OSFC Student Offered 12 Month Mentorship Programme with ELLE
ELLE UK editor in chief, Farrah Storr, set up the mentorship with the Social Mobility Commission to provide students with an opportunity to work on ELLE’s September issue. The scheme sees 12 students aged 16-19, selected from schools across the UK, teamed with a personal mentor from ELLE. Megan Ross, a Year 13 OSFC leaver, was selected by ELLE for this programme and has been working with them since June. Her mentorship was meant to last 1 month but has now been extended to a 12-month scheme.
So far, Megan has worked as part of a team on the cover and article for ELLE’s September issue. Megan worked closely with the model and mental health activist, Adwoa Aboah, and had the opportunity to interview Adwoa for the article (virtually of course), as well as being interviewed by Adwoa herself. Megan also received a letter from Adwoa about the model’s own life experiences and her career.
As well as her role in the article, Megan worked with the creative director, Tom, and editor in chief, Farrah Storr, to help design many of the visuals which have been used in the September issue. As this programme has been running through Covid-19, ideas have been discussed via Zoom calls. This is testament to Megan’s commitment to furthering her career and grasping opportunities, as she has fully immersed herself in the mentorship and used her time productively.
Megan spoke on BBC Radio Manchester on Tuesday alongside Farrah to discuss the mentorship programme, and hopefully inspire others to pursue their dreams. ELLE are looking to open more opportunities for students across the UK, to provide students with industry experience.
In September, Megan hopes to go on to The University of Huddersfield to study fashion creative direction, after studying A levels in Media Studies, Graphic Design and Photography at OSFC. We are excited about what the future holds for Megan!