April 2018 Favourites

It’s officially been one year since Jamie and I moved into our flat and if you’ve been following The Fourth Month on Instagram you will see I’ve been really interested in interiors over the past 6 months or so. This is partly because I’ve been working in a stunning country and period interiors store, Saks and Hart, since January. And partly because I’ve also been trying to make our rented flat feel more like home.

So most of my favourites for April 2018 are interiors related but I’m hoping to do something bookish shortly since I’ve been reading a bit more lately.

Let me know what you think of my faves this month and I’d love to hear what you’ve purchased recently.

Enjoy x 


Rae Dunn artisan collection by Magenta

I’ve been drooling over Rae Dunn pottery on Instagram for a while now. They are just the perfect addition to any farmhouse-style home. They’re so unique and the use of font really appeals to the publisher in me. So on my birthday, when Jamie asked me what I wanted, he was a bit surprised when I said I wanted… bowls. TK Maxx are currently stocking a small amount of Rae Dunn for a very reasonable price. I got my bowls for £3.99 each and my ‘Let’s Eat’ platter for about £12.


Stone jug and eucalyptus

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This is one of my favourite Saks & Hart purchases! It’s a very rustic and traditional style stone jug and I’ve paired it with two stems of artificial eucalyptus. I’m currently filling out our flat with artificial flowers and greenery to give it a vibrant springtime feel. I just think the splash of green makes a home feel more lived in. The jug was only £15 and it’s still available in the Dalgarven, Kilwinning store. You can also get something really similar at Homes Direct 365 and you can get three sprigs of eucalyptus on Amazon for £8.99.


Bobble Bath Mat from Cologne and Cotton

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This bathmat was another Instagram discovery and when I saw it, I knew I had to have it. This adorable little bath mat trimmed with fun bobbles was an ideal addition to my neutral bathroom. It’s 100% pure cotton, fully washable and it feels so soft when you step onto it. Plus it’s only £16, which I thought was a bargain for such a good quality product!


Birchbox UK x Cath Kidston (April 2018)

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I used to subscribe to Birchbox a while ago but cancelled to save pennies. However, when they announced their Cath Kidston collaboration, there was no way I was missing out. I’m obsessed with Cath Kidston – I have Cath Kidston mugs, socks, a hot water bottle, purse, meal planner… the list goes on. So I had to get this gorgeous Birchbox. I was slightly disappointed because one of my products arrived dirty but I’ve reported this to Birchbox and hopefully it will get sorted. Other than that I was in love. That gorgeous Cath Kidston print and a Cath Kidston hand cream! I also got a lovely brow gel, mini blush, mini highlighter, a make up brush cleaner, free Spectrum brush, and hair volume spray. All for only £12.95 (including postage). I’d say that’s pretty good going.

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WHAT ARE YOU LOVING THIS APRIL? WE ARE STARTING TO SEE SUNSHINE AND IT’S TIME TO WELCOME PASTEL COLOURS AND FLORAL EVERYTHANG. DO YOU HAVE ANY GO-TO PRODUCTS FOR SPRING? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS OR ON INSTAGRAM.

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Upcycling project: TV unit

Recently I completed my first upcycling project and although it’s not perfect, I am really pleased with the overall finished result and thought I would share the process with all of my readers.

I was really inspired to start upcycling by my good friend Victoria and Jo from @littlevillagehouse on Instagram, who have both created some amazing pieces through recycling old furniture.

So Victoria and I ventured off to local charity shops to see what I could find. Because Jamie and I live on a budget, most of my furniture is secondhand (from family members) or bits and pieces from Ikea so I was really excited about the prospect of having something unique to call my own. I had been looking at corner TV units online for a long time. I had been drooling over the Huxley Corner TV Stand from Next but I just couldn’t warrant the price tag at this stage in our lives/careers.

