Advice

We often hear from students and young, aspiring Planners asking for advice about how to get a job as a Planner. There are of course myriad ways of achieving this but there also are some general principles that are useful.

May 27, 2020

Did you know that the maximum time generally taken to read a CV is 30 seconds, and in most instances is more like 7 seconds? That’s the time it takes to make a cup of coffee, or the length of a Tik Tok video.

Therefore, your CV needs to work hard for you, and quickly –...

February 3, 2020

It all boils down to one word for me: People. If you’re interested in people then this’ll be a really interesting career for you.

July 11, 2016

I’ve been chasing a career change. Albeit a much more modest one; to break from account handling into planning. Something I can now happily say I’ve accomplished. This story is to help those, who like me, want to break into planning from account handling.

March 29, 2016

Last week I went along to the ‘Sources of Inspiration and Insight’ Young Planner’s event. The night was hosted by BBH’s John Harrison at their Kingly Court offices. John shared with us his biggest bugbear – that all too often we are focused on finding the consumer insi...

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Advice from Craig Mawdsley
Craig is Joint CSO at AMV BBDO.

Believe you can always be better and work out how to do it. Simple.
First Year of Freelance Planning
I am frequently asked: ‘What’s it like going freelance?’. To save repeating myself, I wanted to get down on paper what the first year is really like. I wanted to share three things that got me through it..
Advice from Rebecca Moody
You were pretty rock hard in those graduate days. Always asking 'why' and not standing for wobbly answers. Willing to learn like a sponge. In awe of the big picture. The power of what we do. Loving the bright lights...
Advice from Nick Hirst
Firstly, ask yourself if you’re learning and growing in the right direction. What are you getting better at – and is that the right thing? I spent a lot of years in my early career...
Advice to my Younger Self
Ruairi Curran, Head of Planning at Gravity Road, shares bits of advice to his younger self:

1. Work in a small agency
2. Don't take training and resources for granted
Advice from Lucy Banister
The more you understand and analyse the greater your understanding and your appreciation will grow and the better equipped you will be to understand and appreciate the creative ideas you will help to develop.
Advice from Agathe Guerrier
Young strategists can be insecure and seek safety in certainty: robustness, data, rigour. All these things are necessary, not sufficient. Spend 20% of the time getting to the right, logical answer.
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