Thrive - Entry level programme

Future Talent & Entry Level London, England


Position at Wavemaker



Wavemaker is a global media agency and is part of Group M. We are an agency of over 400 people based in London and Manchester. We work with clients including Audible, Nationwide, Danone, TfL and Morrisons. Danone, Asahi and Morrisons.

In essence, our media agency decides which people a brand should be targeting, what barriers the brand needs to overcome and decide which channels they should use (TV, Social, Influencers, Cinema, Posters, Digital, Radio), and how the channels should be deployed

Thrive is our New to Media programme to welcome a diverse cohort of talent into the agency.  You will be working with renowned brands and organisations in a global media agency, gaining nationally recognised qualifications, all while earning a competitive salary. If that sounds like the kind of growth you want, then here’s what you need to know.


We are looking for candidates to join our 24-month entry level programme, Thrive at Wavemaker.

You need to be aged 18+ by July 2023. You can be a fresh school leaver, a degree holder or looking for a change in career, if you are New to Media this is a role for you.

Applications close on the 16th June 2023. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment day, taking place June 2023. Not free on that date? We will still consider you for the role in a different way. If you are successful, the Thrive programme will begin on 25 July 2023.

Visa sponsorship is not provided for this programme. We can only accept applications from candidates who are eligible to work in the UK without restrictions.



We are looking for bright and eager individuals who are curious, collaborative and passionate. All experience levels are welcome: you just need the right attitude and an appetite to learn on the job to develop your career.

New to Media

If you are looking to start a career in Media and have limited to no experience, you could be just the right fit. We are looking for individuals from different educational backgrounds to join our Thrive programme. This means…

School Leavers

College Leavers

University Graduates

Career Changers 

We value drive and motivation, and a passion for media, content, and technology. If you can bring those things to the role, you will prosper within our agency.  


Thrive is a 24-month accredited scheme starting in the summer of 2023. You will join an immersive induction that shows you how we work, teaching you all the basics of a career in media and on the job experience as part of the Wavemaker teams and specialisms. Training is an important part of life at Wavemaker for staff at all levels, so you won’t be going it alone. Once you complete your onboarding with us, you’ll join a Thrive Track to continue your learning. You will also have regular exposure to partners such as ITV, Snapchat and Meta as part of the learning process. There will be dedicated study time throughout the scheme duration to help you obtain the various essential specialist qualifications for a permanent role. 


Thrive Tracks

You will join either the Planning, Activation, Project Management, Digital or Data & Analytics team and we will have you diving into big brands, insightful projects and/or famous accounts from the off. It won’t be easy, but we promise that this will be the best kickstart to a career in media you could hope for. You’ll get to work alongside some of the brightest brains in the business in a department that best suits your interests and potential, you will also have a Mentor to support you along the way. So, whether you’re a number-cruncher, data diver, people person, digital-tinkerer or a content creator, we’ve got a role for you.

You will also be part of a Thrive Track which gives you deep expertise in the following areas:

Digital Marketing: Digital Marketers will gain an insight into how digital marketing works and the impact of it. Learners will analyse audience, acquisition, and behaviour reports, and set up goals and campaign tracking. You will also gain an awareness of different languages such as HTML and Java, and how a Digital Marketer might use these.

Data Analyst: Data Analysts collect, organise and study data to provide business insight. This digital Data course will enable you to drive organisational innovation and optimise resources through developing knowledge and understanding of data and its potential.

Media Business: Learn to promote brands through creative media campaigns to meet commercial objectives. You will explore key technologies used in the agency, uncover consumer journey concepts and discover how campaigns move forward.

Project Management: Projects are at the heart of our business and ensuring that they are managed properly is vital to their success. Our Project Manager programme develops you into project leads by building your knowledge around the latest theories and practices, supporting you to deliver quality projects on time.




We don’t just want your CV; we want something bigger and better! Here is what you need to do to apply: 

Step One: At Wavemaker we believe in the power of positive provocation – that basically means the power of challenge! You can choose between answering one of these questions

EITHER: Tell us about a brand or campaign that stands out to you and why. You can answer in any format you like, a written response (maximum of 250 words), presentation, poem… whatever gets your personality and point of view across. Your application will need to include the above – if it doesn’t, we won’t be able to consider you for the role.

OR: Tell us about a time you used data or technology to solve a problem. This could be anything from an incredible piece of coding through to a fancy Excel spreadsheet. We particularly want to understand the thinking behind your solution and not just the solution itself. You can answer in any format you like, written response (250 words max), presentation, demonstration of the solution you built… whatever allows you to best articulate the solution and how you came up with it.

Step Two: A CV. It doesn’t need to be a formal CV but we do need some information to get hold of you.

Please don’t be put off by the work, we don’t want to scare you, we just want to get to know you. Applications close on the 16th June, so please don’t miss out.