I found this sturdy corner TV unit at a charity shop in Kilmarnock for only £10. Instantly, I had a vision of how it could look with grey paint and fresh handles. I love country and farmhouse style furniture and accessories (even though I live in a top-floor flat in a busy town) so I could definitely imagine the unit fitting in perfectly.

My friend had lots of furniture paint leftover from her own projects so we used that to paint it. It was Rust-Oleum’s ‘chalky finish’ furniture paint in the colour Flint, which you can get in Homebase or Argos. Before painting, we gave it a light key with fine sandpaper to help the paint stick. It really didn’t need much so if you’re doing this yourself make sure you’re not too heavy-handed.

After sanding, we used a combination of a small sponge paint roller, for large flat areas, and a little paint brush, for corners and edges. Once the paint was dry, Victoria kindly touched up any rough spots and – voila – it was ready for its new home. Depending on the desired finish, you might want to use more than one coat but I like the shabby-chic look and felt the one coat gave great coverage.

The original handles were cute and gave a vintage feel to the unit but because I wanted to give it a complete facelift, I decided to replace the old handles with farmhouse-style cup handles and picked a cute knob for the main cupboard in the centre. These were super cheap from Amazon. The cup handles were only £2.79 for 6 and the knob was £2.90. Click on the images below to get your own!

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Overall, I am so pleased with the finished result and it feels magical that not only do I have a piece of unique furniture that I really like, and that cost me less than £30 in total, but that I made it with my own hands. As someone that suffers periodically with bouts of bad mental health, I’ve found creative projects like this to be super helpful and healing. There are a couple of chipped bits around the base, which I need to sort out, but imperfections are a part of life so who cares? There is something amazing about seeing it in my living room and knowing that it’s one-of-a-kind and special to us.

What do you guys think? Have you tried some upcycling?

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Friction Free Shaving razor subscription

I’ve been meaning to blog about Friction Free Shaving’s razor subscription for a while because I think more people need to know about it. This post is in no way endorsed or sponsored by FFS; I just love their products!

Friction Free Shaving (FFS) is a genius service that you need in your life.* This is a life-saver if, like me, you’re a bit low-maintenance or forgetful. Using old blades is so bad for your skin; is unhygienic; and prevents you from getting a really close shave. With monthly or bimonthly deliveries, I never have to remember to pick up fresh blades at the supermarket and my legs can be silky smooth at all times. Plus it’s really good value for money.

*if you choose to shave! The choice is totally up to you, of course, and you should never feel obligated to remove any of your body hair. If you rock natural hair, good, If you don’t, good. Your body = your choice. 

When you first order from FFS, you get to choose from three razors ranging from £5 to £9 (Rose, Silvia and Frankie). You can even get your razor engraved for ultimate personalisation (free engraving if you click here*) and pick some add-ons like pre-, post- and during shaving creams and balms. The more luxurious options include a stunning rose-gold metal razor with 6 blades and the world’s first chrome razor designed especially for women. I went for the basic Frankie razor with 3 ceramic coated blades and a lubricating vitamin E strip for extra moisture. It feels heavy and sturdy and the blade has 90-degree movement, which is great for around the ankles and knees. Plus it’ll only set you back £5.

Once I received my first order (the razor and a set of 4 refills), I could choose to have my refills delivered straight to my doorstep at a frequency that suits me (every month or every second month). I get the Frankie blades delivered every two months, which suits me perfectly, as I can change my blade every two weeks. But if you would like to change them weekly, you could go for the monthly delivery.

I’d also like to point out that the customer service at FFS is amazing. I have to admit that I considered cancelling my subscription during winter because, let’s face it, your shaving frequency is significantly less than during the summer months. However, instead of cancellation, the lovely Amber at Friction Free Shaving offered to put me on their ‘winter setting’ which allowed me to either swap my next set of blades for one of their tubed products or postpone my subscription to give me time to use up the blades that I currently have. I thought this was a great personal touch because I didn’t want to cancel forever but I didn’t want to waste my cash on surplus refills. 

