Posted in Written by Stefana

A bit about me

Hello everyone! My name is Stefana and I am a new Intern here at 301. I am a second year Computer Science student so I spend most of my time in front of a computer. You will see me behind the reception desk starting September. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.

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This past academic year I was a Student Associate for Learning and Teaching working on improving Internationalisation in the Engineering Faculty. Our final project was starting a new society called Engineering Everything. The society will have events such as workshops, cross departmental projects, industry talks and also some fun events such as quizzes and competitions.

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I am also part of the KPop Dance Society. We meet once a week during term time and learn a new dance together. Our performance team did some amazing dance covers that you can check out on our Youtube channel.

Thank you for reading and I hope I will see you soon at 301!

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Posted in Written by Kim

Educational YouTube Channels Recommendations

Hi everybody! Kim here again. Over the summer, I often find myself craving for mental stimulus but not something heavy and dull. What helped me was educational YouTube videos as it’s visually engaging, not mentally draining and easy to comprehend.

Here are videos and the 5 channels that I really recommend to check out:

The channel posted the footnote video first and recommended their viewers to watch it first to understand the actual video.

 

After watching the footnote, you will get the gist that this video used sarcasm and reverse psychology, and not to be taken as it is.

 

What I love about this video is it’s humourous and simultaneously motivational content, and simplistic art of stick figures.

 

This is the channel’s latest video about white and dark dwarfs. They usually post videos related to science and technology, but they also discuss economic and social issues.

 

Their animation style is always adorable and colourful, and it helps me understand the content better. They also put up the sources used in their videos, so people could further look into the topic.

 

I first stumbled upon Khan Academy in 2013, during my college year. I needed help with Calculus and Economics. The channel also has videos on general mathematics, world history, chemistry and even medicine! The video below helped me understand monetary policy and fiscal policy.

 

Khan Academy videos basically helped me ace college. The explanations on each topic are easy to comprehend because the speaker explains it using simple English and used examples.

 

TED-ed’s channel focuses on creating lessons worth sharing and is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. They usually post videos about art, science, history, and general knowledge. Since I’m having a cuppa while writing this, here’s a video on the history of tea.

 

TED-ed’s videos are usually approximately 5 minutes long, which is great if you like short videos, and have different animation styles.

 

Last but not least, it’s the 301’s very own Youtube channel! The videos we post are related to study skills development and advice. Take some time before term starts and watch our videos to improve on your study skills.

 

 

 

I hope you all found those videos and channels interesting. If you like them, I would recommend liking and subscribing to show them support. Bye!

Posted in Uncategorized, Written by Britt

Part-time work and transferable skills

SUMMER is finally here, yay!!! Exams and essays are done and it’s time to relax and take a break from all things uni.

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Whilst it is very important to enjoy yourself over the summer, it’s also a great time to get some work experience. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a summer placement or internship – though these are great ways to get experience that is specific to a certain field. However, part-time work in sectors such as retail, hospitality and care are also fantastic opportunities to develop those all important ‘transferable skills’ that graduate employers are always talking about! Here are some of the skills part-time work can equip you with:

  1. Working under pressure. This is particularly the case in shops, bars, pubs and restaurants as these places tend to be pretty busy over the summer period. You will learn how to keep your cool in fast-paced, high-pressure environments, proving to employers that you’re able to cope with the demands of the working world.
  2. Motivation. Nothing says ‘I’m motivated’ like making yourself go to work when the temperature is in the 20’s and all your mates are sat outside at the pub. Whilst this may seem a bit rubbish at the time, it will show employers that you’re driven to succeed as you’re willing to work over the summer period when many others aren’t.
  3. Communication. Most jobs involve some level of communication, whether this is with customers, other team members or in writing. Being able to communicate effectively is a vital skill in our modern world and one that is highly desired by many graduate employers.
  4. Problem solving. Maybe someone has received the wrong meal, a member of staff has phoned in sick or just everything seems to be going wrong on that particular day. It is your job to assess the issues and come up with a reasonable solution so that the working day goes as smooth as possible. This shows that you can think on your feet and don’t simply panic whenever there’s a problem!

I hope this has inspired you to think about the part-time job opportunities that are available to you over the summer period! So, go out there and look for some work – you won’t regret it!

Posted in Intern advice, Written by Amber

Useful things to do over the summer

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I can’t believe the year is finally over! With a long summer break stretched out ahead of me, I’m looking forward to some well deserved rest and relaxation!

However I do often find myself getting bored over the summer so I’ve come up with some ideas on how to use all this free time in a productive way to prepare myself for studying next year!

