A Change of Heart : From Journalism to Public Relations

I am final year Music Journalism student studying at Southampton Solent University, soon to be graduating in July. I decided on my degree not long before applying for university. At that point all I knew was that I loved writing and I loved music. I applied for my current course and some other Journalism courses in 2013 whilst still in college.

In my first year of university I thoroughly enjoyed myself, going to gigs, listening to tons of music, designing my own online music magazine, and of course lots and lots of writing, which all sat very well with me. Writing is one thing I have never lost interest in, ever since school I have always been a keen writer. So when I found myself becoming less interested in Journalism I was confused.

It was only after deciding to do a little research of my own that I discovered it wasn’t the writing I was getting bored of, it was the style and content of the writing. I began looking into other communications careers, but I wanted to make sure that my Journalism degree would still be useful and relevant. I started looking into PR,  it appealed to me for a number of reasons: the marketing (something that really stood out to me through my final year group collaborative project) branding, strategising, campaigning and writing. These roles sounded more appealing to me then Journalism.

Saying this, I don’t regret choosing my course, it has taught me so much. It has given me so much varied experience that I know I would not have received on any other course. It has given me so much more confidence as a person too, this came from the abundance of networking which is a key aspect of the PR industry.

I attended the PR SSU ‘Meet the Professionals’ event on the 7th of February; I chose to attend (as the only Journalism student) simply because i was interested in learning more and speaking to professionals about my career change. I was happily surprised to meet multiple former Journalists who had gone into Public Relations, (Simon Carr, James Morton: HantsFire PR). The professionals encouraged me to go beyond my degree and assured me that it was perfectly okay to change my mind. Head of Earned Media at Koozai PR Vicky Taylor also shared with me that she had studied film, then worked in recruitment and then ended up in PR, advising me that change is fine. What was also repeated to me was that in a degree like Journalism, you gain a lot of transferable skills that can be used in a range of fields, particularly within communication jobs. (advertising, public relations, marketing, etc.)

I felt very confused and worried about changing my career aspirations at first but after an abundance of research and lots of helpful advice, I am excited to begin a career in the PR industry.

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Meet The Professionals Event @ Solent University (The Spark)

 

Stayed tuned for my next blog posts similar to this one:

‘Top Tops For Picking A University Degree’

‘Top Tips & Advice: Changing Your Mind Mid-Degree’

A Dozen Favourite Albums (part 1)

When concocting up a list of my favourite albums I began to notice that the majority of them don’t have my favourite musicians as their creators, I found this bizarre! (this isn’t relevant for the first three.) This list could go on and on so I will doing more parts to this piece, but for now, here are a dozen of my favourite albums of all time.

I won’t go into why I love every individual one, I just wanted to share my favourites.

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Fleetwood MacRumours (1977) / Best Song : “Dreams”

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Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night (1987) Best Song : “Little Lies”

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Fleetwood Mac – Mirage (1982) Best Song : “Gypsy”

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Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair (1985) Best Song : “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”

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Tennis – Ritual In Repeat (2014) Best Song : “I’m Callin”

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Paolo Nutini These Streets (2006) Best Song : “Last Request”

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The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966) Best Song : “God Only Knows”

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Maroon 5 Songs About Jane (2002) Best Song : “Sunday Morning”

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Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (2006) Best Song : “Love Is A Losing Game”

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Van Morrison – Magic Time (2005) Best Song : “Stranded”

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The Kooks – Inside In The Inside Out (2006) Best Song : “Naive”

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Kanye West – Graduation (2007) Best Song : “Good Life”

 

Valentines Gift Guide For Him (Under £10)

 

 

 

It’s just under 3 weeks until Valentines day and you might be thinking about what to get your ‘someone special’. This gift guide is perfect for those on a budget, ’10 items under £10.’

