Rob Mozelewski – Magazine Writer and Editor - Beer and Breweries
BA (Hons) Journalism (2007)
Before university: Moorlands Sixth Form Centre, Cheadle
I am currently a self-employed freelance who specialises in producing small magazines and press releases for the licensed trade (breweries to you and me). After graduation I spent a year trying to become a professional cricketer and managed some success with Surrey, Somerset and Leicestershire... but not enough!
After the cricket I spent six months with a PR firm until I became a casualty of the recession, on the same day that I won the company 'Indispensable Award'...
Even during that short time I managed to develop contacts in PR and at many of the large regional and trade titles in the UK. The secret to developing this contacts list, I found, was scheduling meetings to take place over a Guinness and a pub lunch.
Long term I suppose I want to continue to build a diverse portfolio of clients and gain a reputation as a reliable and creative freelance. My time at uni certainly helped me with the creative side. Reliability... not so much!
I have my own personal goals away from the freelancing. I hope to complete my first novel over the winter, a project that I have been working on since uni. I have also found my cricketing ambitions hard to let go, so I intend to stay fit and try and push my way into the professional game – if at all possible!
At the time of writing this I have just returned from a working holiday, grape picking in central France and intend to return as often as possible and learn more about the grape varieties…
My course at university was simply awesome. It covered everything that I could need to prepare me for becoming a freelance. There was always an emphasis on getting published work behind me which paid huge dividends at various pitches and interviews (as well as the buzz of seeing your work in print).
The university itself, although close to my home, was a collection of fantastic experiences that I will never forget. I made friends for life and aged my liver about 10 years in the process! I chose to dive straight into the sports and society side of the university, which paid dividends all the way through the three-year course. I still visit occasionally to see my old lecturers, namely John 'The Hair' Rafferty and Mick 'The Pilgrim' Temple.
I quite simply wouldn't have had my university experience any other way!
Rob is pictured supporting a colleague…