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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Career Guest Post; Working as a Florist

Name: Kayla

Blog: www.daintydweeb.blogspot.com

Industry: Retail

Job Title: Flowershop Sales Assistant & Florist



Brief description of job role and industry:

Working both as a sales assistant and florist can be demanding at times because I'm constantly running back and too. But what job in the retail industry isn't demanding? There are lots of different things to do on a daily basis such as stock replenishment, completing arrangement orders, as well as dealing with customers needs as every customer is different. 

An average day consists of... 

My job is based around various shifts from starting at 6am, to as late as 2pm. The early shift consists of setting up the flower displays and horticulture section, watering all plants, checking and completing any customer orders we have that day and quality checking. The store opens up at 8am so that's when customers become priority. We're a pretty busy store so there's always a customer around with a query or a walk-in order. We can't always accept walk-in orders in situations where we are too busy, or they need something that I have yet to be taught how to do, which is unfortunate. 
Doing the late shift its more about cleaning, stock replenishment as well as keeping customers happy and completing any walk-in orders. You're always busy, there's always something to do.  

Qualifications/experience required:

My job role doesn't require any floristry qualifications, you learn along the way. I was taught to do normal hand tied bouquets and flat packs/sprays on my first day. Practice makes perfect, I practice different techniques everyday, different combinations of flowers/colours etc. I have since been shown how to create buttonholes and simple wedding bouquets. But I'm still learning everyday. 

Career progression:

There's always progression available in retail, from supervisors, to team managers, store managers. Where I am in floristry; I still have a long way to go, but it's fun learning new things all the time. There's always new techniques, different things you can do. That's why it's so fun. Everyday is a new challenge. Although it requires some sort of experience in retail or a customer service based industry. 

Best tip to crack the industry:

An open mind, creativity and passion are always 3 great things to have when working in a creative section of retail. Always be open to new ideas and challenges. A friendly smile goes a long way. 

Best thing about my job:

It's very creative, there's always a new challenge around the corner and it's very, very fun to do! Making a customers day by exceeding their expectations is always rewarding too. 

Worst thing about my job:

The company I work for don't offer actual training courses to have a qualification in floristry. We have one trained florist with qualifications who shows us the techniques and the rest is just practice and using a creative eye.




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Friday, 30 October 2015

Career Guest Post; Working as a Midwife

Name: Jenny    

Blog: www.midwifeandlife.com

Industry: Health, NHS, Maternity

Job Title: Community Midwife


Brief description of job role and industry

My role is to look after and support women physically and mentally during their pregnancy from the first point of contact, the birth (if having a home birth) and the postnatal period, usually for about 10-14 days after the birth but we can continue visiting for up to 28 days.

An average day consists of... 

Seeing women in my clinic, performing routine checks, referring on as and when needed, weighing babies, doing paperwork, answering phone calls, making phone calls, visiting women and helping support them in the days after birth with feeding issues, sleep (or lack of) issues, booking in newly pregnant women, saying goodbye to them at the end of their time with us.  Could be attending a home birth.

Qualifications/experience required 

You need A levels or equivalent as you need to do a degree in midwifery.  No experience necessary prior to starting the course but it is advisable to gain some work experience in the care sector to understand the demands of the job. 
I became a qualified nurse first but this is not necessary.

Career progression

You can become a manager, teacher, speaker, researcher if you want to progress your career.

Best tip to crack the industry

Work hard, keep up to date, be compassionate.

Best thing about my job
Knowing I have made a difference in a family's life and successfully helped them transition into this life changing event.

Worst thing about my job


Having my hands tied by policies and having to give difficult news


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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Career Guest Post; Working as a Portrait Photographer

Name: Caitlin Jade

Blog: www.throughthemirror.co.uk

Industry: Photography

Job Title: Portrait Photographer


Brief description of job role and industry

I photograph children from newborn (up to 5 days) and then babies, toddlers and children. I sometimes do families but not as much as others. I'm glad that I have my childcare qualifications that puts me a little higher up the pecking order when it comes to picking a photographer! 


An average day consists of... 

