Guest post: Ad Agency Open Evening

Last week Manchester based advertising agency BJL opened up its doors to a group of students from Manchester and Salford Universities. The evening was full of talks, questions and hands on tasks for the group to take part in. Here  Jess Neary, a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Manchester, discusses her thoughts on the evening:

Walking into BJL building for the first time I was apprehensive to say the least. Finding a seat was a task in itself; stacks of awards on the surrounding tables caused difficulty for the eager amounts of students that were beginning to collect in the reception area.

Around twenty five students from the University of Manchester and the University of Salford had arrived for a night of expert advice, challenges and to truly understand why the agency’s foyer could easily represent Meryl Streep’s mantelpiece!

With a great night planned ahead we started the evening with a walk around the agency to gain an insight into each of the departments, meeting different members of the BJL team along the way who were willing to answer any questions thrown at them. The team were enthusiastic and showed a genuine rapport with all of us, creating an atmosphere that made even the most nervous looking candidates appear much more relaxed.

Once upstairs we were led through the job roles within the agency and were introduced to various members of staff within each team. The discussions were insightful and provided hands on experience for each department with 10 minute group tasks following each of the presentations. Planning, proposition development, creative and PR were just a few of the tasks which resulted in glue in hair, and tip-of-the-tongue infuriating mantra situations.

Many students showed a natural aptitude for certain roles and it was clear that everyone was keen to impress. Listening to recent graduate Charlie Keeble and intern Lauren Watson talk so passionately about BJL made it clear that this was where every enthusiastic soon-to-be graduate should, and unfortunately for me, would be clamouring for a place.

Written by Jess Neary

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