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Worked in the book department of the Oxford Street branch of Selfridges as a bookseller. The role involved many aspects, largely managing stock, advising and assisting customers and arranging attractive displays. It required a familiarity with the fiction and non-fiction charts, as well as the most popular children's authors. I was assigned the children's and classics sections, according to my areas of interest and expertise.
Worked mainly behind the bar and in the restaurant. The job involved long hours, often on double shifts. It also required quick thinking and precision, as well as a confident and friendly demeanour.
I was brought in on a short term basis to assist Editorial Director Fiona Holman on her project (Oz Clarke's latest book on wine). The role largely involved research tasks, contacting wineries and writers, locating images, references, editorial work (a great deal of proofreading, as well as some design work). Used platforms such as Quark, Photoshop and Excel in assembling the final copy.
I was responsible for assisting Leyla Nazli, the executive producer at Arcola Theatre. This consisted of researching various productions, contacting casting agents and actors, composing invoices and drafting contracts, reading and recommending scripts, managing accounts, taking calls and responding to emails, managing press invitations and general administrative duties. The role vastly increased my competence and confidence in Excel and PowerPoint.
Whilst completing my degree I wrote several (unpaid) book reviews for a local, award-winning digital magazine 'Outfit'.
Responsible largely for cleaning the factory during and after production lines, but also on occasion working with the food. the cleaning entailed long hours with the workload split between only two of us, so a lot of independence and motivation was needed. However, the job also necessitated teamwork, as communication is vital when working in a potentially dangerous environment.
In 2010 (the summer after my AS-Levels) I volunteered to travel to Romania and work as a journalist for a charity magazine sponsored by Projects Abroad. Whilst there I also taught English in several schools and visited orphanage in order to further increase awareness of poverty in Romania through my articles.
As part of my Duke of Edinburgh award I volunteered for a period in an Oxfam book shop. This taught me early on invaluable lessons of patience, customer service and working in tandem with others.
Won the award at school when 11 years-old and was shortlisted again at 15.