Eureka!!!

OH MY GOD! I  had the best day EVER and the best part was I was all by myself imagine how happy I would be if I was out with others, I’m currently spreading happiness in my household eeeekkkkk…. nothing and no one can bring my mood down.  The advertising and creative industries workshop I mentioned  in lifeisfunbeingme was AMAZING! 

I wrote pages and pages of notes down, its always interesting to hear the stories of creatives in the industry and I have realised that their story of how they became who they are always differ but I always find they have one thing in common and that is OPPORTUNITY. They always mention how they did something and then the opportunity came along and that opened doors for them which allowed them to network, grow and get to where they are today. 

All creatives advise the same thing and that is perseverance, those that become intimidated by the industry because of competition and rejections will not make it you need to be strong and keep at it, because an opportunity for you will happen and those that give up, give the opportunity to someone stronger than them. 

This workshop really opened my eyes to the opportunities around me and what I want to do, to be honest as much as I love writing, have had the passion inside me since I learnt how to write my first sentence and cannot shut up if I start talking about my blog. I’m not good at it, some of you may think, ‘Aww she’s wrong, I love reading her lifestyle blog lifeisfunbeingme!’ but maybe that’s because I write it how I speak, yet this has grown to be my writing style you should see how much I beat myself up when I have to write for someone else. I panic because I worry that I’m not good enough, I hate writing reviews they are my ultimate pet hate but I love writing opinions, updating lifeisfunbeingme and getting my opinion across through writing, I’m pretty good when I’m pissed off, I just have to write it on paper and sometimes it turns out to be some of the best work I have ever done. When I know I have to write something that has to abide by certain rules and make sure I tick everything off the checklist, I lose the spark, you should see my essays I dread doing it because I find it so hard whereas here I let go and write whatever I want and how I want my blog is my freedom and no one can dictate how I should maintain it.

I might be repeating myself here but for my module creative industries and professional practice we had to do a project in a media industry where I was assigned to create a pitch for a magazine and I cannot believe I am saying this but when I started it I was absolutely terrified but the more I got into it, the more I got into my task, I ended up enjoying myself so much that I think I may want to work in the creative side of the industry and not editorial, I know it’s been my dream to write since I was a child but I think I want to take the path of brand management and see what doors it opens…

I now know what steps I want to take after graduation, first thing tomorrow when I go home for my hospital appointment and see my parents I am going to sell myself to them hoping they will employ me for my first project so that I can start to build my portfolio, I can become a someone and start to get my name recognised in the big wide world.

Aww today was just amazing, the inspiration you get from these talks is just brilliant I have a massive smile plastered on my face, I sang the whole way home in my car with the radio at like 100 and that smile is still there whilst I’m writing to you guys. I feel even more motivated to go just for it and I feel like I could write for ever. I am so happy with myself that I made the effort to go as opposed to going to my lecture which is the one I dislike the most, I just think imagine IF I didn’t go I wouldn’t have had the chance to gain an insight into 5 peoples working career in the industry I want to be working in, I wouldn’t have realised that brand management is what I want to do and I wouldn’t have realised that as much as I love my work placement, I have decided to leave in September and chase the world to see what else is there. I will always be grateful for all the things they have done for me, for giving me that chance to grow, to find out about the industry but doing admin for the rest of my life is not what I want to be doing, I want to be creative. I thought to myself that I don’t think I really take advantage in being there, and next time I go in I should show them what I am capable of by working on a campaign in my spare time and say these are my ideas what do you think? Can I come in and work on it with your guidance so that I can prove myself? If there is one thing that I learnt today, its in the creative industry you can’t apply for a job in a conventional way, you need to do it creatively to show your future employer you are worthy to be employed because you wow’d them by being creative and doing something different. 

See you soon I’m off to make my idea a reality, good luck me:)!

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Wednesday 4th December

Last night I went to a social event with some of the people from my placement as the editor who introduced me to WordPress was running a pub quiz for bloggers in our area.  This morning I managed to get in an hour early which means OVERTIME yay:) I spent all morning typing up the competition entries and to spur me on a bit I’m allowed to listen to music, it helps me work faster too! I spent all day listening to Christmas music which really got me in a festive mood 🙂

Today I had a super healthy lunch although it has nothing to do with my placement I just had to upload it was so yummy, food really does make me happy… 

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The PA also asked me if I didn’t mind doing some packaging for an hour as she needed some client gifts wrapped, it was nice to have a slight break too. Today was literally one of the best days I’ve had at my work placement as at university I’m taking a module called, ‘Professional Practice & Creative Industries.’ For this module we have to find our own projects to within a media industry if we fail to do so as a consequence we will fail the module and this could impact upon my final grade.  A 10 day work placement is seen as a major project which means once I have done that my deadline will be complete and I don’t have to worry about it until I have to hand in my project. I’m extremely lucky to already have a placement so I asked them if it was possible to do something more industry based and they said YES!! I’m not entirely sure what this project entails but its a start and a brilliant opportunity for me which could help me prove myself, that I’m capable and I’m made to work in this industry. It will also aid me in working my way up within this company.   

