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Jess Myers, Account Executive at Ogilvy & Mather

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15:55 PM | 21 November 2011
by Adam Oldfield
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I’m Jess, I’m 23 years young, and after completing my French and Italian degree at the glorious University of Manchester (including a 1-year spell ‘studying abroad’, focusing mainly on the drinking habits of France and Italy), I threw myself into the world of advertising, branding and communications. I work as an Account Executive at Ogilvy & Mather, learning the tricks of the trade in the footsteps of the legendary David Ogilvy, baking my team homemade treats regularly to keep everyone sane. 

Where and when did you start your career in advertising and marketing? 
After countless applications and interviews, I somehow fought my way on to the Ogilvy Summer Internship straight after uni – two placements at OgilvyOne and Coley Porter Bell. A tough and tiring 8 weeks but totally worth it! 

How did you get your job? 
I refused to leave the Ogilvy offices; doing anything for anyone that would ask – ending up with another 7 week internship at Ogilvy PR. I stuck around long enough until I was offered an Account Executive role at Ogilvy & Mather working on Motorola. 

Your proudest moment so far? 
Ditching ‘intern’ from my email signature after feeling like I would be one forever and ever. 

What's the best thing you've worked on? 
Working on new business for Coley Porter Bell – you really get an in-depth look into brands and their identities when you are considering how best to redefine them. 

Your favourite brand and why? 
Innocent. They know what they are all about, we know what they are all about, and their communication is (in my opinion) as high-quality as their products. 

What websites/magazines/advertising campaigns would you recommend to an aspiring student? 
Marketing WeekPopsopThe Die LineBrand Republic and Campaign. Youtube for interview prep! 

Where do you look for inspiration? 
Anywhere and everywhere. After dipping your toe into the pool of advertising, you will never take a piece of comms at face value again. I seem to analyse every ad I see without necessarily wanting to. 

Who's had the biggest influence on your career? 
Don Draper. 

What did you really want to be when you grew up? 
A weather forecaster…there’s still time! 

Where would you like to be in the future? 

Giving this interview in Campaign as a CEO.

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