4 lessons to gain from Internships

The annoying cycle of applying for grad jobs and either not hearing back, or hearing back only to be told that you don’t have the necessary experience to be considered for the role.

I’m sorry, but how else are you going to gain that experience if employers are not willing to give you that opportunity? This is where the dreaded word ‘Internships’ come into play.

A lot of people look down on internships because of the low, or sometimes even non-existent pay. Yes, I agree time is money, and you should be paid for your work. However unpaid internships (within reason) show great resilience and passion for your chosen field.

Now, of course, you don’t want to go overboard and accept every single unpaid opportunity you come across, as this will not work in your favour when applying to paid jobs. However, once you do gain that Internship, paid or unpaid, there are a lot of things that you will start to discover. I have put together a list of 4 lessons you will learn from undergoing an internship, to help you to understand just how valuable they can actually be.

Top 4

1. Organisation

Organisation plays a key role in…well, just about everything. Since interning, I have learnt that it is a very vital skill you need in all walks of life. You will soon learn the art of to-do lists and the wave of satisfaction that flows within you once you begin to tick items off. A lot of note taking will take place also, don’t trick yourself into thinking that that piece of information will stay in your head!

2. Clarity

Think of internships as a trial run. Almost everything has the ability to look good on paper, however, you will never truly know whether your dream job is actually something that you want to pursue, until you try it out. Interning is a great way to do just this without any long-term commitment.

3. Time-Keeping

Internships are a great way to perfect the art of great time keeping & prioritisation. These skills are needed in all aspects of life, once they are learnt at this level, the easier they are to transfer and apply to pretty much anything

4. How to converse 

Conversing/small talk in the working world is daunting but necessary. You never know what doors are waiting to be opened or what contacts are yet to be made, just by striking up a conversation. Stuck on what to talk about? Maybe start by connecting with team members on LinkedIn. This way you’ll be able to grow your connections whilst also having a peek at their interests, giving you somewhat of a direction for future conversations.

That is all for now! Thank you for reading, hopefully, this has helped someone somewhere. If you have any more tips or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Wireless 2018

The lowdown

IMG_4196Let me just start off by saying, I had no intention of attending Wireless festival this year. It was a really spontaneous, last minute thing; last minute as in we bought tickets online the day before from a third-party seller, and weren’t even sure whether they were real or not.

Luckily they were real and we made it in. I literally started hyperventilating when I could hear Majid Jordan’s set starting whilst we were still going through security.

THEY. WERE. AMAZING!!

It was my second time seeing them and they were just as great as the first, they were definitely the highlight of the day (I’m a tad bias), paired with Stormzy and Migos.

The energy was a little off, almost as though the crowd were scared to move. I mean I partially don’t blame them, someones wig actually went flying at one point.

Overall, Wireless was a fun day out. The food was just outstanding, we had a jerk chicken rice box from a Caribbean stand which I cannot for the life of me remember the name of. However, It isn’t high on the top of my list to attend again. I feel like there are other festivals (WooHah & Parklife) that offer much more such as rides, karaoke and other fun activities to break up the day.

Outfit Details:

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Cat eye sunglasses – H&M

Dress – H&M

Bum Bag – French Connection

 

 

 

Why we can never reach happiness…

Optimism is by no means my strong point.

After buying an abundance of self help books, which I must say did nothing to improve my pessimistic outlook on life, I found myself struggling to be happy.

At first, I believed there to be something wrong with me. I mean maybe there is, but perhaps there is also something wrong with our ideology and the way we interpret things as a society.

The vast majority of the human race regard themselves to be unhappy, which then goes on to see us take part in different processes to achieve happiness, only to be stopped short in our tracks.We seem to be always chasing it but somehow it always tends to be just out of our reach.

Now the reason to why we can never reach happiness, is simply because it doesn’t exist.

Yes, I know this may be a little controversial, but what other way can you explain it.

First off, the term happiness is subjective, it differs from person to person. In my mind it’s a liquid state, forever changing, moving around and falling through our fingers…never in our grip.

secondly, happiness is a social construct & is often used to describe the feeling of being content. This inaccurate use of terminology further aids our confusion of emotions, leaving us to wonder why our ‘happiness’ never seems to be a long term emotional state.

The mere fact that we are continuously indulging into things that we believe will make us happy, in itself proves that we are incapable of happiness irregardless of its true existence. We end up getting lost in the cycle of consumerism which evidently goes on to make us even more unhappy… the exact opposite of what we had set out to achieve in the first place.

Stop chasing the non existent & start living


Adina

Dealing with unemployment after University

The U word

Unemployment is unfortunately something all of us have, or will one day have to experience.  My first encounter with unemployment came straight after I had left university. Stuck in an awkward situation of not having experience whilst not being granted the opportunity to gain experience, did nothing to improve the situation.

I figured as the majority of third years have now finished University, it would be a good time to share a few tips centred around the way in which I dealt with unemployment.

Please note that I am by no means an expert at this, I am just sharing the things that I found useful in the hopes that it might help at least one person.

So you’re unemployed

For some, unemployment may feel like the end of the road before the journey has even begun. What we need to understand is that it is only the beginning, and we need to embrace it. By embrace, I don’t mean to binge watch Netflix for hours upon end (as tempting as it may seem haha), but to make good use of the 24 hours a day we are gifted, by doing the things that we otherwise wouldn’t have time for when working a full-time job.

Tip 1: Learn a language

Having an additional language is such an amazing skill. Not only does it look great on your CV, it also helps to strengthen your memory, as you’ll be learning new words and phrases. Not to mention you’ll also have an excuse to visit the country and put your new language skills to the test.

Duolingo is a great free tool used to help with the basics and can be accessed on a wide range of devices, it is made up of short yet challenging exercises proven to give you that head start to gaining fluency.

In addition to Duolingo there are a bunch of podcasts and YouTube videos that can be used to further enhance your language learning.

Tip 2: Start a blog/Build a portfolio

If like me you are looking to get into the creative industry, then this is a very important step. Most companies ask for a compilation of your work so it’s good to have this more or less ready in advance. Start off by taking a look at those who are already in your desired industry and pull inspiration from them.

WordPress and Wix are good places to host digital portfolios/blogs and are free to create.

Tip 3: Enrol in free online classes

Online classes are a great way to pass the time whilst also expanding your knowledge.

Websites such as Future Learn and OpenLearn offer a wide range of free online classes at different levels. The course you choose is completely up to you, whether you want to do something aligned with your desired career, or study something for the fun of it, the choice is yours.

Tip 4: Travel

This list would not have been complete without the inclusion of travelling

If you have the financial capability to do so, then travel as much as you can. Life is too short and the world is too big to spend it in one place. Who knows when you will next get the opportunity to travel the world. In most organisations you only get around 23 days off per year, which isn’t a lot when you come to think of it.

If finances are an issue, then it is worth considering a working holiday visa. More details can be found on the Bunac website.

That’s all for now

If you’ve made it this far, then thank you so much for reading. Hopefully you have found this useful. If you have any more tips or suggestions then please feel free to leave them in the comments 🙂