So if like me, you are always looking for ways to maximise productivity in your day-to-day life, subscribe to FFS and you’ll never have to remember to buy fresh razor blades again and you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re getting a super hygienic, smooth shave every time.

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2017: Most Popular Posts

How on earth is January almost over? I intended to write up a ‘2018 goals’ post but time has escaped me – maybe I still can. As always, a big goal for me is to keep up the momentum on The Fourth Month. I’ve been posting more regularly on The Fourth Month Instagram account so it’s now time to produce more content for the blog.

The Fourth Month journey began back in Summer 2016 when I broke my leg and was relegated to the sofa for about 5 weeks. Since then I’ve focused on books, interiors, wellbeing and general lifestyle posts. Like I did last year, I thought I’d share the top posts of the year to say farewell to 2017 and hullo to 2018.

5. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J MAAS

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This review of A Court of Thorns and Roses was my first blog post in 2017 and you guys seemed to enjoy reading my thoughts. It was a book that left me feeling torn. I loved some of the characters and the magical world they inhabit but a lot of this story is problematic. Its troublesome Beauty and the Beast tropes (Stockholm Syndrome and sexual violence) made me feel uneasy but Maas created such a rich and exciting world full of powerful and mysterious characters with this series. I’ve yet to read ACOMAF and, at this point, I doubt I will. Check out my review and let me know what you think.

4. A PUBLISHING POSTGRAD UPDATE

The fourth most popular post in 2017 was my publishing postgrad update. It’s one of the few, if not only, personal posts I’ve written for The Fourth Month. This makes me wonder if you would like to see more personal blogs (let me know in the comments or send me a message). Since writing this in April last year, things have changed even more. I left my job at the Publishing Bureau to pursue work as a Library Assistant. Working with books and children is really my dream job! And, of course, I graduated with a Distinction in MSc Publishing in October last year, which was a massive achievement.

3. 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING TO UNIVERSITY

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Guest blogger, Zina, makes two appearances in the Top 5 of 2017. This is a witty and in-depth look at the trials and tribulations of University life. It’s a great read for anyone considering going to University but it also resonates with anyone who is at or has been to Uni. This uplifting list hopefully put a few minds at ease last year and I’m sure it’ll stay relevant every year as new students move on to higher education.

2. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: BOOKS BY FIERCE FEMALES

I am so happy that this list of fiercely feminist books made it to the top of my most-viewed posts in 2017. This post was requested by a friend but it has clearly been enjoyed by many readers. The list featured some of my favourite authors from Charlotte Brontë to Jessie Burton. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you would like see more bookish lists on The Fourth Month.

1. VANITY FEMME GLOW DUST REVIEW

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Stealing the limelight yet again, Zina’s review of Vanity Femme Glow Dust has made the top spot for 2017 (it was also the most viewed blog in 2016). This sparkly review of a cult-classic highlighter gets hits almost every day so I’ve asked my gorgeous make-up artist sister to start writing some make-up reviews in 2018. Follow her on Instagram and subscribe the The Fourth Month to make sure you don’t miss a thing.


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September favourites

You may have noticed some recent changes to The Fourth Month. I’m now residing at thefourthmonth.blog and pages like Food, Wellbeing and Shopping have returned to the site. In February, I wrote a blog about Changes, where I announced The Fourth Month would focus solely on the publishing industry and books. However, since I made this ‘niche’ for myself, I found myself completely uninspired. So I’ve decided to go back to my roots and The Fourth Month will be a mix and match of anything and everything once again.

In the spirit of embracing chaos, I am starting a monthly ‘favourites’ blog, which will be a list of random products from books and magazines to beauty and candles to delicious foodie treats.

