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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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The Time is Now

I wrote a few weeks ago about the up-coming General Election and it created some really interesting conversations and discussions. Something really important which came up was that lots of people didn’t realise they need to register to vote.

The process for voter registration changed in June 2014 and now it is up to each individual to register (it used to be a single household registration which would list all names of eligible voters in that house). An upside of this change though is that you can now register online, making it even easier to do.

An October 2014 report suggested that 9 in 10 people were automatically transferred to the new system but if you were the 1 in 10 who were missed off, or if you weren’t registered to begin with, then you need to get it sorted.

Monday 20th April is the deadline for voter registration.

Registering online literally takes less than  Continue reading…

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Four weeks to go…

…and then life, as I’ve known it for the past three years, will suddenly be very different.

Why, you ask? Because on the 8th May, I have two assignment deadlines, my final lecture, and my last ever assessed seminar.

Although I will officially still be a student, I’ll have no responsibilities left after the 8th towards completing my degree at UCB. I will be finished. Three years of really hard work will come to an end. I will breathe the biggest sigh of relief, and probably shed a few exhausted tears. 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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Change your future. Change our country.

There is a General Election in the UK this year. It’s on 7th May. Which is exactly eight weeks away. If you are eligible to, please go and vote.

Why should I vote?
A hundred years ago, I would not have had the right to vote. As a female, it was not a liberty I would have been afforded here in the UK. Thanks to the tireless efforts, campaigning and activism of strong women, such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Annie Kenney, most women over the age of 30 were first granted the right to vote in 1918. This was amended in 1928 to include women aged over 21 (in line with the rights given to men). The voting age for everyone was then lowered to 18 in 1969.

Since I turned 18, I have voted in every election held: European elections, General Elections, local elections, elections for crime commissioners. Even when I was out of the country on my gap year, I had my mum vote as my proxy. The universal right to vote fundamentally represents the democracy we live in. Voting gives us the power to influence how our country is governed; it is our way to speak up. It reflects the work of the suffragettes a hundred years ago. It reflects the ongoing work of our armed forces at home and abroad in ensuring our liberties. It reflects our history, our present, and our future.

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