1. What is the AMV Academy?
  2. Is it a permanent job?
  3. Who can apply?
  4. What are you looking for?
  5. When will applications open and close?
  6. Should I follow you on Twitter?
  7. I’ve already graduated, can I still apply?
  8. I don’t have any work experience, does that matter?
  9. I’ve applied before and didn’t get in. Can I apply again?
  10. I’ve submitted my application but think I could do a better job. Can I change my answers?
  11. I’m having technical problems with the application, what should I do?
  12. I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
  13. What are the interview dates?
  14. Where will the interviews be?
  15. How do I get to your office?
  16. What should I wear for the interviews?
  17. Will you pay for my travel and expenses?
  18. I can’t make the final round interview day, should I still apply?
  19. I only have a student VISA, can you help me arrange a work one?
  20. If I wanted to, could I start earlier than September 2017?
  21. If I'm successful, could I defer my start date by a year (so I start in September 2018)?
  22. Are there opportunities to transfer abroad?
  23. How safe is my data?
  24. Who can I get in touch with for any more questions?
  25. How do I get in to the creative department at AMV?
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#1
What is the AMV Academy?
Our grad scheme. Every year, we find around 6 to 8 of the nicest and brightest grads and offer them a full-time job (with no end date) in one of three departments. The training will officially begin in September 2017 (although there’s usually the option to start earlier if you’re free and would like to). You'll spend your first six weeks undergoing intensive training, experiencing every aspect of how any agency runs through a combination of shadowing, presentations, offsite trips and working on your own pitch. After that, we’ll let you loose on client teams and you’ll continue to learn on the job as an account executive, junior strategist or junior project manager. To hear it from the people who have done it, check out our Academy film.
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#2
Is it a permanent job?
Absolutely! It's different from the grad schemes that some agencies offer because ours has no end-date. It's not a 6 or 12-month placement, we really do hope you'll stay with us for years! Our CEO, Ian Pearman, joined on our grad scheme - and we still haven’t been able to get rid of him!
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#3
Who can apply?
You either need to be in your final year of university or have already graduated. We don't mind what university you have been to, what course you have studied (you definitely don't need to have a degree in Advertising, Marketing or Business) or where in the world you come from (as long as you are legally allowed to work in the UK!). We want to hear from you.
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#4
What are you looking for?
Nice and bright people. It’s not enough to be just one of those things – our business is all about creativity and people so we need you to be great at both.
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#5
When will applications open and close?
Applications are now open (via our online form)! You have until 11pm on Thursday 20th October 2016 to finalise your answers and submit your form.
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#6
Should I follow you on Twitter?
Definitely. We frequently use Twitter to remind everyone about the key dates (deadlines, Open Days, when applications open, etc). Our current grads (who were in your shoes this time last year!) are also going to be taking over the feed, tweeting snapshots of their training, fun nights out, etc. https://twitter.com/amvacademy
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#7
I’ve already graduated, can I still apply?
Yes, absolutely. Each year, lots of our successful 'grads' have actually already graduated by the time they apply. Some have even been working in the industry (or other industries) for a couple of years. So it definitely won’t count against you.
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#8
I don’t have any work experience, does that matter?
No, not at all. We’re aware that people can really struggle to get work experience in the industry if they don't have any family contacts, so our decisions are not based on who has or hasn’t got any.
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#9
I’ve applied before and didn’t get in. Can I apply again?
Of course. We've had graduates who were unsuccessful one year and got in the next, so there’s no reason not to. Why not take a look at our tips film to see how you can make your application even stronger than before?
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#10
I’ve submitted my application but think I could do a better job. Can I change my answers?
Yes you can. You should have received two emails - one when you start your application, and one when you submit the full form. They both include a link to your online application, where you can amend your answers. Whichever application you submit last will replace your previous one. The email will come from noreply@amvacademy.com, so check your junk folder if you can't find it.
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#11
I’m having technical problems with the application, what should I do?
Please email academy@amvbbdo.com with a screen grab, explanation of your issue and a contact phone number, and we’ll try to resolve it as quickly as possible.
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#12
I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
We’re afraid we only recruit for graduates once a year, so make sure that you’ve applied by 11pm on Thursday 20th October. Otherwise you’ll need to wait a whole year again!
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#13
What are the interview dates?
If you make it through to our interview stage, you’ll be invited in on one of the following days: Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th or Friday 25th November. This year, the final round interviews will be held all day on Friday 2nd December.
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#14
Where will the interviews be?
At our office in Southwark, London. http://www.amvbbdo.com/#/contact
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#15
How do I get to your office?
The nearest stations are Southwark, London Bridge and Blackfriars; all of which are approx. 5 - 10 minute walk away. Google Maps can sometimes be a bit deceptive when you type in our address, so best to search for 'Vapiano Southwark'.
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#16
What should I wear for the interviews?
Hopefully you can see from the videos that we’re a fairly smart-casual agency. Shirts and smart jeans are absolutely fine for boys. If in doubt though, remember no one will ever tell you off for being too smart!
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#17
Will you pay for my travel and expenses?
We are able to pay up to £100 for final round interviewees travel and accommodation costs only (please remember to get receipts to help us process them – and bring them with you on the day)!
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#18
I can’t make the final round interview day, should I still apply?
The final round interview day is the most important part of the process for us, so - should you impress at the first round of interviews - you must be able to attend on Friday 2nd December or we unfortunately wouldn’t be able to consider you for our grad scheme. Please bear this mind when applying – it may even be worth blocking that date out in your calendar right now, just to be safe.
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#19
I only have a student VISA, can you help me arrange a work one?
We are unable to provide assistance in securing a visa for applicants, so you need to have the right to work permanently in the UK in order to apply for the graduate scheme. As we are part of the BBDO network with agencies in 93 countries around the world, we would recommend applying to your local agency instead if you’re anxious about not being able to legally work in the UK.
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#20
If I wanted to, could I start earlier than September 2017?
Yes, some of our past grads have started earlier than the rest of their intake, but the training won’t fully start until everybody’s together.
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#21
If I'm successful, could I defer my start date by a year (so I start in September 2018)?
Unfortunately not. We cannot offer deferred places on our grad scheme - you need to be willing and able to start on (or earlier than) September 2017 to be considered for this year's intake. However, we run the scheme annually - so if you'd like some time off, absolutely take it and just apply this time next year!
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#22
Are there opportunities to transfer abroad?
Although we’re part of the BBDO network, you would be hired to work in the London office only.
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#23
How safe is my data?
By submitting an application, you accept that AMV BBDO may need to process personal data about you and consents to us processing such data for any purpose connected with the application. All data supplied is submitted and stored through our secure and encrypted database. If you require further information, please contact academy@amvbbdo.com
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#24
Who can I get in touch with for any more questions?
Arthur, Max and Liv are your AMV Academy team who are here to answer any questions, and will be there throughout the application process. If you need any more information either tweet us @AMVAcademy, or send us an email at academy@amvbbdo.com and one of us will get back to you as soon as we can.
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#25
How do I get in to the creative department at AMV?
We do not hire creatives or designers via the AMV Academy. Creative directors Toby and Jim run AMV Hatch instead, a recruitment scheme to identify and nurture the next generation of creative talent. Click on the 'Creative Placements' tab (top right) to find out more about this.