Enjoy x


Breathe & Teen Breathe Magazine

I featured Issue One of Breathe Magazine in a blog last year (August 2016 Home Inspiration) when I first discovered this amazing publication. A year on and they have recently launched their sister magazine, Teen Breathe, which aims to help teens and young adults find a bit of peace and quiet in their hectic, social-media driven lives. The beautiful illustrations and peaceful content of Breathe magazines have resonated with me from day one. A year later and I’m still enjoying every issue. Not only does it look great on your coffee table but it’s bursting with ideas to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. I also think it’s pretty inexpensive as far as luxury magazines go. I recently subscribed so that I never miss an issue – I love it that much!

Get an annual subscription to Breathe for your Amazon Kindle.

If you’d like me to do a full review of the recent issues of Breathe magazine then please comment below or drop me a line at thefourthmonth@icloud.com.

Rustic bath shelf from Sainsbury’s

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Face cloths from Asda, candles from Aldi and Wax Lyrical UK, face mask and body scrub from Lush Cosmetics

I’ve been desperate for a bath shelf for AGES. I love running a hot bubble bath after a stressful day and some over-the-bath storage is the perfect addition to a soak in the tub. I picked this up in Sainsbury’s – their homeware selection is gorgeous – and I like to use it to show off my favourite bath time products: some rolled-up face cloths, Lush cosmetics and a couple of gorgeous candles. It’s like my own mini spa. There’s also room for a glass of wine (or two). If you’re on a budget, you can up-cycle an old wooden shelf for the same (if not better) effect.

Aldi Lime, Basil and Mandarin Candle

This Jo Malone dupe is getting ALL THE HYPE lately and I can see why. At £3.99, this supermarket candle will cost you 90% less than the real deal. While I’m not convinced about the ethics behind such a cheap dupe, I can confidently say that this candle smells just like the Jo Malone original and leaves a long-lasting, strong fragrance in the air. It also looks really luxurious and mimics the classic Jo Malone style beautifully. Ultimately, I will probably continue to splash out on a real Jo Malone candle once in a blue moon because you always get what you pay for but this Aldi dupe will definitely keep me going in-between – I’ve already bought three!

Mini lavender pots

I love a bargain! So I was pretty excited when I saw this set of three artificial miniature lavender plants in a cream wire basket reduced to £7 in Tesco. I skipped to the checkout and to my delight, these cuties were reduced even further – to £1.70! I couldn’t believe it. I love seeing these lavender plants perched on my kitchen windowsill every morning. I haven’t seen them in any local Tesco stores since and I can’t find them online but you can get a similar set from Melody Maison for only £8.95.

Try adding a couple of drops of real lavender essence to give some authenticity your artificial plants. Lavender oil has some wonderful healing properties which make it a great bedtime companion.

Lazy Sunday Coffee

Jamie and I recently bought a coffee grinder and French Press from IKEA so that we could enjoy freshly ground coffee in the mornings instead of instant. However, I often find fresh coffee too strong or too bitter but I was pleasantly surprised by Taylor’s of Harrogate’s ‘Lazy Sunday’ coffee. With hints of hazelnut and citrus, these coffee beans don’t claim to be “knock-your-socks-off, drag-you-awake coffee.” Instead, this is “coffee for lie-ins and Sunday papers, for lazy mornings with your feet on the sofa.” If I was a cup of coffee, this is what I would be.

You can buy three bags of Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday Medium Roast Ground Coffee for £8.65 on Amazon.

On the subject of coffee, we’re thinking about getting a proper barista coffee machine for our Christmas this year. Do you have any recommendations or know of any coffee machines we should steer clear of? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Instagram.


What are you loving this September? The weather is cooling and it’s time to break out the hats and scarves again. Do you have any go-to products for Autumn? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram.

Tidelines Book Festival 2017

Yes, The Fourth Month blog still lives. I’m back to write about a book festival taking place in my very own hometown later this year. Forget about the Fringe! Tidelines is North Ayrshire’s only independent book festival. This year’s Tidelines festival (21-24 September) boasts Chris Brookmyre, 404 Ink, drams of whisky, banned books and prohibition cocktails amongst 18  fantastic events which will take place in 4 venues around Irvine’s Harbourside area.

