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Advertising

Professional bodies

  • Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) - is the trade body and professional institute for the industry. Their very useful website contains a wealth of information on careers in advertising and this includes a searchable database of advertising agencies and how to find work experience.
  • Advertising Association - represents the advertising and promotional marketing industries including advertisers, agencies, media and support services. The website has a useful advertising careers guide. In addition, the student briefings will introduce you to how an advertising agency works, the business of advertising and a suggested reading list. The links section is also worth making use of.
  • British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) - professional association and charity representing the UK's thriving design and advertising communities. The education department works to promote excellence and promote and nurture new talent. D&AD organise advertising and design workshops for people who are just starting out in their creative careers.
  • CAM Foundation - an awarding body for the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations.
  • Incorporated Society of British Advertisers - represents the interests of UK advertisers in all areas of marketing communications, including TV advertising, new media, press, radio, outdoor, direct marketing, sponsorship and sales promotion. The site is useful for keeping up to date with the news and issues affecting the industry.
  • International Advertising Association - the website contains a useful section which lists advertising associations throughout the world, which is helpful if you are thinking of working in advertising overseas.
  • Internet Advertising Bureau UK - is the trade association for interactive advertising, electronic commerce and online marketing. The members directory is useful if you are looking for contacts or potential employers.
  • Scottish IPA - part of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) website but with specific news and information on the advertising industry in Scotland.

General information

  • Prospects web - occupational profiles of various roles in advertising from the official UK graduate careers website.
  • Advertising, Marketing & PR sector briefing - useful overview of the sector for students and graduates.
  • Diagonal Thinking self-assessment - developed on behalf of the IPA this test is used to help people identify whether they have what it takes to succeed in the advertising industry. The test demonstrates that to work in advertising you should be a lateral and linear thinker. When applying to advertising agencies you can include your score from the test.
  • Ad Forum - a largely American-biased site but with some good information about advertising globally as well as the UK. You can search for agencies and preview their work, read case studies and find out who is winning which awards.
  • Brand Republic - major advertising, marketing, PR and media website offering news stories from industry-leading magazines such as Campaign, Marketing, PR Week and Revolution, plus jobs in marketing, advertising and new media.
  • Contact A Creative - this website promotes creative talent. You can search for advertising agencies, design groups and view details of illustrators and photographers.
  • The Drum - communications magazine for Scotland, covers media, marketing, advertising and design news. Unless you are a subscriber you will be unable to access the news and features but you can view the jobs section.
  • Get into Advertising - Andrea Neidle (advertising lecturer, consultant, copywriter and author) regularly runs workshops on how to get started in an advertising career. The workshops take place in London and consist of small groups so places are limited.
  • Jobs4U - profiles of various jobs in advertising from the Government's Connexions careers information service.
  • London Advertising Directory - searchable directory of advertising and related agencies in London.
  • Mad - provides news, jobs and information for for those working in advertising, marketing, media and design.
  • Media Guardian - this section of the Guardian newspaper covers advertising, marketing and PR. To read the articles you will need to register. The paper version of the Media Guardian is available for reference in the Careers Service.
  • Visit4info - lets you research and view TV ads. In addition you can search and view ads by agency. Some parts of the site are subscription-based.
  • Your Creative Future - guide to education and career opportunities in the creative industries, including advertising.
Marketing

Professional bodies

General information

  • Prospects web - occupational profile of a marketing executive and sales promotion account executive from the official UK graduate careers website.
  • Advertising, Marketing & PR sector briefing - useful overview of the sector for students and graduates.
  • Brand Republic - major advertising, marketing, PR and media web-site offering news stories from industry-leading magazines such as Campaign, Marketing, PR Week and Revolution, plus hundreds of great jobs in marketing, advertising and new media.
  • The Drum - communications magazine for Scotland, covers media, marketing, advertising and design news.
  • Inside Careers: Marketing - careers guide and job vacancies for the marketing sector.
  • Institute of Sales Promotion (ISP) - represents Promoters, Agencies and Service Partners engaged in Promotional Marketing. The website contains a useful section about starting a career in sales promotion. There is also a directory of members which is useful for identifying potential contacts.
  • Mad - provides news, jobs and information for for those working in advertising, marketing, media and design.
  • Marketing & Creative Handbook - online directory covering company contacts for the marketing and creative media industries throughout the UK.
  • Marketing Direct - is a monthly magazine for professionals working in direct marketing. The online version of the magazine includes vacancies and useful articles.
  • Media Guardian - this section of the Guardian newspaper covers advertising, marketing and PR. To read the articles you will need to register. The paper version of the Media Guardian is available for reference in the Careers Service.
  • Internet Advertising Bureau UK - is the trade association for interactive advertising, electronic commerce and online marketing. The members directory is useful if you are looking for contacts or potential employers.
  • Jobs4U - profile of a marketing manager and brand manager the Government's Connexions careers information service.
Public Relations

