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Choosing a career in advertising

Choosing a career in advertising
Angela Fee of The Union, Edinburgh reflects on her recent Speed Career session with secondary school students.

On 1st December, I had the opportunity to be involved in the career choices and considerations of young people. Massive responsibility!

When I was at school, I had always considered advertising as a potential career route, but was completely unaware of the variety of different roles available.  Now having been working in advertising at The Union for five months, I jumped at the chance to talk about my job to young people and hopefully inspire them to consider a job in advertising.

Leith Academy in Edinburgh had decided to hold a Speed Careers event, where fourth year secondary pupils could find out about different careers in a four-minute speed session (note to self: talk fast!).  Each speaker discussed what their job entailed, allowing the pupils to find out more about the huge variety of careers out there and help them decide on their future studies – with props and sweeties also available, of course (thanks, Union and IPA!).

I discussed what I loved most about my job and what some of the challenges were, whilst helping the students to understand the typical structure of our agency and different roles available in our industry. I brought along a few interesting examples of recent campaigns we had run for different clients to help bring what we do to life.

The event was run really well and the pupils were engaged and asked lots of great questions. I hope to have inspired them to think about a career in advertising – after all they could be the next generation of creative talent…


Last updated 04/12/2015

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