Advertising graduates inspire new students at ‘Bucks Welcome’.
Students enjoyed a talk and an interactive presentation from Advertising: Creative graduates Adam Collins and Mark Campion, of communications agency J. Walter Thompson London, during Bucks Welcome, a week of activities and events to give students a rounded introduction to university life.
Adam and Mark, who studied at the University from 2003-2006, are part of the creative team at J. Walter Thompson, were put on the board in 2013, and are in charge of placements and hiring junior creatives.
The pair have won a Centurion Award from NABS, which supports people working in the advertising and media industries, for their work with students and graduates, as well as charities.
During their time studying at Bucks, the pair won won a coveted award for students creatives from the well-respected D&AD New Blood Awards, and were hired by interactive agency Razorfish after impressing while still studying at the University.
Mark said: “The Bucks Welcome has been a great chance for us to come back to Bucks and share a little bit of our experience to hopefully inspire the students.
“We believe that if you work hard and are driven and passionate and really want it you can achieve whatever you want and be very successful.
“When we were studying at Bucks we went into London on weekends, to do work or to meet people in the industry – all to gain experience and develop connections.
“The tutors on the course put us into contact with people in the industry and we went from there. University sets the stage but you have to go out and make the most of it. Adam and I actually knew each other before we came to Bucks, we’ve studied together and now we have ended up working together and it’s all going well.”
The pair, both from the North East, have been nicknamed Ant & Dec and based their interactive presentation, Adam & Mark’s Monday Morning Creatathon, on the programme, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, inviting students to take part.
Mark added: “It was a fun way to get some key points across about how we feel you can develop your career.”
Picture captions: Successful alumni Mark Campion and Adam Collins