The Octopus Doesn’t Wear Prada: Story of an Octo-Intern
We’ve all seen movies and heard tales about being an intern – being invisible, doing pointless work, making tea all day and ‘paying your dues’. Armed with these preconceptions, it’s not surprising that when I walked into my interview at Octopus Group I was half expecting a fabulously dressed Meryl Streep to turn around in her intimidating swivel chair and tell me how unimpressed she was with my Media Studies degree.
But Meryl never showed up. My internship with OG never once felt like I was paying my dues. From the start, I worked on interesting accounts, wrote press releases and met clients. My first day at the agency I went to an internal brainstorm. I was blown away by the sheer amount of knowledge and creativity that everyone had, it was like being in a room filled with marketing-style Steve Jobs characters. I learned so much in that first brainstorm, and it’s what got me so pumped to be an intern (and the never-ending supply of treats on our pod didn’t hurt either).
The technology sector is exciting and engaging to work in as it’s ever-changing – just think how many iOS updates there have been in the past two years. I learned so much about the tech industry, and we all use technology so much in our lives that working with clients who specialise in it starts to make sense very quickly.
It seems basic, but one of the most impressive things about OG to me was that people actually learned my name. Everyone was happy to help and answer questions (even the obvious ones), and people went out of their way to make you feel welcome – not to mention the regular social activities and ping-pong table.
I’ve had exposure to so much since joining Octopus: I wrote for the company newsletter, landed coverage in national publications, went to a PR briefing for Stylist.co.uk – the list goes on and on. A strong internship is a brilliant way to start your career in the PR/marketing industry, and my OG experience was the best introduction I could have asked for. I have yet to run into Meryl Streep, but I’ll keep you posted.