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An Insider’s Story – Yoga teacher

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Part of our growing Insider Stories, where professionals in all sorts of jobs, share their advice and experience

Hi. My name is Sarah and I teach Yoga.

I had been practicing yoga for a few years when one of my teachers suggested that I qualify to teach it. I undertook the intense training and have been teaching now for over 5 years.

Initially, a passion for yoga was the catalyst for the career move from fashion but since then, I have also been motivated by the other skills that are needed to run successful classes. I have learnt skills that I’d never had an interest or experience in before such as basic accounting, advertising (with the use of Google Adwords) and I have even build my own website. I have become self-employed which felt risky at first but I now love the freedom and self-worth that it gives me and has meant that I have had to push my limits and take on new challenges.

No day is the same and I especially enjoy the group classes that I teach – many of my students have been attending class for a few years and each class has its own dynamic and community.

www.yogawithsarah.co.uk

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April 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

An Insider’s Story – 5 top tips about writing for the theatre

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1. Plays take a long time to reach the stage, usually at least two years. so avoid being too topical. e.g. many writers will be using the 2012 Olympics as the base of a drama, so maybe avoid that one. Present your play professionally. Most managements have a panel of readers and nobody feels well disposed towards the grimy script with the coffee stains on it. Number the pages and staple or bind them. And be sure to list your contact details.
2. When you write your play, be mindful about the size of the cast. Everybody has to be paid for rehearsal and performances, so each character should be essential to the plot. A small cast will increase your chances of placing your play.
3. Investigate your sources. There is little point on sending a 40 minute one act to a management famous for staging West End extravaganzas. Attend theatres whenever you can.  And check on the web to see who has produced what.
4. Be patient. Remember that new work is the life blood of producers. So far from wanting  to block you, they are but always hoping to discover new talent.  Take rejections in your stride and move on. If your work is original and has merit, you will get there eventually.
5. It’s hard to get an agent at first. But when you get one, don’t just sit back expecting things to happen. Consult your agent often, offer suggestions and ask for feedback. And take your agent’s advice about revising your work. You have to – because an agent cannot feign enthusiasm about a play he thinks needs fixing.

Geraldine Arons is an award-winning Irish playwright. Her plays show worldwide to great acclaim and 12 have been performed on TV or radio.

Geraldine Arons, Playwright

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April 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

An Insider’s Story – Marketing manager, International education

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What is your job?

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Travel Guides (Photo credit: Vanessa (EY))

I am the marketing manager for an International Education Group. Based in London I meet with students and representatives looking to send students from all over the world. Every few months I am required to make a business trip to one of our main markets and meet the reps there to encourage greater student numbers.

How did you get into it?

I moved to Australia immediately after finishing University in 2010. After 6 months on a farm there and travelling I was in need of a job and a friend from university introduced me to her mother in Melbourne who is now my boss. After my visa expired in Australia I moved to the British side of the company.

What do you enjoy about it?

Being in International education you get the chance to meet with a wide variety of cultures. I get to travel regularly and I rarely have a day when I’m sitting solely in the office in front of a computer all day. I do enjoy the pressure but it is long hours and the responsibility sits squarely on my shoulders.

Working for the Australian side of the company I did roughly 6 months in 3 different roles in 3 different cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) and now I’ve done 6 months so far in the London office. I’ve loved the chance to do that, it means in each place I’ve been able to meet more people and try my hand at something different.

What do you wish you had known before you entered your industry?

A bit more about the cultures I work with. It’s been a pretty steep learning curve, on the visas and the culture, and its best to have exposure to the industry before you set out. My major industry now is selling English courses and if I were to start all over again it’d be great to have some other applicable qualifications like a CELTA English course.

Top tips for someone wanting to start out in your sector

I don’t think there’s anything specific you need to know. I think that you need to be interested in the sector. If you’ve thought about being an English teacher but you’re business minded, then it would be a good sector to get into. There’s a lot of international travel, and a lot of growth potential. Also it gives you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world both in London and in their home cities. You have to be independent and self-reliant and more often than not a problem-solver, try getting to 20 meetings in Moscow without speaking Russian.

