The Academy

Creating a culture of continual learning and development.

OUR AIM

Create something special

Ultimately, our clients come to us for our creativity, expertise and perspective, while our people join us because of the nature of our work and what we achieve. Therefore we have a talent proposition designed to ensure we are expert in walking the walk when it comes to research, insight, innovation and design.

WHY

Always-on learning

We’re continually working in new areas with new audiences and capabilities – yet always at the intersection of people, business and technology. Therefore we need to be ever comfortable with learning and exploring what could be and what is possible, cultivating creativity and applying ideas with intelligence.

OBJECTIVE 1

Develop talent

We invest more than double the industry average in learning and development, we have a 4-day week, we have oodles of resources and we have protected time to work on personal research and development projects. What’s not to like?

OBJECTIVE 2

Work with meaning

At ELSE we choose to work on projects with meaning, where there is an opportunity for profound and positive impact on people’s lives. Whether it’s internal R&D or client work, we aim to create sustained change and deliver long-term value. 

OBJECTIVE 3

Push the agenda

It is a prerequisite that we actively participate in the development of experience design practice. Therefore we are continually researching and creating new methodologies and thought leadership, to share with colleagues and progressively to develop the discipline.

Balance

4-Day Week

At ELSE we walk the talk and do a 4-day week. We don’t work on Fridays. Instead we chose to use that time growing as people. We firmly believe that creativity, ideas and innovation require room to breathe and space to gestate and the 9–5 (designed in the 1800s for the manufacture of goods) is the antithesis of that.

Read more about our 4-day week

Poppy’s story

From graduate to leading key accounts

Starting as one of our 2014 graduates, Poppy has since progressed into a senior role and is now leading our design work on patient care services for Boehringer Ingelheim, as well as delivering lectures on Interaction Design at Brunel University.

Students

Placements & Interns

We typically have two intern/placement intakes a year – one in April/May for undergraduates on sandwich courses and one in Sep/Oct for Master students. If you are interested in a placement with us please get in touch with your CV and importantly, a good covering letter.

Apply for a graduate placement

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Join the team

Whether you are a graduate or a seasoned designer, we are always on the lookout for great talent.

talent@elselondon.com