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Col Skinner, Consultant and Founder of Profoundry

4 min, 48 sec read
13:00 PM | 27 October 2014
by Jim Compton-hall
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Col Skinner, digital consultant and strategist, gives loads of advice for young people including tips on freelance and why you should work in Manchester.

Col Skinner has worked across a spectrum of digital disciplines in agency and in-house roles over seven years. Then in early 2014 he decided to offer this experience to his own clients and formed Profoundry, a proactive digital consultancy based in Manchester city centre.

What made you want to go into marketing?

Kind of a long story but the short version is that I kind of fell into marketing.

The medium version goes a something like this:

I originally had no intention of going to university but my school made it compulsory to go through the application process. I randomly picked Automotive Design due to my love of cars at the time. Then about 3 months before receiving my exam results I had a long discussion with my Mum and came out of it inspired to go to university. Now I had the chance to choose a course I actually wanted to do. After flicking through the prospectus' of the 3 choice universities I found Huddersfield University did a Marketing degree that included a placement year. Amongst the past placement providers was BMW and Jaguar. I was sold. I started in September 2005, did a placement year in 2008 (not with a car company) and graduated in 2009 where my career properly began.

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