How to become an advertising copywriter
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- a graduate trainee scheme
You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:
- creative writing
- communication studies
You might be able to get into this job with a degree in an unrelated subject. For example, if you want to be a copywriter for a science company or a law company, you might be able to get a job with a degree in law or biochemistry.
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can work towards this role by doing a junior advertising creative or junior content producer advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Work experience will help you get a better understanding of the role. You'll also get to make contacts who may help you to find paid work in advertising. You could try volunteering, internships or temporary jobs.
Social networking sites like Twitter or LinkedIn can be useful to make contact with companies.
You can apply to companies directly if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job.
Some advertising agencies might consider your application if you do not have a degree. In this case, you'll need to show off your creativity, writing skills and business sense.
If you have a degree, you can apply for graduate training scheme with advertising agencies.
You could showcase your skills by creating your own blog or website. You'll also need to develop a portfolio of your work to show to potential employers.
You could enter the D&AD New Blood competition which is for students and recent graduates who are not already employed in a creative role. It gives you the opportunity to work on a real client brief and showcase your work.
You can find out more about becoming an advertising copywriter from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and Discover Creative Careers.