Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | A Visit From Me

Steph has been given the amazing opportunity to be a Jack Wills 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
  5. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | What a Busy Week
  6. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Ocean Valour

On Friday lunchtime I got a phone call from Charlie saying that she was lost… she was at the beach and needed directions to town. In Salcombe there are so many different beaches it was absolutely impossible to know where she was, but sooner or later thanks to the trusty Devon road signs (there’s no signal for satnavs down here) Charlie’s mini pulled into Whitestrand car park… she had arrived! We immediately said our long awaited hellos and then, in true Parrott style, headed to the Harbour House Hotel for afternoon tea.

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Despite it being a bit chilly, it was a beautifully clear day and so the views that we had while overlooking the estuary from the hotel terrace were beautiful. It was soon time to head back to the house as that evening Ewan and I were presenting a Jack Wills prize at the yact club, something we needed to look smart for… This was easier said than done when we were both houseless, with all of our belongings crammed into the back of the landy. Luckily, however, we have nice enough friends who volunteered to have us to stay, so we could temporarily use their house and we got ready for our big presentation. At the yacht club, everyone was so lovely and knew all about the Jack Wills race and so had reserved us seats at the front so that when the time came we could jump up and hand out our prize. Before that though, we had drinks outside on the yacht club terrace with all the commodores and chairmen of the club, we felt so important! The actual presentation itself was very sweet with families and young children winning all sorts of prizes and soon the Jack Wills prize was announced and we jumped up to hand out our gift. As it was Ewan’s birthday, after we’d done our bit, we headed down to the Bar and Grill for some drinks, dinner and lots of deserts.

On Saturday, thankfully, the weather was absolutely beautiful and so after a quick breakfast at home and completing the errands that needed to be sorted, we headed down to the beach on the water taxi for a very needed relax and sunbathe under the bright blue sky. We managed to spend basically all day at the beach until finally it was time to move into our new house and so we got our belongings and our new house keys and moved into our last house of the summer. The evening was filled with yummy pesto pasta and a film for Charlie and I.

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On Sunday Grandma and Grandpa were arriving into Salcombe and so we got up, went into town for a quick brunch at the wardroom and then headed over to the Thurlstone hotel to see them. The hotel was absolutely stunning with a quaint rooftop terrace where we met for morning coffee before having a little explore of the hotel and town and then heading into the hotel restaurant for a delicious Sunday roast, something I’ve been missing so much since I got here. The weather was once again perfect and so after lunch we napped on the lawns comfy arm chairs and then went over to the pool for a swim and a sunbathe. When the afternoon arrived and it was time to go back to Salcombe, we had a phone call from the Rock Seasonnaires, to say that they’d arrived in Salcombe and so we met them for dinner and drinks at the Bar and Grill before calling it a night and turning in for a very needed sleep.

On Monday the weather was absolutely stunning and annoyingly we had a lot to do, so we got up extra early, drove around town like headless chickens sorting out the arrangements for our ‘fabulously british evening’ that we had planned that night, such as sorting out the table and chair rental, pre paying for 25 portions of fish and chips, etc, then soon it was time to head out into the sunshine. Our friend Dan had his boat out on the water and so we spent the rest of the day bobbing about in the ocean, relaxing on the water and even having a little picnic. Then it was time for our extravagant evening that we had planned. We got dressed up and headed down to South Milton beach, where our newly rented tables and chairs were waiting for us. We set up a banquet style table on the long beach, with table clothes, cutlery, champagne flutes, pimms jugs and even special party gifts on each seat. Soon everyone had arrived, all dressed in shirts and dresses and ready to mingle, chat, enjoy the sunset and play some fabulously British games, such as croquet and boules. When the fish and chips arrived everyone was absolutely starving and so we all sat down at the banquet table to eat as the sunset. After dinner we attempted letting off lanterns as we thought it would be a cute way to end the night however about 9 of the ten lanterns we had went up in flames, it was absolutely hilarious and as the sunset finally one lantern flew off into the sky.

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After brunch with Charlie and the grandparents on Tuesday morning, it was time to say goodbye. It was such a lovely few days and I just wish she could have stayed longer!

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Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Somersault Festival

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

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On Friday morning, exactly a week after we arrived in Salcombe, it was time to pack a small bag and make our way to the complete opposite side of Devon to meet the other seasonnaires for Somersault Festival!

The drive was a long two hours since the rain was absolutely miserable and pouring it down, making it very hard to see, especially in such an old and wobbly landcover. All the seasonnaires met up in a very old and even more wobbly inn, which was absolutely deserted except for the most old of all old man who apparently was the bar tender. It was a funny experience as we sat inside dry from the rain in such a bizarre place but it was so nice to see the others and we had a lot of catching up to do while we waited for our manager and the roaming seasonnaires who were stuck in traffic.

Finally when everyone had arrived, introductions were made and we drove in convoy (two land rovers, a mini and a fiat) all the way to the festival.

