George Bartlett is about to begin his final year at Bournemouth University having spent an unforgettable placement year within the New Business and Marketing team at RKCR/Y&R.
An aspiring goodness knows what, who's been known to dabble in advertising, George started his career as a freelance creative for agencies such as Havas Media & Walker Agency, and has recently built up experience as a social media consultant for a number of fresh start ups in the UK. During his time at RKCR/Y&R George played a pivotal role in the digital marketing of the agency across all channels and worked on winning pitches for clients such as Thomson, First Choice, Baxters and Prudential. In his spare time he likes to paint, smoke cigars and dream of scuba-diving in the the Philippines."
What attracted you to wanting to work in the creative industries?
I've often found creativity to be contagious, like the giggles. I wanted to surround myself with creative people. Simple as that really.
How did you find your internship at RKCR/Y&R?
It was brilliant. I wasn't sure what to expect, it was my first proper job in the industry.
"Of course it was hard work, but it was an extremely rewarding experience."
Of course it was hard work, but it was an extremely rewarding experience. And the people were fantastic, to quote a dear dear friend from the agency and make this answer excruciatingly cheesy, it felt like walking into a big hug every morning.
Is there anything you know now that you wish you'd known earlier?
Yes, I wish I could go back and tell myself not to bother buying a suit.
What piece of advice would you give to someone starting their internship?
They hired you because you can do the job, that should be a given.
"It's your attitude that makes the difference."
It's your attitude that makes the difference. Being likeable is key.
How have you found studying advertising at Bournemouth university?
It's fab. Hard work, but fab. Far too many all nighters. 5am Mac Labs stand out a bit too much.
Do you have any mottos or rules that you live by?
No. Oh, yes, don't be a twit and be sure to enjoy the occasional candle lit bubble bath.
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