Considering a career in journalism? There are more options than you think…

April 2, 2012

Way back in November, I attended the Careers Service’s excellent ‘Careers in Publishing’ event. I hadn’t ever considered a career in publishing before, but decided to follow the advice of careers advisor Helen Buzdugan, who had told me how much publishing linked in with my eventual career goal of journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

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Handling Volunteer Interviews

February 10, 2012

I decided to begin applying for summer volunteer jobs early, before I would go back to my regular university and job routine for the second semester. I have now got a volunteer interview in London next week and am brought back to the memory of my first interview for my current volunteer job in Manchester. Firstly, when they say ‘please come to our offices for a short and informal interview,’ it is likely to not be short and there still remains the formality associated with meeting new colleagues. The best advice I can give is to be prepared, regardless of the situation presented:

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Accepting and Ignoring Advice

January 16, 2012

Recently I’ve been talking to a lot of people about postgrad options. At the beginning of the year I decided that I would rather die then do an MA. I then started applying to a load of graduate jobs, decided that I really did not want to do any of them, then stared blankly and disheartened at the computer screen. Then an email came: “Have you considered doing an MA?” I read the email and decided that yes, maybe I should do an MA.

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Power of Positivity

January 9, 2012

Worrying about finding a job? Did you know Recruitment Company REED surveyed over 1,000 businesses and found that 97% of employers would employ an applicant with a positive mind-set even if they were not as strong as other candidates in terms of skills and achievements. So when attending a job interview or event always ensure you convey positivity above all else.

Clearly we don’t always feel positive, especially in this socioeconomic climate. Global recession, inflation, increased tuition fees, public sector job cuts, soaring petrol prices all beg the question ‘What is there to be positive about?’ However the question you should be asking is ‘Why should I be positive?’ because the answer is a much more satisfying one.

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3 Simple, Stress-Free Ways to Get Ahead!

December 22, 2011

Now deadlines have past, and with the Christmas break, everyone including myself must be feeling like this:

The best thing you can do now is breathe, step back and relax. I have realised you can do this and still be productive. Here I have compiled 3 little things you could do to get the most out of the break, before revision kicks in:

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As you’re prob…

December 19, 2011

As you’re probably aware, Christmas is fast approaching, as is the end of term! With it being the festive season, employers are looking for people to work the Christmas and new year period – what better way to make a bit of money, and add something to your CV? Maybe even build on your team-work and communication skills? It’s always good to start looking early, but employers are sometimes still recruiting in December! Try looking online, in papers, in shop windows, you might be surprised at what you can find!

And on the topic of hunting… what about all you first years looking for a home for the next year? I’m aware some of you are fine as you are, but if you haven’t even thought about it yet – don’t worry. I wouldn’t leave it much later though – spend the break looking for some properties in the area you want to be in, looking for people you want to live with, and speak to fellow students – second years, etc. They’ll have been through this process already, and I’m sure they’ll have some words of wisdom for you! But if this post is making you panic a little, stop. There are more houses than students, so you’re definitely not going to be homeless!

And on a final note, I’d just like to say happy holidays! Good luck to everyone with January exams – I know I’ll be knuckling down hard this Christmas, and hope you all have a wonderful New Year.

Heena. 🙂 -x

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Everyday Networking

December 12, 2011

I quite enjoy my part time job, a Viewer for a City Centre letting agents. I meet a lot of people and, due to the nature of my job, I get to have extended conversations with them. A lot of the time we just talk about the weather, or finding apartments, or other things that I’m supposed to talk about in order to rent flats out, but sometimes they divulge more interesting information about themselves. Here are two examples of being given pretty useful information from clients at work. 

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