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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More Magazine Issue 12th November 2012

This issue has a double spread page packed with tips on how to get us that job by ticking all the right boxes…

Let’s get you these tips, I’m super excited 

Rosa 

ACE THAT BIG INTERVIEW WITHOUT BREAKING A SWEAT

Now you’re one step closer to that dream job, here’s how to nail it…

So you’re one of the lucky ones and have bagged yourself an interview for a fantastic job – well done you! Now you have the date in your diary, how can you make sure you don’t blow it and fall at the final hurdle? Read and learn…

1 DO YOUR HOMEWORK

First off, understand the company. Who are their customers? How does your role fit in with the business? Knowledge is power, and the more you understand about what you’re walking into, the more confident you’ll feel. Ask your friends if they know someone who works there. Can they give you any insider info?

2 PRACTICE

If there are any questions that you may feel uncomfortable answering, such as why did you leave your last job, or why have you been unemployed for so long, then role-play them. Grab your bezzie and get her to play the boss. I still do this with my friends and it always works a treat

3 DRESS THE PART

You probably hear this all the time but first impressions DO count. Make sure you look good and feel confident in what you wear. Also be aware of the environment you’re applying for. If it’s an office, dress more conservatively. If it’s for a fashion brand, feel free to be a bit quirky. And you don’t have to spend a fortune, either.

4 TAKE YOUR TIME

Don’t waffle when you’re talking and make sure you spend time thinking about answers. If you’re nervous, it’s ok to say so. You’re only human and try to remember that the people interviewing you were once sitting where you are now. 

5 TAKE COPIES OF YOUR CV AND APPLICATION

Make sure you have one for yourself and at least two spare. Ask your interviewer(s) if they would like a copy as a refresher.

6 BRING YOUR NOTES WITH YOU

There’s nothing wrong with bringing in any notes you have made and referring to them at the interview. But only use them as an aid, not to read from.

7 REMEMBER THE TOE – SQUEEZE TECHNIQUE

If you feel yourself getting embarrassed, nervous or shy, squeeze your feet in your shoes to act as a little distraction for you.

8 ASK QUESTIONS

Ask them if they have any reservations about you that they’d like to discuss before you leave. This is a powerful question. It gives them the opportunity to discuss something that may be bothering them, and you can help to solve any concerns they may have there and then. Also ask when you should expect to hear something back.

THINK BIG

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(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Ace that big interview without breaking a sweat By Michelle Dewberry’  in Issue 12th November 2012, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Issue 1st October 2012

This post took me quite a while to write as this More issue was jam packed with 2 articles, one was about freshers and the other was how drinking alcohol and how it can effect your career…

PERSONAL OPINION

I think when at university or aspiring for a career, it is important to have a good time but also to know when not to cross the line! I didn’t have the whole freshers experience, in my 1st year at university I lived at home and didn’t make many friends to be able to go out with all the time, in my 2nd year, I lived with 6 boys and my loan didn’t come in until Christmas, so until then I was pretty skint! I  do think that I kind of compressed all the nights into one because at my Christmas house party, I was completely smashed, that night I bought rounds for all my roommates and I live with 7 people!! I cannot put in words the dreaded feeling I had to check my balance the morning after… 

With Facebook being the biggest social network at the moment, it would be wise to be 100% careful what you post online when your out and about, I do post when I go out and have a good time because we are all entitled to it even if you party crazy every weekend it makes a bad name for yourself. So the key to it all is MODERATION.

My lecturer once told me a story about a class having a guest speaker who was an employer in the media industry, however what the employer had done before hand was he searched them all on Twitter. When in the class he asked if a ‘So & So’ was here and said to him you tweeted, ‘Urghh journalism is so boring’ ‘Tell me why I should hire you?’ 

Imagine that?!?! It  really made me think twice what I post online!

