do not arrange work experience themselves is staggering. By planning your own placement in the university holidays (and face it students, you do get a lot of time off!) will show employers that you have a genuine interest in your chosen career path, initiative (or common sense depending which way you look at it), and motivation find your own placement.
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As many students are starting or making there way back to university it has got me thinking about my time at university and how I didn’t really make the most of it. I left university two years ago graduating with a 2:1 BA Hons Geography degree.
I have been lucky and had a job I really enjoy since graduating but I know for a lot of recent graduates this has not been the case and it has been a hard time facing unemployment. When you drill down to the reason why jobs are so hard to come by for graduates, it is usually the lack of relevant experience. University isn’t a three year piss up anymore, with employers looking for more than just shop experience for you to stand out about the increasing volumes of applicants. This has made it tougher than ever to land a meaningful role. This post goes through some of the decisions I have made and what I would tell my 18 year old self now.
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My course did not include a placement year. Looking back this does put you at a disadvantage for a variety of reasons. A placement year is a great opportunity to try a career path or to explore a new one. A previous friend of mine found that the career path she originally wanted to follow (journalism) was not the right path for her after going on placement at a local radio station.
Placements lead you to making connections which will help you in the future and could even lead you to a job. My fiance got a job after a week’s work experience at a newspaper. These days employers do not want to spend time to train up employees (not necessarily something I agree with but that’s a different story) so by gaining experience in a variety of different areas will make you more desirable.
Admittedly I did go on a ‘placement’ module which was helping one of the university academic’s with research. I was interviewed which meant being up against my course mates so was thrilled when I got the placement. However this wasn’t enough. All my research could be done from home so I wasn’t in a physical work area where I could interact with people, the consequence of this was no networking. Nonetheless juggling two research projects in my final year (the other being the dissertation) showed potential employers that I could deal with pressure and I think was one of the reasons why I was employed in my first role after university.
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In three years the only job I held down was a full time cleaning role in the summer holiday and about four weeks work experience in a school because at the time I thought I wanted to be a teacher. Therefore I had tonnes of spare time in term time and just wasted it. I should have written down two or three career paths I was interested in, got on the phone and asked places if they would take someone on for a few weeks. A student on my course at one point held down five different paid and unpaid jobs in her degree so gained many transferable skills that made her stand out. She deservedly was the first student on my course who landed herself a graduate role.
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Studying Geography I was focused on the environment and humanitarian work. However I didn’t research if there were many long term roles in that area and what skills are required. If I had researched this I would have been able to tailor my experiences to fulfill the skills requirements or broaden my horizons a lot more.
The Saturdays are by far one of my most liked girl groups. Although they haven’t always had number ones (I think they only had one number one with What About Us). They have still have managed to churn out such hits such as Up (my personal favorite), Ego, All Fired Up and Issues among others. They have a song for pretty much any problem a female may come across such as men (I am looking at you Forever Is Over) or girly outing (Notorious). So finally after years of admiring them from afar I brought tickets to go see them on their Greatest Hits Tour at the Birmingham NIA.
The theme for this concert was travel. So five minutes before the concert a voice announced that ”The Sats Airlines will depart in five minutes” and every minute thereafter. As it was the greatest hits tour tune after tune after tune were just belted out. For a set list click here My best songs were Work as the male topless dancers on stage were pretending to be working out at the gym which is a sight I like to see ;). Gentleman for the imagery on the screen. When the girls were singing the list of men near the end of the song the image of Obama that flashed up on the screen from behind got a chuckle from the crowd. The final song What About Us had the girls on screen dancing around a fire engine and the dancers on stage got a hose and blasted out smoke which was quite funny to watch.
The support acts
The support acts included Calvin Goldspink who used to be in S Club Juniors!, SD-Jem and Beth Sherburn. I cannot comment about Beth Sherburn’s performance because I arrived just as she was finishing her set. SD- Jem were good, Shanel’s voice was incredible. Her voice was so strong and bold and from looking at their website it seems they are already making tracks in the UK Urban music scene having supported Cher Lloyd on her tour. BriBry a solo artist from Ireland was fantastic. His music is very folky, chilled and the song lyrics are sung from the heart. He was cracking jokes on stage and was taking the piss out of himself which makes him really easy to relate to. He is the only support act that I have listened non stop on Spotify as I have been going about the daily monotonous tasks of travelling to work and cleaning my house… An up and coming artist, I think will be huge in the next few years.
