What I learned from work experience

Some of you may remember my post a few months ago talking about work experience, and the issues around funding support for students.

I managed to secure a months placement at Style of the City Magazine, a free, quarterly magazine based in Cardiff. The luxury living magazine and digital platform is aimed at the style-conscious, aspirational reader.

The month I spent at SOTC was exciting and eye-opening. I was working daily alongside Rosie (the founder and director), I got to interview Marco Pierre White, create a podcast featuring Lucy Owen, whilst also writing articles and liaising with PRs, clients and interviewees.

Rosie was really generous: throughout my time there I’ve seen shows, tested and reviewed countless beauty products and gained valuable insight into what it takes to create a magazine.

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One of the most valuable things to come out of my experience however, was confirmation that my MA course was a worthwhile investment.

I spent the three years of my undergraduate degree wondering when I’d actually learn something. I still can’t tell you what I’ve learned.

On the other hand, in the past seven months at Cardiff, I’ve learned how to use Adobe programs, how to write a decent article, how to research and how to manage SEO, to name a few.

There’s not one thing I’ve learned at university this year that I wasn’t able to use on my work experience. It has been so valuable, that when it came to a choice between staying on at Style of the City or focusing on completing my masters, I had to choose the latter.

I’m so proud of what I was able to achieve in a month at the magazine, and I was genuinely gutted to finish.

Here are a few things I’m most proud of from my placement:

Creating, producing, scripting and editing the “I’ll tell you for why!” podcast – now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
What is Channel 4’s Naked Beach? 
Why we need to stop speculating about sexuality

For those of you who are looking for a placement in London, be sure to check out PressPad for housing.

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