French Farewell

I had a slightly sad moment in the Brasserie Toulouse-Lautrec last week in Kennington.

I’ve been teaching a course called Integrated Advertising Ideas at the London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle for the ECS. Much of this has been in conjunction with the wonderful business author, Jonathan Gifford.

The ECS is the European Communication School, run by Anne and Cal Pflimlin. It’s a French school with an outpost in London.

15 May 2012

ECS students at the V&A to see the British Design Exhibition.

The students have just taken their exams. We had a farewell drink, accompanied by Joz Norris, our resident stand up comic who was great, and then staggered out into the night, promising to stay in touch for ever.

Well, they’ll certainly be in touch for a while. One of the reasons for many of the nineteen students being in the UK is that they initially want to work in advertising in the Anglophone world. Most of them intend eventually returning to France. They’ll need to stay in touch so that we can get them in front of potential employers as soon as possible, such as Publicis, Euro RSCG, BETC, Saatchi and Saatchi, and Leo Burnett. They will need to be rehearsed. Their cvs will need to be scrutinised and their shoes polished.

If anyone reading this lives in London and would be happy to help rehearse some of the ECS graduates, please get in touch. You won’t be paid but you will be featured on this blog. You will need an advertising background and recent experience in interviewing job candidates.

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the French students, especially when I introduced them to Marmite and watched their horror as I made them eat a spoonful each, and admired them for their determination. If you can help me help them into a job, I’d love to hear from you, please.

They didn’t much like Chili Beer either, but thought Marmite was worse.