By Kenza Chakib, Maker on The Match

 

We all joined Ogilvy UK after getting onto ‘The Match’. Our shared story with Ogilvy starts few months ago when we applied and made it through to the fifty people selected for an interview. We were then selected as the six people who are lucky enough to join Ogilvy UK in this amazing building at Sea Containers! Insane, right?  

To explain who we are and what we do is quite simple: we are six Matchers - three Thinkers and three Makers. Over the next twelve months, the Thinkers will experience the strategy and planning elements of the company while the Makers will try their hands at account management, project management and production.

Our first two weeks at Ogilvy UK were filled with meetings with people from across the different teams, to allow a deeper understanding of Ogilvy UK, the different specialists and how to get around the building.

Part of our induction at Ogilvy involved a day out with a number of challenges set for us to complete, designed to test our creativity. Here’s a rundown of how that day went…

Challenge 1

For some of us the day started at the London Eye. The first challenge on our list and probably the hardest: get a picture at the top of the London Eye by sneaking your way in. Without a doubt, this one was by far the most difficult and one of the few we didn’t manage to complete.

Challenge 2

While we were selling ourselves to try and get into the London Eye, Sarah managed to complete the challenge for travelling the furthest, by going all the way to somewhere in Zone 6!

Challenge 3

We weren’t done just yet… To pursue our next ‘mission’ we headed in the direction of Trafalgar Square to get a picture with a policeman’s hat! Challenge accepted and accomplished with the police officer in the picture too! Although the policeman was incredibly nice, we found an alternative solution for this challenge in a souvenir shop, just in case…

Challenge 4

No one was particularly thrilled for this next one – give one of the Matchers a haircut. Luckily we had some friends in a hair salon who helped us out with this challenge and taught us some basic hair styling skills (like how not to cut someone’s hair).

Challenge 5

Finally, time to get some lunch while completing another one of our challenges – serving food. Check out Yolanda’s waitressing skills as she happily served our lovely pizzas (they were delicious too).

Challenge 6

Have you ever acted out a famous advert? And more specifically, have you ever acted out a famous advert somewhere in the middle of London? We obviously chose to represent work from Ogilvy and British Airways, The Magic of Flying for our next challenge.

Obviously, we are keeping the weird other challenges for ourselves, we are not ready to share them with the world yet… but here’s a pic of Mark walking someone else’s dog 

Now our two weeks of induction are over and we’ve all started working in different teams around the building. We are all super excited about the year ahead of us.

 

Read more from The Match as they explore some of Ogilvy's network in Paris here.