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April 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

An Insider’s Story – Mobile Sales Manager, The Guardian

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The Guardian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is your job?

I am Mobile Sales Manager at The Guardian, responsible for a team who generates advertising revenue across Guardian content on mobile phones and tablets whilst also working with our product and editorial teams to identify trends in the market and how The Guardian can monetise these.

How did you get into it

In a haphazard way. I have been at The Guardian for 5 years and was promoted into this role two years ago. Before that I was recruiting into the media sales industry and saw candidates I was convinced I was better than, doing jobs I knew were interesting and was sure that I could do well in this industry so I put myself forward for them as I knew all the hiring managers and convinced them to take a leftfield choice.

What do you enjoy about it?

I am working for a media owner that produces quality content on the latest most interesting technology; it’s the perfect marriage! My role is to shape the future of a new area by determining its strategy and ensuring it delivers results. I get to work with the people who write the content, build the products, market our brands and sell advertising internally whilst externally I am talking to marketing directors of blue chip brands. It’s multi-faceted.

What do you wish you had known before you entered your industry?

That I should have joined it upon graduation and not 10 years into my career and how I should have had the drive I have now instead of drawing a salary 10 years ago. A crystal ball to see the incomprehensible growth of digital media would have been nice too!

Top tips for someone wanting to start out in your sector

Know the market you are in, appreciate you cannot know it all so treasure the brilliant people you work with and if you are going into a sales role make sure you make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen to you.

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March 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

An Insider’s Story – Barrister, Criminal Law

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“The Old Bailey, Known Also as the Central Criminal Court” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is your job?
Barrister specialising in criminal law.

How did you get into it?
Entry is by applying to chambers for a pupillage, which you can do before, during or after sitting the Bar exams.

What do you enjoy about it?
Being an advocate is quite addictive as many criminal barristers will tell you. It is a combination of theatre, having to think on your feet and being able to judge the mood/temperature  of the court, I.e. both that of the jury and the Judge. As you are self employed you have a great deal of independence. It is a very friendly profession with a great deal of opportunity for friendship and socialising if you want it; those who see it as a 9-5 job and operate in this way are missing the point.

What do you wish you had known before you entered your industry?
It involves putting in a lot of hours if you are going to be successful. Remuneration now is relatively poor as the vast majority of the work is publicly funded. The competition for work is substantial as increasingly work is done in house by solicitor advocates. A great deal has to be done so as to cultivate contacts who will send you work. It is not a job that anyone should embark on unless they are completely committed and see it as a vocation.

Top tips for someone wanting to start out in your sector
Getting into other areas of law which are not publicly funded will be much more remunerative, albeit less advocacy is likely to be involved. Becoming a solicitor affords much greater job and financial security; and you can always transfer to the Bar later once you have an amount of experience under your belt.

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March 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

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An Insider’s Story – Art and Creative Director, Advertising

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Mad Men – Advertising Agencies (Photo credit: DavidErickson)

What is your job?
Art Director and Creative Director in the Advertising Industry. Creating campaigns for major US and UK companies, writing, art directing and heading Creative departments. Hiring and training relevant personnel.

How did you get into it?
Left school at 14, scholarship to art school aged 15, after graduation secured first job in an Advertising Agency, writing to some 40 – 50 companies. 8 interviews.

What do you enjoy about it?
The variety, the everyday challenges, the fun you could have at the expense of other peoples money.  The satisfaction when something you’ve created actually works!

What do you wish you had known before you entered your industry?
It took me a long time to earn a reasonable salary in a rich industry. It is often luck and talent and hard work. You need patience to stick it out and self belief that you can learn to be better.

Top tips for someone wanting to start out in your sector
If you work for a bum company, get out asap even if they pay you well. You get work and jobs by going and continuing to go for high standards. Remember to take the advice from people above you with experience.

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March 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

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I’ve got a week’s work experience with

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I’ve got a week’s work experience with my dream company How do I make the most of it??

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Part of our growing Q & A series of videos. http://ow.ly/irh8v

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March 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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