Ogilvy Sydney has opened applications for its annual integrated ‘Goliath’ program, calling on all talented individuals – not only tertiary graduates – interested in a career in creative advertising.
The 12-week paid program provides a unique opportunity to work across all departments of the agency, providing participants with a completely immersive experience. This includes significant time spent within creative, digital, social and account management among other areas. In addition, participants are provided with a real brief to work through and resolve during the 12-week rotation.
Given the broad experience they are provided, it’s no surprise that 75 per cent of graduates of the Goliath program from the last two years are still employed full-time by the agency, according to Ogilvy Sydney’s managing director, Sally Kissane.
Says Kissane: “The Goliath program like its namesake is immense. Regardless of an applicant’s major or area of interest they will get to learn about each and every part of the Ogilvy business, that’s different to competitor programs and means our graduates are better-equipped than most to start a career in the industry.
“Our clients are operating in an increasingly disrupted market, so it is important Goliath participants get the chance to completely immerse themselves in agency life and graduate armed with experience and capabilities that clients need and expect from their agency partners.”
Kissane went on to say that what also makes Goliath unique is the program doesn’t only focus on tertiary graduates, “We realise there is a big slice of talent out there who may not necessarily have a tertiary education and we welcome their applications.”
Says Annie Lim, strategy coordinator at Ogilvy and 2019 Goliath Gradate: “Goliath was a once in a lifetime opportunity. No matter what I learned at uni or what experience I gained from interning, nothing prepared me for the world of advertising, so doing the grad program was a bit like entering the workforce with training wheels.
“For Goliath applicants, I have two pieces of advice. Firstly, be brave and secondly, be yourself. In the applications, in the interviews and especially when you start working at the agency. It’s not about having the loudest voice, it’s about having an authentic voice. So, find ways to showcase yourself and be true to who you are – this will help you stand out from the crowd.”
This is the fourth year Ogilvy has offered the program which is open to not only tertiary graduates but anyone with the passion and desire to succeed within a creative agency. Applications open on October 1 and close on November 15. More information can be found here.