Career Guide: Carat

The business

Founded in 1972, Carat is the world's largest independent media agency.

Owned by the global media and market research giant Aegis plc, Carat is 4,800 people in 63 countries worldwide - with 350 based in the UK. We use our expertise at the forefront of media and our wide-ranging consumer understanding to help some of the world's most exciting and progressive brands achieve their business objectives. Working closely with below-the-line, sales promotion, PR and creative agencies, we develop, negotiate and evaluate innovative communications strategies for clients.

Company culture and style

Being part of the team at Carat is about fun and career progression.

We have always believed that our continuing success is based on the people that make it happen. That's why we were the first media agency to gain Investors in People accreditation in 1998. Quite simply, we are passionate about our people and their development.

Working environment

Based in the heart of London's vibrant Covent Garden, we're well-connected to the transport network and surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. Our open-plan offices, themed meeting rooms and Chill Out space looking out over London means ours is a great place to work.

The graduate scheme

We're looking for bright, enthusiastic and dynamic graduates with both media and unrelated degrees, to turn into rising stars. We recruit for specific graduate opportunities all year round, as our aim is to search out the most talented and motivated people so that we continue to lead the market.

Training

All our people are encouraged to develop a wide range of skills. For graduates, we spend three times the industry average on training. We also invest six days introducing them to each part of the business. In addition, graduates to our Media team benefit from an 18-month multimedia rotation programme.

Pay and benefits

We offer a competitive salary and a fantastic benefits package that includes private healthcare, season-ticket loan, pension, critical illness cover and corporate gym membership. We regularly review graduate salaries: if you are talented and you perform, you will be rewarded.

Career opportunities

We strongly believe in developing our people to their full potential.

We aim to constantly challenge our graduates and make them the future leaders of our business. For example, our press director, Dominic Williams, joined us as a graduate in 1997.

Because Carat is part of the Aegis Media group, the potential for career progression is unlimited. Whatever your passion is in media, as long as you have talent, there is a career for you with us.

The future

As the new world of media develops at a rapid pace, the role of the media specialist is set to continue to grow in importance. Carat and Aegis Media are determined to lead the industry. We want to become champions of communication and we need the brightest and most creative thinkers to help us achieve this vision.

CARAT Parker Tower, 43-49 Parker Street, London WC2B 5PS Tel 020 7430 6000 Website www.carat.co.uk Recruitment enquiries Kate Frayling Tel 020 7430 6000 E-mail campaigngrads@carat.co.uk

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