Our boutique camping was actually so nice, such a pleasant surprise when we arrived. The girls had a much smaller cuter tent with big inflatable beds and bright red duvets, while the guys had a massive teepee type tent with their mattresses around the edge and space to sit and chill in the middle. Our manager however, had his own morrocan themed teepee with candles and blankets…

We all made our way to the boys tent where we had a few drinks and caught up properly, while setting up the cameras and go pros before heading into the festival to enjoy our first night. It was SO muddy and stupidly the only footwear I had brought with me were my nice white converse! I felt like such an idiot squelching into the mud and hopping around the paths trying to find the drier spots! However I definitely felt better than the people who had just bought flip-flops… there was no chance for them and so shoes were left completely off and they had to brave bare feet!

The festival itself it quite small and is family based and so there was lots going on both musically and not. As we walked in we passed a massive fair ground, a well being section with massage tents and organic facial decks and then as we got further we passed dressing up stalls where you can buy tails, this made sense of all the children running around with dinosaur tails sticking out of the tops of their trousers, head masks and much more. When we arrived at the main stage we got some drinks and food and found a good spot to enjoy the first night’s music.
We listened to Laura Marling and The Staves before heading in for our first night camping!
To say I woke up feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep would be a complete and utter lie, however our first night’s sleep was not bad at all, if a little bit cold and we were woken up by the boys at a ridiculous hour (9am), having already gone to the shops to buy us all Wellies, to start our day of getting content for Jack Wills… work basically but not.

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We got dressed, some even faced the freezing showers (not me), queued for bacon butties and once we were up and energised we split into groups to get some cool festival photos. My small group started off by heading to these amazing decorated caravans where we posed and did some Jack Wills outfit of the day shots. We then got the flags out and tried to be as creative as possible before getting some more candid photos around the camp and then taking the landrover out for a spin around the festival, getting the big Jack Wills car advertisement working its magic. We did at one point, however, managed to drive up a no-entry road (we thought we’d be able to get some good photos up there) to realise we had driven into a farm. We only realised this however once we were all posing on top of the truck and then saw a head of cows running towards us! We had to climb down quick and in a panic the passenger door wouldn’t open and everyone was screaming that we were just going to have to be abandoned as the landrover was going to drive away but luckily we piled into the boot just in time to escape the cows and drive to safety.

It was then time to relax in the gorgeous sunshine and have a bit of a sunbathe, while we realised that the lead singer of Bombay Bicycle club was camping next to us! The boys had some fan photos and then it was time for us to hear into the festival. We found a sunny spot over looking the main stage where we made camp and relaxed in the sunshine listening to the chilled vibes of Rae Morris and Imelda May. As the sun started to go in and the main stage filled up, we knew exactly what the atmosphere was building up for, the main act of the night, Bombay Bicycle Club! We quickly grabbed some food and found ourselves a spot near the front just in time before the area filled up and we looked behind us to see crowds and crowds of people that weren’t there before! Then Bombay Bicycle club arrived, the crowd went wild and it was an amazing experience. Their music was perfect for the event and had everyone singing along, even to the songs they didn’t particularly know as the lyrics are catchy and everyone was having too much fun to care. During their last song, the sky filled with streamers and confetti and then Saturday night’s main stage music was over and it was time to head to the secret forest for the DJ sets and the forest party! I actually don’t know how we managed to do it but somehow we were some of the first people to get into the forest party and so didn’t queue at all, however then got a phone call from half of our group to say they were stuck in an hour queue! We danced for a fair bit, squelching in the muddy forest and enjoying ourselves until we were literally exhausted and it was time to head to our little tent.

That night the rain came in and it absolutely poured it down. It was torrential rain and thunder and with he tent walls so close to my head it felt literally as if someone was hammering on the top of our tent. It also didn’t help that I kept needing the loo so would have to run through the downpour! I’m actually not sure if I even properly slept that night but when I woke up the swamp that we were now a part of was absolutely ridiculous. The water came up level to the edge of our tent, I’m surprised it hadn’t seeped in and the mud underneath that water was basically liquid, walking around (thank god for the wellies) my feet were completely submersed and the muddy water flicked up, splashing all over us.

Moodily we all piled into the boys teepee to hide out from the ongoing rain and made a plan, we would get in the land rovers and drive to a nice pub for a big Sunday lunch! Everyone’s moods perked up and so we made our way to the nearest pub… which was full, great. We then got a phone call from our manager to say he’s arranged for us to interview one of the guys from the BBC introducing stage, and he wanted me to do the interview! It was a silver lining and it was an exciting thing to do on such a gloomy day. We found a cute little hut made out of twigs, right in the middle of the wellbeing camp and just as we were about to start the interview, the sun came out! I asked him everything from aspirations with his music to what he would put on a Jack Wills Summer Bucket List and at the end of the interview he even played us our own acoustic set so that we could here his soulful music first hand.

It was such a good way to end our Somersault experience, and head office were so happy with us because of it! But it was definitely time to leave as we got back and our tents had started leaking mud, so we packed up, said goodbye to boutique camping and headed for Salcombe and our little upside down house.

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Follow Steph and other Jack Wills Seasonnaires on:

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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…

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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