Elisha’s blog- Career focus

It’s kind of just hit me now that I only have a few months left of my time at University; I checked my University timetable the other day and my last lecture is on the 2nd May… that’s only 4 months away!!!!

I will be applying to join the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) which is a 3 year graduate training programme, leading to a masters degree and certification of work- based training within an area of healthcare science. Fortunately for me, I have known that this is what I want to do since the end of my first year at Edge Hill so I have had some time to prepare. I began volunteering as a lab assistant in the Biology department at the beginning of my second year, in the view of improving my lab skills; and in order to gain some clinical experience I completed a 25 week placement at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (which was amazing!!). I also arranged a couple of careers appointments at the start of this academic year, to gain some help and advice on my application. I found the person specification for last years application for the STP, and I have literally been trying to go through each requirement and making sure that I have the skills and experience they are looking for. The STP attracts thousands more applicants than positions available, so I know the competition is going to be high; which is why I have tried to prepare early. The application is due to open any time this month so I have been regulary checking and waiting… so fingers crossed for me ūüôā

For those who are unsure of what career path they want to take; one piece of advice I would give is to start thinking about it as soon as possible. I was slightly surprised at the amount of skills and experience that most companies/ organisations are looking for, and I was glad that I found this out sooner rather than later. During the first year of my Biology degree, I quickly learnt that I had a strong interest in the human body/ healthcare side of my degree so I began researching careers in this area. I did this by subscribing to relevant magazines and organisations (such as New Scientist) who advertise jobs and training posts; and this is where I found the STP. I immediately searched for and found the application details for that year and began preparing.¬†I would also recommend using any career help that is offered at University as it can be extremely useful when deciding what career path to take and for gaining advice and guidance with CV’s, applications and interviews.

I’m a little sad that my time at Edge Hill will be ending soon as have enjoyed my time here so much; my degree is amazing and I have loved being in education again. I also work¬†for the University and will miss this too… but I am looking forward to starting full time work again (I worked full time for 8 years before coming to University!)¬†and I cannot wait to put into practice all the skills and experience I have gained here!

Faye’s Blogs – The Holiday’s are Over

So even though I don’t have lectures start until something like the 21st January I have 3 essays that need to be in on Monday.

I am stressing out over them so much! Even though I feel as if I have been working on them for months!!

I cannot wait to get them over and done with. I think that this last semester is going to be less stressful. HOPEFULLY!! I don’t think that I have as many assignments to do. I need to check though.

But I am going to start the new assignments straight away!! Maybe in my final semester ever of university I will stick to this?

Also this week I have applied for 2 part time jobs because I really want a car so the money will be helpful and I really want to move out when I leave uni!! So I’m wanting to try and build up my savings!

Stephanie’s Blog – Welcome to two-thousand-and-thirteen

Happy New Year to you all!

So… 2012 was a big year for the Nation, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games – in which we won several medals and the survival of the Apocalypse! Let’s see what 2013 has in store for us.

Every year I do a reflection of the past year of adverts so that will follow this post. But this is just a short one about resolutions and the campaigns that will help you stick to them (or will they?!)

This is the time of the year, where we see a downfall in the sales of cigarettes, an increase in the sales of nicotine alternatives and a large push on health and gym memberships! As it is very current and all over the televisions and the news, I’m sure very few of you have avoided it – the new giving up smoking advert.

As disgusting as it is, it has come at the best time for the new years resolution makers who are giving up smoking. If you haven’t seen it… Watch it! Hopefully it will have the desired effect and make people give up smoking for good



Joey’s Blog – Happy Holidays!

Hello again,

It’s quiet on campus over the holidays, with all of my freshers having returned home – leaving me all alone with my thoughts. On the plus side, I’m making quick work of my assigned reading for next term!

I hope you are all having a wonderful time, enjoying the peace and quiet as much as I am. Hopefully 2013 will bring you all the very best of luck!

Yours festively,
Joey x

Stephanie’s Blog – Next Stop – 2013!

