Magazine Journalism & Feature Writing

June 2012

Where did you Study?

Southampton Solent University

What did you Study?

Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing

What year did you Graduate?

2011

So we can feel more intimate, three words to describe your physical appearance.

A cool chick!

What did you do when you left Uni? Be brutally honest! If you cried into a bowl of cereal every morning & treated your local pub like your favourite Uni nightclub, say so.

To be honest once I left, I didn’t hit the job hunt as hard as I should have done. I had some work experience placements at a couple of magazines lined up instead and I completed those. I knew I was going to need some sort of income, and I wasn’t going to get my first editorial job anytime soon, so I got a part-time retail job (depressing).

What are you doing now and how long do you see yourself doing it for? Are you in your dream job? If not yet, what is this?

At the moment I’m interning at ‘Blackhair’ magazine which is fantastic. I’ve gotten loads of experience, been able to get work published and made good contacts. My time here will soon be up and I don’t know if I will be applying for anymore intern roles. My CV is full of them now. I’m not in my dream job (because I’m not employed here) but I am in my dream field which is magazines.

Do you think Uni has helped you to be where you are now?

Yes. Studying for my degree taught me how to write articles for magazines, how to interview, research, design article layouts and a few other important skills that are helpful for aspiring journalists. As hard as it is for me to find an editorial job with a degree and a load of experience, I can only imagine how hard it must be to find an editorial job without a degree. That’s not to say that every aspect of the course was beneficial because, quite frankly, some units were pointless, but for the most part it was helpful.

Describe your Uni experience? Did you face any obstacles? The positives, the negatives, reveal all. Terrible lecturers can be anonymous!

I wish I could tell you a bit about the first year but to be honest, I was regularly absent. Since the grades from your first year don’t go towards your final grade I pretty much took the mick as far as attendance goes. The standard of my work was ok, enough to pass in most cases, although I had to do a retake which cost 40 quid! After that I had to get serious and my last two years were so stressful, at some points I could have cried. However, it was all worth it in the end and I got the grade I was aiming for.

Finally, if you would be so kind, tell us briefly about your day ahead – just in case we might want to change our career path.

I’ll be at my part-time job Monday-Wednesday (holds back tears) and on Thursday and Friday I’ll be at the magazine. We’ll be starting work on a new issue so there should be lots to keep me busy 🙂

That’s it. Carly, you have been wonderful.

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