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Graduate success for digital agency

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Graduate success for digital agency

A digital marketing agency has seen its highest graduate recruitment level yet.

Lancaster-based Fat Media is well known for its successful graduate recruitment programme which has been running for the last nine years.  Aimed at nurturing up and coming talent, this year the programme has recruited its highest levels of graduates yet, with eight candidates joining the marketing, development and client service departments.

Joining the fatties at the Harpers Mill offices are graduate developers Joseph El-Khamlichi and Sundas Ali. In Lancaster, nearly all the graduate’s recruited in the last three years are still with the company and all have progressed to at least one, if not two, levels of seniority. Along with the Lancaster grads, Fat Media’s recruitment of six graduates for its Bristol and London offices brings the total head count to eight – making this the highest grad intake since the scheme began.

Emma Bowden, HR and talent manager at Fat Media, said: “Our graduates are put through their paces during our selection process. This allows each candidate to reveal their passion, drive and creativity to determine who will not only fit into the working culture we have here but also to which will make a successful ‘fattie’!

“When they join us, we are committed to helping graduates discover the right path at Fat Media, whether it’s client services, production, graphic design or IT, matching key personality traits and aspirations to their perfect role.”

The recruited graduates either live locally to the offices or were students who met the Fat Media Talent team at university job fairs.

New recruit, Joseph El-Khamlichi, who has joined the Lancaster office as graduate developer said; “The reason why I was attracted to Fat Media in the first place was because my University in Lancaster said it was a great opportunity for graduates. I looked into Fat Media and saw that they seemed like an incredibly friendly company that matched my personality perfectly.

“The format of the interview was excellent and the people who headed the interview made everyone feel happy and welcome, which is perfect from a candidate’s perspective.

“I seriously cannot wait to work for Fat Media as a whole. I’m really looking forward to start working and developing myself alongside the great minds at Fat Media.”

With the scheme rearing yet more employment success, plans are well underway to attend grad recruitment fairs at local universities throughout the year.

Emma added; “We encourage all our graduates to step out of their comfort zone and discover different roles, to ensure they have a full well rounded knowledge of how Fat Media operates.“Our graduates contribute to our young and vibrant team, bringing fresh new ideas and a different perspective to someone who has already worked in the industry.”

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Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.