HOW TO GET AHEAD: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK FOR ... MTV NETWORKS EUROPE - MTV’s young style-setters alleviate the hard slog by frequently getting Mashed

What do they do? The team of four account directors act as a one-stop shop for MTV’s nine European advertising windows, dealing with clients and agencies across the Continent.

What do they do? The team of four account directors act as a

one-stop shop for MTV’s nine European advertising windows, dealing with

clients and agencies across the Continent.



Good offices? The prime Oxford Street location speaks for itself - but

can be draining on the pay packet. The reception has a hi-tech feel,

with metal grates and a wall of TV screens. Beyond it, the bustling,

music-filled offices are also crammed with screens showing MTV’s various

channels.



What’s it like there? Trendy, not surprisingly. The youthful sales staff

say that even they feel old compared with some of the lissom types

wafting around in cutting-edge fashions. Name ’VJs’ like Trevor Nelson

occasionally make an appearance.



The ad team work hard to hit their targets and are expected to be highly

motivated. But they’re not averse to nipping down the road to Mash for

lunch.



What about perks? Pension scheme, 23 days’ holiday and six months’

maternity leave. Sales staff also get a mobile phone and a car

allowance. They regularly travel on business to locations ranging from

Switzerland to Tunisia. There are also conferences bringing all the

European sales staff together for a work-hard, play-hard session. The

last one was held in Bath and bonding continued into the early

hours.



How does it recruit? Mainly through consultancies, although letters from

talented hopefuls are always kept on file. A foreign language is

helpful, but not essential.



Is it good at training? There’s a programme covering all aspects of the

job and more besides. Staff talk to their line managers about which

courses they want to attend. Most are open to all staff, so it’s a good

way of meeting people from other departments.



How do you get ahead? You must be skilled in selling both UK and

pan-regional TV. And if you’re not interested in pop culture, you soon

will be.



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