Marketing, advertising and PR
Check out this list of graduate employers in marketing, advertising and PR

Graduate employers in marketing, advertising and PR

If you’re considering a career in marketing, advertising or PR, this sample of employers may help you to kick-start your career.
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Are you thinking of applying for a graduate job in marketing, advertising or PR this year? We’ve put together a handy list of some employers in the sector that recruit graduates annually. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide a good snapshot of what’s out there to help get you started. Check out our linked employer hubs for employer-specific advice too.

Graduate marketing employers

E.ON, the power and gas company, offers a two-year marketing graduate scheme for graduates with at least a 2.1. You can choose either a general marketing or analytical marketing route. While the generalist route is open to all graduates, a numerate degree is required for analytical marketing. The scheme is based in the Midlands with an international placement.

L’Oreal is a French cosmetics and beauty company. It runs a marketing management trainee scheme for graduates with a 2.1 in any subject and a minimum of 320 UCAS points from three A levels. Work for marketing trainees includes coordinating product launches, designing promotional materials and writing new product concepts. Applications are made online.

Sky, the broadcasting, broadband and telephone services company, offers marketing and corporate affairs graduate schemes. Both programmes are open to graduates from any degree discipline. The marketing scheme consists of four six-month rotations including trading, strategy and brand marketing. The corporate affairs programme includes placements in corporate communications, public affairs and internal affairs.

Graduate advertising employers

AMV BBDO is an advertising agency that works with brands such as BT, Adidas, Walkers and Mercedes-Benz. It runs a graduate programme called AMV Academy. Graduates are recruited into three of its departments: account management, planning and project management. The agency does not specify a particular grade or degree subject.

M&C Saatchi is an international advertising agency headquartered in London. It runs a scheme for graduates with a degree in any subject. The programme begins with ten weeks of full-time training alongside the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising’s course for new starters in the industry. The application process includes an application form, cover letter and one-side CV summary.

Ogilvy, a well known international advertising, marketing and public relations company, runs a two-year account management fellowship. The fellowship consists of two year-long placements at Ogilvy & Mather, OgilvyOne, Ogilvy PR or Coley Porter Bell. Previous fellows have worked on brands such as American Express, Nescafe and The Famous Grouse. Graduates of all degrees can apply for this scheme.

PR agencies offering graduate opportunities

FleishmanHillard is a strategic communications firm that has clients in a range of industries including consumer goods, education, healthcare and technology. It runs a 12-month rotational graduate scheme. You will work in three of its agency disciplines, which include: consumer, creative strategy, public affairs, technology and financial services.

Chime Communications is a public relations, advertising and communications group that is made up of five divisions and 56 companies. It runs a programme for graduates with a 2.1 who want to work in the world of public relations, advertising, research and health marketing.

WPP is a communications services group that employs people in 3,000 offices in 110 countries. It offers a three-year fellowship for graduates with a 2.1 in any degree subject. It comprises three one-year rotations with different WPP companies and in different disciplines. Graduates on the fellowship usually work in a client management or strategic planning role.



It is possible that, as part of an assessment for a marketing role with one of the above employers, you will be asked to undertake some form of psychometric testing. This could happen pre-interview, or even as part of an assessment day. If you need help, why not check out some of these practice tests online?