Happy Graduation, Class of ’18!

On the 17th July, the Biology class of 2018 (as well as other 2018 classes such as drama) graduated. This class was the one that I had spent first year and second year with – getting to know and studying alongside. However, because I chose to complete a sandwich year on a work placement in the USA, I effectively delayed my graduation. Whilst I was away, my friends were undergoing their third and final year! I may still have one year to go, but they’re all done and dusted–and graduated!

Facilities
The Biosciences building for Biology at Edge Hill

Since I’m doing a summer internship up at Edge Hill in the biosciences department, it was easy for me to pop down and see my former classmates. I didn’t attend the physical graduation or watch from the SU bar on the projector, but I did manage to see most of the class afterwards, even getting a few pictures with them all in their robes and hats. Just because I didn’t graduate at the same time, doesn’t make me feel like any less of their classmate!

Having not seen some of them in over a year, it was lovely to speak to them again. The day wasn’t without its troubles though – the university being filled to the brim with people and families was a little anxiety-inducing–and it wasn’t even my graduation!

Despite the fact that I should’ve graduated this year, according to the original plan, it still feels wild that I will (if all goes well!) have graduated a year from now… From then on, it’s a mystery where I’ll be! Although with masters courses on offer here at Edge Hill and casual work being offered over the summer like the summer internship I’m currently undertaking, maybe I won’t be far away in a year’s time–only time will tell!

How to Apply for Your Dream Job!

With many students graduating this month, including myself, the time to apply for jobs is now! However, this may seem like a daunting task if you’ve never applied for a job or even made a cv before. That is why today I will be giving advice to help you get a job!


When it comes to writing a CV there are many great websites and resources that can help walk you through this process to make sure you are writing it correctly. A few tips that may help you are:

  • Keep it short, two sides of A4 at most.
  • Choose a clear, professional font to use throughout to ensure that your CV can be easily read.
  • Lay it out in a logical order, with Work experience first and things like  Education after.
  • Order your experience and education in reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements
  • And triple check that your grammar and spelling is correct throughout.
    Using these tips and more will guarantee you a great looking cv.


    Another important element you will need to apply for jobs is, of course, a cover letter. While writing a cover letter you must remember to keep it personalised for the company you are applying for as it is directly addressed to them, unlike your cv. Tips for writing a cover letter that I think are particularly important are:

  • Don’t repeat your CV throughout your cover letter.
  • Give examples of what you can bring to the company you are applying for.
  • Don’t highlight skills you do not have, instead focus on the positive.
  • Start with a template, but customise your letter throughout.
    With these tips, hopefully writing a cover letter will be easier!


    Make sure you try a variety of different job websites, for example: Totaljobs, reed, etc. This is important because an employer may post your dream job you haven’t tried yet. Alternatively, just type what you’re looking for straight into google as you never know what job opportunities may pop up.


    Finally, the last thing you should consider is your social media footprint. When you apply for jobs, the employer might want to check your social media accounts, which could make or break if you get the job or not. I did a whole blog post on this topic which you can see by clicking here, however, to summarise: make sure all your public information is professional. If you use Facebook there is a button on your profile which will let you see what strangers can see on your wall, so start hiding or deleting those old and cringe posts!


    Thank you for reading this post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to applying for jobs. Just remember to stay calm, keep applying, never give up.
    Until next time!

    Film/Show of the day: Heathers (1988)

Beginning Third Year

 

Hi everyone 🙂

In September I will be starting my third and last year of university at Edge Hill. It’s something I have been thinking about a lot and the idea of graduating in just over a year is so terrifying as it feels as if I started uni last week!!

Many people will already know that your third year is the most important year of study in your degree programme as it it worth 60% of your overall grade. This year I will also be doing a dissertation which I am both excited and nervous for as I get to research a topic I am really passionate about and explore it in more detail than I ever have before. 

The prospect of leaving uni is also nerve wracking especially as the friends I have made are all scattered across the UK, and i will be so sad to not be living with them anymore. I definitely want to make the most of third year and create some unforgettable memories with my friends.

If you have any questions about anything I have mentioned then please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

Ellie 🙂

Graduation and Beyond

If you were to have a wander through the HUB today, the last thing you’d probably expect to find is a large group of students graduating. (unless, of course, you already knew – or are graduating yourself!)

But it is that time of the year where certain students graduate from Edge Hill and become Alumni. So… what happens during Graduation?

Well, first of all: Robe Collection. Pre-Graduation, you will (hopefully) have pre-ordered your robe and mortar board (“graduation hat”) from Wippells. You will have to go to the Business School – only a stone’s throw away from HUB – and collect them there. You won’t get to keep them, unfortunately, as it is only a hire for the day.

