Daisy Jordan at Daydreaming by Daisy

Just finished uni and desperately looking for that one career break that'll get you on the path to where you wanna be? Trust me, I've been there. When I finished uni, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do or where on earth my life was going. Luckily I was pretty relaxed about the whole thing, so while my friends cavorted off to London I chilled out and waited to see where life would take me. But after a few years, I realised I had to grab the bull by the horns rather than sitting back and waiting for it to happen. Now I work as a Fashion Assistant for Fabulous magazine (I was in the magazine last month, which was ridiculously exciting) and I absolutely love it. My story is pretty lengthy and out of the ordinary, as I actually started off as a writer for a magazine first before making the change over to fashion. But regardless of that, I think I know a thing or two about what you need to do to make an impression.

Sadly, whether you're interested in magazine or PR work, you're only going to get your foot in the door by interning. It definitely sucks if you don't live anywhere near London (which is where alllll the internships are, btw) or have a wealthy family to support you, but unfortunately it's the truth. On the plus side, it offers an amazing opportunity to get noticed. I've almost been at Fabulous for a year and in that time, we've had a handful of really stand-out interns - and now they all have jobs (or if they're still students, have gone on to do some incredible internships). And that's because the team want to help them as much as possible, as we know just how hard it is out there.

Daisy Jordan from Daydreaming by Daisy
Coat, Topshop; dress, Dressed in Lucy; trousers, ASOS; shoes, Office.

My advice would be to intern while at uni, as a lot of magazines only accept those in full-time education these days and you have more free-time than ever (with the help of that student loan, too). To find yourself an internship, contact whoever you can at the magazine or PR agency. Some will advertise, while others don't, but whatever the case they always need interns. But getting the internship isn't where the hard work ends. When you're interning, you can't sit around and hope you'll miraculously be offered a job. You need to be go-getting and use your initiative. You need to work your absolute hardest and be as friendly, enthusiastic and approachable as you can possibly be. Don't be entitled - be helpful. Then, when you're finished, you need to ask the people you worked with for their advice and help in finding your next internship. Hopefully, you'll find yourself another opportunity and on it goes. Making contacts and amazing impressions on everyone you meet along the way is imperative. 

Keep your CV up to date and don't stop trying. I've met a few people who are exhausted by how long it's taking them to get somewhere, but if they're good it'll happen in the end. A huge part of landing your first job is being at the right place at the right time (that was definitely a major, major factor for me), but hard work is far more likely to pay off than luck. Regardless of the fact I had another job at a magazine before my current role, I still interned in other disciplines beforehand and I met lots of people along the way. So while some may argue I'm not best placed to talk about it, I got here in the end, didn't I? And I see a lot of interns at work and I've even helped some to get jobs! If you want even more answers, I spoke to Debbie from ASOS magazine about how she did it too.

So there you have it. I hope this was at least a little bit helpful, but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.


Daisy Jordan from Daydreaming by Daisy

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