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The Design Bridge Client Servicing & Strategy Graduate Scheme 2017

Please note: applications for this scheme are now closed. Details of the next Graduate Scheme will be available on the blog in early 2018.

If you graduated in 2016 or are due to graduate this year, 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 Graduate Scheme might be right up your street…

We’re 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. In fact, we’re not looking for one person; we’re looking for two!

It’s worth saying here 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.

Our Graduate Scheme
Based in our London Studio in the heart of creative Clerkenwell, our new Grads will spend blocks of time with our Client Servicing and Strategy Teams over the course of one year. 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, such as Business Development, Operations and Production.

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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 to learn and grow. And, of course, there will be plenty of time to get stuck in to Studio life – whether it’s visiting talks and exhibitions with your team, coming on our infamous summer away day, exploring the local area, or simply getting to know your new work family a little better over a couple of drinks in our local, The Three Kings – there’s always something going on.

And if you’re interested to hear what being on our Graduate scheme is really like, here’s what Georgi and Hannah (our current Grads) had to say about their first few months at Design Bridge…

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Georgi
“My focus has been Client Servicing so far, but when I first started in September I spent a bit of time shadowing the Production team. This was really useful as I learnt lots about the Production process. This has meant that when I’m in meetings now, I have a good understanding of what is involved and what everyone is talking about.

Since then I’ve been with the Mondelēz Client Servicing team, and there’s lots of free chocolate flying around! Recently we were working on a new Cadbury project and I really enjoyed being involved right from the beginning – briefing the designers with something quite open, then seeing what they came back with. I can’t wait to see it launch later this year.

Everyone here is really nice and I spend a lot of time with the other juniors who started the same time I did. We often have lunch together, walk down to the market, hang out and gossip – that’s really nice.”

Hannah
“I’ve been working in the Strategy team so far and it’s been busy – I’ve learnt a lot in a short space of time and worked on all sorts of projects for a variety of clients, helping out with a different team member almost every week.

I had the opportunity to work on a “sparkler” project, which was really cool. I had quite a lot of involvement with that and I was given a lot of autonomy and freedom. They were the first clients that I met and, even though it’s now in the design phase, I’m still going to the meetings so I will see it through to the end. It has definitely given me some confidence and I feel like I’m getting the hang of it!

I actually did my first client presentation the other week. It was just on a phone call but it was the first time that I had the opportunity to talk through my own work, so that was great.

Advice I’d give to people applying for the scheme this year is – and I know it’s a massive cliché – think outside the box! Don’t just submit a CV. I got my interview as I sent some postcards of my work as well as my actual application, so I’d say do something extra to get yourself noticed in a sea of people!

Also, don’t think that you have to come from a marketing background to work in CST or Strategy. I studied design, Georgi has a degree in Literature, and the people I’ve been working with in the  Strategy Team come from a mish mash of backgrounds. As long as you’re interested in the thinking behind projects, or how to manage them, then go for it.”

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What happens next?
The closing date for this scheme has now passed and we are reviewing all of the applications. A shortlist of people will be invited in for an interview, which will take place between 19-20 April 2017.

The two successful applicants will be notified by the end of April, joining the team in September 2017 for one year. At the end of the year there will be an opportunity to become a full-time, permanent member of the team, too. Hurrah!

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