David Brent impression lands grad VCCP gig

A graduate has scored a one-month trial at VCCP after sending the agency a David Brent-inspired video application.

Will Bower, 21, started his trial at VCCP in the account handling department on Monday 20 October after submitting a film in which he interviews himself, performed in the style of The Office's David Brent.

Bower said he created the film because he was struggling to catch employers’ attention.

He sent the film, which has been viewed more than 11,000 times on YouTube, to numerous businesses, including VCCP, and received around 20 placement offers in response.

Michael Sugden, VCCP’s chief executive, said: "What I like about Will is that he got off his arse. I thought people like him deserve a chance. We get so many approaches by grads and it’s amazing how few try to stand out."

Will said he experienced some trepidation about using comedy to attract employers’ attention, but decided it was worth the risk after reading an article about Sugden that said he respected bravery.

Bower graduated this year from the University of Sussex with a 2:1 in business and management studies.

He has been making comedy films on YouTube for a number of years. While at university he started a business creating online promotional films for, among other things, a law firm and a nightclub.