Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | What A Busy Week

Steph has been given the amazing opportunity to be a Jack Will Seasonnaire for the summer.

Living, sleeping, dreaming and partying all things Jack Wills.

During her time in Salcombe, Steph is regularly updating us with the amazing experiences she is having.

  1. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | The Interviews
  2. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Arriving in Salcombe
  3. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | First Week in Salcombe
  4. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Somersault Festival

So after a fabulously muddy weekend at Somersault, by Sunday evening it was time to pack in the glamping and the wellies and exchange them for flip flops and beds back in Salcombe.It was too far for the Abersoch two to travel all the way home and so they piled into the landrover too and came back to the south coast with us. It was so nice to finally be driven, as I happily handed over the landy keys to Will and basked in my one journey being chauffeured.

Back in Salcombe we all arrived in plenty of time for hot showers and an evening at the Bar and Grill, before heading back to get a good nights sleep and say our goodbyes over brunch the next morning.

The next few days we were given a lot of leeway with the ‘content’ that we provided head office, as it was definitely time to push our opening party for the last few days, finalise arrangements, order props and accessories online and plan the even to the final T as well as getting on with our lives, seeing friends and arranging spontaneous evenings.

One of those evenings actually occurred on Monday night! The whole point of our job is to act like ambassadors for the Jack Wills brand and life an aspirational lifestyle, and to show it off. Ewan absolutely loves putting movies together and so Caitlin and I thought we could make a ‘Seasonnaire Dinner’ for aspirational pink and blue photos (and also so that we could have a cute sunset dinner with yummy food).

We stocked up in Tesco on all the food we thought would look aesthetically pleasing in photos, as well as getting pink and blue flowers, candles, table clothes and other little props. When we were back at the house the filming starting, with food prep footage, setting the table footage, getting ready footage and finally eating footage! (As well as filming, this part actually meant we got to eat the delicious food and it was so yummy!)

Tuesday meant more party prep as well as spending the evening at our friends house to celebrate his birthday with a well deserved BIG Chinese take away and a few drinks around a firepit… (such a Salcombe lifestyle!)

As Wednesday was our last full day to push the party, we got all the props organized and spent the morning prepping and promoting, as well as sorting out the business side of things and sending over invoices and party plans to head office. The evening was a perfect time to relax and get a good night’s sleep so Caitlin and I put on a film and snoozed before having the earliest night.

Opening party day was finally here and it was time to head to the beaches for one last hand out of the invites, but every person that we gave them to already knew and was planning on coming already! So we then headed to the Bar and Grill to set up for our party! They’d sectioned off a part of the terrace for the beginning of the night and we set up the comfy seats with Jack Wills bunting and banners all over the bar. There were two huge crates painted white that we spray-painted a huge J and W on them, a big beer pong table and then it was time to fill the ceiling with balloons! It took absolutely ages as every time we pinned a section of the net up and filled it with balloons, another section popped off and fell and all the balloons would drop to the floor! It was so frustrating! Eventually we found a thinner lighter net and it worked a treat, (after all that stress) and the balloons were finally held in the sky. When it was time for the party I was actually quite stressed… what if no one showed up or what if it was a bit of a flop like the pervious year’s parties had been!? I just wasn’t sure. At first lots of families arrived, obviously after the free stash and so it felt a bit like we were hosting a kids party, giving them cool Jack Wills photos and letting them have their photos taken infront of the big banner. But thankfully, eventually they soon cleared out as the night got later, and the party filled up, and the DJ started. Everyone was dancing, getting drinks, playing beer pong, there was about 200 people and when the night came to an end at midnight, no one wanted it to stop! Such a success and we were so happy and utterly exhausted.

On Friday it was moving day and so we had to be up and out of the house by 10am, despite our big night the night before, luckily our house was super tidy and packing was fairly easy… we packing up our stuff was, packing the landrover will all the things we’d accumulated was harder than we thought however eventually we were moved out and homeless, sitting in the bar and grill to use their wifi for work. The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging and relaxing on the beach, our friend has a boat and so drove us all out to Sunny Cove, a beautiful little beach only accessible by boat and we lay there until the tide came up so far that there was no more room. It was then time to move into our new house!

At first our house seemed quite bizarre… it seemed as if it was literally in the middle of no where, as it was quite a dive up the steepest of roads to Lower Batson to find it! When we arrived, we found that the house was literally the only one in the area that high up and after collecting the key from the garage, we entered into a dark house filled with creepy looking portraits and creaking windows. We kept seeing new portraits through different windows and screaming because we thought they were people and we were horrified and obviously freaked ourselves out completely! Safe to say it took me a long time to get to sleep that night, but soon enough it was morning and we discovered the absolutely stunning views that we had at our windows! As the house is so high up, the fields outside the windows stretch for miles winding down to the bright blue sky filled with boats. It’s stunning and we definitely feel a lot better about the house now… we’ve even named the portraits!

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Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire | The Interviews

Ever curious if being a seasonnaire for Jack Wills really is ‘The Best Student Summer Job’?