Next thing: Registration and Tickets. Now, you have to go to the Faculty of Education to register your arrival and collect any tickets. You must do this by 45-minutes before the ceremony – it is imperative you don’t forget!

Whilst you’re at the FoE, why not have a graduation photo with one of the people from Tempest Photographers in E16-E20? (They will be there until roughly 1 hour after the last ceremony, so there’s no need to rush it beforehand!)

As important as collecting your tickets, you must then make your way to the Faculty of Health and Social Care. (They love making graduates go around the campus, don’t they?) There, you will take your seat for the ceremony. (You will be in reserved seats away from your guests. You must arrive at least 30-minutes before the ceremony begins, or you will graduate “in absentia” unless there is an exceptional circumstance otherwise.)

Then the main ceremony – which consists of an opening address, presentation, the conferment of awards and a formal procession – will occur, and should take approximately 1 hour.

Congratulations! That’s Graduation finished! You have graduated from Edge Hill, and are now one of the Alumni! But… what now? Some of you may go on to other courses, others may go into work. But whatever you decide to do, enjoy your Graduation!

(If anyone wants to watch the Graduations live, you can find a live-stream here!)

Things I love and will miss about my experience at Edge Hill

This blog is going to be a little different, as it is my last ever blog – cry. I’ve had the best time at Edge Hill and I couldn’t recommend it more. Anyone who knows me knows that I find any excuse to big up my uni and the amazing time I’ve had there. But unfortunately, things must always end and as my graduate was five weeks ago (how has it gone that fast?!) It’s about time I entered the adult world, however reluctantly. So, before I pass the baton onto a newer, younger student, I’ll grace you with one last blog, giving you a list of all the things I have loved about my time at Edge Hill. Here it goes.

  1. First year weekly flat parties (‘Laverty Fridays’ as me and my friends would call them)
  2. The friendly lecturers – shout out to all the creative writing and English lit staff
  3. The beautiful campus
  4. Cobble (Best food/drink in Ormskirk)
  5. Liverpool nights out – even Popworld
  6. Crepes and Smoothies in the hub
  7. Drinking way too many Starbucks coffees (especially during Christmas)
  8. Making friends at the printers in the hub
  9. Froyo from Shake it up
  10. Marmaris Kebabs
  11. The ducks
  12. Chancellor’s court
  13. The swimming pool
  14. The long walks to uni in second year
  15. Living right next door to my friends in third year
  16. The arts centre
  17. Paninis from the hub
  18. Meal deals from McColl’s
  19. Karaoke night at the SU
  20. Friendly Ormskirk Taxi drivers
  21. Going for a drink in the SU whilst waiting for my clothes to wash
  22. Spoons
  23. Walking around campus late at night – because it’s actually safe!
  24. The huge kitchens in halls – the best place to practice my dance moves
  25. Being able to use ‘I’m a student’ as an excuse for most things

So, this is it. I hope you all enjoyed reading my blogs over the last few months and gained at least some knowledge from them. I’ll now leave you in the very capable hands of the other student bloggers (and hopefully some new faces come next year) as I galivant off into the sunset.

Thank you and goodbye *mic drop*

🙂

It’s graduation week!

If you’re following Edge Hill on any social media, then you’re probably already aware that it is Graduation Week!

Your Graduation day is the receiving of an academic degree or diploma, but more than that, it is a celebration of the 3 years you have spent at Edge Hill. Although I have one more year left at Edge Hill, I already know that I’ll be gutted when I leave. I feel that I have grown most in the past 3 years at Edge Hill than I ever have, and have made some absolutely amazing friends

As some of my friends prepare to bid farewell to the university, I have asked some of them what their favourite things about university life at Edge Hill are:

  • The grounds – the campus can be such a quiet, relaxing place to both live and study, as a result of the well-kept grounds and beautiful greenery.

 

  • The facilities – you can get almost everything you need on campus, as a result of having everything so close together.
  • Being so close to Liverpool! – whether it’s for a night out, or a day’s shopping trip, it’s fab to only be 30 minutes from Liverpool city centre by train. You get all the benefits of living near a big city, without too much hustle and bustle.
  • The fact that there’s an Aldi – I honestly don’t know how some students cope when there’s only an Asda or Sainsbury’s near them, because Aldi has been an honest life saver in helping me to save money, but also make sure I’m eating proper meals.
  • The people – okay, so this one probably isn’t specific to Edge Hill, but I think looking back on your university life and your friends, and thinking about how you would most likely never have met this person had it not been for the fact that they also chose Edge Hill… well, that can be quite emotional.

