What’s in my Office Thursday: Meet CPS Alum Lisa Chau, Strategy Intern at Ogilvy & Mather, where she has a “kick-ass office with a BEAUTIFUL view of the river”! Chau exemplifies a different end of the spectrum post CPS life – focusing on strategy rather than creativity.
Check out her advice below:
“I originally studied Copywriting at CPS, so it’s safe to say that an education from CPS will get you places, even if you decide being a creative isn’t for you.”
“I was pretty persistent in asking my former CPS teachers to get me in touch with planners and strategists once I realized planning was the best fit for me. I met with about 10-15 strategists for informational meetings, and I was able to score an internship without any real planning experience at one of the best agencies in the world. It’s really about reaching out to people, keeping in touch with them, and knowing how to sell yourself and your experiences.”
“My advice is to always ask questions if you don’t understand what’s going on. Half the time, it’s figuring out all the industry jargon and acronyms. Secondly, always offer to help your managers. People in advertising are ALWAYS busy, and they’ll definitely appreciate the offer. It takes time getting the hang of everything, but this is what internships are for - to learn and improve. Also, take advantage of the free stuff (especially if it’s ice cream).”
*Attached is a picture of me eating free ice cream in our amazing intern planning nook/office.