 

Find a job or work experience

Finding a job over the summer can massively reduce your stress levels next year if you can save up some money! This gives you more time to concentrate on your studies and more freedom to enjoy doing things with your friends.

A work experience or summer placement is also a really good idea, particularly if you are lacking in relevant experience to your degree. This could give you a taste of a certain area of work to help with your career plans if you are unsure, and can strengthen your application by providing relevant experience and a range of transferrable skills. Not only this but you are likely to meet new people who could come be useful for your future career plans!

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Reading

If you have been given a reading list for your next year of study then you should probably aim to buy these books during the summer if you can afford to, rather than at the last minute during freshers when you are already going to be busy. It may be useful to take some time to familiarise yourself with the content of your books, particularly if there is a subject which will be new to you.

In addition to recommended reading, you may want to read for pleasure during the summer. This is a really great way to relax, take a break from technology but also allows you to keep your mind sharp and stay in practice of concentrating and reading ready for the next semester. You may not have time to read for pleasure during the term time, or may not want to (I get sick of the sight of books during the semester!) – so summer is the perfect time to read at your leisure. Grab a book and sit in the garden with a nice cold drink.reading-seuss

Updating your CV

Not as interesting as reading, but updating your CV while you have free time in the summer can save you time when you need it at a later date. In addition to this, reading over and updating your CV provides you with a really great opportunity to reflect on the skills you have developed in the last academic year and look back on your experiences. You can use this reflection to consider what skills and experience you may still be lacking in, and concentrate on building on these areas next year!

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Create a LinkedIn profile

Creating a LinkedIn profile allows you to connect with professionals which allows you to keep in touch with lecturers, network with new people and showcase your own achievements. This could provide amazing opportunities and out of all the ideas listed here, is definitely the one that I need to get done over the summer!

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Posted in Written by Sophie

A few tips for applications and interviews over the summer!

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Hi everyone!  I’m Sophie, one of the new interns at 301.  I’ve just finished my undergraduate degree in English Language and Linguistics and will be studying a Masters next year.  Looking forward to meeting some of your next year at 301!

I thought I would write a post on applications and interviews for those of you who are job-hunting over the summer holidays.  I was looking for work over the summer too, and was incredibly anxious as I needed to save up money for the next academic year.  Hopefully these tips will help you concentrate on finding work, and will make your search slightly easier.

  1. It is better to apply for fewer jobs and put effort into them!

In the past, I often didn’t take care over my applications, often repeating some of the things I had previously written in other applications.  This time, I found that taking the time to find jobs online that suited me meant that I was much more successful in being called to interview.  I took the time to read through each job description carefully, and went through the criteria to check I met each one.  Just because a job is in a sector that you have worked in before doesn’t mean that it is right for you! Be very critical of the job postings you apply for, as you do not want to ruin your time-off with a job that you don’t like.

  1. Meet every job requirement.

Even if it is briefly, make sure you meet the job description/person requirements in either the application or interview.  For instance, one of the requirements may be “has a keen eye for fashion” (if you’re applying for a retail position!).  I have never had a permanent job in retail, but I did help with the sales stock at Next one time.  So, I made sure to mention my ability to position stock in a way that was appealing to customers, which shows my interest in the latest trends (etc.).  Turning seemingly small experiences into significant ones is something that helped me during my job hunt!

  1. Ask someone to check through your application.

You have probably heard lots of times throughout your degree that another pair of eyes will help you spot mistakes/typos in your work.  The same goes for job applications – employers may become disinterested if they see a grammar error or something misspelt.  The person checking may also be able to see if your wonderful personality shines through the application, or whether you should change the style of your writing.

  1. Remember to breathe before your interview.

No matter how many I’ve done, I’m always nervous before an interview.  I always try to remember that the interviewer is human and that they’re not there to trick you (if they are, maybe you shouldn’t work for them).  Pretend you’re going to have a conversation about your hobbies, personality and skills with your friend; even though it will be someone you’ve never met before.  And remember to take some deep breaths before entering the room – at the end of the day, you can always try again or apply somewhere else.

  1. If you don’t get the job, don’t worry!

Being rejected the first, second, or fortieth time is not a reflection of who you are as a person.  After all, you’re being questioned on one occasion, and the person has never met you before.  If you couldn’t get across what you wanted to say the first time, just remember to say it next time!  Being rejected from a job is not the end of the world, as there are much more important things.

 

I hope this post helped at least some of you remain calm during your job hunt!  Everything will work out in the end.