Meet Gabisile, she’s a 23-year-old graduate from the University of Johannesburg with a degree in Strategic Communications: Corporate Communications. She’s an honest, fun-loving and witty Grad from Soweto, who easily adapts to any environment.
Q: What’s a common misconception people have about you?
A: That I am mean and a bit sassy.
Q: What’s the one thing most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m very shy and suffer from anxiety; so much so I bite my own skin sometimes. *Facepalm*
Q: Why did you choose advertising?
A: With my maths and physics skills, I couldn’t be a doctor; so I thought, why not choose something I would actually enjoy. I’ve always been fascinated by the world of advertising.
Q: Why did you apply for this grad program instead of any other?
A: What would be better than starting your career at South Africa’s number one agency? It’s also great that Ogilvy works together with brands that I consider myself an advocate for. For example: DStv, KFC and my favourite, FNB.
Q: Go back to your first week at Ogilvy, how did you feel?
A: Let’s just say, if I could bite any deeper into my skin, then you would see my teeth from under my lip line.
Q: What has been the biggest surprise about working at Ogilvy
A: I didn’t know I could down so many tequila shots in one go. Also, Ogilvy is such a free environment, where one can fully express themselves without fear.
Q: What is the best and worst thing about agency life?
The work load and working hours can be quite taxing.
As an O25 graduate, the best part is the immersion into the different departments and seeing what goes on in them.
Q: What have you been up to in Digital Strategy?
A: I was initially placed in Digital Strategy, which went well, but then I was introduced to Data Analytics – which I love. I’m hoping to stay there when everyone else rotates to other departments.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment at Ogilvy so far?
A: Firstly, being given my own reports to see through for FNB on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis on the Data Analytics side. I thought I would only be contacting and talking to clients directly when I had finished the Grad program.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve at Ogilvy?
A: For now, just getting my name out there, so I can come back next year as a permanent employee, and have more Job Numbers to work with.
Q: What is the most embarrassing that has happened to you?
A: I fell quite badly at bar night trying to run after some guy who wanted to throw my bunny ears on the roof. He won.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met?
A: Her Name is Naledi. She works for DStv on the Client Service side. There’s never a dull moment with her.
Q: If you could be anyone at Ogilvy for a day, who would you be?
A: Abey, on his most chilled day. I just wanna sit in his chair without the drama.
Q: Do you have an office crush?
A: I do, his name is Anything Expensive, as in “nice shirt, is it made of boyfriend material?” You get it, right?
Q: How has Ogilvy affected your relationship with caffeine?
A: It made it stronger, we’re practically inseparable.