Winners of WOHAA have the unique opportunity to have work experience with some of the top UK employers and globally recognised companies. Here is the testimonial of a WOHAA 2010/2011 winner who had the chance to gain a prestigious work experience placement at Saatchi and Saatchi.
‘My experience at Saatchi & Saatchi will be something I will never forget. As I was walking up Charlotte Street I was nervous and excited just thinking about what I would have to do for the rest of the week at this legendary company. When I stepped into the halls of Saatchi & Saatchi I could feel the creativity bouncing off the walls. In the reception area the funky furniture and the plasma screen showing their latest advertising campaigns had me in awe. Soon after I was greeted and given a tour around the office which was huge! It was amazing to see how many different counter parts make up this huge company.
Next I was shown to the office which would be my home for the following week. From my first hour I was already consumed into the world of advertising. By the end of my first day I felt I had consumed a world of information and experience as I was made to make phone calls on behalf of Saatchi & Saatchi.
The next day I was given a specific task that taught me about other advertising companies which gave me a wide range of information about brands and how they want their products advertised. I also got to go into a few meetings throughout the week, this opened my eyes to the way people work together and what the end product is meant to be. I also learnt how colleagues interact with each other.
In the office I was in the whole week I worked with two other women who headed up the PR department and the New Business part of the company. They both gave me really interesting tasks everyday which gave me a wide range of experience throughout the week. They also told me about their experiences at Saatchi & Saatchi and about how their jobs influenced all the different parts of the company.
Overall this experience will stay with me forever as I had an amazing time and with that I learnt a lot which I use in my every day life. Now I understand why Saatchi & Saatchi is so legendary, as the work they produce is one of a kind and the people who create it are true geniuses.
I would like to thank you so much for setting up the work experience for me! I learnt so much and will keep this experience with me forever.’