NextGen Leaders | Early Career Talent

The NextGen Leaders program is a 10-week virtual learning series for tertiary students, recent graduates and those with 0-2 years of experience in any field. The program provides professional development for people who are looking to kick-start their career in our industry. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about WPP AUNZ and what creative transformation means for our clients, with an exclusive look into the roles of our people and the extraordinary work we create.

Registration for the 2021 programme is now closed.

The series allows participants to hear from and connect with leaders across agency brands and functions at WPP, as well as clients, partners and others from our broader network.

It also provides a unique opportunity to experience WPP’s culture as a whole, build community and look “under the hood” of the world’s leading creative transformation company.

Executives from WPP’s brands and top clients lead sessions covering everything from industry trends, marketing strategy and data science to experience design, emerging technology and culture. Participants will hear from a wide range of thought leaders and highly-regarded industry figures who will bring their perspectives on today’s key issues and how to use the power of creativity to build better futures. Participants will listen to prerecorded sessions and join live discussions, where they will have the opportunity to engage with one another.

In partnership with colleges, universities and organisations, the NextGen Leaders series aims to reach a diverse pool of early-career talent. Our 2021 cohort included a group of 846 people, representing 54 different countries and 310 colleges and universities.

In addition to receiving a certificate of completion from Coursera, participants will come away from the program with their own professional network within WPP and may have the opportunity to secure full-time offers from WPP brands. Participants will also be encouraged to stay engaged with their cohort via private networks, such as an invite-only NextGen Leaders alumni network.

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Get to know some of our 2021 cohort below
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