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does anyone know any good music/journalistical places/people I can harass for work experience?
because I really would like to do that if possible :o)
when i say 'here', i don't mean 'on drownedinsound'. unless you want to make cutting remarks on my behalf. it's a tough job..
Klaire - would it be possible for you to send me some information about work experience where you are?
I need some summer work experience if anyone is willing to take me on. I make good tea.
I had a nightmare last night that I left uni with a 1st but ended up in Woolworths, all because my social skills were so inept that I couldn't even bag an assistant's job :o(
I haven't seen you in ages, Adie, I hope you haven't got the sniffles like I have... *sniff*
you can come do work experience for us tho, no probs. plenty different things to doooooooooo. might even have some 'writing' jobs by then.
I'm a 27 year old, who's not happy in her current job, I'm on a part time journalism course to help with a career change, and now in need of work experience - does anyone have any ideas for work experience or the berst path to take to get in to Music Journalism??
I've sent like 20 emails so far.
Bloody hell. I shall try that, but they'll probably think I'm stalking them by then :p
now do the decent thing and kill yourself.
This is a joke by the way. never ever ever ever ever give up and kick kick kick as hard as one can against all the pricks.
cos that will never lead to a job!!!
oh wait - actually sometimes it does. whoops.
it did for me anyway.
but don't get sucked into doing it for toooooo long. make it clear you're fully available for x amount of time, then if you're valuable to them, they can approach you about something more permanent. and try and suss out early on what kinda people you're working for. if you're working for ratbags, they'll just take advantage of you as long as they can and you'll gain nothing by it.
i was lucky, did work experience 18 months ago for my current employer alongside my uni work, simply because it seemed like good experience, and they offered me a job pretty quickly... but even before they offered me fulltime work, it seemed they were interested in finding ways for my work experience work to benefit me [financially and otherwise].
Are you still working at the Luminaire? I like it there. The toilets are lovely.
I'm not that good at brown-nosing, but I hold my tongue for a bit in order to get somewhere. I really want this, I do think I can show that I'm hard working.
Shut up, read this and educate yourself. It's written for film/TV but is still relevant.
i 'worked' for free for ages and got a job out of it. i know others who have done as well. works for some people, doesn't for others. end of.
Not everyone can afford to work for free 'for ages', so why should they be excluded from being able to get a job?
by doing other jobs at the same time which do pay...
and half enjoyed it - working for a particular press office in London but I don't think the people who worked there barring the owner liked me - I had a few 'digs' from people about being 'Mr Music' for knowing things without having to go on the internet. This is why I've never bothered with a career in the 'industry' after meeting so many emotionally retarded people.
I saw a lot of cocaine and people pettily bragging about what promos they had like they'd just discovered Valhalla.
and got to 'answer' queries from NME and Q which at the time got me very breathless. You could also smoke in the office which, I'm sorry to say this, was better than anything EVER on the planet like now or ever.
Everyone should do music PR work experience. i learnt more about what I DIDNT want to do with my life which means its invaluable no matter how you look at it.
a good place to do work exp. they tend to give you work which has a good chance of you ending up with a by-line.
generally the bigger and better known the place you're applying for (national newspapers etc) the less work you'll have to do and the more menial it'll be. usually you'll have to be there for more than a week or so before they give you better stuff to do. i know a guy who worked at the observer for a year before they started paying him for his work and that was only on a per word basis.
to be honest i think work exp is usually a waste of time. you'd be better off trying to break into journalism (and getting published) by approaching editors with freelance pitches.
send out about 40 letters and someone is bound to get back to you if youre wiley about when you send them. Even the Church Times looks good on your CV.
Supposing you want to be a Vicar PR Manager that is.
i do that?
contact details of music/commissioning editor of a fanzine/magazine/website that you like. then bombard them with ideas for good features. don't take no for an answer and just be persistent.
in journalism ideas count for a lot more than being able to write well. let's face it, many people can write well or at least string together a sentence coherently but what will get you noticed is your ideas.
i know this all sounds a bit vague but i think it's better to build up a good portfolio of work to show future employees then to spend a week filing just so you have something to put on your cv.
it's all a bit confusing, you know.
But thanks for helping me out !