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254 weeks ago, by Jackie
Career advice
I didn't get much career advice at school. When I told them I wanted to be a writer, they said: "Writers starve in garrets. Be a teacher. There's a shortage of those."

I didn't want to be a teacher, so I trained as a journalist and made a career as a copywriter.

These days, one-third of my income comes from training people how to do it themselves, so maybe I've become a teacher after all.

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254 weeks ago, by James
I don't remember getting any useful career advice. I chose the subjects that I wanted to rather than having any specific strategy. I read in today's news that 1 in 5 skilled jobs have to go to immigrant candidates because students lack the right qualifications and 'shun' maths and science.

It seems that some students are still choosing what they want to do on a whim rather than having a strategy.
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Jackie Barrie

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Member Since:
30th May 2013
Hates: tomatoes, alarm clocks and shoes. Likes: dancing, scuba diving and making people laugh.
I run a writing and design agency that specialises in making complex information appear simple. I spend two-thirds of my time doing hands-on copywriting, and one-third training other people how to do it themselves (mostly for websites, newsletters and social media). My experience comes from over three decades in the marcomms industry, spanning copywriting, graphic design, print, web design, sales promotion, brand identity and much more. Before going freelance in 2001, I worked my way up to Senior Manager level in the corporate world, with a team of 12 graphic designers and copywriters reporting to me. I have also worked as an insurance clerk, a barmaid and a tea-lady.
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