Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


Always plan for success

This week I attended an assessment day for a role I’d applied for and it was intense. It was for a role in the public sector so they have a strict and standardised process to ensure it’s as fair as it can be. We weren’t given much information before the day (just a very short outline/overview of what the day would entail) and on the morning we received a quick brief and then had to get started. There were three candidates on the day and they have another session before making a decision.

We were housed in a room down the corridor from the main interview room and were called upon individually at various times to undertake different aspects of the assessment process. Continue reading…

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Learning, Working, Looking to the future

When people think of internships, they often think of endless hours of photocopying or making countless cups of tea or coffee for no pay. Having started an internship in April, I am pleased to note that there are definitely employers out there who are breaking the mould to provide paid, useful internships.

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I am absolutely loving the work I get to do.

I am a Strategy and Copywriting Intern Continue reading…

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Transferring Your Skills

Whether you’re applying for part-time or full-time jobs, work experience roles or internships, the process of talking about yourself and how fabulous you are isn’t the easiest task for most people.

It’s important not to sell yourself short, though. If you can’t get across what you want to say on paper (CV, application form, covering letter) then you won’t get the chance to dazzle a potential employer in person with your winning smile and charming personality.

Importantly, if you don’t believe in yourself then no one else will. Continue reading…

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What are your plans after you finish uni?

No doubt my fellow third year students are as fed up of this question as I am at the moment. It is, of course, understandable, but it’s such a difficult one for most of us to answer.

There are lots of different opportunities for us to consider and, having talked at length with friends in the same situation, everyone has varied thoughts on what to do and how to go about doing it. Internships, graduate schemes, further study, employment, travel; there are just so many options to think about.

I chose to come to university as a mature student to open up careers opportunities and help me decide what type of job I’d like to do long-term. Although I may consider postgraduate study at some point in the future, my priority upon graduating this summer is to find full-time employment in my chosen industry.

My first port of call was hired@UCB, Continue reading…

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Looking for work?

We’re now halfway through the first semester, and for many people money is probably feeling a little tight – especially as our next loan payment isn’t due until January. Now that we have a better idea of our uni workload and demands, it might be the time to start looking for part-time work.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a few different jobs (waitress, sports coach, sales support assistant and, of course, blogger), which in total add up to full-time hours (about 40 hours a week). This might not suit everyone and there are definitely some weeks which are a real struggle for me but a part-time job for 10-20 hours a week will give you some extra money and something additional to put on your CV as well.

Here are a few tips and ideas for finding a job in Birmingham: Continue reading…