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Talking Talent with Anything is Possible

It's time for another Talent Talk! And this time we sat down with Anything is Possible - the agency who believed it so much they made it their name! They're looking for a new Marketing & Advertising Analyst, to join their team of 'Possiblists', based in Brighton. 

Want to find out what life is like at the media, creative and knowledge agency, which works with its partners to create enjoyable, engaging and effective campaigns? Then read on to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to work at an agency where anything is possible...

 

Sam Fenton-Elstone, CEO and Co-Founder

What are the key things you’re looking for when interviewing someone for your team?

Everyone at Anything is Possible shares what we call the Possiblist mindset. It’s unique to us and what makes us what we are as an organisation..

It’s like this:

An optimist looks at a glass and says it is half full.
A pessimist looks at the glass and says it is half empty.
A Possiblist looks at the glass - and fills it up. 

That elusive attitude and perspective is what’s most important. Everything else can be taught, but that perspective is something the individual either instinctively gets - or doesn’t.

For everything else, the skills and aptitudes, we invest heavily in our colleagues and the tools and training they need to perform at their best. We expect a high standard of action and activity, but we understand the necessity of support, development and collaboration for making sure that happens. 

What opportunities are there for career progression at Anything is Possible?

We all know that 2020 has been a challenging moment, to put it mildly. Many agencies have found navigating the turbulence extremely difficult.

But we always had big plans for this year and weren’t going to let a global pandemic get in our way. In terms of people and numbers, we have grown by a third since lockdown, and I am very happy to say that we are on course to continue this growth right through into 2021.

It’s about the quality of the work we produce, the value we create for our clients, and our positioning at the forefront of a media environment that is only going to become more important to the global economy in the coming years.  

We are currently hiring at all levels, and with an agency at our early stage of life there are practically endless options to build out a role for yourself and ride the crest of our growth curve.

There are practically endless options to build out a role for yourself and ride the crest of our growth curve.

Anyone who checks out our Careers page and likes what they see, or visits our latest roles on Wired Sussex and fits the bill should always get in touch. 



Chloe Hague, Advertising Intern

What is your position, and how would you describe a typical working day? 

My role at Anything is Possible is Advertising Intern. As part of my University course I have been working at Anything is Possible the past year. I work within the Strategy and Planning department, but I have been encouraged to get involved and help out in other departments too.

There is no such thing as a typical working day at Anything is Possible and that’s what I love about it. It’s such an exciting place to work as everyday looks so different from the other with different new business work, pitch preparation, client work or even attending TedxBrighton (or the online, socially distanced equivalent!) It’s never the same which allows for so much learning and personal development.

What experience do you need for the role? 

As someone who has come fresh out of University, I think that all you need for the role is to really care about what you do. Of course, other skills are required but that all stems from dedication and commitment.

Most importantly though the drive to develop skills, learn new things and evolve with the company at an exciting time. It’s a wonderful place to work and I've been given some amazing opportunities as an intern.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

I really enjoy the process of dismantling a brief and seeing one project grow from a single piece of paper into a large scale advertising campaign.

But the most rewarding part of my job has been to work alongside such a lovely, hard-working and dedicated team who make sure everything is done to the highest standard. They have inspired me throughout to adopt this mentality for myself.

The level of commitment and ambition to grow shown by everyone in the company is amazing and different to any other place I’ve worked. 



Claire Brind, Account Manager 

What is your position, and how would you describe a typical working day? 

I am an Account Manager here at Anything is Possible. My role is primarily client comms and project management, and it’s difficult to describe a typical working day as they are so varied. As well as the bread and butter of agency life - answering emails, jumping on client calls, responding to briefs and co-ordinating plans and proposals - I also work closely with our digital teams to optimise campaigns and offer feedback to make sure our clients are having the best possible experience with us.

It’s important to keep an eye on what's happening in an industry that moves as quickly as ours, so I am also always keeping an eye on competitors and trends and reporting back back any relevant insights to clients and colleagues.

What experience do you need for the role? 

I think having client servicing skills are very important, you need to be able to respond quickly and effectively to clients. You also need to be proactive and show initiative. You need to be able to work fast and accurately but also be the face of the business.  Strong communication, organisation and project management skills are essential.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

It has to be the people that I work with, both internally and externally. They're what make the work so enjoyable and rewarding. The work we deliver for our clients is excellent, but without these people by your side, and on the other end of the partnership, pulling together and going that extra mile to do something a bit special - that just wouldn’t happen. 


Natalie Peckham, Account Director

What is your position, and how would you describe a typical working day? 

As an Account Director, no two days are the same (really!), Working with clients across a range of verticals means having ongoing conversations with our wonderful clients, across all different industries. I work with clients in the Higher Education sphere, as well as Travel & Tourism, charities, and more! It’s great being able to share learnings across our client base, developing and refining how they work and the advertising they do. 

I lead on a number of client teams at  Anything is Possible, overseeing the day-to-day management, and strategic ownership and growth of each of our clients. This means having regular face-to-face meetings with senior stakeholders in our client businesses, to really get under the skin of what they need from us as their partners.

What’s even better is overseeing their planning, offline media and buying. Having this full ownership enables me to really understand the entirety of my client’s accounts. It is my job to bring in the experts, whether that be creative, SEO or digital, to really leverage the impact of the work we do. 

Finally, I work closely with other senior stakeholders in the business to work on and deliver new business pitches. This adds even more excitement and variation to my day. Like I say… no two days are the same!

What experience do you need for the role? 

For me it’s all about relationship building. Having those people skills and interpersonal relationships with clients is what builds a true partnership. Being approachable, honest and accountable is key - and really getting to know our clients.

...interpersonal relationships with clients is what builds a true partnership. Being approachable, honest and accountable is key.

We work quickly, and under pressure, so it’s vital that you’re able to adapt and manage your time effectively, and keep a positive outlook throughout.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

I guess it comes back to my other answers - there's a diversity and excitement here I don't think many other places can match. In terms of both the people you work with as colleagues and clients, and the day-to-day activity. There's a buzz and optimism that makes it easy to get up in the morning!  


If you like the sound of working at Anything is Possible, you can check out all of their latest job vacancies here

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