Photographer and Visual Artist

The Search for work, Internship thoughts and my online CV

Since leaving Uni I have been on a constant search for work within the Photographic Industry using sites such as Photo Assist, Various Creative networking sites, Grad sites, word of mouth and other traditional methods. It does however seem that most companies want people who have been working commercially for a number of years and/or have expereince in other areas as well as the studied subjects. So it seems the only real chance of getting actual work in the near future is to apply for internship placements.

This makes me feel that I may have wasted the last five years of my life in higher education a place I decided to go to help me in gaining knowledge so I can obtain a new career. I understand that people believe that Student Life can sometimes be seen as basically a great place to have fun and not really do any real work. However for people like myself who have worked hard to achieve certain goals, the word Internship is one that sometimes seems demeaning to the effort that we have put in to our education. I can understand the advantages of an internship for some, but people in a less stable financial situation (like myself) just can’t afford to go and work for nothing. For most, to move closer to an internship placement, pay living expenses and any other costs would be a massive obstacle and result in an even bigger debt than the cost of higher education. The only difference is the government wouldn’t be helping us with any of the costs at this stage of furthering our careers. At my age (myself being a mature graduate) I don’t have my Mom & Dad to hold my hand and pay for me to live for a year or two and even if I did my family are not financially stable. This must be true for many other graduates also, which puts us in a situation where it is more difficult to obtain our goals than a graduate who has the financial backing of their family.

It would be nice to see some help for people in similar circumstances to myself so we can have the opportunity of further creating a successful pathway to our chosen careers, or at least more paid opportunity’s for graduate leavers. How will people be able to pay back their student loans if they can’t successfully get a job that pays well enough to pay any percentage of the loan back?

I would be interested to hear and learn about any opportunities that help people financially after they have graduated so please do comment or send me an email to david@davidjamescoxsell.


Today I went and had my CV checked over and all seems fine but I sometimes wonder if I am putting too much information on it. Particularly about my working life before I decided to go into higher education. I worked at the same company for ten years in one job and managed to climb the ladder respectively. This put me in many roles where skills were gained and achieved so therefore it states experiences that may be relevant to a job application or possibly it may make me sound over qualified.

The words over qualified seem daunting for some as it is my understanding that an employer is less likely to employ you if they feel you are too good for the job role. Well firstly if I thought I was too good I wouldn’t be applying, and in this day and age most people just can’t afford to be picky. Another possible reason is they either fear you may take their job or simply they feel that they wont be able to boss you around as easily. Maybe I am wrong, but my various conversations with people seem to lead to the same conclusion.

To step up my search for work I have created an online section complimentary to my website which holds my CV details. It can be viewed at

It would be interesting to hear others thoughts on what should be left on and left off a CV for various job applications and I also welcome any comments good or bad about presenting and the presentation of my online CV.