Asking questions in interviews

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…

“Any questions?”

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

Let’s talk action plans

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

Closing time

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

How securing my Placement Year helped me get back on track

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

Part time job: pros

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

Finding the right part-time job

I have worked in many weird and wonderful jobs in the past from a paper factory, to a Chinese takeaway – but an exhibition assistant? I did not see that one coming.

When I came to Sheffield as a fresher in 2014 one of the first things on my to-do list after a week of partying was the dreaded job hunt. I went to the careers fair, applied online at various pubs and clubs and finally landed myself part time work in a kitchen in the November. My job gave me an escape from University life and the chance to meet new friends. I think that it is easy to feel overwhelmed in your first year, especially living in University accommodation, surrounded solely by students. Part time work can offer some much needed balance. Continue reading