Unfortunately I did not manage to find anywhere to complete my 10 days experience with. I reached out to Cristina Otero, Linda Blacker, i-D, Channel 4, Sylvia Young Theatre School amongst some other. I tried contacting employers by reaching out on social media, emailing, and even phoning. I did not get any replies back from the emails or social media messages I sent and the places I called took my details and said they’d contact me if there was any chance or openings in the future. During a phone call I had with a woman called Calli who worked at i-D, she stated that they were looking for recent graduates for internships from 6 months onwards. Hopefully, I will get a response back from someone eventually as I would really love to obtain some sort of work experience over the summer. Below are some screen grabs from a few emails in which I sent to certain companies and individuals where I tried to obtain work experience, I sent the same context within the emails but adapted to the person or company I was contacting.
For our final workshop of the Photographic Futures unit, we had an hour-long discussion and presentation with Jan Rowan who is our University’s career and employability advisor. She spoke about how to be an overall happy person with the right balance of things in your life to form a happy persona and how to bounce back when something goes wrong. Jan spoke about the importance of being resilient and how that implies in a career. Being resilient in your career allows you to move on from rejection and gives you the ability to overcome negative emotions that may occur when dealing with tough situations. This is important as you need to be able to get back up again in order to find and get the job you want, not every employer will take you on but that does not mean you are not right for the job or will not get one in the future. Being persistent and positive is key to finding a job in the career you want.
This workshop with Jan helped me realise that though I may not get the job I want the first time around, it will not be my only opportunity if I keep on trying. I have always had self-doubt in being good enough and this workshop helped me understand that that is not the case. If I continue striving towards what I want and do not give up looking I will find the job I am happy in.
Below is Jan’s presentation.
Olivia Pomp is an international Stylist and Fashion Editor who we gratefully get to have occasional workshops and talks with at the University. This time, she spoke about her experience in the creative industry and gave advise towards work experience. She gave us an insight of what the creative industry is about and what great things can be achieved by hard work, constant passion and motivation. I was very keen to hear her stories and personal opinions about the industry and had a few questions lined up that I wanted her response on.
I asked Pomp when it was that she realised what she wanted to do and how she got there. I asked her this as I have studied many platforms of art and design over the last six years including fashion design and textiles. I studied fashion media and promotion before changing courses to Photography as I realised I did not have as much drive and passion towards the course a whole, I was completely drawn into the photography element of the course and it was then I realised that was where my passion lied. Throughout studying the creative industry the fact that I never knew 100% what creative path I wanted to go down worried me and getting a chance to discuss this with Olivia really helped. Her response gave me support and lifted a weight off my shoulders, she explained how she went through exactly the same and sometimes still does. She shared with me that working towards an industry that has many platforms to build a career in is amazing as it doesn’t have many limitations of what career path you can be in, before becoming a stylist and fashion editor Olivia studied languages and the art of Couture tailoring in Munich. She explained that without her constant drive and passion to build up a career in an industry that she loved is what got her to where she is today. She told me not to worry about not knowing what I exactly want to do within the industry and to keep striving towards achieving greatness in doing what inspires me and producing work that I enjoy. Olivia ended my question by advising me to stop worrying and to enjoy myself and the amazing opportunities we get studying photography in the UK with London being an amazing place for the creative industry.
Olivia has worked with some of the most known names in the creative industry such as Karl Lagerfeld, she would not have got there if it was not for her continuous passion and drive to do well and excel in an industry that she adored. Having the chance to talk to Olivia has opened up my eyes to the endless opportunities there is out there and to not give up trying to look for work experience as it is a great start towards a career in the creative industry.
Below is a link to Olivia’s website:
For this workshop with Jason, he sent us away to find some notable website that is laid out nicely and in a way I liked. Below are some screenshots of some of the website I like.
At the beginning of the workshop, Jason spoke to us about the importance of a clean portfolio and an easy-to-navigate website. Both Cristina Otero and Linda Blacker’s websites I found were clean and easy to navigate. I loved the layouts of both websites and will work towards making my website as clean and easy as theirs.
Employment Letter Template
Dear [company name, specific individual – if not known, simply Sir/Madam],
I am a second-year photography student studying at the University for the Creative Arts. I am currently seeking a minimum of ten days work experience in the creative industry and would very much like to complete these days [within your company/with yourself] and would be honoured to do so. I have been inspired by certain works [by yourself, a member of the company or company as a whole] [name of project etc] [why I want to complete work experience within the company/with the individual, including notable works that have inspired you within their branding]. I know that I would gain a large amount of knowledge and an insight of the [what platform of creative industry] industry whilst spending time in a creative organisation such as [yourself/company name].
As you can see from my attached CV, I have over five years educational experience studying a range of artistic platforms in addition to personal creative projects and jobs. I believe the knowledge and skills built up during this time will make me an enjoyable person to be around and a delight to share more knowledge of [your/companies work and artistic practice and advice] that will make my passion for the [the correct creative platform] only grow stronger and help me move towards a career in the industry.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I appreciate and understand that you may receive many requests for work experience, I look forward to hearing from you.
[Social links, Instagram, Facebook, website]
As part of the work experience element of the photographic futures project, I had to turn make my CV more creative and visually pleasing so that potential employers in the creative industry will take notice and consider me as a candidate for jobs I have applied for.
Below is a PDF of my old, non-creative CV:
Jade Isted – CV
Here is my new creative CV:
Below is a PDF version of my new CV:
Jade Isted CV