Friday, 22 April 2016

THE GRADUATE PLAN.


This is probably one of the most requested posts/videos from the last three months. I’ve had several comments a week on videos and instagram asking what I’m planning to do when I finish university so here it is, my (slightly) organised plan of action. I’d be lying if I said that I knew my next steps but leaving the comfort of education for the working world is a big adventure that has to happen whether I’m ready or not.



This is probably one of the most requested posts/videos from the last three months. I’ve had several comments a week on videos and instagram asking what I’m planning to do when I finish university so here it is, my (slightly) organised plan of action. I’d be lying if I said that I knew my next steps but leaving the comfort of education for the working world is a big adventure that has to happen whether I’m ready or not.

Before anything else lets talk about the burning question - Am I going to become a full time blogger? In short, I really don’t know. The idea has been playing around my mind for several months and I could definitely do it, but the freelance aspect of it scares me. I don’t know if I could cope with not knowing how much/when my next pay check will be. So many people are shocked when I tell them my blog isn’t full-time yet but its kind of like an unattainable goal of mine. I’m sure once my uni work is gone and I’m dedicating more time, it will flourish and happen naturally but there is also a big BUT.

The BUT being: Can I really be a design graduate and not start my career within the fashion industry straight away? It might sound silly but its real and I think university drum into you how important this is from the first day. I’ve spent five years stressed, tired and broke with £40k debt to get a career in fashion so its something I’m not giving up on but my future direction has definitely altered slightly as the course built into third year.

For my graduate career, I’m most interested in styling for a brand. Initially, I’d been dead set on becoming a designer but going through my degree I’ve realised that my design brain isn’t as strong as other parts of my creativity. I’m much more into styling, trend forecasting, concept building and putting together lookbooks than making samples and pattern cutting. This will probably make it 10x harder to land a job but I’m already applying so fingers crossed. Right now I’m staying at Jack Wills full time, applying to tons of jobs and keeping positive about everything. I’m still not 100% ruling out taking my blog full time but if the opportunity arises, so be it - I’m following two career paths at once which isn’t easy by any means. OH and for living/house updates, my contract for the uni house is until August. Once this contract is up, I’m moving where I consider to be ‘home’ even though my parents moved away from the area. I want to be close to Josh and my friends so I’ll be finding a little one bedroom flat of my own to rent while I save to buy a house in the future.

In complete honesty, my post-uni plans for right now are to sleep for a year. I’m just looking forward to having some time to relax and remember what socialising feels like because its been so long since I could do either.

WHAT IM WEARING


When it comes to Spring in England, the weather isn't quite warm enough to ditch the outerwear but a lightweight trench is perfect for layering up and keeping season appropriate - am I the only one that feels like I'm in a Burberry ad when I've got a trench on? I do actually have my Burberry sunglasses on though so it kinda counts.

These pictures were taken by the gorgeous Becky, who I'll be working with a lot in the future because I think she really captures my personality and not just the outfit (probably because of the many lols we had shooting).

Sunglasses: Burberry
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