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Where to start: the best places to look for jobs

Where to start: the best places to look for jobs

Knowing where to look for your first opportunity in the online advertising industry can be daunting. With so many different job sites, company types and roles available, it can be hard to know where to start. Well fear not because we’ve pulled together a handy list of some of the most exciting opportunities in the industry for you; whether you are looking for work experience, a grad scheme, internship or even an apprenticeship scheme – this list has it all.

Bauer Academy

Bauer Academy are a unique training provider owned by, and located inside, one of the world’s biggest media businesses. It delivers apprenticeship standard training and are on the register of Government approved apprenticeship training providers. It also creates and runs powerful community projects for private and public sector clients including The Prince’s Trust, The Rank Foundation and The Big Lottery Fund.

Find out more and apply here.

Brixton Finishing School

Winner of Britain's Best Digital Skills and Inclusion project 2019 this free, 10-week course transforms raw talent into entry-level candidates for a spectrum of ringfenced roles at big-name sponsor companies across the digital, media and creative industries. Our focus is BAME/Female/Neurodiverse/Income Challenged individuals who want to accelerate their digital, creative and professional skills. It's taught by the best in the industry through a series of lectures, masterclasses, 'real world' experiences and Google online learning. Bursaries are available to fund living costs whilst you study. Our 2018 cohort had 95% employment 12 weeks after graduation. 

Please enquire at [email protected] and check out our insta @BrixtonFinishingSchool, Twitter @BrixtonFSchool, full details

The Code

The Code stands for Creativity, Opportunity, Diversity, and Empowerment. It brings together the power of people and networks, to make a positive impact on society and the next generation of talent. The Code consists of workshops, competitions, insight days, work experience, and an innovative Early Careers programme in cities around the UK.

Find out more and apply here, or email [email protected].

Creative Mentor Network

Creative Mentor Network (CMN) is a London-based charity with a mission to make the creative industries more socio-economically diverse and inclusive through mentoring. Over a 16-week period, mentors are trained in coaching skills for effective leadership. Mentors embed and refine these skills throughout the programme in 1:1 sessions with mentees (aged 16-24).

Partners include Sony Music, Sky, Soho House, Havas, Global Media and M&C Saatchi.

Find out more and apply here.

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Global Academy

Global Academy is a unique school for Year 10 to Year 13 students. It specialises in broadcast and digital media and provides students with the technical skills needed to succeed in the industry. Graduates go onto employment or further training in the industry at companies like Global, BBC, Facebook and Google.

Apply now to join Year 10 or Year 12 in September 2020 here. Open Events will be taking place in October 2019, January 2020 and March 2020.

Immediate Media

Immediate Media Co is an award-winning special interest content and platform company. It is one of the biggest consumer media businesses in the UK and one of the largest magazine media publishers. Its purpose is to create compelling content on platforms that enhance the way people engage with what they love.

To create category-leading brands, Immediate Media employ 1,500 staff at offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.

Find out more and apply here.

Generation Media

We host our GeneMachine process for all new graduate starters. This includes welcome drinks before their start date, a designated buddy as well as objectives setting for their first 3 months within the company to fully integrate them in the business. All graduates have the opportunity to complete IPA Digital, Facebook and Google exams to ensure continuous learning and development.

Please email [email protected] for an info pack.

Google Apprenticeship

As a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Google, you will join the Sales or Marketing teams for a 15-month placement. Alongside this, you will study towards a Level 3 Digital Marketing qualification delivered by Google’s academic partner WhiteHat. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of Googlers to solve real life problems while developing and learning from world-class digital marketing leaders.

Applications open in October 2019 for an October 2020 start.

Guardian Jobs

Guardian Jobs brings together like-minded job seekers and employers with the aim of creating a happier world of work for everyone. It works with employers across a wide range of sectors, with roles at every level. Whether your career-driven or want to do good in the world, Guardian Jobs has lots of advice about getting into different sectors.

Mail Metro Media

Mail Metro Media is the unified advertising division of dmg media, representing some of Britain’s most popular media brands; Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, MailOnline, Metro and  

Reaching one in five UK adults every single day and 70% of the population every month across titles, it is the largest newsbrand publisher in the UK. 

Mail Metro Media support work experience and apprenticeships across all of its departments.