I usually get up at about 7AM and check all emails, phone calls and my facebook to check for any enquiries or any bookings that I may have. I'll do a little promotion on my page and facebook to generate some interest. I get most of my bookings through Facebook (social media is amazing ok!). If I have some photoshoots booked in I'll usually schedule one in for around 10am which will last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours (usually 4 hours if it's a newborn) and I'll set up everything I want for the shoot an hour before so I'll have my beanbag with all my props and backdrops ready for when they arrive. I'll talk them through what it is we will be doing, I like to give the parents as much input as they like and I love hearing their ideas and I love it when they bring their own props! After the shoot everything goes into the washer! Next shoot would be around 3pm and ill repeat the same process as before. Then begins the editing I edit all of the photos before putting them on a private gallery for them to choose from and I try to get that done as quickly as possible and I'll share the best photo on my facebook to promote. Once they have picked what they want I then get ordering the prints. Of course when they arrive I just have to be all cute and package them up in pretty boxes with gigantic massive bows!


Qualifications/experience required

In my sector of photography there isn't any formal qualifications you need, of course if you have a degree in photography that's brilliant! You don't need to go to university to be a photographer though. I think my Childcare qualifications help me out in my photography because it shows I know children well and parents feel more assured! You could do what I have done and do some photography courses and work shops I have done some for newborn posing, photography business courses and others just to top up some knowledge of mine!

Career progression

You really can take it anywhere you want to. I started off just photographing children and quickly developed on to taking photos of babies, newborns and families! I could take pictures of cows if I wanted to! Working for yourself as a photographer really gives you the advantage to branch out into whatever you want to do!


Best tip to crack the industry


You have to be tough! Before I even considered setting up a business I put my photos up for critique by professionals that had been doing it 10+ years and their comments can be harsh...VERY HARSH! It's a very competitive industry and you have to be a strong person and not back down, you have to do what you can to get where you need to be.


Best thing about my job


I love the creative side of it I get to set up entire photoshoots and style them myself I have the freedom of being my own boss and working the hours what I want to work (even though I get up at 7am and go to bed at 4am!). I love that I don't have to leave the house and meet people...I really don't find it all that lonely but I'm a huge introvert so that could just be me!


Worst thing about my job


Takes a lot of patience! It takes roughly 4 hours for a newborn shoot and in that time frame you probably spend about an hour and a half taking photos the rest your settling the newborn, they want milk, then they poo on the blankets and then they take time falling asleep you have to be very patient! You never know when your going to get a job coming in I'm always promoting and keeping on top of things but I still worry about having a stable flow of clients or else I don't get paid! Running your own business is hard, especially at 19. Although I'm running my own business I'm still yet to work out how to use our washing machine ha!!!


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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Career Guest Post; Working as a Student Note Taker

Name: Hannah Delacour

Blog: HannahDelacour.blogspot.co.uk

Industry: Education

Job Title: Student Note Taker


Brief description of job role and industry 

My job role involves acting as a member of University of London's Educational Support facilities, whereby I, along other students, aid our peers along with their studies. As some students suffer form disabilities that effect their ability to record notes during lectures/seminars/workshops etc. It is my job to attend their scheduled classes with them, write a transcript of what's discussed, and develop a summarised set of notes.

An average day consists of... 

I work on a zero-hour contract as obviously I can only work during times that suit other people's schedules; so I don't really have an 'average day'. Nevertheless, on a day where I do have a lecture to attend, I first meet with the student I will be writing the notes for - where we go over anything they'd like to be particularly covered and/or ignored or linked back - and just to check that they're finding the notes that I'm developing are sufficient enough for their needs, and most importantly, that suit their learning style. I then go away with a full transcript of the lecture and an audio recording, where I then go over and restructure everything so that it meets the order of the used power point slides clearly. My spelling can also prove terrible too when I'm typing in a rush so I always appreciate this time to clear those up before sending them off!

Qualifications/experience required 

As I am only a student note taker, I didn't need any qualifications to work in this role. However, I did need customer service experience which luckily I had quite a lot of in a variety of different settings. If I follow this as a career path though, I understand that there are a variety of qualifications that need to be met. I haven't yet looked into these as I'm still unable to drive which is pretty much a necessity if you're needed from university from university!

Best thing about my job 

The best thing about my job is the variety of new people I get to meet. Sometimes it's quite easy to struggle to find friends and speak to people outside of your own department, especially when you're not living in university accommodation. As a result of my job, I have greatly enjoyed getting to know people from across the university community. I also get to experience and learn about other subject's content too which is always great! (apart from when it gets more interesting than my own haha!)

