It’s five years ago that Graduate Advantage worked with Birmingham agency, JC Social Media on helping them source an enthusiastic, skilled young social media manager. Of dozens of applicants, one stood out from the crowd; a plucky war studies graduate from the University of Birmingham.
Like many talented graduates, David Glenwright signed up to Graduate Advantage to find the perfect first job in the city. Having used social media to play an active role in the students’ union, David felt a career in social media was perfect for him, despite his field of study being seemingly unrelated.
David impressed so much during his interview and the first few weeks at JC Social Media that he began managing the business’ largest client at the time; NHS Local. This digital service across the Midlands involved a vast range of skills far beyond social media and David gained experience working with the health tech firm delivering the services. In fact, David was so effective in his role, he was poached by the company!
Several months later and after a spell of freelancing, David was brought the opportunity to return to JC Social Media, by its founder Jodie Cook. “We knew David would be an asset to the company moving forward so we decided to create a role David would thrive in,” Jodie explains.
David Glenwright was welcomed back to JC Social Media in 2015 in order to head up the agency’s training services department. Since then, David has delivered sessions to hundreds of clients including Yodel, Midlands Air Ambulance and Nandos heads office. He speaks regularly to audiences at national conferences across the UK and, most recently, is one of three finalists in the marketing and communication category for BYPY 2017.
“I love helping people make the most out of social media. It’s such a powerful tool; businesses have so much to gain and by giving them the right skills, they can make real progress,” David told us. This May, Birmingham will once again celebrate the very best of its young professional talent. Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) will be hosted at the ICC and there’s some extra-special interest from Graduate Advantage, this year!
Outside of work, David continues to support the Campaign for Real Ale and has taken up running in his free time. “Work-life balance is important, especially when you work in social media and you can spend all day on it; it’s nice to be able to switch off and pursue some other interests,” he says.
We asked David what the one piece of advice would be to his younger self, five years ago. “I’d say go with your instinct. I had a degree in war studies, which is pretty irrelevant to most professions. However, I knew I wanted to go into social media so it’s important not to just follow the path your degree certificate suggests.”
You can follow David on Twitter here.
If you’re a student graduating this summer and have aspirations to become a successful professional in Birmingham, we’d love to find you the right opportunity.