The Agency

Work on real client projects with local businesses, charities and community organisations.

You will be working in small teams of six over one academic term to find a creative solution to an intellectually challenging problem. Examples of possible projects could include assessing and  designing the  means to attract a different demographic to a book store, overhauling a company’s brand language or analysing the effectiveness of a previous advertising campaign with a view to implement a new strategy.

At this time of Covid-19 disruption The Oxford Strategy Challenge (TOSCA) is an alternative to our regular team-based client experience programmes: The Student Consultancy (TSC), Researcher Strategy Consultancy (RSC) and The Agency. TOSCA is open to Oxford undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers as well as alumni graduating in 2020. More information on the TOSCA webpage.

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  • Develop application and assessment centre skills
  • Increase commercial awareness by tackling strategic business issues and concerns
  • Gain specialised skills for working in a creative agency
  • Develop other key employability skills useful in any career such as self-management, team working, problem solving and communication
  • Produce demonstrable examples of keys skills for your CV or for use in job/internshipinterviews
  • Contribute to the local community and gain work experience.

After you submit your application, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment centre. The successful applicants will receive training and then be introduced to their client. They will work on their projects independently over a term with access to mentorship and guidance when required. Teams will liaise directly with their clients and produce a report, advertising or marketing campaign.


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How does it work?

After you submit your application, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment centre. The successful applicants will receive training and then be introduced to their client. They will work on their projects independently over a term with access to mentorship and guidance when required. Teams will liaise directly with their clients and produce a report, advertising or marketing campaign.

What will it cost me?

There is no cost to you for taking part. You won’t be charging for your projects so there will be no charge to the organisations providing the project brief either.

Does it matter what subject I’m studying or what year I am in?

Absolutely not – undergraduates and postgraduates from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Unfortunately owing to high demand we cannot accept applications from Said Business School students.

Do I need to know that I want to be a Marketing Consultant or Advertising Executive to apply for The Agency?

Absolutely not – you will learn a broad range of skills, some consultancy and marketing but also transferable skills including team work, communication, problem solving and business and customer awareness skills. These will be helpful in a range of possible career pathways. Taking part in the programme will help you to assess and decide where your strengths and interests lie and whether this sector may suit you. Motivation is key.

Eligibility

The programme is open to both undergraduates and graduates from any discipline, and selection is based on:

  • creativity in finding solutions
  • marketing awareness
  • motivation to support the local community
  • teamwork and communication skills

Unfortunately owing to high demand we cannot accept applications from Said Business School students.

Application process

We will update this section when applications are open through CareerConnect.

A great way to keep up-to-date with the latest news about The Agency is by joining the social media channels of the Careers Service and the Oxford Advertising and Marketing Society.

If you have any queries regarding the programme, please email courses@careers.ox.ac.uk

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