Going to University is probably the biggest decision I’ve ever made, it’s one of those things that can (and will) drastically alter the direction your life goes in. Certainly for me, within the first three months since coming to Edge Hill, my life started revolving around the place – I lived there, studied there and even got a job there. Soon after, I’d “visit family” for a while “and then come home”, home now being Ormskirk!
This week I’ve been “visiting family” and finding it quite difficult to get back into the swing of things there, but still, it’s a relaxing change from the hustle and bustle of on-campus accommodation, so I mustn’t grumble.
Do you love to volunteer or give your time in any way to help others? Or do you know someone else who you think deserves recognition for their hard work?
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Last week, I attended the careers fair in the Hub at Edge Hill. This was a great opportunity to meet any businesses that recruit graduates either as a sandwich year (not the food as you might all be thinking!) this is where you take a year in between your studies to gain experience within a work place, you do get paid for this year if anyone is thinking of taking this option. There were also businesses there who recruit graduates as soon as they have completed their degree. Even though I am trying not to think about what I want to do once my university life is over in the summer 🙁 I know it is important to start thinking about any opportunities that may interest me now as many employers start recruiting from the Christmas period on wards This helped me a lot as before I have only ever thought of going into a specific area of psychology, my main interests are educational or forensic. As I know these areas may be very difficult to get into straight after doing a degree and it would mean having to a masters for a further 2 years. This fair showed me there are other routes I could go into first for example Human Resources, I had never looked into this area before as I didn’t think it would appeal to me or that it had anything to do with Psychology. How little did I know, as this does involve psychometric testing. I would advise anyone to go along to a careers fair if they see any advertised as it was very useful, even if you aren’t even a university student yet its always a good idea to know what you want to do for when everyone asks you that dreaded question!
In last week’s blog, I mentioned preparing for an upcoming murder mystery event that I had organised. Well, the evening has been and gone, and I’m so pleased to say that is was a raving success!
Societies are one of the many ways of getting involved with campus life, and provide an excellent break from the rigours of exams, revision and hard study. There are around fifty active societies currently in operation at Edge Hill, and this number is steadily growing; with such a diverse range of groups to join, there’s definitely something for everyone – and if there isn’t anything that takes your fancy, then the Students’ Union will help you set one up quickly and easily.
Yours happily (ever after!),
So as I am now embracing my third year at University and we are all wondering – what’s next? Where to go or what to do after Graduation?
Our questions were answered this week in our lecture by a guest speaker from Twist or Stick?
He spoke to us about graduate recruitment, how to make ourselves more employable by making us stand out and the various opportunities within the industries.
It was a great talk and we all came out feeling more positive about our purpose and sense of direction in future.
Also this week we have been speaking about the new topical and controversial campaign from Heineken … We thought Bond only liked Martinis? Here’s the campaign in the run up to the new Bond film – Skyfall!
Yesterday I travelled back to Blackpool from Ormskirk so that I can see my family etc. I went to go and visit my nanna and her new puppy! It’s a Chihuahua crossed with a Yorkie, she’s called Sally and is so cute s although she is a bit of a bully to other dogs! Here’s a picture!
Tonight I am going to watch my little brother’s band play a support slot, so tonight should be really good. I haven’t watched them in while either so I’m excited.
Whilst being back I am still trying to keep up with some work at I have to do. For my Text to Screen module we have to read a novel a week. Since starting back I’ve read Call of Cthulu and Flowers for Algernon (I loved Flowers for Algernon, I cried my eyes out!) and this week I have been reading Big Fish which I have really been enjoying so far. So I’m trying to keep on top of that so I have read it in time for my lecture. It’s been a big shock to everyone how much the workload has increased for our third year. But I’m managing it so far I think.
Also in relation to my last post, about the PGCE, I’ve found out a little more information about how I apply, which is through the college and not through UCAS as I originally thought. I will also have to do 150 hours in a work placement (I knew about the placement just wasn’t sure about how much I had to do) as well as the course will be on Fridays from September. So I’m really excited about it now. There’s an open evening on the 7th November. Luckily that is in my reading week/independent study week, so I should be able to go to it.
I’m finally happy that I am starting to organise my future a lot more!!
As it’s the beginning of a new academic year; it’s the time when students have the opportunity to put themselves forward as Student reps. A Student rep’s job is to talk to students and find out their views and solve any issues they may have. They then get the chance to feed this back to staff during regular meetings. It’s a very important role as it helps to improve the experience of courses within the University, and it gets the students voices heard!
Each course normally has 2 Student reps in each year; and I have decided to put myself forward for it. I think it would be a really beneficial and enjoyable role to have, and a great way to get involved… I just have to keep my fingers crossed that my fellow students vote for me (if any of you are reading this PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!!) … wish me luck 🙂
Its that time of the year again where you need to get out of holiday/ freshers week mode and get into work mode, Its took me two weeks but I think I am finally getting there slowly but surely, with the work load slowly starting to pile up! I have also started my placement in a school for my dissertation. I am hoping to research how young people with autism deal with the transition from primary to secondary school, which is a particular interest to me and might be to any of you hoping to study psychology. I am loving it up to now and find it really interesting even though I haven’t even started my actual research yet. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the placement will bring and what my research will uncover, I will keep you all updated 🙂 !!
As you can see, this week sees the launch of our brand new blog, Inside Edge. Whilst in previous years, all of the bloggers operated independently, they now all contribute solely to this one blog, in order to provide a better all-round presentation of the University. I recommend reading posts from all of the bloggers, but for those who want to focus on my own posts, you can do so by clicking this link: http://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/category/joey/
This week has been one of evil intent, as my time is being evenly split between rehearsals for my upcoming show ‘The Capeman’ which will be staged at The Arts Centre next month, and finalising everything for the upcoming event ‘Once Upon A Crime’, an interactive Murder Mystery that I’ve written, which is being performed Friday 19th October. My next blog will most likely follow it, so be prepared for an excited recount of mayhem, murder and fancy dress, complete with photos!
The question that everyone student constantly gets asked by other students family and friends is:
“So, what do you want to do after university?”
And from personal experience and from talking to my friends we have all agreed that it is extremely irritating as for most of the part we don’t know exactly what we want to do. I know that this doesn’t apply to 100% of people as some are well organised and know what they want to do and that is why they’re at university.
However, a lot of students are like myself and have been really undecided throughout our time here.
Throughout college I really wanted to be a Media Production teacher. But when I came to university I wasn’t so sure. Now that I am in my third year I think that it is really time to just think about life and what I want to do.
So recently I went back to my old college back at home (The Blackpool Sixth Form College) and spoke to my old tutor teacher and met the current students that are studying BTEC Media Production. Just being back there and observing the students do their work it brought back lots and lots of amazing memories and I really remembered how much I loved college and loved the course. The college has also done a fantastic job at expanding the BTEC Media Production course too so there is a lot more that the students can do. It was all really really exiting. So I asked my teacher what she thought about me becoming a teacher and she said she thought that I would be an asset and that she would love for me to work at the college.
That got me thinking about becoming a teacher again and I have started looking into it. And if there is a decent well paid job at the end of it I think that is it something to aim too. I’m pretty excited to graduate now and then hopefully go on to do my PGCE! Need to work harder than ever now.
I am also going to attend one of Edge Hill’s many career fairs next week in order to try and see what else is out there and if I can see if there is any more information that I don’t already have about the PGCE.