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Altogether, I worked at Schuh for four years and three months. I worked in three stores, and sold more shoes than even a shoe fiend like myself can imagine. I still struggle to spell shoe the non-German way. Working here, I realised I am a sales woman at heart. Getting into the mind of a customer, and realising what it will take to convert them to a buyer, is a skill I have honed from working in retail since I was 16. It's a skill I use daily in my role as a copywriter. Whilst at Schuh, I progressed to Supervisor, managing a small team. This greatly improved my confidence and leadership skills. It also heightened my love affair with style and fashion, which permeates both my free time and my career aspirations. I truly have a 'passion for fashion', the accidental rhyme that secured my inaugural role at Schuh. If, perhaps, my most embarrassing line of copy.
What started out as a volunteer role helping with the marketing and flyering of Charlotte Production's 'Goblin Story', turned into a hands on job assisting the production team with both lighting and the goblins themselves. The experience showed me I can be quick on my feet and eager to accept a challenge. It allowed me to work with a team to literally turn around a performance. And it taught me I can make a person look like a pretty convincing magical tree with just some green face paint and a little creativity.
Tasked with turning a passion for storytelling into a career, I headed for Napier University. Here I learned the fundamentals of copywriting. Moreover, I managed to turn a history of creative writing into a future as a copywriter. Brand storytelling is now my passion, and long copy is something I adore writing. I also learned to navigate Adobe Creative Suite, which I'll admit (as a copywriter) tested me more than my undergraduate dissertation. And I took a leadership role in group tasks, and stepped up for all presentations.
What do James Franco, Mark Watson, Joan Rivers, and Mairi Wilson all have in common? A well stocked bookshelf and a close affinity with Microsoft Word's spell-checker. I achieved a 2:1 Degree in English Literature whilst at The University of Edinburgh. The courses I achieved A grades in were Creative Writing and a class called 'Savage Laughter', which potentially tells you all you need to know about me. Studying here, I learned editing skills both in my own academic writing and proof-reading for classmates. I also honed my presentation skills in weekly tutorials, both of which I have brought into my career as a copywriter.
Two things I am certain of. Firstly: I love shoes. Secondly: I can sell the soles off them. This award recognises students who are able to uphold a part-time job alongside their undergraduate studies. It encourages students to isolate transferable skills from their non-academic role, and apply them to future employment. Whilst attending The University of Edinburgh, I worked at Schuh. Through the award scheme, I secured a promotion to Customer Service Supervisor, achieved a personal goal of improving my leadership skills, and sold a tonne of Adidas Gazelles.
Creative writing is my passion, and it has both informed and propelled my copywriting career. I won this award for my short story 'Superman' whilst at The University of Edinburgh. It is, thus far, my greatest achievement and I remain very proud of the story itself. Which means if you've ever interviewed me, you'll definitely have heard of it. If you would like to read the story, please visit my blog: https://thehatboxblog.wixsite.com/thehatbox/single-post/Superman The full list of winners: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/current-students/university-prizes-awards/humanities/literatures-languages