Tidelines Book Festival 2017 is a book festival not just for bookish folk like me. The events range from TV drama to soul music to murder mysteries and fairy stories. A schools programme runs alongside the 18  events so there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. This includes The McDougalls, who I can now vouch for as being wonderfully entertaining after a lively performance of Ally Bally at this year’s programme launch.

I’ve already booked tickets for Fiona Rintoul’s introduction of Whisky Island. Guests can enjoy three tasting drams as Fiona Rintoul’s new book celebrates the Isle of Islay, its people and eight legendary whisky distilleries. I’m looking forward to the book discussion but Jamie might be more excited about the whisky tasting.

I’m incredibly excited to take part in some of the events at the end of September and I think it’s a wonderful accolade that my hometown is hosting such a varied and inclusive event. Please support the festival by joining in! The full programme details are available at www.tidelinesbookfest.com. Tickets are now on sale from the Harbour Arts Centre and prices range from £5 to £8.


“Tidelines will serve you a feast of exciting authors, ready to enrich your love of reading and your passion for ideas. Get involved. Book your places. And see you there at Tidelines 2017, your very own festival of writing talent on your very own doorstep.” – Andrew O’Hagan

10 things you should know before going to University

If you are heading to University soon, this post is for you!

Starting university is both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. You might be looking forward to all the crazy new adventures you will face but at the same time, that fear of the unknown is inevitably growing. Despite whatever is coming your way, this change will be good and will shape you into becoming an even better version of yourself.

One thing to note, everyone will have a different experience at Uni and just because your friend had an amazing or even horrible time, that don’t mean you will too. Keep an open mind about what people tell you but take in all the advice you can get. However, at the end of the day, only you can get yourself prepared and ready for the journey that, no doubt, will change you forever.

To all you new students heading to Uni after Summer, I wish you all the very best in what I’d describe as a roller coaster ride to obtaining your (hons) degree. See you at the finish line! xo

Let’s breakdown 10 things you should know before going to University.

#1 Do your research before choosing a course and University

This may seem obvious, but make sure you choose the right course for you and gather up all the facts and information you can get on both the course and Universities of your choosing. Even make pro and con lists (Rory Gilmore style) of each option to see what works best for you. After all, these choices are among the biggest decisions you will make in your life so choose wisely.

Despite some Universities being more elite than others that don’t mean that they should necessarily be your first choice. Yes, it’s great to go to the best University you can possible get into but make sure you actually choose the best Uni for your course. For example, University A might be more prestigious than University B but University B might be the number one Uni for your particular course. You catch my drift?

#2 Make sure your chosen course is one you’ll enjoy – despite the career prospects

Again, I will re-instate making sure you choose the right course for you. It doesn’t matter what your parents/friends/society etc. think about the course of your choosing because at the end of the day YOU are the one doing the degree – not them!

Close friends of mine and I have talked openly about times when the course we were currently doing might not be for us. This not only makes it very difficult along the road to obtaining the degree but it also puts even more unwanted pressure on yourself. However, things could change and you might find it was only a part of your course that you hated (this could most definitely happen) or you might just straight up think you made a bad choice early on and it was nothing like you expected. Even if that becomes you in years to come, there is always another option: don’t worry. If it does happen it could just make things a lot harder for you. So, that’s why I highly stress that you think long and hard about what is right for you. Once you make that commitment, the end goal of obtaining that degree is still a while away.

#3 You’ll make new friends, don’t fret

One of your biggest fears about beginning Uni could be: OMG, will I even make any friends? Yes, yes, you will. I promise. Just remember, that everyone is in the same position as you so you aren’t on your own. Also, these people chose this course just like you did so straight away you will have something in common that you can bond over. Quite quickly, you will see a group of friends forming and your worries over this will vanish.

I can even personally say that some of my closest friends to date are ones that I met in Uni. These people were my saving grace and got me through some hard times where I thought I wasn’t going to make it through the academic year. They brought joy and laughter, despite the high intensity of studying for a science degree, and made the whole experience even better.

