Meet the Open House Joiners

Meet some of our joiners who started their M&C Saatchi story with Open House.

Hello, I’m Hannah, I’m from Leeds and I joined M&C Saatchi London after the first Open House programme back in 2020. I now work as a Strategist. A job title I didn’t even know existed until Open House lifted the lid on agency life. The job is a strange one, but I’ll give explaining it a go:

As a strategist, I try to make sense of a client’s problem and look for a way to solve it with the creative team.

I do this by researching people, competitors, the client’s business, and attempt to uncover insights and human truths that allow us to tackle the problem in a way that makes people reconsider what they thought they knew.

I try find something interesting which sparks ideas for the creative team, whilst they find the right way to bring the idea to life creatively.

Before Open House, I worked in a variety of client-side marketing roles for 8 years, from event management, to internal communications, brand to content marketing, all within the tech industry. I decided to join Open House purely as a learning opportunity, to understand how I could better work with the marketing agencies we used in my former role. However, as the weeks went on, the more I realised that agency life was probably a far better fit for me and strategy work had my brain firing on all cylinders.

Open House not only taught me about the advertising industry, but it helped me get my foot in the door, made me realise my skills were transferable and gave me the confidence to switch careers.

Hey! I’m Noor and I joined M&C Saatchi as a Design Intern.

I took part in Open House during my final year at university where I was studying Design Engineering. Knowing my degree was a bit atypical for what I wanted to pursue, Open House was the perfect opportunity for me to  explore pathways in the Creative industry. Each session built up an understanding of how every role connects to form an agency that can act with real impact. With M&C Saatchi as the perfect case study, Open House made me want to work here more and more each week!

Juggling the pitch process with university was challenging but definitely worthwhile for everything I learned. The best thing about it all was seeing how closely it mirrored what really goes on at the agency. I’m equally proud of the work I produced during Open House and my actual internship here!

Whether you’re already immersed in the industry (or a newbie like me!), Open House is the perfect environment to grow your understanding, experience and, most importantly, connect with other creatives.

My name is Shaun and after four years of trying to get a job with progression opportunities, I’ve miraculously landed a role at M&C Saatchi as a junior creative. I’m relieved and elated, but alongside new challenges such as tackling isolation in a workplace where remote working is the norm, I feel a strong sense of survivor’s guilt.

I was recruited off the back of M&C Saatchi’s Open House scheme. It’s a totally free, eight-week remote training program that’s open to anyone who wants to learn more about a career in advertising. The advice, opportunities and connections born out of the program have been critical to me personally being able to overcome some of the employment barriers facing my generation – barriers that have been worsened by the pandemic.

So many agencies are still looking for work experience in their entry-level candidates. This has now become a running joke for my generation – a classic catch-22 that employers use to avoid their responsibility toward the entry-level work force. How are we supposed to get experience if you won’t give us experience opportunities? It makes no sense. Fortunately for me, M&C Saatchi has been leading the charge. It has reached thousands of people (including myself) through Open House, Saturday School, Mentoring Black Business and Carbon Academy – which connects with female inner London sixth formers.

Hello, I’m Sunny. Before Open house I worked for 5-6 years as a freelancer in the theatre world; Designing, painting, stage managing and propping shows.

I took a chance doing Open house in 2020, during lockdown, looking for other work avenues I might succeed in that would still be creative and have career progression. I’m delighted to say, that after completing Open house, I was offered a job and I joined the agency in April 2021 as a Production Assistant upskilling on a one-year Creative Project Management Apprenticeship.

I am now a Creative Producer at M&C Saatchi LDN. I help manage projects through the production process, from creative conception to the realisation of the campaign so it can be delivered into the world.

Open house was an eye opening programme for me. I knew very little about the advertising industry beforehand and was intrigued to discover the different roles and jobs that collaborate to make insightful creative work.

I’m Sophie, a Corporate PR Account Manager at M&C Saatchi Talk where I earn attention for my clients through the art of navigating, creating and leading conversations.

I joined the agency in 2021 as a Senior Account Executive after the Open House 2020 programme and have since worked across corporate and consumer accounts including retail, travel, public sector, food and beverage and technology. In my role I build media and client relationships, lead next-generation press offices, work to develop and execute campaigns and strategy – and more!

Open House introduced me to the power of a creative community. Coming from the tech world in my role at Vodafone Business, I was struck by how transferable my skills were and the value of a different perspective when it comes to creating a story that will capture media.

My name is Sonia and prior to Open House I was an A-level student and Head Girl at Sixth Form. I was always keen on pursuing an apprenticeship but didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do. All I knew was that I loved working on meaningful projects, and I absolutely loved Media.

I am now a Trainee Account Manager and Advertising & Media apprentice at M&C Saatchi. I get the opportunity to work with clients whose campaigns I’ve watched growing up and feel part of real change. My work is brimmed with meaning and opportunities for growth.