Find out more information about current opportunities by contacting [email protected]


The McCann Apprenticeship is a 15-month programme where you gain a Level 3 Apprenticeship while rotating around the agency’s departments to gain real world experience – a great start for anybody interested in a career in marketing communications. 

Find out more and apply here.


At MediaCom ‘People First, Better Results’ isn't just a tagline... it's how it strives to work and think every day. That's why it’s created an apprenticeship programme and an early talent scheme that is designed to change, develop and motivate. These programmes are tailored to you as an individual and your skills. You will have the opportunity to spend time in different departments such as planning, buying or digital, providing a fantastic opportunity to explore how a media agency works. 

Find out more about MediaCom’s Early Talent scheme here.

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Pivotal London

Pivotal London is a top specialist media recruitment agency that can open the door to more opportunities by giving you access to jobs across the whole media ecosystem. Trusted by over 120 of the world’s most innovative and exciting agencies, brands and tech companies, Pivotal London’s team of consultants are there to provide you with personalised advice based on your skills and career goals to effectively support you and your job search.
Pivotal London specialises in delivering digital advertising, marketing and data and analytics recruitment services to its clients. Within these functions, it offers multiple service lines to cater to every recruitment need, across contract, permanent and executive search.

To browse jobs, click here

Social Chain

As an accredited education provider, Social Chain work with the education authorities to create best in class learning schedule for social and digital marketing. It is set to be the first company to provide a qualification in podcasting, TikTok and other aspects of social media marketing.

None of this will be provided in a classroom – all learning will be facilitated in practical environments. The whole programme will also touch on life skills including presentation, welfare, money management and mental health alongside more traditional aspects. 

Social Chain are currently working on its website launch but check back soon for more information on how to apply. 


Internships at Spotify are anything but conventional. You won’t be making tea, picking up packages or taking minutes. You’ll be at the heart of major projects, working with teams of passionate people to create the next awesome thing.

Whatever you’re studying, there’s an internship to suit you. Or, if you’ve just finished your studies, there’s also grad and trainee opportunities.

Click here to find out more. 


The Telegraph's Apprenticeship programmes offer a wide range of opportunities to people who are looking to start a career in the media and publishing industry.

During its two-year programme, you'll be able to work alongside industry professionals gaining real work experience and responsibilities. Alongside your day job you'll be studying for a relevant qualification, learning new skills, receiving support and training from various sources within The Telegraph and building your network. 

To find out more about our programmes and be notified when applications open, register your details here

TIPi Academy 

The TIPi Academy is a selective, free two-week course that introduces young people to the digital landscape. ‘Academists’ are educated on the vast range of digital paths available so that they can make an informed decision on which, if any, they would like to follow.

Find out more and apply here


Totaljobs is one of UK’s leading job boards, attracting 12 million visits and 3 million applications from qualified jobseekers every month. An average of 170,000 jobs are posted a month by thousands of employers including Amazon, Sky, Virgin Media, DHL and many others.

With head office in London, Totaljobs has additional offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow. 

Find out more here.


WhiteHat is a tech start-up matching young people to the best career-focused apprenticeships on offer at some of the UK's most exciting companies; from Google and Facebook, to BP and Warner Bros. By delivering training in partnership with world-class content providers, WhiteHat aims to provide an exciting alternative to university.

Find out more and apply here.


Wavemaker Global Digital Futures scheme gives you direct exposure to the agency’s core digital departments, immersing you within Wavemaker Global and its clients. Throughout the programme you will be supported, mentored and trained to ensure you are constantly learning and developing.

You can register your interest for the scheme here.   


Xandr believe it is important to help develop and cultivate the next generation of individuals interested in digital. This is why it runs 12-month industrial placements for university students to complete in their penultimate year of university. 

These opportunities are available on both the client services and commercial teams, giving students an understanding of the digital ecosystem while helping them expand their skillsets and form the basis of how to interact in a work environment.  

Getting into a digital career doesn’t mean knowing how to code or understanding the digital advertising landscape – that can be learnt.  What Xandr look for, and value, are individuals who are passionate about technology, enjoy building relationships and are keen to learn.

To find out more, contact Gabriella Soare, Associate Recruiter, EMEA & APAC: [email protected]