Graduate Jobs

Being a student in my final year of University I decided to apply for some graduate work programmes with some fairly big name companies. I avoided the big four professional services firms because lets face it, they only really want accountants. I didn’t really have much hope for most of the programmes that I applied for but there was one I was fairly certain that I would make the next stage of the application process. I wasn’t applying for something I had no experience in either. I applied for a certain banks retail sector. This generally meant customer service. I’ve had around 2 years of customer service experience dealing with a variety of clients, and I’m not talking about working in a supermarket or in a clothing store, I’m talking about a proper desk job engaging with stakeholders. I received an email this morning stating that I had not made the next round. It was pretty bumming and it still is. I kinda had my hopes set on that position to make it all easy for me at the end of year, all set out and planned for me. If that was my best chance then needless to say I don’t look likely for any of the others I’ve applied for. It’s been a few hours know since I read it and even though I’m still bummed out I gotta look on the positive side. This narrows the range of jobs I can now apply for and I no longer have my hopes set on one job. I can now start looking around for different opportunities. Only a handful of Uni grads have a job lined up for them before they graduate. I’m not one of them, but that doesn’t mean I won’t find a good job. Never let your head fall. Just keep looking forward and remember that your first job after graduating, when you eventually get it, isn’t your last.



So I find myself back at work again. Haven’t been to work for a while since last week I was away for a business case competition for Uni. It’s currently my Uni break and I’m spending the last two free days of it stuck here in the office. It’s a pretty slow day today so that means there’s lots of time to just think. As stated in my previous post, time is actually hard to come by as most of the time we’re flooded with tons of unwanted chores, tasks, or work. Because of this I’m trying to make my “free” time worthwhile by trying to plan out what I want to achieve over the next few years. My loving girlfriend has made me a timesheet that spans the next few years. The problem is that it’s actually pretty hard to fill. While I’m very happy with my life at the moment it’s pretty hard for me to try and map out my career path. I’ve always been the kind of person that floats along that deals with things as they happen, so trying to map everything out can be quite a task. I’m 21 and I’m graduating at the end of the year. The only thing I can imagine will happen will be that I will get some kind of job and make some amount of money. But what job should I be looking for and does it really matter? If I’m happy now then won’t the job I get not really affect me? I know I want to make lots of money but how am I going to do that? These are all probably questions I should’ve asked myself when I was younger but for now, I’m happy and I’ll figure it out by the end of this year….the year that seems to be going by way to fast.



For those of us who keep up to date with technology news you’d probably have seen talk about the mobile 4G network that’s getting a lot of buzz. Now for those of you who are saying to  yourselves “4G??I was just hearing about this 3g thing!”, there’s no need to worry. Sure technology is advancing at a rapid speed but that’s no reason to be looking at your old black and white 2G phone in dismay (although an upgrade to a colour screen in this day and age wouldn’t hurt).

Time for a little background info. 3G phone networks allow high speed data transfers. This lets people with 3G phones browse the web etc. All 4G is, is an even faster network. The type of phones generally created for these networks are smartphones. Now, over the past few years smart phones have been getting a lot attention, phones like the iPhone and…well..the iPhone. There are plenty of other smartphone alternatives offered at the moment but this article isn’t about that. This article is aimed at those who are worried they are being left behind in this sea of new advancements in mobile technology. In a nutshell, you are being left behind, but so what? I’m a twenty one year old University student and I don’t have a smartphone, and the majority of people don’t, so why get one? Smartphones offer great connectivity and the ability to control a lot of things through just that one device. You can set meetings, check your email, have video calls, edit word documents, play music, watch video. This all sounds cool but who really needs all that? I have a friend with an iPhone and they just use it as a regular phone! Would you really use it any differently than the way you use your current phone? Just remember that the next time you’re thinking of dishing out your hard earned cash for an iPhone. Besides, don’t get one and end up looking like that tool in your lecture who pulls out his iPhone so everyone can see (other analogies welcome). Stick with your old candyblock phone and be proud! Just think, if you were being chased by bad guys and had to jump into a lake to escape you wouldn’t think twice about your phone. If you had an iPhone however, you’d have to think about whether or not the cost of treating gunshot wounds would be less than replacing your phone! Treat your old battered and bruised phone with a bit of respect these days and remember that even when you have greasy fingers it won’t retaliate with horrible fingerprints.

Final advice: Don’t buy into the hype and save your money!



I’m in my final year of studies at University, and for the first time during my entire University career I find myself truly pressed for time. It’s a strange situation in regards to time management when you’re at University. When I was in High School it seemed like I had more free time. Here at University, I could have only one lecture for a whole day yet it seems like I have less free time to do anything!  In my first three years of Uni I managed to cruise by fairly well. Time management wasn’t really necessary, but these days assignments, work, and other activities are piling up on each other and I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling this. You don’t have to be in University to feel pressed for time so here is something to consider every time you feel that twenty four hours in a day just isn’t enough!

Do you do anything for yourself? Sounds like a strange question, but think about it. When I was in High School It seemed like I had more free time and I was never rushing about to do things because most of the things I did were for me. I hung out with my friends, played basketball, had band practice, and a bunch of useless activities that looking back now as an adult make me shake my head in shame. These days I wake up, go to some classes, I stress the word some, go to work, go home and mope, and repeat the next day. My only saving grace is my girlfriend but she’s already working as a graduate accountant which leaves me along most of the time. My point is that I no longer do anything for myself these days and that makes time pass by so fast because I do things that I actually want to end fast. I work for someone else, I go to Uni so I can get a degree to work for someone else, there’s just no “me” time.

You can get to a very low place if you don’t change up your routine or the change way you perceive how you spend your day. If your day doesn’t involve some time for yourself then you’re not living a life that’s healthy for your mind or soul. Everyone needs that all elusive free time, it’s just a matter of starting somewhere. How did I manage it you ask? It’s all about finding that existing spare time that you take for granted and doing something you love. For me it was that spare hour in between a lecture to hit the driving range, for others it can be that extra thirty minutes in the morning before work to watch your favourite show. All these tiny pieces of time in the day that we take for ourselves help add a bit our own personality to an otherwise unfulfilling day. It’s about taking the day (I was going to use the cliché of seize the day but ruled against it) and remembering that you’re still in control of it.

Yes I know it doesn’t make the clock go any slower, or extend the day to thirty hours, but it will remind you of a time when you had the time to do whatever you want, and more importantly, it will remind you of what you should be doing. You should be enjoying life every chance you get.

January 2018
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