ARTICLE NO.1 – UNI: YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE BY RUSSELL HOWARD

Boys will be immature, inbetweeners types:
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Expect a weird flatmate:
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Girls can make the first move:
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You won’t starve, Honest:
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You’ll Miss Mum. A Lot:
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PERSONAL OPINION

This is so true I always skype my sister as I’m super close with her and it feels like I never moved out 🙂

Things to do in the first term:
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ARTICLE NO.2 –  DON’T LET BOOZE LEAD TO WORK BLUES

Your boss may be picking up the bar tab but don’t let them see you drunk and disorderly…

Cheeky glass of vino after work? You can’t beat it for a bit of stress relief even if our booze study suggest less and less of you are doing it regularly. But what some of us are guilty of is confusing after work drinks with the kind of night out you might have on a Saturday with your girlfriends.

I’m not saying you can’t mix your work with a bit of pleasure after all, you don’t want to be known as the boring new girl who never comes out to play after hours. But it’s when you add in a different kind of mixer to the office drinks – say a double vodka and coke – that there are certain things that you need to remember too…

TIP NO.1

When it comes to clinking the glasses with your colleagues after hours, there’s a simple rule you need to always bear in mind: never get staggeringly drunk at a work event. This still applies even if you’re friends with all your workmates. It can be a tricky rule to stick to when the drinks are free-flowing and the boss is picking up the bill, but trust me on this – being drunk and all the antics that comes with it is not a good luck in front of the boss. Ever. 

TIP NO.2

Never be the last person standing. By all means go to the party and have a great time but don’t feel the need to hang around till the very end. You want to have a clear head for the next day in the office and you also want to be someone who has more in their life than just work. 

TIP NO.3

When it comes to spying a hottie in the office, leave Andy in accounts well alone. Keep the office romance fantasies in your head and resist the urge to act out any of your feelings. If that sounds too harsh, and you actually have genuine feelings about a co-worker, arrange to meet them outside of the office away from your other colleagues and see how things go from there. Getting involved with someone senior or someone you work with closely nearly always causes problems. 

TIP NO.4

If you have a ‘plus one’ for the party and you decide to take your boyfriend along, try to keep your hands to yourself when your colleagues are around. Otherwise your PDA’s may end up being the topic of conversation the next day at the photocopier. 

TIP NO.5

When it comes to work chat over a few glasses, don’t let your lips get the better of you and cross a line. You may feel it’s a great opportunity to bring up issues in the workplace in an informal setting, but you may end up seriously offending someone.

TIP NO.6

It may seem like a great idea to show everyone your side splits party trick after a bottle or two down the pub, but with iPhones attached to everyone’s hand, it might come back to haunt you the next day

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine articles ‘Uni: Your Survival Guide By Russell Howard’ & ‘Don’t let Booze lead to work blues’  in Issue 1st October 2012, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Interview Tip No.2 Ask Questions!!!

Sometimes in an interview, there can be awkward moments of silence. You shouldn’t always feel the need to fill it, but if you do, then here are some good questions to ask:

– Ask about future plans for the position you’re applying for – how could you progress in the role?

– Without sounding to nosey, find out what the company’s long-term goals are. Does it have new projects in the pipeline?

If  you’ve done your homework on the perspective employer (which, of course you will have), you may have heard some industry news about them – for example, if they’re expanding into Europe, or they’ve appointed a new boss. Drop this into conversation.

– A good question to pose at the end of the interview is: ‘Do you have any reservations you can share with me about my skills or ability to do the job?’

(This information was taken from More Magazine Issue 1st October ‘Article Don’t let booze lead to work blues’ by Michelle Dewberry I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Interview Tip No.1 Be Confident, you can do it!!!

There was news last week that a whooping 9/10 of us admit to being low on self -esteem. The good news is that confidence is a state of mind. Here’s how to fake it in four different scenarios…

1 If an interview makes your knees knock, the trick is to be prepared. Rehearse answers and visualise a successful outcome.

2 On your first day in a new job, get up extra early to make sure you look and feel good – and you’re not late

3 If you’re doing a presentation, have the key points written down and get there in plenty of time to have a run through. Remember to really take your time with it and don’t rush

4 If you’re at a senior meeting, find something out about those present beforehand, so you have something to talk about, just keep it work related

(This information was taken from More Magazine Issue 23rd July Article The Results are in! What’s Next For You?’ I did not write this )

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