Flourishing creative hub

Scotland’s capital is home to the world’s largest arts festival (The Edinburgh Fringe), was the inspiration for Harry Potter, and has more listed buildings than anywhere else in the world.

The other exciting statistic? It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the UK for all business sectors. 

So, why not join the almost half a million-strong population, and move to Edinburgh, where you can thrive in your digital career, whilst enjoying all of the creative events the city has to offer?!

Edinburgh streets

Working in Edinburgh

With a thriving digital and tech scene, Edinburgh is a great city to live in if you want to start your digital marketing career.

Whether you’re looking to work in-house for the likes of RBS and JP Morgan, or would prefer to specialise in SEO, PR, content, social media, PPC or any other strand of digital marketing at a digital agency; there are so many opportunities for you to carve out a fantastic career.

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My advice for graduates is to be proactive, and don’t rely solely on your degree to qualify you for the role you’re looking for. For instance, whilst I was applying for jobs, I worked through courses of Google’s Academy for Ads and Facebook’s Blueprint to learn about how to use these advertising platforms. These are the skills that aren’t taught at university, but will help you with starting out in the industry.

Henrike Overbeck, 8MS

Since starting at 8MS, I have enjoyed putting my knowledge into practice, working on projects for clients, and expanding my digital marketing skill set. My advice to future graduates would be to try and gain as many practical skills and experiences which could be useful in a digital marketing role as possible, whilst at university. Having these extra things on your CV shows a genuine interest in the field, and can make all the difference when applying for jobs!

Samantha Hawke, 8MS

After my first job in the digital marketing world ended negatively, I wasn't sure another marketing agency was right for me. However, from the minute I spoke with the marketing team at my interview, I knew they had me hooked. They have guided and supported me whenever I had needed it and it is thanks to them that I discovered the area of the industry that I love. Finding a job is like buying new clothes. Use your interview to get to know where you will be working before you start. If it doesn't feel like the right fit for you then then it probably won't be.

Emma-Louise Smith-Hunter, Stormid

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*stats from included agency owners/managers

Living in Edinburgh

Sure, as a capital city, Edinburgh isn’t the cheapest place on this list – but it’s a staggering 122% cheaper than London; which we think is worth the price considering how amazing the city is!

Living Costs*

Average cost of a one bed flat (monthly rent)

£761.96 (city centre)
£593.57 (outside city centre)

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*stats from Numbeo

Things to do in Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat

Arthur’s Seat

Queens Drive, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH8 8HG

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND

Edinburgh Butterfly World

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Edinburgh Ghost Tour

Edinburgh Famous Underground Ghost Tour

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Escape Edinburgh

Escape Edinburgh

1 St Colme St, Edinburgh, EH3 6AA

Potter Trail

Harry Potter Walking Tour

Greyfriars Bobby Statue

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL


Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

Panda and Sons

Panda and Sons

79 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF

Royal Yacht Brittania

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

St Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral

St Giles' Cathedral High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE

Devil's Advocate

The Devil’s Advocate

9 Advocate's Cl, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND

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