Wow, I’ve come a long way and I’ve written a LOT of blogs! But, I have to say that I am absolutely loving it all! Last April I decided that Fashion Journalism was definitely for me. I had often considered it, but often thought that maybe it was just every little girl’s dream and told myself to come up with a better plan! But then I found a course online with CTJT and decided to go for it! I paid for the course on the day that I handed in all of my Year Abroad work. I was so excited that I even finished and submitted the first module on the first day! I started my blog last April and couldn’t imagine what it would be like with archives; pages and pages of things that I had written!! Since then, I have started writing for my student newspaper The Sanctuary (and have recently been offered the editor’s position!), I also write for amazonastyle.com and studentbeans.com. I also have a greater understanding of the world of fashion journalism and an internship lined up for July with The Daily Express Fashion Desk. All in all, I an thoroughly enjoying all of it and just can’t wait to graduate so that I can do this full time!
I have a couple of thank you’s to throw out at the bottom here: Amazona, Student Beans and The Sanctuary Bham for giving me a platform. The Daily Express for thinking that I’m good enough! My best friend Chris for putting me up on his sofa next summer and also for his knowledge of London transport, which will no doubt come in handy! My parents for actually taking me seriously on this! And finally, my boyfriend Mark for having to listen to me go on about Vogue and shoes for hours on end and not complaining about it… much!!
photo credits: wordpress.com, monliam.blogspot.com, imagechef.com
Yesterday, I went for a quick interview for an internship at The Daily Express newspaper and it seemed that when I got there, I had already got it, as they just wanted to meet me and sign me up for a particular month. I chose July, as I will hopefully be a graduate by then – though, again hopefully, not an unemployed one! The internship is unpaid, but in the current economical climate, any step on the career ladder is good at the moment! I think that in order to get into something like fashion journalism, what you need is experience and in order to get that, you need to be willing to work for free… probably in London. And in order to do that, you need some good friends who are willing to put you up, because after a four year degree and Lord knows how much debt, jobs that don’t pay anything can end up costing you. But, this is really worth it. I’m ready to slug it out with all of the other wannabe fashionistas… and hopefully come out on top!! So, this is my message to all other future fashion journalists: Grab every opportunity with open arms, even if it is writing a few articles for a small website. That website may grow and you may soar with it. Any experience is good experience and excellent to fill up your CV. And support other writers/bloggers too! I’m constantly trying to get people to read my blog and get it out there and I do that by reading what other people are writing and increasing their site traffic too! We’ll all get there in the end!