“It seems ridiculous now, but I knew I wanted to ‘write for magazines’ from the age of around 10. Although, back then, I had no idea that it would involve anything other than stapling handwritten pages together and sipping Ribena at my makeshift desk!”
Being the features intern at Cosmopolitan…
“When applying for the internship, I made sure it was tidy, for starters, and everything was easy to read and the page wasn’t difficult to look at. It’s always good to highlight the achievements you’re most proud of, the ones that you believe will benefit you in the job you’re applying for, too. I’m definitely a Cosmo Girl, I think you’d really struggle to work at such a solid brand without that zest and belief in everything they’re about.
“I wrote regular features for the magazine every month, and I was also lucky enough to write a few longer features having pitched successful ideas. The team is absolutely wonderful and they work very hard to make the mag the best it can be.”
“I currently work a women’s weekly publication at the moment, and also blog for the Huffington Post. I do other bits and bobs in the online world, too. Once I finished my internship at Cosmo, I freelanced for eight months around various publications.
“Be persistent, but don’t pester. It sounds so simple, but in actual fact, there’s a very thin line between the two. Getting the right balance is sometimes the key to getting a job, or making a contact. Also, know what you’re talking about. Do research into the publication, get to know every part of it.
“It might seem a little old fashioned now, with the internet being the main source of info for most careers, but The Writer’s Handbook is really useful (and published every year). Also, if you’re looking for jobs, keep an eye on publishing house websites (most of them have careers sections).
“Be determined and understanding. Both are very useful when times get stressful or rough. Sometimes people might respond in a way that irks you, or maybe not even respond at all, but be understanding and stay determined. People rarely get where they want to be by being bitter and difficult.”