Blog : Graduate Scheme



Are you looking to kick-start your career in communications and bursting with big creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit? Do you want to work in an exciting, innovative and agile communications agency?

We’re looking for smart thinking and enthusiastic people to join our Stars & Stripes graduate programme in Edinburgh and London. This is your chance to work with some of the UK’s most exciting brands and to be part of Stripe IQ, our immersive training and development programme.

We’re offering three outstanding graduates permanent, paid positions – two in Stripe’s Edinburgh office and one in our London office. Competition is fierce so be prepared to go all out and prove you have the drive and ambition to kick-start your career at Stripe.

Stripe is an integrated creative communications agency delivering brand, social, PR and digital. The Stars & Stripe programme is open to anyone who thinks they have the potential to thrive in those specialisms.

To put yourself forward for the role, email with your CV, office preference (Edinburgh or London) and a cover letter telling us exactly why you’re the right person for this role – please include any relevant experience.

You must also respond to the following challenge – write a short, snappy blog of up to 400 words describing a creative communications campaign that you love and why it works.

The closing date for applications is 27 March 2020 at 5pm. The candidates with the strongest submissions will be invited to a selection day at Stripe. Successful applicants will join the Stars and Stripes programme in summer 2020.

Nurturing the next generation

Nurturing the next generation

This week I sat in on an interview with our client The Robertson Trust and three beneficiaries of its Scholarship Trust bursary. I was inspired by the young adults who were just starting their careers. They had drive and determination to succeed and I don’t doubt we will see them at the boardroom tables of major companies in the future.

The Robertson Trust’s scholarship programme has been running since 1992 and since then has been helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds realise their full potential, by providing financial assistance through its bursary scheme.

Equally as important is the on-going support the Trust gives the students. Part of this is helping them find internships. For the three students I met this week, an internship has led to full-time permanent jobs in their chosen profession.
Director of The Robertson Trust, Kenneth Ferguson, talked to me about the need for more companies to take on interns. He explained that it provides a huge opportunity for the individual, but also allows the organisation to train and nurture a new employee from the early stages of their career, creating a loyal, hard-working team member.

Stripe’s graduate recruitment programme, Stars and Stripes, has been running since 2009 and has been hugely successful with more than a third of our current team now made up of graduate trainees. We also have regular paid internships throughout the year and we work closely with universities to engage with the most suitable candidates. We invest heavily in training our graduates because we want them to be the best they can be, but we also want to deliver brilliant work for our clients and that means ensuring our team are committed and fluent in the skills required for the job.

But it’s not just about the skills, a young intern, fresh from University or College can bring infectious energy and buzz to an office. They bring a different perspective to client activity and drawing on their current life experiences can help make or break a campaign.

Technology means that in many ways, Generation Z have it easy, but actually life has never been tougher for young adults and that’s especially true when it comes to finding a job. Employers have a responsibility to develop the next generation for the benefit of both their business and society. What better way to do this than investing in an intern and therefore investing in the future.

Rising stars at Stripe

Rising stars at Stripe

We’ve got a quadruple celebration at Stripe with a clutch of new promotions in the team.

Shaun Bell has been promoted to Senior Account Manager. Since joining in 2011, Shaun has cut the PR mustard on clients including John Lewis, the Scottish Government, Young Scot and ScottishPower, and in 2014 was named Outstanding Young Communicator at the CIPR PRide Awards.

Emma Paul has delivered amazing work on John Lewis, ScottishPower, Oliver Bonas, Pizza Express and iQ Chocolate accounts in her time at Stripe, and is now Account Manager.

Orla McGowan also now holds the Account Manager title following a stellar 18 months at Stripe during which time she’s been a powerhouse on VELUX, The Kitchin and the Scottish Government’s Road Safety campaign.

And Kara Gaughan, who joined the team in 2014 is now Account Executive after hitting the ground running on her IRN-BRU and Magners accounts.

All started life at Stripe on our Stars & Stripes Graduate Trainee Scheme which we will be running again this year – watch this space.

Huge congratulations Stripes!