News: Our Media Assistant Graduates. (Nov/24)
Hayley Rorrison our Media Assistant graduated in Writing Fashion and Culture this week, after finalising her BA (Hons) degree in May. The fashion promotion student applied for the role at Alexia in April, after her grandma noticed the job role in the local newspaper in Halifax. At this time Hayley was still studying in Southampton. Jenna Whatmough (The Operations Manager at Alexia Designs) later contacted her inviting her to attend an interview.
After undertaking 10 unpaid internships within different areas of the fashion industry Hayley was feeling sparkly inside about finishing her course and entering the “real working world.” She had come to the end of a road where staying up until the early hours of the morning to meet deadlines and working at an “old mans pub,” to live off pasta and cheese, was no longer fun. So, she he was overly excited about this fantastic opportunity.
In the run up to the interview Hayley only left the student library to sleep, eat and change her clothes. After spending almost a week sat in the basement of Southampton Solent University, Hayley managed to hand in all her work two weeks before the deadline. So she could drive to the opposite end of the country, sleep with teabags under her eyes (to disguise the humongous bags) and undertake the interview, with a huge smile on her face.
Prior to her role at Alexia Hayley already had a passion for the bridal industry and had shot photo-shoots of models wearing bridal gowns; and enjoyed visiting wedding fairs for blog content research.
She has now been at the company for six months and takes care of the businesses social media, advertising, promotional events, print design, E-blasts, website changes, blogging and other media related tasks.
Graduating with a 2:1 in Writing Fashion and Culture BA(Hons) was a proud moment for Hayley, but she is happy that she can now actually use her skills doing something she loves each day. Hayley states: “ Im so relieved to work at such a great company, listening to the news about the lack of graduate jobs was beginning to make me feel a little anxious whilst I was studying. I now feel like my feet have floated off the ground and I’m in space, I realise I have been lucky to begin my career before I had even graduated, but I did work extremely hard for it too. I am very glad I took the risk and studied what I love.