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Jo Joyce

Graduated 2018

Jo Joyce at a photoshoot

Tell us about your recent work placements

In my most recent role at Wonderland magazine I was constantly rushed off my feet. There were a lot of returns that had to be done from the photoshoots, which meant I would be travelling around London for the majority of the day meeting different PR companies and brands, such as Fendi and Gucci.

When I wasn’t doing returns, I would either be on a shoot assisting the styling or the most fun task would be when I could sit in the office, looking at the most recent runway shows and sourcing looks for upcoming shoots - it was like free shopping with high-end designer brands!

I used Instagram to look at different magazines' pages, as well as different editors'/stylists' accounts. I'd then research the magazine/individual using Google or LinkedIn to get their contact details and send over my CV and appropriate cover letter.

How did you secure the work experience placement?

All my cover letters would be similar, but would be adjusted to each magazine/stylist. It’s so important for these to be strong and to make you stand out. Make sure to use an email subject line that makes you stand out too!

With Wonderland magazine they replied to my email asking when I would be available to come in for an interview and then straight after my interview they had me starting!

How have your studies at Solent helped prepare you for this opportunity?

My studies at Solent have prepared me for this opportunity by helping me with organisation and time management for the real working world, something I’ve never found that easy. The one-to-one tutor sessions give you great guidance and support when you need it and you can feel comfortable talking to them. They’re always willing to help, they’re understanding and will always believe in you. It’s really nice having people that genuinely care about you and your success.

What advice would you give to others?

I think it’s so important to just be yourself at an interview - it’s easy to notice if you’re not being genuine and you should dress how YOU feel most comfortable (I wore trainers to my interview) because at the end of the day, you’re going to be working in a fashion environment and run off your feet all day, so stay comfy but stylish!