Also, having fab pals while studying means you can share notes and help each other out when you struggle. If you find someone who isn’t too keen on helping you out when you need it, they aren’t truly a real friend. In my opinion, I would never let a friend or anyone in my course struggle with course-related stuff when they needed help (and couldn’t get it from a lecturer). So, you can tell them boy/girl, BYE! You truly don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

#4 Yes, it is going to be harder than school/college/other previous education or job

I’m going to keep it very real here. You want to know if it’s going to be more difficult from what you have previously done? You’re damn right it will be! Get ready to work super hard and study your life away for the next few years.

My advice to you, is keep on top of everything from day ONE! Yes, 1st year of your course might seem really easy to you but that doesn’t mean you should slack off. Get into good habits now because once you make it through each academic year, it’s only going to get harder. You don’t want yourself just sailing through 1st year, not really bothering, and then BOOM – the workload of 2nd year hits you when you least expect it. Despite all this, YOU CAN DO IT. No matter what, you got accepted into this course for a reason so don’t doubt that you cannot do it. Work hard, and you’ll see the results you deserve.

#5 Wave goodbye to your social life

Here I am keeping it real – again! Once you move up the years, the workload increases and the modules get harder. Be ready to wave goodbye to your social life. It might suck for a while but at least once all the hard work of doing coursework and studying for exams are over, you have all the time in the world to have fun.

I’m not saying you will never see any of your friends, I’m just saying don’t expect to be able to continue to do the fun things you want to do, especially at exam time. Wouldn’t it be better in the long run to take time out your social life in order to study and pass than go out all the time and then fail? I know (from experience) what I’d rather do.

#6 Grades don’t define who you are

Okay, let’s talk grades. This is one thing many students don’t always want to talk about (me included) but I just thought it was important to say a few things on this matter. Yes, getting the best grade is always what you should aim for. However, if you end up getting a bad grade, this is not an accurate representation of who you are. Don’t let one bad grade put you off and make you feel like a failure. Simply use this as a tool to work harder next time and learn where you went wrong with it.

If you find yourself continuously doing bad in coursework and exams – go get help! Whether that’s reaching out to one of your friends, lecturers, or any other person from the Uni, they will be able to give you good advice. My Uni even has a learning development center where you can go learn new study techniques and more, which can be highly beneficial if you find yourself not doing as well as you expected.

#7 There is a chance you might fail exams

This may be a hard thing to take in but you might end up failing an exam(s) once you start attending Uni. You may also find yourself never failing, which is amazing, but I really wanted to make sure you were aware that failing is a possibility. By having the right mindset and good work ethic, you can give yourself the best chance of exceeding well and obtaining great grades.

If you do end of facing a horrible situation where you end up failing an exam or exams, don’t just give up (check back to #6). Despite doing bad in one exam, you are not a terrible student. Learn from your mistakes and work hard to ensure you improve for next time. Get help from those around you and learn new techniques and hopefully you can avoid failing again.

From a personal experience of failing exams, I’ve hated myself for it. I felt embarrassed and even doubted if this was the right course for me. I then changed my attitude and worked even harder to ensure that I passed next time. I promise you: you will get through it. With the right frame of mind and support from family/friends/lecturers – you will get there in the end. Saying that, if you end up being one of those people who just want to change course, there are always options – seek help from a member of staff from your University.

#8 If you find yourself struggling, there is lots of help available on/off campus

PLEASE go get help if you find the stress of Uni taking over you. No matter what, someone will be there to help you. I understand that you might not want to talk to your parents or friends but there will be people specifically trained on and off campus to get you through it. Your University will probably have councillors that you can make appointments with to speak one-on-one to. They will give you the best advice and it might actually help ease some of your issues simply with talking it out with someone. If you can’t stand the thought of physically speaking to someone, look online as there are lots of resources which can help you there. However, I personally do think you shouldn’t suffer alone. By reaching out to at least one person, that can be a great help.