So as Christmas is almost over (hope you all had a good one) it is time to start preparing for the Year ahead! Two-Thousand-And-Thirteen. And let’s hope it’s a good year. For me, personally, it is my Final Year at Edge Hill University which is very sad but at least I feel as if the past two and a half years have set me up well for the Big World!

Over the next few months there are some crucial decisions to be made and events to be attended. Firstly there are all the deadlines, then there’s the question of ‘What next?!’ – do I apply for jobs? Go travelling? Who knows?! And the recent announcement of the Graduation Ball means we can all celebrate in style with a night at Aintree Racecourse! (Just need to get the tickets before they sell out first)

As I have done for the past couple of years, I will be doing my review of the adverts of 2012… What I think was a success, a failure, a hit, a miss and just pure creativity!! Keep an eye out for that ūüôā

Elisha’s blog- Time for revision…

Wishing you all a very merry christmas and a happy new year!!

So; christmas has been and gone and after a nice week of relaxing it’s time to start revising for my semester 1 exams which are in January… I remember thinking in October that I had a lot of time before I had to start revising but it has come around so quick! I have 1 exam for my Tropical Ecology module and 1 for my Ecological Genetics module; and they are both worth 50% of the entire module so i’m pretty nervous. I’m glad that i’ve managed to keep on top of my lecture and research notes this year as it’s going to make things a lot easier when it comes to organising my revision. I think i’m going to spend most of my time practising past exam papers and timing myself as though i’m under exam conditions; I found this worked ok for me last year!

Wish me luck :-)x

Faye’s Blog – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas everyone and an early Happy New Year! I hope everyone is managing to have a bit of a rest and I good time!

So this week I’ve been back at home, it has been lovely to see everyone. I spent the first three days back at home helping my mum finish her Christmas shopping because she is the most unorganised person ever!

Unfortunately on Christmas Eve I had a sickness bug so that was not fun at all, and that meant that I was feeling really¬†queasy¬†all Christmas Day so I wasn’t much fun and I couldn’t even eat all of my dinner! Which is upsetting because it is the thing that I look forward to the most!!

Now I have a cold as well! I always get ill when I come home. ALWAYS!!

Tomorrow I am going shopping in Manchester with my boyfriend and little brother so hopefully some retail therapy will make me feel better!! I’m excited to spend some money.

I’m not completely sure what is happening for New Year yet either but hopefully it will be something fun!

Joey’s Blog – Last Day of Term

Hello again!

I can’t believe time has gone by so quickly this term – it seems only last week I was writing about FirstWeek and Freshers’ Fair and suddenly, it’s the last day of the semester and half of my freshers have gone home for Christmas.

It’s been a fun time, but next term brings a lot of hard work both academically and extra-curricular. I hope you continue to read and join me for the highs and lows!

Yours temporally,
Joey x

Stephanie’s Blog – Home Time!

Today I came home, back down South and the home comforts are already setting in! Loving the heating more than anything in this weather and the homecooked meals are going to be great.

This week at University has been hectic all round with everyone finishing placements, meeting deadlines and working hard! On Monday I went on a field trip and it was good fun but cold and wet. At least our lecturer treated us to a Costa at the end… We looked at the School’s Field to see how we would lay out an event. Where would the toilets go? Which way should the stage face? Where would people park?

Although we already knew the things we would have to consider this was more apparent after walking around the area to see that it is residential, therefore traffic, noise and parking would be an issue. Then we had to think about people in the houses being able to see the stage – would this keep them sweet or simply give them a free show?


Later on in the week, after my hand ins and field trip it was time to let our hair down at LNOTB (Last Night Of The Bar) at Edge Hill Venue. Always a busy night and with socials moving to Thursday it was great fun. Lots of funny costumes and great atmosphere with lots of people. It was a great way to say goodbye to the friends and celebrate the end of 2012!


ANDDD to add to this week, the world has not ended so we will continue to have to hand in assignments and work hard BUT we will also graduate and finish third year as well as having a few more months to make the most of with the Uni Friends!


Happy Christmas All!