Dr Mumbo

The one where Clems Melbourne hunts for Chandler Bing

Remember that episode of Friends where Chandler decides it’s time for a career change and gets a job in advertising?

Well it seems someone at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne may have seen that episode recently, as the agency has launched a new scheme to get some non-advertising people into the agency.


The new ‘On the Lookout’ campaign, complete with a funky website with some creepy eyes that follow your cursor around the screen, explains:

You might never have been to university, and you almost certainly haven’t studied any marketing.

Sure, we already have a graduate program in place. But we have a sneaking suspicion we’re missing out on some amazing people that might have chosen a different path. People with creative minds, a curiosity about what makes the world tick, an interesting story and a life well lived. People who are ready to think, to do and to make, and to be surrounded by other inspirational creative people while bringing their own special energy to life in the agency. People like you.

There’s an interesting looking and ‘open ended’ set of questions to qualify for the campaign, one requiring applicants to make a video explaining ‘What makes you interesting or different?’

There will also be an “agency style group task” which Dr Mumbo hopes will be like the scene in Friends where Chandler is told to come up with a way to sell sneakers with wheels in.

Unlike Friends the openings are not for the creative department, but account services, planning, production and creative services. Indeed under the question ‘Could I get a job as a creative?’ it says “Never say never, but that’s not what this program is about.”

The program could well see people from more diverse backgrounds tempted to have a crack at agency life – ultimately a good thing for the industry – although the monthly salary of “around $3,300” may put a few prospective applicants off.

The scheme will run for a year giving people a rotation around each of those four departments, before assessing them and playing out the rest of the 12 months in that department, with the potential for a full-time role.

Interested? Head to this website to find out more and apply.


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