Happy Monday! Today I have something a little bit exciting to announce...I'm looking for a couple of keen creative/business minded people who'd like to get some hands-on work experience in running a small business.
First, a little bit of background! When I was at school/college and I expressed an interest in pursuing a creative career to the 'careers advisors', I was pretty much unanimously talked out of it. The focus was very much on going on to study more traditional academic subjects at higher education such as history, english, or languages. I was told time and time again that being an 'artist' was not really something you could make a career out of, more of a 'hobby', unless you're likely to be the next Picasso.
I went on to University, not to study an Art Foundation as I'd been leaning towards, but to do a degree in Archaeology. Don't get me wrong I absolutely loved my degree - but I always had that yearning to pursue my art too. In fact I looked several times at taking an art foundation course after my degree.
Fast forward to now...many years down the line and I am making a career as an artist. I'm not the next Picasso, I'm certainly not creating pieces and selling them to Saatchi & Saatchi, but I am working for myself, doing a job I truly love, creating & designing every day and managing to pay my bills with those artistic skills!
The learning curve has at times been crazy steep! I've learnt such a vast amount about marketing & what it really takes to run a business since I started OH NO RACHIO!
So I wanted to give a few lovely people, if you're interested, a little taste of exactly what goes into running a small business. I'm looking at school leavers and college/university students.
If you're creative, passionate about design & interested in learning what it's like to run your own small business then I want to hear from you!
Over the Summer, from May to the end of August I'll be offering little work experience tasters of 2-4 weeks. You'll need to be able to get to Southampton, I'll provide lunch each day and you'll get the chance to experience all of the elements of running a business, from; social media marketing; product design; product production; customer correspondence; order fulfilment; admin, all sorts.