A few weeks ago I wrote a blog posts about the career masterclass that Compilation held, I had an amazing day in London and thought that the advice they gave was really useful. Some of you lovely readers have asked me to give some more information about what they said. So today I am going to fill you in on what they said. I hope you enjoy!
The event was a few weeks ago now and I didn’t write very detailed notes so I am not telling you word for word what they said but you will get the idea. I would also like to point out that the talk looked at working within the media industry.
- What do you want to be?
When you were picking what to study at university you had to decide what you wanted to be when you are older. If you took Journalism then you are probably thinking about becoming a journalist, and even if you didn’t know what to do you have already narrowed it down; you can’t become a medical doctor by studying English.
Now you are at university you need to start thinking more specifically about what exactly you want to do. Let’s assume for now that you want to work within journalism, well what type of journalists do you want to be? In my group of friends we have one person who wants to do local news journalism, one who wants to become a fashion journalist and me who wants to go into Public Relations.
Through your university work and assignments you should be testing out different aspects of the area you are studying, this goes for most courses not just journalism. If you still can’t decide what aspect of the industry you want to get into then you need to get out of there and find out where your passion lies.
Through out the day the wonderful Cherry Healy kept giving great advice about how to gain experience and work out what you want to do within the media industry. Her advice was to pretty much get out their and try the waters. If you think you want to work on set, produce or anything like that then get on a set. You can then see what is needed within the role. You can do this by contacting production compnaies and offering your voluntary work for a day or how ever long you feel suitable for.
- Build your CV
Ok, so you know what you want to get into doing when you have finished university and entered the big wide world. You can now use your time at uni to build a CV so that your future employer can never say no to you. If your course is anything like mine you will be really busy during the term time however my summer is something like 5 months long. So what a perfect tome to gain experience.
A number of large firms, in most professions, have summer internships which you can apply for. Some of these will even be paid. However you can also work for smaller companies who will pay your expenses and volunteer for local charities (writing a newsletter, creating a Pr campaign, filming youtube videos etc)
- Be unique, be you!
I guarantee that if you have spoken to anyone about writing a CV, then they will have said something about making it stand out from the crowd. The truth is there are hundreds of people applying for one position at the moment and you need to be the CV they look at. I always feel like I should channel a little Elle Woods from Legally blonde with her pink CV.
Jazz Kaur, Benefit PR mastermind, said that her first job she applied to was for L’Oreal, she ended her application with “You should hire me because I’m Worth it.”Using their Iconic catchphrase obviously worked because she got the job.
Well, this has become a super long post so I am going to end there. I hope this helped you.
~ I am getting ready for the Cosmo Blogging Masterclass. Anyone going?
~I am working in PR for a charity this summer.
~What are you looking forward to this summer? I am hoping to go to Benicassim, a festival in spain.