As soon as I’ve clicked publish I need to check my timetable and see when I’m free to come in, email the editor as well as CCing the PA as she overlooks what I do within the company.  I’m so grateful to have this opportunity as I was really starting to stress out as I wasn’t sure what I was going to do if I wasn’t able to have a project to do within the company. I really do love my placement, it’s such a good place to be at it’s the second best thing I have in my life after that feeling of  saying ‘Ahhh Home Sweet Home’ I simply cannot express enough how thankful and how grateful I will always be for the opportunities that they have given me. 

And with that I’m up to 2100 competition entries yay 🙂

Time to go home see you tomorrow…

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Wednesday 31st July

As soon as I arrived once again I got myself my water and threw myself straight into working mode as I have so much data entry left to do… 

The CEO asked me to buy her some pretend medals today when I had the time as tomorrow the office is going on an away day which I imagine is where they build up on team working exercises and similar things like that. As I am just a work experience girl I am not going therefore I am covering the phones for the day. I barely had a lunch break as none of the shops near the office sold fake medals so I had to walk into the centre and try a fancy dress shop, luckily they had them!

Back to comps if I have no more distractions I should get loads done today! 

BUT 

I’m a work experience girl so the following task was given to do… 

-Kitchen Shop

At the end of the day I then went over tomorrow’s schedule with the PA as I’ll be one of the employees in the office along with one of the freelancers. I’m so glad that the PA said I can park in the garage which means I don’t have to stress with looking for a car parking space in the morning! Yay :)! 

I’m finally in the 3000’s with the data entry, I never thought I would see this day come…. 1000 left! 

I would like to mention that I am feeling incredibly happy with my work placement, it’s such a fantastic place! I’m feeling really positive as I’ve really got out there and asked editors to be involved a bit more. Part of the reason is that I’ve been able to join in with a bit of the office banter as well as I’m not sat in the reception area which is a bit secluded from the rest of the office making the day that bit more enjoyable! 

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More Magazine Issue 10th December 2012

Personal Opinion:

I think positiveness in life is everything otherwise my main blog wouldn’t be called http://lifeisfunbeingme.wordpress.com/, so this issue Michelle Dewberry discusses in her article how being happy can pay off… 

Are you smiling enough at work? A sunny attitude can fast track you to the top of your career, says Michelle

Did you know that if you’re happy in your job, you can earn £6000 more by the time you’re 30 than your less cheerful colleagues? I was surprised when I read this stat this week, too. But there really is a direct link between how happy you are and your income. Being positive has helped me get and keep jobs in the past – and now, as an employer, I want to have a team who can work hard and keep a smile on their faces. If you have a positive outlook, you’re more likely to push yourself up the career ladder by tackling tasks with enthusiasm, volunteering to assist on projects, and taking work home with you to complete in your own time. And that means you’re getting extra experience and creating the right impression with the people who make the decisions about pay and promotions. In fact, in some jobs being cheerful is a must. When you work in retail, you have to be happy and approachable. Customers won’t want to buy from a snappy, moody looking assistant and it can have an impact on your wages if you’re on commission. If you don’t wake up feeling excited about the day ahead (Yep, even on Mondays), here’s my guide to how to make your working day a happy one… 

1 Accept the lows along with the highs

It’s Important to recognise we all experience ups and downs in life. Be honest with yourself about why you’re unhappy if things aren’t going well. Maybe you aren’t actually suited to what you’re doing? Perhaps it’s the workload, or it may be that you don’t have enough work/life balance. Work out why – then deal with it.

2 Leave the baggage at home

Try not to let personal problems interfere with your work. If you can’t get through the day because your cat’s died or you found out your man’s cheated, take a day’s holiday. If it’s a one off, your boss should be sympathetic. It’s far better to go away and sort your life out than spend the day in tears at your desk.

3 Don’t get mood zapped by others

Often it’s your colleagues, not you, dragging the mood down. We’ve all encountered ‘mood zappers.’ These are the people at work you’ll find huddled in the toilets being bitchy. Stay away from them, or they’ll pull you down. Anyway, it’s not like moaning will fix a bad situation. When you’re unhappy, you have to do something about it to make it better. Whatever you decide, at least you’ll be making a positive step forward. 

4 Wear a smile

Aim to have a work personality – a different persona you put on along with your suit or uniform. This should become the cheery version of you who remains professional no matter what problems you face. That way you’ll always look happy, even if you don’t 100% feel it on the inside. 

5 Know when to call it quits

Obviously you need to think very carefully before you hand in your notice, but sometimes it really is the only option. Once the bad days start outweighing the good ones, then your work has started having a negative impact on your life. It can make you feel constantly exhausted and drained, and that’s clearly not a good thing for you or your employer

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘How being happy can pay off’ By Michelle Dewberry’  in Issue 10th December 2012, I did not write this!)

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