University of Central Lancashire BA (Hons) Journalism
(2002 – 2005)
York Sixth Form College 3 A Levels grade B-C & 1 AS Level grade B
(2000 – 2002)
Canon Lee School, York 9 GCSEs including English & Mathematics
SOFTWARE (BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERT):
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXpress, Cool Edit Pro,
all Microsoft Office programs.
I am punctual, a hard worker and I am able to adapt to different situations quickly. In addition to my current role I feel my previous jobs have contributed towards my life experience, as they have given me solid people and customer service skills, and the ability to work within a team and also by myself if required. All the jobs I have had improved me as a person and given me valuable experience in a variety of situations. I am keen to progress my career further, and I feel that I would be a key asset to any team.
I am ready for a new challenge, and I want to be a part of a thriving team.
Freelance Writer/Blogger – January 2014 – present
Through my blog, Mrs Wilson’s Wedding, I write wedding features and work with a range of national and international companies to promote their upcoming events or products. I have upwards of 200 views a week on my blog, and have worked with Avon, Clinique, Royal Mint, Dove, National Wedding Show, leading psychologists, Cedar Court Grand Hotel, Coca-Cola, Wedding Rings Direct and Wish Want Wear.
The Press Association Designer
(February 2011 – January 2014)
I designed the page layouts of best-selling IPC magazines 'Chat' and 'Pick Me Up'. The magazines we produced are monthly specials, and in total, I designed around 140 pages per month, all of which go to press.
My role varied; one day I was designing a front cover, the next I was helping the art editor design a prototype layout for a new customer. No day was the same; I could be designing puzzles, writing content for our exclusive IPC specials range, or training new staff members.
I implemented new ways to make the workflow easier on our team, and also redesigned one of the magazines single-handedly. I trained up work experience students who have spent time in our department to gain experience in an art design environment, and mentored a junior designer, who is now thriving in her role.
Organisational skills are essential in this role, as are people skills. Due to a wide range of customers, I needed to speak to them all in a professional manner, while also building a good rapport with them. I felt I had a good working relationship with all our clients, and our magazines are proof of that.
The Press Association Multimedia Production Journalist
(September 2007 – February 2011)
In this role I worked across all of the PA's news desks, from Digital News which meant writing and subbing live copy as well as providing videos and images for all online customers; to the Features Desk, writing travel features and book reviews; and Tailored News Feeds which meant each story had to be bespoke to each customer's requirements. In all departments speed and accuracy were essential. One other department I worked on was Regional Newswire, and I even managed to cover regional news in England (including the 2010 General Election coverage) while on a secondment in Bangalore, India for 3 months.
My role varied from week-to-week, even day-to-day on some occasions, and I had to be prepared to adapt accordingly.
Before ITV's Teletext service ceased transmission in late 2010, I covered the regional news and entertainment output. I also acted up as editor of Teletext Entertainment on a regular basis, training colleagues and delegating work. I also implemented new ideas and ways to help the workload on the desk. I sub-edited and rewrote features, news stories and TV listings for the service, which produced a vast amount of work every day.
The Press Association Listings Producer
(April 2006 – September 2007)
Subbing TV listings copy onto print-ready templates for IPC's What's On TV magazine. The role required excellent English skills and an ability to work to strict customer style in a deadline driven environment.
CIS Press Trainee Media Sales
(January 2006 – April 2006)
Selling and promoting CIS Press products, business to business. Essential skills required were: maintaining a professional company image; prioritising my workload on a daily basis; maintaining confidentiality at all times; working under pressure to meet deadlines.
I enjoy shopping, socialising with friends and family, travelling, and reading, especially autobiographies, biographies and crime novels. After planning my own wedding, I am an event management boffin, and really enjoy organising social events for my family and friends.
I enjoy writing, especially the freelance travel and book review work I have done for the Press Association features wire, which is very rewarding. I also have my own wedding blog - mrswilsonswedding.wordpress.com - that is designed to help brides (pre and post wedding). I have worked with several PR firms to help promote their products and clients on my blog, which has given me a wide range of contacts (and very helpful advice).
I also really enjoy cooking and baking (Nigella is my heroine, and my chocolate brownies are an office favourite), and I enjoy interior design, as well as making clothes using vintage patterns and materials.