General information

  • Prospects web - occupational profiles of various roles within PR from the official UK graduate careers website.
  • Advertising, Marketing & PR sector briefing - useful overview of the sector for students and graduates.
  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) - the leading professional body for the UK public relations industry. Their website contains an extensive section on careers in PR including how to find work experience and jobs and details of further study. In the regional groups you will find information about PR specific to these regions which includes details of vacancies. The PR Directory is a really useful resource for identifying potential contacts/employers.
  • Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) - the trade association of PR consultancies in the UK. This website has a section devoted to undergraduates and graduates who are interested in Public Relations.
  • Global Alliance of Public Relations Institutes - is an alliance of public relations associations throughout the world. The website includes some useful information on public relations in specific countries.
  • Hollis PR - an online version of the really useful Hollis guide (paper version available in the Careers Service). This site allows you to search for a wide range of organisations including PR consultancies, specialist PR services, in-house PR contacts and consultancies specialising in public affairs. This is an invaluable resource if you are looking for contacts in order to make speculative applications for work experience or graduate jobs.
  • International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) - the umbrella association for more than 850 consultancies through their trade associations in 24 countries. The website contains a useful directory of its members.
  • Jobs4U - profile of a public relations officer from the Government's Connexions careers information service.
  • Media Guardian - this section of the Guardian newspaper covers advertising, marketing and PR. To read the articles you will need to register. The paper version of the Media Guardian is available for reference in the Careers Service.
  • PR Week - a leading weekly magazine for public relations practitioners.
  • Brand Republic - major advertising, marketing, PR and media web-site offering news stories from industry-leading magazines such as Campaign, Marketing, PR Week and Revolution, plus hundreds of jobs in marketing, advertising and new media.
  • The Drum - communications magazine for Scotland, covers media, marketing, advertising and design news.
  • CAM Foundation - an awarding body for the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations.

Public Affairs Consultant (Lobbyist)

  • Prospects web - occupational profile of a public affairs consultant from the official UK graduate careers website.
  • Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) - the representative and self-regulatory body for professional political consultants. The site has information explaining what political consultants do and has a list of members of the association.
  • British Politics Pages - as well as having useful information about politics in the UK, the site also has a list of some political consultants and lobbyists who can act on behalf of businesses and organisations.
  • Holyrood Communications - The site includes news by political category (e.g. education, environment, equality), online magazine, a political guide and news from Holyrood's committees. There is also a searchable database of jobs in policy, communication and public affairs.
  • House Magazine and Public Affairs News are both magazines with sources of vacancies for lobbyists.
  • Electus Start - is aimed at helping graduates who are trying to get started in a career in public affairs and government relations. The website has vacancies, career information and case studies.
  • Political jobs - advertises jobs in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.
  • Political Resources on the Net - listing of international politically-related websites.
  • PubAffairs - is a really useful website for anyone considering a career in public affairs. The site has a public affairs guide that tells you what the term 'public affairs' means, how to get into the industry and profiles of current practitioners. As well as also advertising vacancies there are surveys covering topics such as salary.
  • Public Affairs Links - this website has some useful information on careers in public affairs, details about lobbying and links to other useful resources.
  • Working 4 an MP - this site has been set up to provide information for staff of MPs at Westminster and in the constituencies. The site has useful information on finding jobs and internships, as well as advertising job vacancies.

Science Communications/Promotion

  • Association of British Science Writers - the website has some useful information about a career in science writing. The association also offers bursaries for science communication courses.
  • Biochemical Society - in addition to providing careers information about science communication, the society are also able to fund outreach events that communicate molecular biosciences to schools, colleges and universities.
  • The BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) - is a charity which exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering. The website has an online version of the quarterly Science & Public Affairs magazine includes as well as details of courses available in science communication. The BA offers opportunities to volunteer which will provide you with useful experience of science communication.
  • Psci-com - is a free catalogue of high quality internet resources covering public engagement with science, science communication and the impact of science on society. On the website you can get find out about competitions and awards, science communication courses and science festivals.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine Public Relations Association (STEMPRA) - an informal group that brings together people working in communication in scientific societies, research institutes and other non-commercial organisations in science, technology, engineering and medicine.
  • Wellcome Trust - have information for researchers about how to get involved with public engagement of biomedical science. The site also enables you to search for schemes that are happening in your area, which is useful for anyone (not just researchers) interested in working in science communication/promotion.

Other PR specialisms

  • Jobs4U (music) - profile of a music industry promotions manager from the Government's Connexions careers information service.
  • Financial PR - a CIPR sub-group specialising in financial PR.
  • LG Communications - represents local authority public relations and communications teams across the United Kingdom.