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David Love
11 days ago by David Love

Brixton Finishing School and First Jobs

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Your first role in an agency can often be the hardest to find. We recently held a workshop with Brixton Finishing School to provide advice to students about to start the search.

We are often approached by junior candidates asking for help in finding their first agency role. As most agencies recruit these roles directly, it is typically unlikely that we will have many suitable vacancies. Frequently however, we find that junior candidates don't know what else to do other than talk to a recruiter or be one of the hundreds of people applying for entry-level roles.

What we can do therefore is provide advice about routes into the industry.

In 2019, we spoke with students from St Mary's University about how they can find their first role in marketing. More recently, we had the immense pleasure of meeting with the 2020 cohort of Brixton Finishing School. What was immediately clear was the drive and ambition that the BFS students possess. They have already committed to a career in the industry and are willing to go the extra mile to get it – hence attending BFS.

Our workshop therefore looked at how to get an interview with an agency, how to make sure that the interview goes as well as possible and some general advice to build a successful agency career.

You can find a synopsis of our workshop at bit.ly/TGTGBFSpdf or for more information about the great work Brixton Finishing School are doing to help increase diversity in creative agencies, go to brixtonfinishingschool.org.