I'd always decided upon starting my course in fashion that I was going to take a year out having read that it's great for employability, gives you knowledge, experience and gives you the edge on other graduates I knew it was what I wanted to do.
I had no intention of going straight into 3rd year whatsoever in fact the thought scared me a crazy amount.
So initially and this is way at the beginning. I'd thought about going away abroad but having only been twice (at the time) I didn't feel confident or savvy with being out the country. Without using that as an excuse really going abroad wasn't for me and I knew that from the beginning. Don't get me wrong I love travelling I want to see so much of the world as I can but for this year I didn't want to and that's fine.
So for a while and throughout my 2nd year London seemed like the perfect idea. I've always wanted to live in London; to lead a London lifestyle. So I applied for many places there and spent all summer getting depressed not hearing back from places, spending hours writing cover letters, working on my portfolio, researching companies; to still hear nothing back. I'd have a chat with friends and Jay who'd tell me 'Don't get down about it, stay hopeful' 'Your works amazing someones definitely going to pick you' so I would get my hopes up then watch them fall again.
After a while of applying I started thinking about whether London was really do-able at the time. It wasn't an easy way out, or a way to give up but I really had to think about the practicality of it I only wished I'd researched the expenses and everything sooner. When finance becomes involved it can be a tricky situation.
On your year out if you decide to take one student finance doesn't pay out well so my advice is work if you can throughout your 1st and 2nd year and save hard which seems ridiculous to say being a student but you will have next to nothing on the year when you need it most ironic but true. Universities work differently obviously but mine, for students wishing to stay in the UK and take a placement like I said the money isn't great. If you wanted to go abroad however the loans seemed more lenient and offered more money.
During my time applying it wasn't all bad I did get offered an amazing opportunity down in London for a brand I was obsessed with. However the brand never got back in contact once I told them where I was located and again with another when I told them I couldn't start immediately. After a few emails sent to them I kind of knew it wasn't meant to be. I know I could have worked harder to get them to give me an interview but I didn't because I just couldn't promise them anything I mean how could I say I lived in London and it was accessible to get there when really it wasn't.
So ultimately I decided to take a 'safe' option. I call it safe but it was the best decision for me and still one I'm glad I chosen.
I've chosen to stay close to where I live and work for a brand that I adore just for a few months enough to get me on my feet and then think about doing London next year. However if I'm honest at the moment I'm still not sure what'll happen next year but at the moment I'm loving my placement I'm doing what I love and what I'm good at. Not only that but I'm being able to freelance and do filming for my own brand so it works out perfectly for me.
Your year out is to not only to get experience but really work out who it is you are and what you want to do. Where your abilities lie and ultimately what you really do not want to do.
My advice is be ballsy, do what YOU want to do, go where YOU want to go and if you don't enjoy it its okay to hold your hands up and say you don't like what it is your doing but try them first!
Your year out is your year so make the most of it.
For now I'm working for a brand called Bottle Blonde a brand I'd followed for a while from where they began selling in a shop to where they're out now. Making amazing and completely badass outfits. I'm doing the web design, admin and marketing side, uploading products to the website, photographing products, designing the website, doing blogger outreach and interaction on social media. I even spent yesterday DIYing shoes, but more on that in the next post I'll do for my year out. My placement is everything I love doing and everything I want to go into doing.
As I mentioned at the moment I am working on my own brand at the same time. I do videography on the side of blogging and YouTubing doing a lot of behind the scenes for fashion brands. I also shoot videos beauty and fashion related.
Recently I did some work for the Gypsy shrine. Filming 'how to' videos for the launch of their YouTube channel. Which you can find here
I'm hoping to go more into fashion films and short films. It's something I'm working on this year and something I'm excited about getting into.
For part of my project I have to keep up with blog posts which I do anyway but these ones I will be focusing on my year out and what I'm getting up to. I could have kept it a separate blog but all of my blog is my journey through uni, work, my experiences and solely my life in fashion. So I want it to be something I talk about and tell everyone about on my blog. This post was really just to fill you in on why I decided to do a year out and what you can expect from me over this year. If any of you reading want to know more about it I'm happy to do a Youtube Video or another post going more in-depth but for now I think i've covered most of the basis.
This years exciting and I hope to keep it busy. I'm also planning on going to a lot of blog events, and fashion events whilst I have the time. So I hope to be able to share those with you too!
If you want to keep up with my year out obviously I'm on Instagram and Twitter but I have a page for my videography work you can find by searching: Paige Rhianne Videography or by clicking here
Also all my year out posts will be under this page 'My Year Out Entries'
Until next time take care all!