Vicky Stickland

Vicky Stickland, BA Drama

Vicky is now heading up the Munich branch of a sports specific brand marketing agency.

Since leaving Exeter I have produced a couple of theatre shows and worked in marketing for the Brighton Fringe Festival. In 2010 I started working at Brandwave Marketing www.brandwavemarketing.com, (http://www.brandwavemarketing.com,) a sports specific marketing agency based in Sussex, where I first worked as the Studio Manager, progressed to Key Accounts Manager and I am now the Commercial Director. My role involves directing our largest accounts including adidas, BMW, Shimano, Pearl Izumi and Berghaus, pitching for new business, ensuing the continued commercial success of the business and developing our staff.

I’m a huge sports fan and creative by nature, so working in a creative, sports environment is perfect for me. I also love working for a SME, as being a part of a small business means that you can really make a difference, implementing change effectively and quickly to help continually push the business forwards.

When I was at University I tried to get involved in as many extra curricular activities as possible. I got involved in many of the career service events, was involved in several societies and was the president of Footlights, the musical theatre society in my final year. This equipped me with vital skills for the workplace, such as managing a team and a budget and this therefore put me in a better position when applying for jobs post University.

Now when I am recruiting I always look for what the applicant has been working on outside of their degree, this is just as important for me as what they have studied and what grade they received.

In 2016 I’m moving to Munich to open and mange our German office.

- Try to have a personality in your applications, we get tons of applications for internships every week, those who have expressed their personality in their application often get called back!

- Go the extra mile – create a CV which expresses what you’ve been working on outside of your degree and, so that your CV doesn’t just list what you have studied, but shows the type of person you are.

- Have an idea of the type of role that you are applying for, don’t just send a generic application with no understanding of the role you are applying for.

- If you’re applying for a job, give the company a call first and speak to someone from the company about the role requirements and your application. A personal, proactive approach will not go unnoticed!