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What we are looking for

We are interested in receiving applications from diverse and dynamic individuals from all backgrounds with:

  • Either a university degree OR two years professional work experience
  • A genuine interest in business, current affairs and media
  • An enquiring mind and thirst for continuous learning
  • Confidence and a ‘can-do’ attitude, coupled with a collaborative mindset
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • A genuine desire to build a career as a communications professional
  • The potential to grow into rounded advisers, demonstrating our values

“While I was at university, I knew I wanted to go into communications, but very little about what I might specialise in. When I found Headland, I thought that it would be a great fit for me and allow me to build on my interests and learn new things – so far, this has definitely been true! I’ve had the opportunity to work across multiple disciplines ranging from public affairs to financial communications in sectors as diverse as luxury retail and tech. I’ve found that one of the best things about working here is the culture: everyone is friendly, supportive and most importantly, from day one you are made to feel like an essential part of the team.”


“I joined Headland’s trainee scheme in September 2021. I have enjoyed working with - and learning from - those who also joined as trainees before me, who not so long ago were in my shoes. Having a “Buddy” from day one really helped me to settle in. Starting your career is exciting and daunting in equal measure, so having additional support from someone who can really relate is invaluable. Though working with former government advisors and FT journalists has its perks, too!”


“I joined Headland after a long stint in government, most recently as the Special Adviser to the Brexit Secretary, and the good vibe I got from the partners and directors I met here was the clincher for me. I’ve always enjoyed discussing and debating ideas and concepts, so a career in communications was a natural fit. Communications – especially in a consultancy – involves working across a wide set of subject areas simultaneously, meaning there is always something new and exciting to learn. Since joining Headland, I’ve been involved in advising clients on politics and, naturally, Brexit; pitching to journalists to secure coverage for my clients’ announcements; and developing longer-term content and strategic plans.”


“I always thought public affairs was where I wanted to start my career, but when I came across the Headland trainee scheme, I knew it would be the best place to start. The programme has allowed me to experience different disciplines of PR, as well as sectors that I would not have previously considered, and I’ve already learnt so much. Starting alongside a group of other trainees has made the experience even more enjoyable. Headland has such a welcoming, sociable and supportive culture; I can’t recommend it enough to anyone starting out in PR and communications.”


“I came across Headland through the Taylor Bennett Foundation. Before starting here, my understanding of PR was basic. After my research, applying at Headland was a no-brainer. I liked the culture, community, and holistic approach to work. I've learned so much about PR in the past few months and every day is truly different. Not only that, I've had the pleasure to work with people who not only enjoy their job but are incredibly patient and supportive in my journey making working here a pleasurable experience.”


“From day one, everyone at Headland has made me feel part of the team: integrating me onto client accounts quickly and helping me with all of my questions. Working across financial, corporate and public affairs accounts has given me the opportunity to experience so much in such a short space of time and learn from people from across the agency. I’ve not only been given support, but encouraged to take ownership of my projects by senior team members, who are keen to advise and help me develop my skills.”


“I started out as a journalist for the BBC but becoming a media trainer and leadership coach gave me the opportunity to keep using my journalism skills but in a totally different way. The opportunity to work at Headland’s fast-growing and energised business was too good to miss. Every day is different as I work across our entire portfolio of clients, including prepping spokespeople for interviews with Sky News or grillings from parliamentary committees, or helping a new CEO develop their personal leadership narrative for the business they’ve just started running.”


“I knew that I wanted to go into communications but I wasn’t sure which area I was best suited to. Headland’s trainee scheme has allowed me to adopt a generalist approach early on, engaging in financial and corporate PR and public affairs. This means that no two days are the same and I can get hands-on experience of all three areas to really broaden my knowledge – with no pressure to specialise in one. From day one I have been immersed in client projects spanning the financial, retail, and travel sectors. Starting a trainee scheme can be daunting, but the warm and welcoming environment that Headland creates means you feel supported from the get-go.”


What Headland offers you

  • Diverse, dynamic and inclusive culture with friendly teams that motivate and encourage you to learn and develop
  • Opportunity to work across a diverse mix of high-profile clients, industry sectors and practice areas
  • Access to senior members of the team to help you learn from their experience and navigate your career
  • Ongoing mentoring from a senior colleague, and a buddy to help you settle in
  • Training and development throughout your career, including an introductory learning programme with over 30 hours of formal training when you start
  • Continuous Feedback approach to reviews so that you can learn and develop faster
  • Competitive salary and remuneration, including a new joiner bonus at the start of the programme
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