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Summer is finally here!!

The sun is shining today, and whilst it isn't guaranteed everyday we seem to be having an excellent summer so far! Summer is by far my favourite season! Summer also marks the end of another University year - it's crazy how fast they go! And it leaves me thinking that in twelve months time I'll have graduated, which is extremely exciting but also so scary all at the same time.

Knowing how fast the last twelve months have gone makes me realise that the next twelve will definitely fly by and whether you are starting your First, Second or Third year, or you're starting a completely different challenge all together, the next year is going to go so quickly no matter what, and it's up to you how you perform during them. I can't believe how much my placement year has made me appreciate my time - in my first two years I university I don't think I realised how much free time I had, and how much I could achieve with my free time. I am so glad that I have been on my placement year as I feel much more prepared for my final year university now, and can't wait for September to come around so I can use my time more wisely and achieve my potential.

Jobhunting

Posted 13 Aug 2014 by Tamara

 

So...It's finally come to that time I've been dreading throughout my whole three years of university....I've finished and now need to get a job and start my many many years of working life! Ridiculous to think three years has gone so fast, in some ways I still feel like the eighteen year old nervous wreck who first arrived at University, but on the other hand how much these three years has helped me to mature is unbelievable!

 As I'm hoping to eventually get into medical school and become a doctor, I want to obtain a job that would work as a stopgap between now and hopefully eventually getting into medical school. A job that will also help further my application not hinder it, and be something I am interested in possibly taking further if medical school does not work out!! So not much to ask for...

I thought I'd just write a few tips for obtaining a job, whether it be a part time job or the big graduate job at the end! Happy Hunting...:

1. Update your CV continuously

May seem pretty simple, but the amount of out of date CV's is ridiculous, and you're chucking away a valuable opportunity to show off all that you've done recently! Furthermore, not as important for small part time jobs, but crucial for the big graduate jobs, is to tailor your CV to each job, sometimes even starting a completely new one, to ensure it is relevant for that employer rather than just being generic!

2. Ask for help!

Writing a CV is a lot of hard work and quite tedious at times, no matter which way you spin it! But by using the amazing facilities that Kingston University provides, such as 'KU Talent' to help build on your application, or by simply sending it round your (trusted) friends and family, you can get a whole new perspective on how to write it and what bits sound effective and the bits that definitely need to get deleted!

3. Your CV is a reflection of you

Time and time again you're trying to sell yourself so much and had that many people edit your CV that it sounds nothing like you!! Ensure it still has you personality in it as that's what employers want to see, and above all else - Don't lie!!!

4. Ask around

Someone in your circle of friends and family will most likely have connections to an area you want a job in, so ask around!! And to help further this, as early on as possible networking is key!

5. Read job descriptions

Actually know what you're applying for, as it's absolutely gutting spending ages working on an application form for something you want, then finding out you're not even eligible for it!

6. Sign up to services

For me this is so important!! KU Talent are amazing at sending out opportunities and will help you up to three years after you graduate, and websites such as Milkround are constantly posting jobs. There's bound to be a job for you on there!

So there you have it, any questions feel free to ask!! :)

 

Monday

After applying last week I received a phone call to say I'd been accepted to a networking event with Closer magazine. I'm interested in going into publishing and writing, so thought it was worth popping along. I had an amazing time and now have some great contacts and work experience lined up with the magazine!

Networking with Closer magazine

Tuesday

A trip to see Guardians of the Galaxy with my boyfriend. I wasn't sure I would enjoy it but it was fantastic! Student discount also makes it a lot more appealing. I'll be off to see The Inbetweeners 2 when I get back to Kingston at the weekend!

A lovely trip to the cinema

Wednesday

This is my confirmation letter that I have now switched to full field English Literature. In my first year I studied a combined course that was half English Literature and half Creative Writing but found I was more passionate about English Literature. I've known I was switching for a long time but it's nice to receive the official letter!

The confirmation letter makes it all the more official

Thursday

My Reading Festival tickets are finally here! I ordered these months ago and they are a 21st birthday present for my boyfriend. I can't wait, 2 weeks to go!

Tickets to the Reading Festival!

Friday

The view from the 31st floor or The Shard in London. I spent tonight on a girly night with some of my friends from Uni and afterwards we went on to Leicester Square. It was fab to meet up over this fab view. London is one of my favourite places in the world.

The beautiful view from the Shard

Saturday

As today was moving day I fell asleep before I could get any pictures of the new flat. This, however, made me laugh while I was lugging boxes around. This is a picture of my friend Dani and I waiting for our dinner... we were so hungry at this point!

So hungry!

Sunday

My new bedroom. It feels weird being back in Kingston already but I've tried to make the space my own and had a look around the local area. If I'm honest, I have been feeling a bit homesick after being back in Basingstoke for so long. I'm hoping once I get back to work and Uni I'll settle in faster.

My new bedroom

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