We all dangle that same line when people ask why we took the plunge into thousands of pounds worth of debt and decided go to university; there are some variations, but it generally goes along the lines of ‘increasing employability’, ‘enhancing skills’ and, most importantly, ‘to earn more money when I graduate’. There’s also the less used reasoning of ‘I want to go out every night’ and ‘I want to put off adult-ing for as long as possible’. Because there’s no denying it; student life is the guilt-free, lack of responsibility life that we all cling to down to our last pinky finger. Who would want to give up the discounts, the social life, or even the endless lie-ins? But it’s only too easy to forget the harbinger of doom that surfaces every now and again within our conscious minds, before delving back into the space in our brains reserved for forgotten assignments and unfinished lecture notes.
Two weeks ago was this year’s careers fair. Three weeks prior, I’d marked it down in my calendar, so I would be ready with warm, fresh-from-the-printer CVs and a laundry list of questions to ask future employers. I would finally, finally grab the bull by the horns and actually take a step in steering my career in the right direction.
People tend to (wrongly) assume that because you’re in final year, you have a clear, bullet-pointed idea of what the next few years of your life are going to be, or at least a first draft of an outline. I’m sure some of us do, but that has entirely not been the case for me. At least not yet.
You have finished presenting your case study, all questions were answered in the way you want it to be, you got your points across. All seems well and as the interview draws to a close, one last question…
A question asking for questions, how intriguing.
It is easy to overlook this aspect while preparing for interviews. But knowing the whats and hows of asking good questions to your prospective employers will definitely give you some extra points, leave a good impression on them and ultimately increase your chances of success. Continue reading
Last Easter, I was really fortunate to have secured a fully-funded place on the university GLOSS trip to the Creative Commons International Summit in Toronto, Canada. Whilst the past year has flown by, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect upon my GLOSS experience and share some tips on the application process.
I don’t know about you, but thinking about the future scares me big time. Almost my whole life, people have been asking what I want do “when I get older”. Now, suddenly, I am “older”, and the feeling that I really should know the answer fuels a steadily increasing panic.
The pressure is on. The future is racing towards us, and with it come swathes of older people – parents, teachers, friends of the family, lecturers – all of whom seem to be determined that we should have some kind of plan, that we should know. Maybe you do know: if so, I’m happy for you. I, for one, definitely don’t. Continue reading
Having a job while studying at university has its obvious benefits. The extra money coming in allows me to pay for food, my social life and that treat of a bar of chocolate I plan on buying after my last exam of the season. But having this level of financial independence is not the only benefit. From my experience, there are so many others which aren’t often thought about. Continue reading
I’m living the university version of Blue Planet. As my housemates navigate the open waters of third year, I’m watching from the outside like Sir David himself – If Sir David were 20, on a placement year, and satisfied with the limited supply of wildlife living in Crookes Valley pond. Continue reading
It’s that time of the year again – final year undergraduates and postgraduates battle their way into the highly competitive graduate job market in the hope of finding suitable (and exciting!) career prospects. Continue reading
It was mid-way through first year; the buzz of being a fresher had died down, the exam stress was starting to kick in, and I was already finding myself unmotivated.
Nobody was more shocked than me.
I’m that girl who is up at 6am every morning, the girl who stayed behind after school to finish work, the girl that does every extracurricular possible and still attempts a social life.
So, what had happened to knock me off path? Continue reading
Working part time can sometimes feel like its impacting negatively on your studies, but I believe there are many more positives in earning your own money. Something I first found odd coming to uni was no one had a job, not even during half terms. Whereas, back home, you were the odd one out if you didn’t work.
I’m not saying working part time alongside your studies, even during half terms, is good for everyone, especially depending on contact hours. But I do think it can improve your job prospects after uni, and, as cliché as it may sound, help you develop into a more well-rounded individual. Continue reading