AMII @ THIRTY

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Change Your Life in 48 Hours

I’m not someone who sets New Year’s resolutions although I do have goals (some in my head and some I write down) which I work towards. Some of these goals are short-term and some are more long-term. Some of them are very specific and measurable (build my blog to x number of followers by x date) and some are much more general (aim to be positive in all that I do).

Above all else, I’ve learnt over the years that it is important to choose the kind of life you want. Decide what you want from your life, be realistic about what it will take to obtain it and, most of all, work hard to achieve it. Continue reading…

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My dread of a work Christmas party

I have to admit that I am not a fan of work Christmas parties. I did go to mine this year but drove (so no drinking) and stayed for only about 2 hours. Don’t get me wrong, I like my colleagues very much. They’re a good bunch to work with, we get along well and are a great team. My opinion on work parties definitely says more about me than it does my colleagues and reaches back much further than my current employment but I’m just not comfortable in that kind of social situation. Sure, I’ve been on nights out with some of my workmates but Christmas parties are just a different situation entirely and I find them so awkward.  Continue reading…


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Post-graduate choices

I knew that after I finished my degree I wanted to go back into full-time employment. From the day my last assignment was handed in, I had two jobs – one at a utilities company working in customer services on Wednesdays and Thursdays and one as an intern for a branding and creative agency on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. I had been working both of these jobs part-time whilst finishing my university course but I was grateful to be able to increase my hours once I was done with my studies. A couple of months later and I found the job I’m doing now.

It’s not easy finding employment after university but there’s a lot you can do to help yourself out. Continue reading…


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Sealed fate

I’ve waited two months since my last assignments were handed in, to find out my final degree results. It’s felt like decades though. Long, slow, busy weeks of waiting and counting the days in the diary.

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So much has happened in those two months. Continue reading…


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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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Give something back or pay it forward

Whichever way you look at it, doing a good deed or helping someone out always feels so rewarding.

For me, the best way to do this is by volunteering. I’ve written before about the voluntary work I’ve done over the years but seeing as this week was National Volunteers Week and it’s just over 100 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup, I thought I’d write a bit about what I’ve been up to.

RWC01Rugby is a huge part of my life and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved at some wonderful community clubs and carried out various roles over the last 10 years. I was therefore always going to find a way to be involved with the Rugby World Cup. To be hosting the tournament in England (with a few games over in Wales) and building on the incredible success of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the team at England 2015 are working incredibly hard to ensure our nation delivers one of the best sports tournaments the world will have ever seen. And I have no doubt, it’s going to be amazing. 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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Summer Days

It’s a definite bonus to being a student that we get a very long Summer holiday – nearly four months long. You’ll never have this much time off once you start full-time work (or if you do, please let me know what profession you’re in), so I think it’s important to make the most of it.

After my first year at UCB, I worked my part-time waitressing job for the first few months and then took off to New Zealand and Australia, via Malaysia, for six weeks. I worked extra hours at my job to save money and then went on my trip of a lifetime. I’ve always wanted to travel to that part of the world and it didn’t disappoint. I had the most amazing time travelling through New Zealand, met lots of great people, and had so much fun. I caught up with old friends in Australia and went on a few mini-adventures, ticking off a number of places on my dream travel list.

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Dream Placement

Each year, one lucky Sports Management student gets the opportunity to go on placement. My friend and coursemate, Max, recently returned from his incredible year away in America.

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Here’s what Max had to say…

Placement: Fitness & Recreation Intern, The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Continue reading…