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Laura Morrissey

Career Path: Bookings Assistant, Harper's Bazaar UK
Location: London, UK

My strongest area during my studies was PR, I used these skills to gain experience while I decided which direction I would like to take my career. During an internship for a Fashion Casting Director, I discovered an area which complimented my interests and skills - shoot casting and production. I began to freelance for more experience until this led me to apply for a position at Harper's Bazaar UK, to work in their Fashion Team as a Bookings Assistant. My responsibilities mainly involve the organisation and execution of our editorial fashion shoots. I have had fantastic experiences of working with some of the most talented photographers, stylists, models and creative teams in the world. 

What are you doing now?Laura Morrissey

I currently work at Harper's Bazaar UK in their Fashion Team as a Bookings Assistant. 

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I was attracted to the range of subjects that the course covered, as I was unsure which path I wanted to take. I felt that having a broad knowledge of the industry and an insight into various areas of the business would be a real strength as a graduate.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria was a positive experience with many challenges and informative lectures. The course structure involves a lot of independent study time, so making the most of face-to-face time with lecturers is vital. There is also a team project which give you an opportunity to understand what its like to start your own business.

How connected was your course with industry?

During my studies it was not compulsory to have a placement, something which I realised as a graduate would have put me at a real advantage. I felt quite unprepared and uneducated when I first began to look for a job post-graduation. I would strongly advise undergraduates to gain as much experience as possible and take a placement year.

What was the best thing about your course?

Having access to programmes and equipment that would allow me to succeed in my degree, such as brand new Mac desktops, Adobe software, SLR cameras and a photography studio.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I learnt where my strengths lay throughout the projects we worked on, giving me the ability to focus on securing experience and eventually a job in my chosen area. The lecturers' feedback on projects helped with progression and developing core skills such as writing, refining ideas and finding your personal style.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Presentation skills. Every conversation, meeting, sharing of ideas involves pitching and the ability to communicate professionally. Also the ability to meet deadlines is vital in addition to good organisation.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed my studies at Northumbria for a number of reasons including learning from a hugely talented team of lecturers from a range of professional backgrounds; and working in a nice, modern building with top level equipment. I was also lucky enough to play Netball for Team Northumbria for three years.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Speak to somebody who has completed the course previously to gain an accurate insight into what it involves.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Challenging, beneficial and exhilarating

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