So where have I been? At the Guardian, doing work experience on the fashion desk. Now, like me when I got the e-mail three weeks ago, your probably thinking, "Wow, that's amazing" or "I would love to do that!". Well, on day one I realised that it really wasn't what it cracked up to be. By the second day having been told to turn up to a shoot two and a half hours early, & then surrounded by twats, I really wanted to come home. But I stuck it out, after all I know there are hundreds of people who would kill for the opportunity & I thought I was just being a dick & not making the most of it. While that was probably a low point, it didn't improve much after that.
The biggest problem was that there was absolutely nothing to do. Once I'd gone through the post & divided up London Fashion Week invites between the editors & the days, done the fashion clippings from the days newspapers & got a cup of tea for everyone I then spent most of the day asking if there was anything I could do. I swear I probably did about one full day of work out of ten. & most of that was from me volunteering to overhaul the fashion cupboard (which I did, complete with guardian font shelf talkers) which was a mess after the Christmas rush. I didn't think that not having anything to do would be a problem & after originally thinking they were all too busy to explain anything to me, I later realised that actually the people who were meant to delegate to me didn't have enough to do themselves.
So oh well, I take away the fact that I definitely don't want to work in an office. Ever. It made me completely stir crazy. The highlights were Simon Chilvers liking my car shirt, compliments on a very basic navy cashmere jumper, Imogen Fox & Jess Carter-Morley being nice & better looking in person than in the magazine, & the nice lady who sat on the fashion desk as overspill from features who was the ONLY ONE who asked me about my background or how I was getting on.
Has anyone else done work experience at a magazine? Is it all like this? They seemed to think I'd done loads of work & said I could come back anytime I like so.. I wonder the standard of the other people they've had or if I'm just weird in that I've worked for three years.