I really think that more should be done for the mental wellbeing of students. I don’t think some people truly understand the pressures we face while studying and that weight can became too heavy to carry at times. It’s time to beat the stigma and re-enforce that mental health is a real issue and no one should suffer alone. Again, I state, please go get help if you find yourself struggling to cope while at University (even if the problems arised from a non-course related issue).

#9 Try to get as much work experience as you can alongside your academic studies

You may be lucky and get to do placements that are integrated into your course. However, if you don’t, that shouldn’t stop you from going out there and trying to get work experience off your own back. Heck, if I was an employer and I saw you took initiative to go organised such things yourself, I’d be more inclined to hire you.

Not only will work experience help you make good connections in the real life world, you’ll also hands on get to see exactly what you’ll be doing in the job. This is very important as you could end up not actually liking what you’ll be doing and it might prompt you to switch careers. All in all, I think it is very important to get yourself out there and gain all the experience as you can. After all, it’s going to look amazing on your CV.

#10 Not everyone will know what they fully want to do once their education is finished

Here comes the big scary question people get asked when they are nearing the end of their degrees: What are you going to do once you graduate? Some might jump at joy at this and happy share all their hopes and dreams for the future. Others might simply have zero clue. I want you to know you could be either and none of them is wrong.

Don’t worry if you have no idea what career path to go down once you finish up Uni, you have plenty of time to figure that out. The main thing is just making it through to graduation and finally having your degree. The world is your oyster and no matter what you choose, I’m sure you’ll eventually figure it out and be in a career you truly are happy in.

Love always,

Zina (purefandom guest writer)

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A Publishing Postgrad Update

Happy Sunday to you all! It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written a blog. I recently moved into a new flat with my boyfriend and it’s been hectic! However, I have cultivated the perfect writing spot in my new home: looking out of our big window and watching the world pass by with a big cup of coffee.

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A lot has happened in the past few weeks, asides from moving into our new place, and I thought I would do a little summary blog touching on a couple of the updates in my #publishingpostgrad life.


A New Chapter: The Publishing Bureau

On Friday, I went to an interview in Glasgow for an internship at The Publishing Bureau. As with all interviews, I was incredibly nervous but I felt particularly anxious because I really wanted this job. Being a home bird from the west coast of Scotland, I’ve had my sights set on securing work in Glasgow for a while but I know that opportunities are rare compared with the likes of London, or even Edinburgh. When the job was advertised, I jumped at the chance to do the work that I love in my favourite city! Better still, the role is a great combination of my publishing degree and my work at a medical education company because a lot of the projects are scientific and technical. I was, of course, delighted to be offered the position on Friday afternoon with a start at the beginning of May. I’m really looking forward to it, especially because I’ll be doing a variety of work from design and layout to editorial and writing. Wish me luck!


Video Marketing: Linen Press Books

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m currently doing a remote placement with Linen Press Books, the only indie women’s press in the UK. I have been loving every minute and the best thing about this job is working with such talented women across the world. Lately, we’ve been working on a campaign for Avril Joy’s book Sometimes A River Songwhich is a finalist for the People’s Book Prize. I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and suggested we create ‘Author Confession’ videos similar to those that I edited for Scottish Book Trust (like this video with Sarah J Maas). With the help of my lovely filmmaker boyfriend, I edited together 9 videos for Avril and I’m over the moon with the end result. View them here.

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The Final Countdown

The next two weeks mark the end of my second trimester studying MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University. They mark the end of classes, my job at Perceptive Med Ed and my time living in Edinburgh. I have loved living and studying in the capital city and have met some wonderful and talented individuals, who I hope I’ll be friends with for life. The next few weeks will be chaotic with deadlines – finishing my Burns poetry book and working on other bits of coursework – as well as starting my new internship. I am excited to move into the next phase of my career but I’ll be sad to see the end of this particular chapter. Plus, I still have that ominous dissertation to write!


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