Tim Campbell MBE won The Apprentice back in 2005, and has come full circle to work alongside Lord Alan Sugar to judge...
- Work on constantly changing projects for a range of clients
- Work with a team to deliver measurable results for your clients
- Fast-paced, creative environment with great progression opportunities
- Meet clients to find out about their products or services
- Analyse data from past market reports and campaigns
- Decide if new market research is needed
- Carry out market research or employ a market research agency to do it
- Develop an advertising strategy to reach the target audience
- Present the strategy to the client
- Work with the project team including art directors and copywriters
- Brief the agency's creative team about the client's product or message
- Monitor audience response and sales figures
- Assess the success of the campaign
You'll work with a team to plan advertising campaigns for your clients and so will need to fully understand the product or services on offer and why customers might want to buy or use them.
You may work with several clients and brands at the same time. In smaller agencies, you could be involved in account planning as part of a wider account executive or account manager role.
There are no set requirements, but employers will look for personal qualities like creativity, quick thinking and business sense. A degree in a subject like advertising, business or management, communication and media studies, marketing, psychology or statistics may give you an advantage. Or, you could start by doing an advertising and media executive advanced apprenticeship.
Work experience and a network of contacts will also be useful. You can get this through work experience placements, internships, temping or attending industry events. You could apply for a graduate training scheme and learn on the job if you have a degree.
Some large agencies recruit graduates as trainee planners, while others recruit them as trainee advertising account executives or advertising account managers.
In smaller advertising agencies, you could start in a junior position like administrator or copywriter, and work your way up. You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You could progress to become a senior account planner, move into management, work as a freelance planning consultant, or set up your own agency.