AMII @ THIRTY

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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My 2016 review

We’re a week from Christmas and two weeks from the end of the year, so I thought I’d do a little review of my 2016 highlights. I’m not one to set New Year’s resolutions but I try to work hard and have lots of fun every year and 2016 has been no exception. Continue reading…


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Christmas Jumper Day

Today is my favourite working day of the year – it’s Christmas Jumper Day! For the last 5 years, ITV’s Text Santa has been the driver for the day with them choosing a range of charities to give the collected money to. This year, though, there’s no Text Santa but a number of charities are still using Christmas Jumper Day as a fundraising opportunity. 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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365 days

A lot can happen in a year. 365 days ago, I wrote my final post as a UCBlogger. Having finished my final year of a BA in Sports Management at UCB, received confirmation of my degree classification, and accepted a new job, I had no idea what the next 365 days would bring.

I can tell you now. It’s been an absolute whirlwind.

I am in total disbelief that a year has passed. And looking back, I have some truly amazing memories to share with you. Continue reading…


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A great life lesson

52 weeks ago I wrote my first blog post as a UCBlogger. I hadn’t started my final year at university, I hadn’t thought too much about my future career path (except that, ideally, I’d like to go into marketing) and I certainly hadn’t dared to dream that 52 weeks later I’d have been awarded a First Class degree, have started my perfect job and be just a few weeks away from the most incredible volunteer opportunity I’ll ever get.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being one of the first UCBloggers. It’s a great opportunity for students at University College Birmingham and I hope the incoming bloggers get as much out of it as I have.

Knowing that people from nearly 60 different countries have read my blog over the past year is truly astounding. I hope many of those are current or prospective UCB students who have learned something about the uni and what student life in Birmingham is like. FYI, it’s great and I have loved every second of it.

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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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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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