Worst thing about my job 

The worst thing about my job is the responsibility I think. Whilst I absolutely love the responsibility the role brings, my notes could greatly effect a student's understanding of the lecture's content both positively and negatively. I always try to ensure I do my best, which then means that I end up putting myself under hours long of stress and pressure, but it's always worth it when I hear that the person on the receiving end has found the notes helpful and useful!



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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Career Guest Post; Working in Childcare as a Nursery Nurse

Name: Caitlin Jade

Blog: www.throughthemirror.co.uk

Industry: Childcare 

Job Title: Nursery Nurse 
(Under 2's)


Brief description of job role and industry

I work in a nursery which has children from the ages of 6 weeks to 4 years. I work in a private day nursery in the middle of a forest where I have to practically climb up a tree to get myself some 3G to check my twitter on my lunch...such commitment! We have about 76 children in total and it's a crazy place haha. We're all barking mad and we have a right old giggle. You've gotta be a tough old cookie because when your not feeling smart does a 1 year old give a toss? Do they chuff ha and they will not wait 10 minutes for you to get what they need...they want it NOW!

An average day consists of... 

Phwor, where do I start! I work in the baby room which is from 6 weeks to 2 years (what an age difference!) and it can certainly become hectic, especially mealtimes with spoons flying around the place and weetabix being massaged into the table...yum! There is usually 13 babies in the room each day and yes, we get to play but we have to teach them too! I love messy play with the children I'll use 5 cans of shaving foam and let them go wild, I swear I have as much fun as they do! Nappy time is one after another with a 20 minute time slot to get them all done..You have to be super quick! We have to dance like the people you see on Cbeebies (I'm better then them!) and I sing my little tone deaf heart out to twinkle twinkle (yes I have been told to 'shh' of a child before while singing!). Sleep time is heaven but not the bit before it where you have to get 13 to sleep at the same time..I'll challenge you guys to do it hehe ;). And somewhere in between all of that you have to fit in your observations, planning and photograph taking of all of the activities...yep all in under 9 hours!

Qualifications/experience required

For a job in childcare you need to have 5 GCSES A-C including maths and english! You can choose to study it at college doing your level 2 and level 3 which you will do placements in different settings. Once the two years are up you'll be fully qualified level 3 nursery nurse. I personally went down the apprenticeship route which all I needed was 5 GCSES A-C and then I was ready to begin working full time! After your two years you will also be a qualified level 3 nursery nurse! 

Career progression

Childcare can lead on to a lot you can go into a school or your can split sectors and do some additional training to become a children's nurse, you can become a speech and language therapist, social worker and you can work with children with additional needs.


Best tip to crack the industry


It's pretty easy to get into and lets face it, people are always going to need someone to take care of their children. There will always be jobs for people wanting to work with children!


Best thing about my job


Seeing that glitter in their eye when they learn something new, the bond you get with the children (I would seriously take some home if I could!). It's such a rewarding job, your being basically a second mother to these children and they depend on you. Seeing their excitement to try new things and friendships form it's so cute!


Worst thing about my job


I love responsibility but there is so much responsibility in childcare. You looking after 13 babies a day, someone child! You have to have a very mature head and learn pretty quickly what your doing...children dont have time for you to be slow ha! I think it's very frustrating when people say to me 'aw thats cute you get to play all day'...NO! not one bit! You should see the mountain of paperwork I have stacking up on a shelf at the moment!!!



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Monday, 26 October 2015

Career Guest Post; Working at Cosmopolitan Magazine

Name: Kara Godfrey

Blog: Kara Willow 

Industry: Journalism

Job Title: Awards Assistant at Cosmopolitan  


Brief description of job role and industry

Helping with the annual Ultimate Women Awards with Cosmopolitan. Alongside this, researching, pitching and writing articles for both print and the website.

An average day consists of... 

It’s a cliche but there is no average day! It mainly consists of researching people and facts, conducting and transcribing interviews, pitching ideas and eating a lot of free food! Although days can go on when go to press events after work, but this can be fun when it’s anything from croquet, to film screenings, to new menu tastings.

Qualifications/experience required

None; previous internships leading onto it.

Career progression
It’s been a long two years of interning. I worked at an office job for a year to save (which still gave me key skills such as managing brands and basic office work). I’ve interned at fashion brand THE WHITEPEPPER, GoThinkBig, Brighton Fashion Week, Closer Magazine and then Cosmopolitan. After 6 days interning, I was offered the job. I don’t doubt that writing a blog for just over three years played a big part in showing my commitment to writing and my love of fashion.

