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Get to know our 2017 Goliath Grads

Meet James

Fun Fact

I am undefeated in limbo. I frequently get a sore back.

Where did you graduate from and what did you study?

Charles Sturt University - Bachelor of Communications (Advertising) / Bachelor of Business (Marketing) #mitchellmafia

What attracted you to the Goliath grad program?

A chance to get any sort of foot in the door with an agency as esteemed as Ogilvy and gain a job rather than an uncertain graduate role.

How did you find the interview process?

While I may not have done the same interview day as everyone else (note: do a legitimately creative video for your application, it’s the main reason you get considered. Don’t make my mistakes kids!) my interview with the Group & Senior Account Directors of my eventual team still brought in how well I could do the job expected of me, and not just how well I interview.

What have you learnt about yourself since going through the process?

Don’t think your resume alone will get you the job you expect to have. This process taught me that anyone can be good at this business no matter where they heralded from. Show your uniqueness as a person. Show why you deserve this job. Just work hard.

Meet Shelby

Fun Fact

I love Salsa dancing, even though I’m not the best dancer.

Where did you gradate from and what did you study?

I graduated from Griffith University Gold Coast and studied a semester at University of Sydney (and Miami). I graduated with Bachelor of Business Majoring in Marketing.

What attracted you to the Goliath grad program?

Ogilvy has produced some of the most recognised and creative advertisements in Australia and around the world, which is what first drew me to the program. I was also attracted by the opportunity to enter into the advertising industry with the support of experienced mentors and the opportunity to work with like-minded graduates.

How did you find the interview process?

The interview process was challenging, but exciting. The video we were required to create to land the interview definitely took some ‘creative thinking’. During the interview process we were required to think on our feet and back our ideas with conviction. However, it was such a fun process and I found the experience rewarding.

What have you learnt about yourself since going through the process?

I’ve learnt that I enjoy the challenge. I’ve learnt that being proactive in the advertising industry is key, and to voice my opinion because more often than not an extra insight from a different perspective is valuable.

 

Meet Isabella

Fun Fact

I am a coin collector - if anyone has a 2003 Volunteers 20c Coin, let me know.

Where did you graduate from and what did you study?

I graduated from UTS with a double degree; Industrial Design and International Studies. I also spent one year abroad where I studied Product System Service Design at the Politecnico, Milan.

What attracted you to the Goliath grad program?

The wide spectrum and quality of work that Ogilvy produces, is why I applied for the grad program. Having clients that range from QSR to government is a testament to the diversity and ability of Ogilvy. Everyone is extremely skillful and knowledgeable and I believe it fosters a great environment to learn and grow within this industry.

How did you find the interview process?

The interview process was demanding, however, in saying this, it was the interview process (and application process) where I really felt excited about being a Grad here. The challenges were inspiring, the process was structured and professionally executed; another example of Ogilvy’s admirable attributes.

What have you learnt about yourself since going through the process?

I have learnt that high expectations aren’t a bad thing. Having colleagues believe in your abilities is extremely motivating, and rewarding when proved right! The most shocking thing I’ve learnt about myself, is that I don’t have any self-control around KFC food.

 

Meet Rachel

Fun Facts

My favourite travelling experience was Finland where it was -25 degrees.

Where did you graduate from and what did you study?

Charles Sturt in Bathurst, I studied a double degree of Communication (Advertising)/ Business (Marketing) and loved it.

What attracted you to the Goliath grad program?

A combination of things attracted me to Ogilvy – my favourite campaigns were ‘Share a Coke’ and AAMI’s Rhonda and Ketut series - both Ogilvy Australia campaigns. I also read David Ogilvy's book 'Confessions of an advertising man' and wanted to be a part of what he created. Finally the two people I knew at Ogilvy were highly regarded at uni, amazingly organised and professional and I knew they must be onto a good thing.

How did you find the interview process?

It was tough but whatever you put in you got back out! We were asked to create a video, submit questions, present a campaign analysis, do a group project and an impromptu pitch as well as individual interviews. It’s made me realise my potential and more importantly displayed what is expected here at Ogilvy.

What have you learnt about yourself since going through the process?

There is not a set of skills you can have that make you perfect for a certain role. Everyone must be adaptable, flexible and willing to learn no matter their position at an agency. From this I have learnt that my learning here will never be complete!

 

Meet Megan

Fun Facts

I had a miss-spent youth as a swimmer and paid for my sins by teaching kids to swim for 6 years!

Where did you graduate from and what did you study?

I graduated from the University of Wollongong and studied a double degree with a Bachelor of Communications and Media (majoring in Marketing/Advertising with a minor in P.R.) and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Sociology with a minor in Politics)

What attracted you to the Goliath grad program?

I was very keen to work in Advertising, and Goliath seemed to offer a good mix of graduate training alongside real world – throw you in the deep end - work. Also the Giant is adorable, who could say no?

How did you find the interview process?

Not going to lie here, I found the interview process mildly terrifying, and lengthy – giving you longer to feel terrified. But apart from that I almost enjoyed myself, it was a good mix of group work, presentation skills, and stand-alone interviews.

What have you learnt about yourself since going through the process?

That Advertising is hard work, and I am really not as organised as I thought I was! Embrace panic - you will grow accustomed to it and it’s a great motivator.

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