Although the set was very simple with a platform on the stage that the girls and dancers can walk up and down on. There was enough variety in terms of the dance moves, fast and slow songs positioned appropriately and the background screen meant you were not getting bored. The girls grouped together often which was great for taking photos and when the girls spoke to the audience and to each other you could see that they are good friends and enjoy each other’s company. The Saturdays seemed very down to earth and I feel personally are fantastic role models for the younger generation.
Favourite song to watch
Gentleman definitely for me, just for the imagery on the screen. The image of Obama got a chuckle from the crowd.
Would you go and see them again?
Although the concert wasn’t the best theatrically if you are a die hard fan of The Saturday’s then I certainly think it is worth going. I thought the ticket price £32 was reasonable and the lasted around two hours which was the perfect timing as the end went off with a bang rather than dragging it out for too long. I had a really good time and it was such a laugh.
A small post from me today. A while back I was reading on twitter an article about what everyday cyclists take with them on their rides. So I thought I would share mine here.
1, Schwalbe Tyre Leavers. Amazon £3.95
These tyre leavers were brought after hearing reading the good reviews on Amazon. These tyre leavers do the job fine.
2, Inner Tube Raleigh 700×19-23c. Amazon £10.89 for three
I always carry a spare inner tube on longer rides just in case.
3, EyezOff GP96A Alloy Mini Bike Pump. Amazon £10.99
The pump is very easy to use and is easy to mount onto the bike. You can use this pump with Presta and Schrader valves.
4, Energy Gel Hi5 Brought as part of the race pack at The Cycle Show but see here
If I am cycling a longer route then I like taking one of these out with me. I really like the taste of these energy gels as the taste is not too sweet and the texture is not too sticky. Sometimes I just take a cereal bar instead.
5, Drinks Bottle. Wiggle (not available)
Essential for any ride this Wiggle bottle is one of many I own.
6, High5 Energy Bottle. Amazon £5.49
I tend to carry a larger water bottle and one smaller one. This High5 bottle is just one of many I own.
7, Puncture Repair Kit. This was a freebie from a cycling magazine but you can find similar from any cycle shop.
8, Lazer Sunglasses.
From a bike jumble sale at the Manchester Velodrome.
On the Bank Holiday Holiday weekend my partner and I headed over to Cannock Chase to go mountain biking for the day. Both being quite keen road and track cyclists, mountain biking was something new to try.
Cannock Chase is situated on Staffordshire which is in the West Midlands. Easily accessible from the M6.
You can hire out bikes but we both brought our own as hiring bikes are £30 each. My bike is nothing fancy just a cheap Apollo brought second hand. At Cannock Chase there are different routes to try with the black route being the hardest and the green route being the easiest. We both decided the Blue Route (the middle of the two) would be best- 7 1/2 miles long so not too short but not long for us as we both are not used to riding on tough terrain.
The signage is excellent and we soon got going along our way (just to note you can download trail maps from the internet). The paths are wide so you can go more at your own pace as you don’t feel that you are holding anyone up. The route was easily achievable with a nice selection of uphill cycling with some fun downhill riding and plenty of puddles and dips to go through!
On the blue route there wasn’t any obstacles to overcome however I am aware there are obstacles on the red and black routes.
Physically I found the ride quite tough. I hate cycling up hills so having a hill right at the beginning of the route certainly does not motivate me! It took around an hour and a half to do the route whereas if I was on my road bike I would have cycled twice the distance in that time. This could be because of the bike that I had not being the best. However I felt that I had a good workout and Cannock Chase is lovely to look at. So I couldn’t resist stopping and taking a few photos.
At the end we wondered around a Swinnerton Cycles a shop that is situated there. The shop mainly sells mountain bikes and gear but also lots of nutritional food. There is also a pressure washer which for a £1.00 you can spray your bikes down which is extremely handy if you went in the rain like I did to get mud off.
The second time I headed back to Cannock I tried the longest of the blue route which was 12 miles. This time it was sunny therefore I managed to take some really good pictures. I had recently brought a better bike (a Carrera in case you were wondering) and sold my Apollo and it made such a difference. I found that the bike could cope better with the terrain as it was lighter. Even though the route was longer it was much easier on a better bike.
There are plenty of facilities at Cannock Chase as well as Swinnerton Cycles mentioned above there are toilets and a cafe shop as well as a go- ape course and you could hire a segway if you want.
If you would like to go mountain biking in Cannock Chase or see what else the park has to offer check the website out here