Please note: applications for this scheme are now closed.
If you graduated in 2017 or are due to graduate in 2018, have a passion for brand design, and you’re looking for an opportunity to kick-start your career in a creative and inspiring place, then our London-based Graduate Scheme might be just the thing for you.
It’s worth saying that this scheme is not suitable for those looking to develop a career as a Designer (design grads should consider entering our Dog’s Bollocks Student Awards competition for the opportunity to win a paid placement in our Studio. We are specifically looking for bright and brilliant Grads who are looking to launch their career in either a Client Servicing or Strategy role in the brand design industry.
Let us tell you a little bit more…
Based in our London Studio in the heart of creative Clerkenwell, our Graduate Trainees will spend blocks of time with the Client Servicing and Strategy Teams. Working on live projects, you’ll learn about the entire design process as you go, starting with taking the initial client brief right through to delivery, and everything in between. Your tasks will be varied – from competitor analysis to innovation workshops, project planning to proposal writing – and you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of our business, spending a little time shadowing and learning from other teams including Business Development, Operations and Production.
You will be assigned a mentor – someone who has worked at Design Bridge for a little while now – who will work closely with you during the year, helping you develop your skills and seek out the best opportunities for you to learn and grow. And, of course, there will be plenty of time to get stuck into Studio life. Whether it’s visiting talks and exhibitions with your team, joining our infamous summer away day, helping organise Halloween activities in the Studio, or simply getting to know your new work family a little better over a couple of drinks at The Kings, there’s always something going on.
Applications for this scheme are now closed. We’ve kept the information below so you can see what we were looking for from our applicants.
Firstly we’ll need to know the basics – your name, contact details, where and what you are studying and, of course, you’ll need to upload a CV.
The next stage of your application is formed of two parts:
1) In 100 words (or thereabouts), tell us a little bit about yourself, why you’re interested in brands, and why you’d like to work at Design Bridge.
2) Respond to the following brief: Tell us about a brand you really love – and why!
This could be any brand – big and global, small and local, a personal brand, even. You can interpret the brief however you wish and your response can be presented in any format you like, but it will need to be uploaded as a document (such as a Word or PDF document) as part of your application. The document you submit as your response to the brief could contain a link to a film you’ve made on YouTube, perhaps it’s a written piece, maybe you’ll design a poster. Whatever you decide on, we encourage you to be creative and show us your skills!
As you’ll discover elsewhere on our website, original thinking is at the heart of everything we do at Design Bridge, so we’re looking for compelling, bold and innovative thoughts and ideas that are communicated in an engaging way. We love a good story and we want to see your passion for brand design shine through in your application.
It goes without saying that we’re looking for people with excellent attention to detail (so don’t forget to proofread your application before submitting it) and a genuine interest in joining the DB family. Oh and, despite our name, we don’t actually design bridges here, so Bridge Designers need not apply (you’d be amazed how many applications we get)!
After the closing date of Thursday 16th February, we’ll review all of the applications and create a shortlist of people who will be invited in for a first interview. These will take place on Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th April 2018.
Those who make it through to the second stage will be invited back in on either Wednesday 18th or Friday 20th April 2018 for a final interview.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of April and will join the team in September 2018 for 1 year. At the end of your year with us there will be an opportunity for you to become a full-time, permanent member of the team, too. Hurrah!
Want to know what it’s really like to be on the Grad Scheme? We caught up with a few familiar faces to find out…
Hannah McDermid, Market Analyst, Strategy Team
I was on the 2016/7 Graduate Scheme and, as of September, I’m now working as a full-time Market Analyst in the Strategy Team. My role is all about identifying consumer and design trends and insights, understanding what they mean for the brands we work with, and supporting the Strategists in my team.
When I was on the Graduate Scheme I got the chance to work across a variety of brands and with different teams across the business. This meant that I built a really good foundation of knowledge for my role now. It gave me a really good understanding of how Design Bridge approaches a project from all angles, and I feel lucky to have this insight as it’s not something that many people have. For example, if you’re a Designer then you might not fully understand how to cost and plan a project that someone in the Client Servicing team would. Working across different parts of the business also meant that I got to know a lot of people very quickly. This was great from a social point of view, but also because I’ve built relationships with people in every team, if I need to know something I always have someone I can ask.
In my new permanent role I am becoming more aligned with one of our big global clients so that I can really dig beneath the skin of the brands I work with, developing longer term, meaningful insights and relationships. In my first 2 months I visited 3 different countries on store visits, chatting to all sorts of people to gain consumer insights – no 2 days are ever the same here! I’ve recently been working very closely with Laura, a Brand Strategist here, developing a creative strategy for one of our clients, which I’m really enjoying.
For people thinking about applying for the Graduate Scheme this year: do it! You don’t need to have studied design, but you do need to demonstrate that you have a passion for (and opinion on) brands and how they impact consumers and culture. The Design Bridge Graduate Scheme is a great opportunity to kick-start your career. I personally found it quite difficult to get placements in the creative industry when I was a student because it’s very competitive (lots of students, not that many placement opportunities) and I didn’t have any contacts in the industry, so getting on the scheme was my way in and I would recommend it to anyone keen to work in a Strategic or Client Servicing role.
My tip for people applying is to remember that we are a creative agency so really think about that when you prepare your response to the brief. It needs to engage people and stand out from all the other applications, so make sure you put some creative thought into how you present it.
Claudia Mestre-Moreno, Graduate Trainee (Client Servicing)
It’s been a non-stop few months and I’ve been involved in a huge range of projects – almost 20! Being involved in such a variety of projects has meant that I’ve learnt a lot in a very short space of time including how to manage projects, how to take responsibility for outcomes, how to be creative and resourceful in finding solutions, and to embrace being out of my comfort zone and work with a range of different people.
One of the things that has surprised me the most is the way I am treated as an individual in the company. I don’t feel like I’ve been treated as a Graduate who just joined the business, but rather as someone who is part of the team and whose ideas are as valid as anyone else’s. This is really motivating and has made me want to get even more involved!
Even if it sounds a bit clichéd, my advice to people applying to the scheme this year is to be yourself. Design Bridge really wants to get to know you as an individual, what motivates you, what are you passionate about, and the only way to show this is by truly being loyal to who you are and what you stand for as an individual. So just relax and be you!
Isobel Herbert, Graduate Trainee (Client Servicing)
My first few months on the Graduate Scheme have been a real mix of hard work, interesting projects and a huge learning curve. I’ve learnt a lot about how to manage my time to be more efficient, and how to work with a variety of people. I’ve been most surprised by how many people work here at Design Bridge, and the sheer amount of talent and creativity there is in the building (and in the other Studios, too). My one piece of advice for someone applying for the Graduate Scheme this year is to come to Design Bridge ready to learn and to be challenged every day. There really isn’t a dull moment!
If you are thinking about applying then it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with our work and our culture, so take a look around our website to get a feel for who we are and what we do. For example, we have plenty of blog posts where you can meet some of the people you will be working with, check our Work section to learn about some of our award-winning work, or check our Latest page for some of our more recent projects.