Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller

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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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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…

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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.

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Over the last 10 years I have volunteered my time to rugby in various capacities and I’d like to let you know a bit about what I’ve done, why I love it so much and what I gain from it. The merits of being a volunteer are ten-fold, whether its for a sports club or for any other cause. Volunteers are needed all over our towns and cities in many different industries and environments. Giving up even just one hour of your week to be a volunteer can be so worthwhile both personally and for the community you’re working in. Continue reading…

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Happy New Year to you all!

I’ve had a hectic Christmas but am back in Birmingham and trying to revise for my two exams at the end of next week.

The start of a year always gives me a good chance to look back over the previous year and look forward to the new one. I am, however, not one to make specific new year’s resolutions in January. I tend to set myself various small and big goals throughout the year, some with a set deadline and others more open-ended. Often, it takes me until March/April to even sit and write anything down – this gives me time to see how the year is unfolding.

I usually focus on these areas of my life:

  • work and career
  • personal and family
  • personal development (uni falls into this one)

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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…