Graduates get hired & make it into the industry press

Pete Ioulianiou and Ollie Agius who graduated from the University of Lincoln BA (Hons) Creative Advertising programme in June have recently taken a full time job with highly respected ad agency Archibald Ingall Stretton.

The boys posing for the paparazzi

This is quite an achievement when you consider that they only graduated from the course so recently. But it's not just the speed with which Pete and Ollie got hired that is noteworthy, the manner in which they landed the job was also unusual. In fact, the way the boys got the job was so different that even the industry newspaper Campaign ran an article about their hiring in last week's issue (3rd December).

Here's how they came to be hired in their own words:-

"The way we were offered the job was different to say the least. Whilst at University, we regularly procrastinated on Facebook and Twitter. We came across a competition AIS were running through Twitter: their 1000th follower would receive an hour with Steve Stretton and Matt Morley-Brown for a portfolio review. We carefully timed when to hit the 'follow' button on Twitter and were lucky enough to win! That was the first time we met Steve & Matt.

Following our placement at digital agency Dare we met with again with Matt and he offered us a two week placement. As soon as we started we were thrown in at the deep end and amongst other things worked on a major pitch for new business. Some of our work was chosen by the client and the work that we have done since then for O2 has been entered into industry competitions by the agency. That was enough to secure us an extension on the placement.

We were working on the best briefs in the agency through mostly luck and a bit of cunning. Our work was always chosen to go to client on these bigger briefs. This secured us another extension.

By now we were really enjoying our time at Archibald Ingall Stretton. Everyone made us feel part of the agency. We were playing for the work 5-a-side team and going out with everybody after work on Fridays. AIS is an incredibly friendly place with a 'work hard, play hard' attitude. It’s all about the work but when it’s time to party, we all go out.

Almost a year after our successful Twitter competition win, AIS offered us a job via Twitter.

A nice thing Steve Stretton mentioned to us was that he felt he had to offer us the job otherwise there would have been a 'war' at the agency. Apparently people from every single department were asking him to hire us which made us feel great."

The Campaign article on Pete and Ollie's recent hiring

Many congratulations to Pete and Ollie from the staff and students on the Creative Advertising course: it's no less than they deserve after all of their hard work and dedication. That's two more Lincoln Creative Advertising graduates employed in the industry's best agencies to add to the ever-growing list.