We had a fantastic Introduction to Advertising presentation last week by Vicky and Jay from Ogilvy. Both are recent graduates and their perspective on applications, getting started and tips for success were invaluable. If you attended we hope you found it as interesting as we did. I was planning to write a brief blog post to summarise some key points but Catherine, a current 3rd year student and Media Club regular has done a better job than I could! You can read Catherine’s post here
You can also take a look at Sophie’s recent post on her views as a recent graduate wanting to get started in advertising and marketing. Find Sophie’s blog post here.
Finally, Vicky and Jay left us a really useful list of books, blogs, articles and other resources that will make interesting reading for anyone exploring advertising and marketing as a career option. You can find this list in the Careers Resource Centre (Ground floor, Crawford House) in the ‘Advertising, Marketing and PR’ section (alongside Campaign as mentioned in Catherine’s blog)
Two years after graduating with a degree in Politics from University of Salford I found myself still there, working in the library. I re-shelved books, got involved with projects and helped with student enquiries. Forced out in the big wide world when my project funding was cut I started temping as a Clerical Assistant in the HR Department of an engineering company. Demonstrating that I was enthusiastic and prepared to get stuck into anything thrown at me, saw a 12 week temp placement become a 2 year job full of opportunities. I learned employment law, how to recruit and even got involved in setting up a new business site in Dublin. Realising I wanted to develop my career in HR I found a role at University of Manchester initially as a Recruitment Assistant and then, in order to undertake a wider variety of tasks, as HR Assistant. I discovered a talent for training and jumped at the opportunity to undertake a placement in the Staff Training Unit to develop these skills. After 9 years in HR and training roles, the post of Careers Consultant seemed the perfect mix of using my HR/Recruitment experience and my interest in learning and development activities to support students as they find their own way into the world of work.