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November 2015
Jo Elvin, Editor of Glamour Magazine at BSix!

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Jo Elvin, Editor of Glamour Magazine at BSix!

The editor of market leading Glamour magazine hosted an inspirational talk with students on Monday 16th November

Students from across the Creative Industries and Business and IT departments, packed the theatre as Jo discussed her professional journey to one of the most successful UK magazine editors, and how students could prepare for a career within media themselves.

Discussing highlights, Jo pointed to interviewing former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and on her initiative, how Taylor Swift agreed to guest edit an edition of Glamour Magazine.

Jo Elvin

Persistence is the key, Jo outlined and discussed how she had gritted through a stint with the TV show Neighbours to gain experience, and later hired an employee with no direct experience in fashion, because of the candidate's determination through taking up media jobs well outside of their comfort zone.

The students, hungry for information, quizzed Jo asking about the future of hard copy print. Jo answered that while the future is online, especially with smart phones, that hard copy glossy magazine still had a prestigious role with longer articles, and beautiful photography. The media industry has evolved enormously during since Jo was the age of our students, and this evolution will only continue with the young people of BSix!

More questions followed from BSix students on internships, and ways into media, with Jo related with students by underlining that failure should be seen where possible as a gift, outlining how earlier on during her career Jo was fired from a job, that while one of the "worst days of my life", lead to her securing a role as editor of New Woman magazine and from there she was later offered Glamour.

Jo Elvin

"What a treat for the students of BSix! Jo shared lots from her personal journey in the fashion world. She is a role model for our young female students and proves that being dedicated and enjoying what you do, does pay-off! The students were all engaged and really enjoyed listening to Jo." Shehnaz Awan, Head of Business & IT.

"Industry talks with professionals in the Creative Industries really help to inspire and motivate our students. Jo's seminar was insightful and engaging, and left our students with a pool of knowledge for employability options." Kishan Pithia, Head of Creative Industries

The visit was organised by the Learning Beyond The Classroom team in association with Speakers for Schools, a charity that arranges for high-profile individuals to speak at state schools and colleges around the country.

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