24 April 2012 - 8:47am | posted by | 3 comments

Saatchi & Saatchi X invites graduates to ‘pitch in its lift’

Saatchi & Saatchi X invites graduates to ‘pitch in its lift’Saatchi & Saatchi X invites graduates to ‘pitch in its lift’

Saatchi & Saatchi X has announced that it is to follow up its XliftPitch 2011 event with an encore this year.

The unconventional event will take place in the shopper marketing agency’s Titchfield Street offices on April 27 when graduates will be invited to make a 30 second pitch in their lift.

Those who impress will be invited to a second round interview from which they could earn a space at the Saatchi & Saatchi X Boot Camp.

This will see each participant coached in response to a live brief with the most promising candidates selected for a six week placement working on shopper marketing campaigns for some of the world's leading brands.

Should this last hurdle be cleared with aplomb the last person standing could be offered a one year placement and the prospect of a long term career.

To promote the launch Saatchi & Saatchi X will be answering questions on Twitter and issuing career guidance on Facebook.

Claire Knight, Regional Talent Director for Saatchi & Saatchi X, "We are passionate about providing opportunities and nurturing the future talent of this industry, we also want to provide an experience that is fun, creative, and at the heart of what we do, enabling us to tap into the most promising graduates for our space.

“In return they will gain exposure to the key decision makers and a real understanding of what it means to work in advertising, something that will hopefully give them an advantage in the pursuit of their first job."

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Ixx
24 Apr 2012 - 11:25
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A great example of how employers exploit graduates, making them jump through many hoops to gain a 6 week (probably unpaid) work placement. The sad truth is many agencies and other employers of graduates are taking up this kind of trend. Expecting graduates to work long hours for free, if theyre lucky they may have their bus fair and lunch paid for, best of all theyre supposed to be grateful for this treatment.

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24 Apr 2012 - 13:16
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@Ixx Thanks for your comments we always welcome points of view. To confirm, the six week placement and the one year placements are all fully paid and during this period graduates not only receive hands on experience but also development opportunities outside of the agency. The successful graduates from last year are a valuable asset to our agency and we are hoping will become permanent in the future. We aim to give graduates a real opportunity and agree the trend for not paying them is unacceptable as they add immense value and fresh insight to the agency. BR Regional Talent Director, Saatchi & Saatchi X

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Ixx
24 Apr 2012 - 13:49
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@clair64435 thanks for clearing things up, if only most other employers did the same. Unfortunately we live in a time where there are more graduates than jobs, a lot of employers out there seem to be taking advantage of that fact under the guise of "gaining experience". While graduates gaining experience is a good thing, so is a wage in their bank at the end of the week / month.

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