Curriculum Vitae- Michaela Lock

Work Experience

30th March- 10th April 2015- Penguin Random House
I successfully completed two weeks work experience at Penguin Random House, in the Publicity Department of their Cornerstone imprint. Here I developed key skills such as:
  •          Creativity- I learnt how to make show cards used for events such as book readings or signings. I also learnt how to write a good press release.
  •      Technology skills- I learnt to use industry programmes such as Biblio, adding events and searching for author information.
  •       Communication- I learnt how to communicate in a professional office environment. This was particularly in relation to asking for more tasks, and asking questions when I wasn’t sure of something.

September 2013- present Manorcroft School
I currently volunteer at Manorcroft School in Egham one afternoon a week, helping the children with reading. I have developed key skills such as:
  • Communication- I have learnt to communicate effectively both with teachers and, most importantly, students. The class I read with are in Year 6 and so are quite advanced, but they do vary in level of ability.
  • Self-reflection and awareness- I manage to understand my faults when dealing with each individual child so that I can improve for the next week.

August- September 2012; July- September 2013 Jubilee Medical Group
I have worked for two summers at a doctor’s surgery, with two sites in New Ash Green and Longfield, Kent, as an administrative assistant. I learnt key skills such as:
  • Organisation- I updated patient records from paper to computer, allocated post and sent out letters.
  • Communication- I successfully liaised between reception and doctors and developed a professional telephone manner.
  • Skills- I learnt how to use NHS computer programmes Vision and Docman.

May - August 2011 NEXT 
I was employed as a sales consultant at the Bluewater store. My job included supervising the fitting rooms, making sure displays and the shop floor were neat and tidy, working on the tills and looking after the shoe department. I learnt skills of:
  • Communication- It was a fast paced retail environment, so I also had to deal with queries from customers and collect orders that were delivered from the NEXT Directory catalogue.
  • Initiative- I learnt how to think on my feet and how to deal successfully with difficult customers.

4th-9th July 2010 Associated Newspapers
I completed one week’s work experience at Associated Newspapers (now dmg media), which publishes media such as the Daily Mail and Metro. I learnt key skills such as:
  • Organisation- I travelled to London each day and always arrived on time. I got sent to different locations, for example Islington for a YOU magazine photo shoot which I had to find by myself.
  • Initiative- I applied for the position by myself, whereas the others on the scheme got their places through their schools. I also had to ask many questions about different departments to get the most out of my short week there.
  • Professionalism- This was my first time in a large city office and I learnt how to act appropriately in a working environment.
I gained a great deal of knowledge about the field of media on this placement as I visited the Advertising, Marketing and Circulation departments as well as the YOU magazine.

I have previously volunteered with Kent County Council at a library in Gravesend, running a homework club. I have also volunteered at Wrotham Road School in Gravesend reading with children. I am building on the skills I developed here with my work at Manorcroft School.

Education and Qualifications

I am currently in my third year of a BA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. It focuses on research based independent study but also includes group work and project work. I have learnt how to work in a team, to follow my own initiative and to analyse and improve on my own work. I am expecting a 2:1 when I graduate in July 2015.

Secondary Education
Rochester Independent College, Rochester, Kent- September 2011 to July 2012
English Literature
Media Studies

Mayfield Grammar School (formerly Gravesend Grammar School for Girls) Gravesend, Kent- September 2005 to 2011
History, Religious Education
Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French, Information Technology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics


In my spare time I am very interested in writing; I have completed a short course in Fashion Journalism at the London College of Fashion and I also write my own blog ( I have contributed to Cellar Door Magazine, the Jam Magazine (both online and in print) and the Founder newspaper. 

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