Steph is on the final stage of the application process and tells her story here:

The best Student Summer Job…

While on holiday at Easter time, I received an email from Jack Wills about their winter sale before the new summer stock arrives, I clicked the link to have a browse but my attention was caught not by the gorgeous woolen toggle coats now reduced by 25%, but by a message at the top of the screen saying “We Want You”. Intrigued, I clicked on the link taking me to a full page of information on the best possible summer job… well, that’s what it said…so I explored further.

Although this sounds cliché, being a Jack Wills Seasonnaire is not just a job, it becomes a lifestyle and that is what makes the job so appealing. Jack Wills’ aim for their brand is not just selling the clothes but selling the lifestyle that goes with the brand, the ‘fabulously British’ culture, and that is why so much emphasis goes on their marketing team and their brand ambassadors… the summer Seasonnaires.

These people basically have to live and breathe ‘Jack Wills’ for 6 weeks in the summer, at one of three incredible locations, Abersoch, Rock and Salcombe. Jack Wills look for six outgoing and adventurous students, who live for the summer, to take part in a paid internship while living in a stunning beach side accommodation, with a Jack Wills Land Rover to cruise along the beach in and to be kitted out with a new entire wardrobe! There surely must be a glitch? What have I not seen in the small print? Reading on I found that I hadn’t actually missed anything… the internship is all about seeking adventure, completing challenges, getting people involved with and hosting brand events, literally working hard and playing harder, all down by the beach enjoying the sand and sea – it’s an utterly incredible opportunity! The whole thing is topped off by the fact that you will be making memories and friends that will last a lifetime, will actually be having the time of your life… all while getting a tan?

Now I’m hooked.

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Application time. In order to apply, I had to first send in a video of myself… how embarrassing. The request was basically to let the Jack Wills team get to know you in less than a minute. Luckily… I was on holiday in the beautiful Cape Town and so location for my video was not a problem, I just stepped out into a 30degree garden and welcomed the sun shining down on me. Now what to say… I basically wanted Jack Wills to see how much of an energetic and lively person I am. I am up for anything and I get involved with everything and so that’s what I told them! The video was completed by adding pictures every now and again to cover my face and to show off all the adventurous things I’ve done.

Second round. After receiving an email to say I’d got through the first round, I was then sent a list of 20 questions to answer and send back. These were not just the normal factual questions used with every day job applications, these were bizarre, out there and actually really fun to answer questions and it took me a fair few days to come up with answers that I thought were firstly suitable and secondly quite witty and funny. Again I wanted them to get to know the real me, and so I needed my personality to show through my responses.

Here are a few of the questions and my answers!
1. What is the best thing about being British?
Our sense of humour… and food
2. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Cage diving with great white sharks (sky diving came a close second!)
3. What is your favourite thing about summer?
Everything that comes with it…long days, sunshine, festivals, beaches, tans and bbqs)

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I was genuinely shocked when I received a follow up email to say that I’d got through to the final 25 and would be having a google+ interview a few days later. Just like the previous stages, the interview was a chance for the head of marketing to get to know me and to see my personality. He asked about my hobbies, likes and dislikes, and talked me through the social media aspect of the internship. He then gave me different scenarios that could occur as a Seasonnaire and asked how I would handle them, basically to see if I think like a Seasonnaire. The interview was fun and the conversation was easy so it didn’t actually feel like an interview at all and before I knew it, the time was up and it was a waiting game again.

Finally I received my last email saying that I’d got through to the last 12 and was invited to an assessment day in London with the Jack Wills Team.

Assessment day…
After a stressful trip into London… so typical, tube strikes and train delays on the day I need to be on time… I arrived at the Jack Wills headquarters and along with the other 11 applicants, was welcomed into a room, decorated head to two in British heritage photos and splashes of pink and blue everywhere. There was a long table in the middle, each place holding seat to a Jack Wills goodie bag, each with different initials. We found our place and sat down to a fabulously British breakfast, in true jack wills style, of strawberries, croissants, Jack Wills teapots, fruit, juice, everything we needed for our early morning start – and all so delicious! We then played some ice breaker games, had another quick-fire interview in pairs (all filmed!) and then got on with our challenge for the day, a taste of what a Jack Wills Seasonnaire day would be, and started to plan our picnics in the park, Seasonnaire style! With shop vouchers and Tesco vouchers and Jack Wills props galore, we were completely kitted out and created a high-tea picnic with strawberry topped scones and marshmallows falling out of tea pots and pimms filled with summer fruits, all finished off with a big game of Frisbee before heading to the pub. jack wills

If that is the life of a Seasonnaire then I cannot wait to find out if I have got the job. It’s basically a summer filled with friends and fun, organizing events for a truly fabulous brand, living the british summer lifestyle. Representation of the brand is key, but when it’s such an exciting adventure, holding up the Seasonnaire lifestyle won’t be a problem!

The waiting game has begun again to find out if I’ve made is as one of the 6 so I’ve got my fingers crossed…

Follow Steph on her journey…

Instagram: @steph_parrott

Twitter: @steph_parrott

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Follow Steph and her Jack Wills story below:

  1. Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire: The Interviews
  2. Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire: Arriving in Salcombe
  3. Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire: First Week Of Salcombe
  4. Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire: Somersault Festival
  5. Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire: What A Busy Week
  6. Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire: Ocean Valour
  7. Story of a Jack Wills Seasonnaire: A Visit From Me