5 tips for your first interview

Last week I had my first proper interview. Wow, does this mean I’m really an adult now? I’ve somehow managed to get through life without any serious interviews. I’ve had a few short phone interviews for work experience placements, but nothing for anything truly important, and I’ve never had to look an interviewer in the eye before. As with most things in life, I think being a good interviewee takes practice, if only because knowing what to expect can lessen your nerves. I was well prepared, and the interview went well, but I still learnt important tips from the process because there were points I wouldn’t have thought to consider. Here are those points: tips that, on reflection, I’d give to myself for my first interview.

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Career Fear

As a fourth-year student who’s rapidly approaching the of end of my time at uni, I find myself going through waves of emotions regarding graduating. I definitely feel that I have done more than my fair share of full-time education, and am relishing at the idea of not constantly having an exam or assignment looming in my future. However, doing a degree that isn’t vocational means that my post-uni life pathway currently has a mind-boggling number of branches to explore.

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5 nuggets of wisdom to help you apply for a placement

Whether this is your first time applying or if you’re a seasoned veteran – applying for a summer or year long placement can be very daunting. From stressing out about those ‘scary’ interviews to frantically deciding on the specific internship. Hopefully, these pointers will show that with determination and hard work you too can land the placement of a life time!

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How a forgotten email led me to Berlin

The plane lands, and I am beyond terrified.

Welcome to Berlin. In the arrivals zone stands a tall man kitted in cargo shorts and gripping a crumpled sign announcing ‘CityTravelReview’.

This is not where my adventure begins. Eight months ago, an email landed in my already-overflowing university inbox. For a month, said email sat gathering virtual dust as I scrolled past countless times. On a particularly slow day in Western Bank Library, I decided to open this message as a ‘productive’ break from my own work.

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Beware – the cult of presenteeism!

It’s 7pm and I’m in the office for PhD students, exhausted after a long day of writing reports, experiments over-running and a fresh truckload of email admin. Tomorrow will be more of the same so I decide to call it a day. Gathering my belongings, I slink to the door, avoiding the gaze of the other students still working away. I ask myself “When did it become normal to feel guilty at leaving the office so late?!”

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My top tips to secure a part-time job while studying at University

If anyone asks me what the best way is to make the most of your time at the university, one of my top suggestions would be engage in as many part-time jobs as you can along with other activities like joining various societies or undertaking sports etc. The reason part-time jobs are one of my top suggestions is because having worked in a range of multiple departments at the university such as the University Accommodation Services, Central Welfare Guidance Centre, International Office and Global Engagement Division, Sheffield Mentors, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Sciences and Corporate Communications and Marketing Team at the University, I have come to realise that these part-time employment opportunities helped me develop into a better student as I exercised time-management skills and getting that work-life balance. Not only that, but they also helped me gain the much required employability skills that I would have not been able to gain if I did not engage in any of these part-time work opportunities!

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For those of you looking for a summer job that isn’t completely mind-numbing…

Who fancies spending some of their summer mentoring a bunch of moody teenagers? At first, I didn’t think I’d want to either, but after loads of investigation and a few inspiring testimonials later, I thought I may as well apply for NCS. For those of you who don’t know, the National Citizenship Service (NCS) is a four-phase programme designed to increase teenagers’ confidence and teach them how to be a true citizen. The Team Mentor role, specifically, sees you being assigned a group of twelve 15-17-year olds and working alongside them every step of the way.

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