Last night I attended the Company Magazine Fashion Forum in Manchester and it was brilliant!
I met some lovely people (Yasminaa and Katie, click their names to read their blogs – I recommend!) and learned so much! After going the complete wrong way at first (yes, even though I’m actually from Manchester…) we got there eventually and were offered a drink that was included in the ticket price. Red and white wine, champagne and orange juice were offered but I chose water, I’m not even sure why?!
At around 7pm we made our way into the lecture theatre which was filled with lovely Company goodie bags and at the front were the panel. After introducing themselves and giving a brief insight into how they got into the industry, the Q&A session began. I took a lot of notes down (I can’t even read my writing at some points) and I thought it might be helpful to those of you who couldn’t make it or didn’t take notes for me to write the most important in this post.
1. Intern and do as much work experience as possible.
2. Get to know as many people as you can – networking is essential.
3. Never give up your contacts, they can help you down the line!
4. Be indispensable – a menial task might massively help your boss, and get you noticed!
5. Never turn down an opportunity.
6. Always keep the name of everybody you work with.
6. Stand out creatively, you won’t get noticed if you’re the same as everybody else.
7. Tenacity is key. You need to be keen and work hard.
8. Mold yourself to situations but always stay true to yourself.
9. Be open and positive, nobody likes a a diva!
10. Believe in yourself and what you can do, otherwise no one will take you seriously.
11. Stay open minded when having to do things that may not be exactly what you want a career in. You may find yourself liking something you hadn’t considered before!
12. With regards to CV’s and covering letters, be brief, show passion and say exactly what you can bring to that company.
13. If contacting a company for a position or experience, it’s often better to contact somebody in a junior position – senior staff can be extremely busy!
14. Write letters instead of sending emails sometimes when trying to contact a company, they’re almost guaranteed to get there and it shows individuality.
15. Do whatever your passion is. Don’t choose a job you hate just for the pay and the good hours, doing what you love is more fulfilling and you’ll enjoy it more!
I was really happy with the lovely goodie bag that we receieved, I’d wanted the Cocoa Butter for so long, and there was a full sized bottle in there! Along with the gorgeous Pop Chips that I tried for the first time last night (yum), I even found myself getting excited over toothpaste and deodorant! There’s also some fake tan in there which I got in my shade (Lighter, although Palest of the Pale would probably have been more appropriate) so that’s a bonus! 🙂 There’s a picture below showing everything else.
And here is my excited little face on my way there last night. I thought I may do a quick FOTD, or in my case FOLN (face of last night… *tumbleweed*). I do apologise, my boyfriend seems to think he’s a formula one driver sometimes so the camera was a bit shaky in the car!
I was wearing:
- The Body Shop Skin Primer – Moisturise It
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 01
- L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation in N1 Ivory
- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in translucent
- MUA Bronzer – Shade 3
- Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 001 Dark Brown
- Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in black
- Shades Naked and Wink from MUA Undress Me Too Palette
- Avon Supershock Mascara
Did any of you attend the Fashion Forum and what did you think? Also, did any of these tips help or do you think you could add some more? Leave some in the comments if you do 🙂 Thank you for reading!