Best tip to crack the industry
Intern and be the best damn intern there is! I had to save a lot of money to be able to afford it, as I spent a year saving and then six solid months of interning. So when I was there, I was always first to offer ideas for the website, do anything from buying plasters for someone to writing articles, and always smiling and being ready to do anything. Anyone can get an internship, but the harder part is trying to get a job out of it. Part of mine may have been luck, but you learn from every internship how to make yourself indispensable. I don’t doubt that I was a rubbish intern at the beginning!

Best thing about my job
As cliche as it is, the people. The image of the Devil Wears Prada bitchiness couldn’t be further from the truth as they’re some of the friendliest and warmest people I’ve met. And the freebie table full of posh biscuits and make-up doesn’t hurt!

Worst thing about my job
The deadlines can be tough, especially when you are relying on other people to get back to you and it’s out of your hands. Even worse if you’re interviewing someone who isn’t very chatty.

Either way, being in the Cosmo office with some amazing women, speaking to inspirational people and doing my dream job is still a pinch-me-feeling. Don't give up as it took me three years of blogging, two years of being a graduate, one year of saving and six months of unpaid interning to get where I am!




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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

I will NEVER live or work in London...

My entire life, I've always said I would never EVER live or work in London.

London is...
Too built up
Too busy
Too touristy
Too expensive

It amazed me how many thousands of pounds people pay to commute into London on smelly, packed trains/tubes, leaving home at 7am and getting home at 7pm. 

You know those annoying people always rushing everywhere zigzagging the pavement - hate them. 

The people who run for the tube when there's another one in 2 minutes - don't get that.

Paying £1000 a month to rent a room in a shared house, not even in Zone 1? No thanks.

Londoners are just so obsessed with London they feel like everywhere outside zone 6 is just a million miles away, and even if they discover it's not, they wouldn't want to leave any way.

It's so built up, there's no outside space, everything towers over you and it's just all too much. 

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Makeup Revolution Haul #2

Ever since they launched, Makeup Revolution has been a staple part of my makeup bag. From their huge range of products, high pigmentation and even better price, it's a brand I will always go back to and this month was no different. 

I've decided not to swatch anything on this post as most of he products have already been done a million times on other blogs but if anyone is interested in a swatch of anything featured, please let me know. 



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Friday, 9 October 2015

ICEBAR London Rocks!

Hidden away just off of Regent Street, you'll find the quaint Heddon Street, famously the home of the ICEBAR London. This September, the unique venue is celebrating it's 10th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than a fabulous party?

Last week, London's chosen few bloggers and journalists descended on Heddon Street to not only celebrate the venues anniversary, but also the unveiling of it's new ROCK theme. 

Copyright Peter Kindersley
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

PetLondon Review*

If you know me well, and/or follow me on twitter/instagram, you'll know how absolutely obsessed I am with the love of my life, my dog, Roxy. 

The wonderful team at PetLondon had read my post about Roxy and the importance of Pet insurance (you can catch up with it here) and very very kindly offered to send Roxy a little pack of goodies. 

Everything arrived coincidently on the week of her sixth birthday - yes we do celebrate dog birthday's too, and also the week we got some bad news about Roxy's hip. She had been struggling to walk when she first got up which we thought was strange being that she wasn't that old. After a trip to the vets and some x-rays we were told that she may have to have a hip replacement which could cost up to £7,000!!!! Anything's better than seeing a normally happy, bouncy in pain though right? 



So, first of all, a little about PetLondon
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Dr. PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm Review*

If you've read my Dr. PawPaw Original Balm review, you'll know this is a product that never, ever leaves my handbag. It's quickly become my holy grail and absolutely saviour, particularly in this weather. 

The lovely people at Dr PawPaw recently asked if I wanted to try another product from their range, the Tinted Peach Pink Balm. I was really intrigued to give it a go as I love the original so much. 

They say

"Just when you thought it couldn't get any better! Dr.PAWPAW launches the first ever tinted papaya balm. Introducing Dr.PAWPAW Tinted Peach Pink Balm.
Dr.PAWPAW Tinted Peach Pink Balm uses the same great formula of the Original Balm but now contains an on trend PEACH PINK shade so that your hero balm adds a little colour to your lips, cheeks and life!"
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