“I hate it when anyone (a male or a female) says ‘we’re pregnant’. Are they sharing a uterus?”
lessons learned @ ogilvy.
The most stressful yet fun summer I’ve had thus far. It was like just yesterday when I was flying into NYC and starting my internship the next day. Meeting my interesting, yet loud, team of mostly guys. Not knowing how to talk to guy managers since I never even had a male boss. Feeling meh. Trying to absorb everything possible about the cable industry, eCommerce, how accounts function as well as the rest of the industry. Trudging to work during my 45 minute commute, showing up drenched in sweat. Going to my first production shoot and finding out much damn work goes into a 30 second commercial. Eating fancy food at a fancy steak house with clients. Getting a little tipsy at work and seeing my productivity go down the chute. Getting forced into being a part of Kotex shoot that I am a mini star of. Being randomly inspired by people and work. Learning that I’m not as lazy as I think. Trying to whip my team into shape and freaking out. Getting sick from stress and being paranoid that my hair is falling out. Presenting in front of NASCAR clients. Everything this summer turning out okay. Not just okay, but pretty fantastic.
Some life takeaways:
- "Your career is a marathon, not a sprint" - Brian Fetherstonhaugh. As the CEO of OgilvyOne says, you only have 40+ years before you get to stop working. Why rush into it? You’ll burn out quick if you don’t manage yourself well.
- 80% of your lifetime wealth is earned after you turn 40. Money is not an issue right now. What young people are called to do is to pursue passions and gain experience.
- Speaking of passion, as long as you have the drive and this spark, the sky is your limit. My manager kept pushing and dreaming that after 3 years, he got to work at his dream agency even though he came out of college without advertising experience.
- Don’t overpromise. I made this mistake again and again with one of my managers; it’s good that she is forgiving. If anything, finish something early and impress the bosses rather than disappointing them with an unfulfilled promise. This reminds me, I still have something due…
- A connection is a connection. Networking will get you so far; it even gets you into a whole new industry that was previously closed off. When these natural connections come, they will be invaluable.
- Don’t take things personally. Even when working in a team or with your manager. Sometimes keeping things professional will save you a lot of headache and heartache.
Next step — fall recruiting. Yikes.