Today this arrived from Ohio.
It’s a T-shirt sublimation-printed from a collage of callcards of genuine London ho’s.
I’ll be putting them up for pre-order online once I’ve thought of a legit name for it.
FYI, sublimation printing is where the ink is embedded into the fabric, whereas screen printing lays the ink on top. So they’re super soft.
I actually came to London for university so I just ended up staying here.
It was really hard affording to live here whilst in uni & then trying to afford living here whilst doing various internships in the hope of getting a job! So I had a weekend job at Madame Tussauds which covered my rent and bills each month. I then did one night a week in a bar to cover food/going out!
It’s tough but I got there in the end. I graduated from London Met uni in Events Management – summer 2011.
Elliot Shiels and Sarah Hardcastle, Junior Creatives at Brothers and Sisters:
Sarah & Elliott’s Top Tips for London Life:
Elliot Saliba, Account Executive at Social@Ogilvy:
Y U NO GIVE ME JOB?
Going straight from University to employment isn’t quite as easy as going from A to B. So what actually happens is you go from Uni to unemployment, then somewhere down the line to employment. It’s shit. Really shit. But not forever.
I was unemployed for five months after leaving Uni. Not working is actually soul destroying, especially when you’ve been studying your whole life. Like a lot of other people, I’d interned and done work placements during Uni- so I felt like I’d paid my dues (or atleast in part), however when it came to August I was mildly surprised that I was still looking for work slash casually being ignored by companies I had contacted. I came really close to getting into a great Grad scheme, but alas, I was pipped at the last post (#FirstWorldProblems). Then graduation came, still nothing. It was beginning to look hopeless- ain’t nobody got time for that.
A couple of months passed and in that time I had spoke with one of my lecturers about a potentially meeting one of the Public Relations team at Ogilvy in London. I met with a few different people from the team sporadically over that time period, before being offered a role on the social team. That was a wow moment for me. And that’s when I gained some perspective.
The entire transition is frustrating. What made it worse was that I was no longer living with the friends that I had spent most of the last three years with, and was drastically running out of gold.
I think I needed those five months of searching for work was good for me (I didn’t think it at the time). It’s sort of humbling, because it’s quite easy to leave Uni with a bit of an ego. It also makes me value what I do, who I work with and where I work so much more now.
My advice is simple: It’s all about timings. Your patience will be tested, but don’t lose self belief, try not to lose passion and definitely don’t lose ambition.
Trust me, it’ll all work out.
Mike Cuthell, Freelance Creative (currently at OgilvyOne) and YCC Monkey
My story isn’t too difficult, I’ll keep it simple.
I tried to organise visits to meet people in the industry when I was studying, but the trouble was that I went to Lincoln, which is in the middle of nowhere. We used to take off days to hop on the train and come down to meet creatives, which the the few £ we didn’t have.
We graduated on the 10th of June or thereabouts, and fortunately we been to a portfolio event the month before and landed a placement at JWT to begin on the 14th.
Between the 10th and 14th of June, I moved out of my old uni house, into my folks for a day or two, packed up a suitcase and begged my Nan in Bethnal Green to let me and my copywriter stay. She did, for a month, then two months, then three months. Whilst the full cooked dinners and bacon sarnies for breakfast were nice, I didn’t want to take liberties by taking over 2 rooms at my Nans. We used to pay for her to get her hair done in return and occasionally treat her to fish and chips on a Friday. Ha.
By this point we had lined up our second placement and had a week until we started. In our time at JWT we’d met another writer in a similar position, Jimmy. We bit the bullet and decided to find a place to house share. The trouble was, Jimmy was from Milton Keynes, Phil was from Manchester (as I said) and my folks now lived in Norfolk. We gave ourselves 2/3 days or trawling the internet, amongst other things, then organised a single day to search for houses. This I would not recommend.
We started in Finchley, we’d heard it was nice (Said Jimmy), we went into every single estate agent we could find, nothing – too expensive, too far away, too much of a sh*thole. Around 4pm (shops were shutting at 5pm) we went South, the opposite end of London in a last-ditch-long-haul-hope. We found a place in Brixton Hill, three bed. Pretty nice compared to everything else, not too expensive. We couldn’t afford to be fussy. We moved in a week later. It wasn’t ideal, but it was a base for the first year. We ended up spending more time at work than at home anyway.
Rob Ellis, Digital Creative at BBH
Joseph Kibria, Third Year Creative Ad Student/Prospective Unemployment Statistic/Aspiring Creative
Ok so I have yet to make the jump but these are some important things I have learned over the last three years of my education (in no particular order):
If you’re not enjoying it, then it’s probably not the right thing to be doing.