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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Small Update

Hey All, 

As my last day at placement was last Monday, I’m not sure when I’ll next be there, so don’t worry this blog won’t remain DORMANT! It’s back with finishing up the tips that More Magazine have to offer us, before cutting it up and beginning my portfolio! Finally! As well as updating you with diary entries of any other work experience I shall gain, fingers crossed Eeekk!! 

Speak Soon,

Rosa X 

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More Magazine

I still haven’t bought my portfolio book so in the meantime I might as well start blogging the tips that More magazine gave us amateurs before I cut it up and start to compose my portfolio.

I would like to CLEARLY state that the tips from the More Magazine issues are NOT MINE! I have simply spent the time of writing them up as I thought they would be good tips to share! If you see Personal Opinion then that is me simply commenting my opinion on what the article advises.

Hope it helps


Rosa X

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My Productive day…

On Sunday I started to do my portfolio…



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I came  up with the conclusion that after the first page my portfolio looked rubbish, I was thinking if I’m going to be using this as a portfolio, it NEEDS to & MUST look professional, imagine if a CEO seen that… NO NO NO!! It just won’t do. I’m going to go to Paperchase and buy a small A4 Black workbook like the one in the link below.

This one will be much more practical as it’s small and I shall be using my other book for one of my work modules next year as for one of the assignments we have to do a portfolio. I’m quite happy with the information and sources of things I have that I can put into my portfolio…

I’m happy to announce that I’ve thought of an order of composition for my portfolio:
-Editorial letters
-More Issues Collected
-Their weekly schedule
-Look at how make up, fashion, hair and nails is publicized (To look at this separately for each category)
-Do’s & Don’t pages
-Men Overheard
-Choice of adverts
-Travelers Guide
-Problems posted
-Anatomy of a room
-My composition of more outfits clothes tips
-Work mates of the week & Friends of the week
-Look at the work tips
-Celebrities (Personal Fave Kim Kardashian)
**For all the above I will contrast & compare different issues into how the article can vary from week to week. 

I have great news for the tips category, looking through More I came across numerous articles of tips for students, Jobs, CVs and much more… I’m quite excited to share all with you guys!

Talk Soon

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We would like to offer you work experience…

When you have secured a place/or have been offered a placement 9/10 you are likely to be asked to come in for an interview to discuss further your intention of what you would like to get out of the company.

This now becomes the hard bit because you then need to prepare for the interview, hopefully with the tips I offer you, it will help with getting you that placement. 


– Research the company again

– Focus on the detail, know the companies outcomes and what it does!

– Prepare your portfolio

– Buy smart clothes if you already don’t have any 

– Decide what you are going to wear… dress to impress

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Making contact…

From the companies I researched I took the  first 10 addresses and stuck them on the front of an envelope along with a letter explaining what I wanted to get out of their company.

This is when you make contact when I first did it during college I wrote  a letter and I’m lucky I got a response as it’s the 21st century, I personally think it seems more professional if nowadays you get with the programme… i.e using the e-world (internet)

When I moved away for university, I left my current placement as I was moving cities and I thought it would be good to expand my field of experience further by contacting the publishing companies in the city that I was moving to.

However I count myself really lucky because fortunately they kept me on as seasonal so I didn’t have to quit and because I didn’t move too far away I was able to drive back and forth for when placement needed me as well as studying at university.  

Unfortunately, where I moved for university none of the places I contacted gave me work experience and the following reasons are why: 

I did the same thing as to how I got this work placement, I wrote a general letter to many different publishing companies and one of the responses I received from a company manager via email was this… 

Hello Rosa

Thank you for your letter and CV. Unfortunately we do not have any spare computer equipment at the office here, so it would not be practical to have you in to work.  I wish you well in your efforts to find work experience. If you like, I could give you a couple of pieces of advice on how to contact editors.

I replied…

Thank you for replying, yes please I would appreciate the advice.

The response was… 

Hello Rosa

In the spirit of constructive feedback…
Please don’t start off with “Dear Sir/Madam”. If you are interested in working for a particular publication, phone up and find out the editor’s name and email address. Say why you are calling, and then put the editor’s name on the letter (or email) with your CV. Journalists are expected to phone people all the time and it will count in your favour if you have made the effort. You should say why you want to work for that particular publication, and the kinds of things you like to write about.You should include a couple of cuttings of articles that you have written (if you have any).
Good luck!

I hope that by any of you reading this see my mistake of being too shy and let’s be honest a bit lazy to research each company individually and seeing whether or not the publishing the company did applied to me as opposed to just basing it on the fact that it was a company in the publishing industry and writing a letter that was generalised so that it could be sent to all. 


– Phone the company and find the name, email & contact number of the person of whom you would need to contact

– Explain why you are calling 

 – Email instead of writing a letter as it’s efficient and you are likely to get a reply quicker as opposed to writing a letter. 

– Say why you want to work for that particular company

– Mention the kinds of things you have an interest in

– Include a couple of cuttings of what you have done

– Don’t panic if you don’t have much of a portfolio, as long as you have the determination and enthusiasm it will work to your favour you can also start making a portfolio even if you have one thing to show for it it’s still better than nothing and it’s also a start. 

– You are more likely to be taken on if you start out as voluntary, you can then work your way up which is what I did, especially in a recession many companies tend to not pay for interns or if they do it tends to be on minimum wage… expect this!

– Include your availability 

– Explain what kind of experience you have previously had and what you are capable of

– Include a CV

– Triple check everything is spelled correctly

– Give out your home number as well as your mobile in the event you are contacted on your mobile number and you miss the call 

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