Careers in advertising

Searching for your first job in advertising? Seeking an apprenticeship or planning your next move? We're here to help you get a head start

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Advertising people are a diverse bunch. We have to be if we are going to truly understand everything about our brand’s consumers and use the latest technology to our best advantage. So whatever background you’re from, educational level you’ve achieved, whether your skills lie in art, humanities, STEM subjects, analytics or you’re just great at building excellent relationships – advertising agencies wants to hear from you.

The right role for you

There are an amazing range of jobs in the ad industry, so it's worth checking out where your strengths lie before you narrow down the options.

Our Diagonal Thinking will help you decide whether you're best suited to planning, account handling or creative. Whatever the result, you'll find the perfect role to match your skills.

Advertising unlocked

Fancy dipping your toe in the water to get an idea of what a career in advertising would be like?

To make it easier for new talent to access all entry-level opportunities, we've partnered with 70 top agencies to open their doors for tours and talks. The event is called Advertising Unlocked. Why not sign up to the industry's annual nationwide open day?  It's a great way to get a feel for what it would be like to work in the industry.

Find your first job

We're there for you when you're ready to find a job too. Just sign up to the IPA Job Alerts. All our member agencies post jobs on our site so you’ll be sure not to miss out.

Graduates can download the Debut App too. It's dedicated to entry-level jobs, schemes and internships in the industry.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a great way to break into advertising so we've made it easier for you by teaming up with IT & Digital specialist recruiters Arch Apprenticeships They make a variety of apprenticeships available in the advertising industry via CreativePioneers2.

Advertising is an exciting business to work in, we look forward to having you on board.