Career Guide: Diversified Agency Services - Accelerate

The business

This is not advertising.

Diversified Agency Services is part of the Omnicom group, a leading global communications group and Accelerate is our graduate programme.DAS has more than 175 offices in 75 countries working for 5, 000 clients. Our agencies cover a huge range of marketing communications disciplines including PR, events, direct marketing, digital, sales promotion, branding, public affairs, research, healthcare communications and field marketing.

Our brands include Interbrand, Wolff Olins, Porter Novelli, Paling Walters, Fleishman-Hillard, Claydon Heeley Jones Mason, Hall & Partners, Agency Republic and WWAV Rapp Collins.

Company culture and style

Accelerate participants work in five different agencies, all as diverse as the work they produce for their clients. DAS agencies are best-in-class and we had five Agencies of the Year in 2004.

Working environment

The offices range from sophisticated and airy apartments on the Strand, to glass buildings by the Thames, to a converted mill in the rolling hills of Cheshire. Accelerate is mainly London-based. However, there are opportunities to work abroad in the future.

The graduate scheme

Accelerate is a 15-month graduate scheme designed to kick-start a career in communications. Working in several agencies means our graduates gain varied experience and a broad vision of how communication works. We offer four streams and graduates follow one each. The streams all cover a variety of disciplines with a specific focus: healthcare marketing, brand management, corporate reputation and customer relationship management.

All applications are through our website. If you have a 2:1 and at least 28 UCAS points, apply with your CV, a covering letter and 300 words about "A brand you love, why you love it and where it can go".

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2005.

Training

Accelerate training is exceptional. A bespoke leadership and coaching programme runs alongside the agency placements, in addition to practical training such as presentation skills and, of course, the on-the-job(s) learning. Each graduate has a company director as their dedicated mentor throughout the scheme.

Pay and benefits

Accelerate pays extremely well. We also offer BUPA, life assurance and a pension scheme.

Career opportunities

So what happens after the 15 months? Having worked in five agencies, graduates take a permanent role in one of them. We see Accelerate as a long-term commitment and the scope of opportunity is so wide that we can accommodate most people's future career plans.

The future

A 30-second TV ad is no longer the answer to every client's brief. Our clients are looking for other ways to communicate with customers.

We want to give talented and highly intelligent grads the experience and knowledge to be able to talk to clients about integrated campaigns.

We want people working in our agencies who truly understand how marketing disciplines can work alongside each other.

DAS 239 Old Marylebone Road, London NW1 5QT Tel 020 7298 7000 Website www.eu.dasglobal.com/accelerate Recruitment enquiries E-mail accelerate@eu.dasglobal.com

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