 

  1. Personalised Heart Chocolate Box (Thorntons) £10

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“Presented in a beautiful pink box with stunning copper design” (thorntons.co.uk) Inside there are 3 different flavours and a larger chocolate heart that can be personalised with your own message.

http://www.thorntons.co.uk/valentines-day/personalised-heart-chocolate-box-65050.html?cgid=valentines-day#start=3&cgid=valentines-day

 

2. Gentlemen’s Hardware Waterproof Notebook (John Lewis) £10

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This is for the outdoorsy type, perfect for camping, sailing or fishing trips.

https://www.johnlewis.com/gentlemen%27s-hardware-waterproof-notebook/p3254503?sku=237010362&s_kwcid=2dx92700028205588535&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=CjwKCAiAnabTBRA6EiwAemvBdw3S1Jen6lUkMt3LeW3o-AR6uGUYrgwcIe8Eut-cgQz-8Xqp9VD29RoCrzcQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

3. Maroon Velvet Sneakers (Zara) £9.99

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Originally £29.99, these shoes are a steal! And they just scream Valentines Day.

https://www.zara.com/uk/en/maroon-velvet-sneakers-p12211302.html?v1=5513505&v2=454503

 

4. Date Night Cookbook (Asos) £10

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This is a gift and a date idea in one!

http://www.asos.com/books/date-night-valentines-cook-book/prd/9063688?clr=multi&SearchQuery=date%20night%20cookbook&gridcolumn=1&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=3

 

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Pink and white milk chocolate hearts, wrapped in a white ribbon. According to Hotel Chocolat they are “utterly mellow with a beautiful melt, they’re perfect for showing someone you’ve got a soft spot for them!”

http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/melting-hearts-milk-chocolate-hearts.html?keyword=&adtype=pla&product_id=melting-hearts-milk-chocolate-hearts&gclid=CjwKCAiAnabTBRA6EiwAemvBd0DJG5sZopIQYIXEU64yVGgjHUGa4my5qegKs5NavNMYJOepgeE6ihoCrXgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

6. Borg Lined Slippers in Grey (Asos) £9.99

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Cosy slippers are always a good idea, these have faux fur lining.

http://www.asos.com/new-look/new-look-borg-lined-slipper-in-grey/prd/8987875?clr=midgrey&SearchQuery=new%20look%20grey%20slipper&gridcolumn=1&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=2

 

7. Diesel Valentines Kiss Socks  (Asos) £10

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You can’t go wrong with socks – especially ones with a festive theme.

http://www.asos.com/diesel/diesel-valentines-kiss-socks/prd/8975878

 

8. Star Wars The Last Jedi Character Glass (Asos) £7.99

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If your special someone is a Star Wars fan, this may be ideal for them.

http://www.asos.com/star-wars/star-wars-the-last-jedi-character-glass/prd/8377112?clr=multi&SearchQuery=star+wars+glass&SearchRedirect=true

 

9. Johnny’s Chop Shop Beard Oil

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Never assume men don’t care about haircare/ skincare.

http://www.asos.com/johnnys-chop-shop/johnnys-chop-shop-beard-oil-30ml/prd/7563035?clr=multi&SearchQuery=beard%20oil&gridcolumn=1&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=5

 

10. Sport Eau De Toilette (Topman) £10

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Fragrances are lovely presents but sometimes the price isn’t within everyone’s budget, unlike this one.

http://www.topman.com/en/tmuk/product/shoes-and-accessories-1928527/mens-gifts-grooming-lifestyle-4663864/sport-eau-de-toilette-7174705?bi=0&ps=20

 

I hope this gift guide is helpful to you and please comment below if you’re thinking of buying any of the items mentioned here! Have a lovely Valentines Day! ❤

 

xo

Sian

 

 

January Favourites: Halladay’s Tearooms

 

My second January favourite of the series is Halladay’s Tearooms, I am lucky enough to have this little gem right on my doorstep, the quaint spot is hidden amongst Bedford Place in the Southampton city centre.

I have been itching to visit here for a while after wondering past it a bunch of times and I can happily say it did live up to my expectations.

First of all I have to mention the decor, Halladay’s is filled with a charming cosiness, the vintage pink and turquoise theme with the abundance of roses on each table makes it impossible to not want to take pictures.

Of course a tea room wouldn’t be a fabulous tea room without great food. On this occasion we went for the cake, which was a hard decision due to the amount of variety on their menu. We got the raspberry cake and the carrot cake to share, which are freshly made locally. To wash the cake down we got blueberry-cinammon coffees which were just a tasty as the cake.

The service was excellent and the attention to detail was something you don’t find very often! What Halladay’s may lack in size it makes up for in character.

Let me know your favourite tea rooms below!

 

xo

Sian