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Having just attended an event to help my development and plan my career path, it only seems fitting to pass on some of this knowledge and advice to you guys! Because that's the ultimate plan after all - university is just a stepping-stone in to the big wide corporate world, and giving yourself the best start is essential in what is becoming a very competitive market.

Firstly, I'll start with the most obvious and common question - 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?

When I Grow Up...

The answer to this question is not a job title, which would have been the case when we were younger and probably changed weekly, if not daily!

But should be a series of jobs which create a path / journey which will help take you to where you want to be, you may only know the first couple of destinations on your journey, or the end goal, but key to this journey is that it's something you enjoy. The path can and will develop overtime as you gain more experience and knowledge and there is nothing wrong with that.

This leads me to the main piece of advice I been given and am trying to follow; it's to use the T methodto develop your knowledge, a theory that can be some what over looked when people are starting out in their career, but one I feel that is vital.

So let me explain - Your aim is to make your knowledge into the shape of a T, by learning a lot about one area, and a little about a lot, which should therefore in time make you an expert in one particular area of business. If you can become an expert in one particular area, and become known for your expertise, you will become an incredibly sought after individual. It is important that you are passionate about the subject you choose to pursue, as without passion you will struggle with the long hours and hard work required to achieve your goals. Try to spend regular time developing and educating yourself, as constant improvement will ensure you reach, and stay at the top.

Your area of knowledge doesn't have to remain a T shape as you move through your career though, over time you can deepen your knowledge in other areas and add extra layers, but becoming an expert in one area is the best way to start.

Whilst gaining knowledge is vital, it is also important to implement that knowledge.

Knowledge doesn't equal Power.

Knowledge + Action = Power

So start May off with me, as Marvelous May, and make every day count towards your career by learning / building on your expertise every day.

Good luck x

A Critical Time

Posted 1 May 2014 by Abigail

 

Hi Guys! 

Whatever stage of education you are at, the next few months are always going to be very important. It's the time of the year that everyone, including myself, goes a bit mad with deadlines and exam revision. It's a stressful time but it doesn't have to be, so here are my top tips for revision and stress relief -

. Get off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other form of social media! Don't procrastinate and waste valuable time checking news feeds. De-activate your account and don't go back on until you have finished your work - if someone needs to contact you then they will call you if it's really important.

. Take breaks, go for a walk or a run to clear your head. You need to look at your work with fresh eyes to be able to spot mistakes so go for long walk or even just watch a film then go back to your work and you'll be able to spot mistakes much easier. It's also a great way of relieving stress and giving your brain and eyes a rest!

. Make checklists. I live my entire life by making checklists, they help me prioritise what is most important and needs to be done right away. I get a kick out of being able to tick them off which is even more motivation to try to do everything on the list. 

. Have something to look forward to after you have finish yours assignments and exams. Whether that be a holiday, festival, a party or just a catch up with a friend it will help to motivate you to work harder. I've booked to go to a music festival in Spain with some friends this summer, so when I'm stuck at home revising I think of that to inspire me to work! 

Good luck!

Moving On Out

Posted 29 Apr 2014 by Teddy (Teodora)

 

Moving Away From Home

What I have learned from being an ambassador and meeting students is that people are anxious about moving away from home. Looking back at my own experience, this is the kind of thing I have never worried about. I moved to a country that I had never previously even visited and the thought didn't scare me at all. That being said, now that I have, hmm.. (aged?) I realize I will have to move again after graduation and the thought of losing the security of my routine scares me. Mind you, I will be staying in the London area and the only real changes will be connected to moving to a new house and possibly changing my work place.

The changes I have described above might be what you are about to go through or are currently going through. And I hope the words below are as much an encouragement for you as they are a reassurance for me.  I thought I would give you an idea of the kind of responsibilities you will need to take on when you live on your own and the advantages of living away from your parents.

Responsibilities:

  • Learning how to schedule your time effectively. (This is a skill that becomes particularly useful in the final year of your studies.)
  • Keeping your room/ kitchen area/ house clean.
  • Creating and sticking to a set budget.
  • Paying the bills on time.
  • You depend on yourself, the skills you have, how hard you work and how motivated you are.
  • Sticking to deadlines and creating your own reminders/ schedules/ diary.
  • If you work, allowing yourself enough time to wake up, get up and get to work (or lectures) on time.

Advantages of moving out:

  • Becoming independent.
  • Having your own space.
  • Going by your own schedule.
  • Meeting new people; finding new interests; spending/wasting time on the things that truly interest you.
  • No nagging! ;)
  • Inviting friends round whenever is convenient for you.
  • Designing your day/ week/ month the way you want it to be.
  • Growing up.

To be honest, moving away from home is the fastest route to growing up. The change will allow you to become independent and it will teach you to cope on your own. Don't forget that there are plenty of possibilities for you to go back home and visit family and friends. Just remember that people eventually move on and away from where they spent their childhood and/or their teenage years. Don't be afraid to do the same and take charge of your life. As long as you are motivated and you don't lose track of your life, you will do great!

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