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 | Ocean Valour

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
  5. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | What a Busy Week

On Saturday the plan was to spend the day basking in the beautiful sunshine at the beach however unfortunately the sun never managed to make it out and so we spent the day snuggled up at the Harbour Hotel wrapped  up in blankets, drinking hot chocolate, watching the boats go by. Then it was time to go back to the house, get ready for drinks and head out for the evening.

When Sunday arose we were all in need of a lie in which is exactly what we had before heading out in Salcombe for the first day of regatta week. We first went to Island Street to explore the fabulously British street party, with music, bbqs, face painting and lots of little stalls. Later that day I met up with a friend from uni who is down in Salcombe for a couple of weeks with her family. It was so lovely to see a familiar face from home and we managed to have a big girlie catch up in the sun at The Ferry pub over looking the harbour.


Our staff dinner was scheduled for Sunday evening and due to the lovely weather we decided to have a bbq on South Milton beach. It was so nice and a perfect opportunity for us to get content for work due to the fact that because it was a Jack Wills store dinner, everyone was wearing Jack Wills! We played rounders and made human pyramids before cooking sausages and burgers while watching the sunset behind the sea. When it was time to leave I was searching high and low and everywhere and couldn’t for the life of me find my car keys! Bearing in mind I gave a lot of people a lift to the bbq because the landrover has so many seats. It was an absolute disaster given that it was no pitch black darkness and we were all searching the beach using our torches for light! Obviously we had no luck finding the key and so piled into other cars in the hope that we would find it if we came back to search in daylight the next day. It was such a great evening having a beach bbq with all my friends, and such a rubbish end to it!

On Monday we woke up super early an drove back to the beach to have a day light search but once again with no luck, which was unbelievably annoying and so disappointing. A very necessary gym session was needed after that to run off my excess stress before heading to the Ferry to sit in the sunshine with a very needed drink and complete some more content for work.

Tuesday was such a big day for everyone in Salcombe as Ocean Valour was arriving finally to dry land. They are a team of two 24 year olds, trying to raise money for the brain cancer trust appeal as one of their dads had recently passed away from the illness. They rowed all the way accross the Atlantic from New York to Salcombe and Tuesday was their arrival date. The whole of Salcombe and many more people crowded over to the White Strand mooring area. There were people watching from balconies, restaurants, the yact club, from sea, everywhere all waiting for the arrival! There were also TV and film crews as well as four Royal Navy Rib boats, crammed with their family and friends waiting to sail out to greet them. The boys arrived with Tom Rainey, the main fundraiser, rowing in and he looked absolutely exhausted each pull clearly a struggle, while Laurence was standing up, hands in the air while the whole crowd cheered them in. The reunion on the pontoon was fenomenal, with them hugging and greeting family friends who weren’t sure if they would ever see them again after they set off from New York three months ago, but here they were, ragged, long haired, very tanned and clearly very tired. With boxes of fish and chips passed over to them as well as champagne, they made their way over to the Kings Arms pub to give some speeches…. We also had the opportunity of interviewing them!

Follow Steph and other Jack Wills Seasonnaires on:

Twitter: @steph_parrott

Instagram: @steph_parrott

Blog: www.parrottone.com

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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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Any questions?

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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