrails or anything else in the train car if you can help it ;)
What is your go-to work outfit?
Three-piece suit – no, really, I like to wear comfortable but non-nerdy shoes, slacks or jeans, and a collared shirt. Looking professional, but neither sloppy nor dressed to the nines.
What is something you always have at your desk?
Water and coffee – one to keep me alive, and one to keep me hydrated.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
The windows near the waterfront side of the building, on the Embarcadero, let some natural light in, and always make that part of the office look cozy no matter the weather.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Attitude is everything! The only thing we can really control is our attitude, and I try to stay mindful of that when times are tough.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
Lots of different, interesting things – I’ve helped coordinate and staff a statewide bus tour for Covered California, helped research, plan, and execute an industry analyst summit for Intel Analyst Relations, helped with marketing efforts for healthcare non-profit IHA, and a few different new business opportunities as well.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I try to bring my lunch every day! Cheaper and healthier than eating out. I’ll always make some variant of salad with some fruit and plenty of snacks for throughout the day.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Never miss an opportunity to network! Both within Ogilvy, with people you correspond with from third parties, and with the numerous clients who come through, when appropriate. Nothing is more crucial than knowing folks and letting them know that you’re dependable/good to work with.
How do you break up your work day?
Getting up to stretch is crucial! I like to take walks around the block/to the nearby park if I can sneak them in as well.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
Having the chance to work on exciting projects with some incredibly smart people!
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I’m a part of the Young Professionals Network, which has been great so far – really underscores the importance of networking with your peers, not only your superiors.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
I’ll decompress and just lay on the couch for a while once I get home, then – I know it might sound crazy – I like to get to the gym and run/lift for an hour or so. It always makes me feel good and tired before bed, and caps off my day.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around your city?
I love going to Golden Gate Park to read, or even just walk around and be in nature for a while. When the weather’s nice, my friends and I will picnic at Dolores Park on Saturday. There’s still so much of the city I haven’t seen, so I like just exploring too!
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
We’ve been behind some really great ads that I’ve seen before, but never knew they were Ogilvy work!
If you get to leave the office early…
Go home and make music on my laptop with my extra time.