I came across Open House and couldn’t resist the opportunity to learn about the industry. During the 8 weeks of learning, I was able to get a real insider of the various roles in creative agencies. Through having this exposer, I felt comfortable that I was making the right career choice and was ready to jump straight in post-exams. I’ve been welcomed by a very kind community at work and really enjoy my role.

Hi, I’m Sandra, and I currently pinch my arm everyday as one of the Junior Creative Art directors at M&C Saatchi London. I work together with my copywriter Jak, and we are the ones who get paid to have ideas and use creativity to create meaningful change.

I joined Open House in 2021 as I was finishing my MA degree. After a year of studying, I wanted to learn more about the ins and outs of the industry, and Open House was a great experience as it provided me with some more tangible knowledge to fill the gaps. As someone who has previously worked as both a lecturer and an illustrator– it was refreshing to see how my previous skills were transferable and encouraged. Any doubt I had about working as a creative was demolished by Ben Golik and his talk about storytelling and creativity.

Being a creative is a rollercoaster of a job, and I feel very fortunate to already have worked on some really interesting briefs since joining the agency in March 2022 after Open House.

Hey, I’m Millie! I’m a Trainee Account Manager at M&C Saatchi, where I help provide a support service for both clients and employers, helping to get creative work out there.

I originally joined in August 2021 as an Account Manager Intern after doing the initial Open House programme in 2020. At the time, I was in the midst of doing my BA degree in Philosophy, looking for any kind of experience I could get my hands on to help me break into the business!

As the main point of contact for our clients, my role requires me to build relationships with those within the company and outside of it, as I help us push through our (super) creative work; when you’re in Account Management, you’re as close to the campaign as you can be.

Open House was a great experience aimed at helping you gain the knowledge of the industry in digestible bites. As the industry is so competitive, it really felt like M&C Saatchi were offering those of us without a lot of experience a lifeline to show what we can offer. From the get go, I knew I wanted to apply; M&C Saatchi were a known name, and the Open House programme made me feel like I was already part of the team.

Hey, I’m Kinjal. I Zoomed into Open House from Nairobi and saw participants from all around the world on LinkedIn.  I had just completed my degree in English and Management at the University of St Andrews and was working part-time as a Social Media Manager back home in Nairobi. I’d always wanted to join Adland as a Copywriter after Uni but finding roles during a pandemic was proving to be difficult.

Open House turned out to be a truly life-changing experience – I learnt so much in every seminar as we covered topics from storytelling to passion marketing. Being able to take part in and win the final pitch competition (despite being on a different continent) was the icing on the cake! I met such brilliant, talented people on my team, and we hope to finally have a belated celebration in person soon!

Open House also literally opened doors for me – this April, I had the opportunity to undertake a placement at M&C Saatchi. It was wonderful to immerse myself in life at the agency, ideate and work on copy for live briefs as well as gain new skills – from Photoshop to implementing best practices. The incredible and very kind Creative team gave me freedom and guidance to experiment, re-iterate and ultimately create work I will always be proud of! For this and everything, I’m so thankful to everyone at M&C Saatchi!

Hi! I’m Anna and I’m an Account Management Intern here at M&C Saatchi.

I took part in Open House in 2021 alongside a full time internship as part of my degree. I initially joined for training and development for my role at the time, but very quickly became enthralled by everything that M&C do – I knew I wanted to work here very early on in the process. I then joined M&C in May 2022 for a 4 month internship before returning to University to complete my degree. Having had the opportunity to get a foot in the door of the industry, I feel much more confident about the working world post-University, and that’s all down to Open House.

For me, one of the best things about working at M&C is that you get to have a real-life impact on people across the country. Whether it’s helping people to quit smoking, or motivating people to eat healthier, being a part of driving real, positive change is an amazing feeling.

Open House is an incredibly inspiring, real insight into the world of what M&C Saatchi do day in day out, and it gives you the chance to collaborate with such a diverse range of people. It’s a hugely valuable experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone!

Hi there, Ross here! I’m an Account Manager at M&C Saatchi, working with clients across a range of briefs, helping to make sure that our work is the best it can be.

I joined the agency in June 2022 following the 2021 Open House Programme. I was working full-time as a project manager in the music industry at the time but looking for a change of direction in my career and, even though there was quite a bit of juggling, it was all worth it in the end, so definitely don’t be put off if you are in a similar situation (you will bring more to the process than you might realise!).

Open House was a really amazing experience; giving a broad snapshot of the various parts of the business and presenting them in an engaging and digestible way. The final pitch task was a great way of capitalising on everything learned and an excellent way of getting thrown in at the deep end. I had always been interested in M&C Saatchi as an agency and the all round positive experience, as well as getting to see how nice the team were during the process, cemented this for me and I am so excited to be here.