Welcome to the S4 Fellowship Program for deep-end experience in Marketing & Advertising. Read on and you'll see it's worth exploring further.
4 US based Graduate Fellowships - 4 year, immersive, accelerator program - full-time employment
Designed to be a journey worth taking - for 2020 & Recent graduates from HBCUs - the first Fellows will be recruited this year – commencing full-time employment in January/February 2021, for positions based in the USA.
The program will deliver a comprehensive blend of meaningful work experiences, mentorship, apprenticeships with our most senior leaders, formal learning and support for self-directed study, client secondments and, within the four-year program, opportunities to work in other countries once travel becomes possible. We want to make sure we get it right for all concerned, so plan for an initial group of up to four in 2021, but the numbers will increase with each subsequent year’s intake. In subsequent years, the Fellowship will include applicants from other regions.
The Fellowship will be a four-year, immersive, accelerator program, with 2, two-year slots at one of the MediaMonks operations in the US, the second 2 years with MightyHive USA or indeed with S4. Included, will be opportunities to work overseas, an apprenticeship with one of our 8 global leaders and opportunities to work at one of our clients on a live assignment.
Let us be clear, being an S4 Fellow provides you with a secure platform with the scope to grow. Our company is evolving fast and we expect you to do so too. We’re in this together and will learn from each other. All your roles and responsibilities are designed so you can contribute to the company’s success, which is contingent on your success.
You will get a first-hand view with a deep end experience of the practicalities, to gain a fundamental understanding of what we do in digital advertising & marketing - learning about Content, Data & Analytics, and Programmatic media planning & buying for clients in technology, fmcg, pharmaceutical, services and others; ultimately, learning by doing and becoming a valued contributor to our companies.
Our hope and intent is to challenge assumptions. For people to experience how great the Fellows are, through their presence and the value they bring. Their diverse backgrounds and perspective will be a critical step on the way to a more truthful reflection of our communities. And, importantly, that it’s not only our Fellows who get to experience the true meaning of inclusion.
This program is also good business; it reflects our community better and so, if we understand our community better, we will be more effective in terms of what we do.
S4 Application Process - Purpose & Design
Our industry is all about the art and science of how brands communicate with everyone who has a stake in a brand’s performance. The people who do well and enjoy working in our business have a passion for the business of brands and creating communications that work.
Our application process takes a different approach to many that are used by prospective employers and career services. Ours is not simply a set of hurdles for you to jump over. Your qualifications and achievements do matter but, more importantly, we have designed the application process so that you can get to know us at the same time as we can get to know you.
The process will take time, but not be a waste of time: we want you to be stimulated by it. We encourage you to be yourself; go beyond providing essential personal data and information (everyone will do that).
Use our questions that ask for your opinions to express who you are with originality, we encourage you to share a point of view, tell us what you think and make us want to get to know you more.
Good applications have to feel like we are having a stimulating conversation with an interesting and interested person.
For example, our first question asks you to introduce yourself in no more than 300 words. Many candidates fall at this first hurdle. Some simply list facts, all of which appear elsewhere in their application - a wasted opportunity. Some spend 150 words talking about how hard it is to introduce themselves in 300: we know – that’s why we asked the question - it’s even harder to do it in the 150 words that now remain. Beware of writing something like: “I am an extremely hard working, driven, ambitious individual with a keen desire to succeed in the fast-paced and dynamic field of marketing.” Imagine going on a date and saying something like that. Where’s the empathy and interest in the other person?
Beware of writing in the manner and language of business, at the expense of your humanity. Of course, it’s important for us to hire people who are interested in business, but marketing communications is all about making connections for commercial purposes between brands, people, and the world in which those brands and people exist. Successful communications need an instinct for what motivates and drives people, this will lead to well crafted & placed content, enhanced by data & analytics.
Spare a thought for us, your readers. Remember we want to be captivated by your story. Turn on your cliché detector. So, no ‘out of the boxes’, or being ‘fascinated with what makes people tick’ and so on.
Care about the detail: this is your life on a plate, so make it special. Check for mistakes.
And one final point, our application is also designed to help you build confidence for what you want to achieve, and how to communicate this to prospective employers. We hope you will enjoy doing this as much as we look forward to hearing from you.
David Lang Levitt | Program Director - S4 Fellowship Program
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