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How I got my dream graduate marketing job: A senior marketing executive reveals all 👀

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If you’ve thought about pursuing a career in marketing, you’re definitely not alone – it remains one of the most popular career choices amongst recent graduates.

But do you know what a graduate marketing job really entails?

Having only graduated in 2016, Charlotte has quickly moved up the ranks at giffgaff gameplan, the newest venture of the well-known mobile telephone network operator, giffgaff.

In this interview, she reveals all about her day-to-day responsibilities, her career progression so far and some of the challenges she’s had to combat in her graduate marketing job.

Can you explain your current role?

I currently curate and develop the brand of giffgaff’s upcoming digital financial technology venture – creating, improving and maintaining content to achieve the business goals and raise brand awareness alongside building the brand and identity of giffgaff gameplan.


What skills do you use and how do they relate to your degree subject?

Photoshop skills are very helpful when mocking up ideas, concepts, and designs – I learnt this from my course at university.

We were advised to observe and analyse cultural movements/trends/the market and unpick why they chose that colour, that font, and those words.

Good copy and visual storytelling ability are also both so important.


Can you tell us about a typical day in your role?

We’re currently building an app and new pages for the website, so day-to-day I spend my time working out the content we need for these journeys and looking at how the designs come together.

The teams I regularly work with are with UX designers, creatives, our email agency and the content team.

I also think about upcoming projects and push forward appropriate actions, reviewing where we are now and where we want to be.


How has your career developed so far?

After graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Fashion Communication and Promotion, I started doing internships and placements in the fashion sector, working as a PR / Marketing Assistant.

I discovered the fashion world wasn’t for me, but I loved the idea of working in communications so I decided to stick with working in marketing.

I looked for other graduate marketing jobs and ended up working as a marketing exec for giffgaff, working for their upcoming financial tech brand.

It’s very different from fashion but has taught me how to manage my ASOS spending.

Serious adulting.

I recommend spending some time researching interesting talks, conferences and events.

They’ll help you get a broader view of what other companies are doing, and a chance to network and speak to people in different roles and sectors – to see if a graduate marketing job is right for you.

Take a look at our recent blog for tips on how to figure out what your ideal graduate job might be.


What influenced your decision to move into your current role?

I’ve always been a creative thinker and storyteller.

However, I’ve learnt that my aim is not to be a creative designer but more of a holistic marketer that oversees design and finds a solution to how a brand tells its story and values.


What challenges have you had to overcome?

Starting your career and finding your feet is quite overwhelming, but one thing I’ve learnt to overcome is to remember that age is just a number, and being young doesn’t make you any less important than anyone else in a meeting room.

Your opinions and views are just as important and speaking out helps you build your credibility and confidence.


What are your career highlights to date?

Being able to have the freedom to run with my ideas and see them come to life at work. It’s lovely to see your work in the final execution stage.


Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?

There are loads of talented people at giffgaff, speaking to women in management/leadership has been so helpful and motivating.

It’s great to see more women in tech and finance owning big roles – it keeps me driven to aim high and work hard.


Can you think of any good advice you’ve picked up?

Sit at the table and share your thoughts.

Surround yourself with people that motivate, support and drive you to do better.

Oh, and before you have to do a scary presentation to a group of people, find a quiet spot to do some power poses to help you feel confident.

Arrange coffee catch-ups and get to know people, too!

Learning from others – whether they’re in similar marketing jobs or in other roles – is so important.

Find more career advice on our Careers Advice Blog – or check out the latest marketing jobs for graduates!

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