Advice from the top: Industry figures offer their tips on how to follow in their footsteps

"No matter how much you like a company, don't hang around too long if you can't see the next new challenge on the horizon." - Polly Cochrane, director of marketing, Channel 4

"As an account handler, try to work on as many pitches as you can. In time you'll start running the pitches. Push to become a new-business director because you learn loads and it's a fast-track to management." - Christian Hinchcliffe, new-business director, McCann Erickson

"Take ownership of your career - no-one else will do it for you." - Angus Porter, customer director, Abbey

"Concentrate on what you are good at." - Dick Powell, director, Seymour Powell.


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