  • Ormskirk – it’s a quaint little town, with a Thursday and Saturday market, and famous for its gingerbread
  • The support – whether that be from tutors, from the well being team, or the careers team! There’s support campus-wide at Edge Hill University, and there’s always someone to help you out if you need something.

 

Countdowns!

So it’s July, that means it’s only 59 days (TWO MONTHS!) until you move into halls, it’s such an exciting time!

But before then you have results day and if you’re not already counting…. that’s only 27 days away! Summer is such an exciting time, and hopefully you’re enjoying the sun and gathering the essentials that you’ll need for Summer!

For me, my countdowns are nearly over! I have already graduated meaning game over! I can only wish to be in your shoes and give you the best advice I can, which is… enjoy the roller coaster life of uni! I however am now counting down to my new job, starting on the 1st September! I am really excited and cannot wait to embark on my new career! Some people may believe that uni is a place to come if you want to simply mess around and delay the adult responsibilities!

However two days are rarely the same, which may seem hard to believe, but let me explain! You will undoubtedly be learning about different things throughout your time at uni. Yes, somethings may overlap and lead on from one another however you will constantly be learning and progressing your learning. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything you’ve learnt, so making sure you’re organised is extremely important, especially when it comes to assignments and exams.

You become so much more responsible for yourself in terms of living, taking ownership of your work and overall just becoming a better person. You make new friends, tutors and routines that you feel comfortable with. Uni is an amazing experience and I would advise that the people who have the opportunity to go… do! You get an amazing education at Edge Hill from some fantastic tutors meaning your confident going into your career from the word go!

What Do I Do Now?

As of 9th May 2017 I will officially be finished with my degree. Yes, I know, It’s scary! But what’s even scarier is that the question I’ve been asking myself for the last year will be staring me right in the face: What do I do now? Now I don’t have the cushy support of uni to help me through all the difficult adulting and now I have to actually make it in the big wide world… argh! Not to worry though, I’ve been prepared-ish and I’m willing to offer you some advice on how you can cushion the blow of finishing uni. The earlier you start the better, I know it’s worrying but if you start thinking about your future from day one you can’t go wrong can you? Right…?

Start Saving

One day your student loan will run out (the horror!). So, it’s probably best to start saving asap, for that inevitable moment when you run out of dosh but haven’t found a job yet. Start putting aside a bit every week if you can spare it and it will soon mount up and leave you with a good financial cushion post-uni. Even if you just put your spare change in a moneybox, little by little, it will build up.

Start Applying

At the beginning of third year you should start thinking about applying for jobs or further education (whatever your choice is). With jobs, the more you apply for the better. Apply for as many jobs as you can until you finally find one. Make the most of the careers centre whilst you can. They can help you with CVs and personal statements for MA or PGCEs. Ensure that you take time on your applications, if you rush them or complete them half-heartedly you’ll find you won’t get the positive results you want.

Projects

Ever wanted to write a novel? Or put on a play? Or even take up pole dancing? Now’s the best time. That sweet time between the end of your exams and assignments and having to go home for the summer and find a job is the best kind of time! Use your new-found free time to work on projects that will better your future but also make you happy and will feel rewarding. Now you don’t have exams and coursework in the way you can start doing the things you want to. My personal goal is to get writing and to finish all the books I’ve been meaning to read for the last million and a half years!

Relax

For most of us we have been in education nearly every year since we were possibly four or five, we deserve a break. Don’t stress yourself out too much, take time to relax and enjoy the short amount of time you have in your student house with your friends Go out, explore the town, have a movie marathon, do everything you wanted to do but didn’t have time to previously because of uni work.

Until next time! 🙂

Broadening Horizons

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all doing very well.

Today I am going to talk a little bit about the things you can do at uni to really expand your horizons and gain lots of new skills and experiences. After all that is what uni is all about!

The job market is competitive, and even with your degree getting a job won’t be easy. You need to make sure you stand out a little more.

You might think that’s easier said than done, but there are lots of little ways that you can make a difference.

It can be something as simple as a part time or summer job (if you don’t already have one.) It doesn’t necessarily have to be directly related to the job you want to have in the future. I am sure your teachers have talked about transferable skills before. Most of these can be developed in the work place.

You can even use your degree to give yourself an edge. Some course options offer sandwich years or a year abroad. A sandwich year allows you to undertake a year of placement in an industry suited to your course. Usually after second year, then you will return to uni to complete your degree with a little more experience under your belt.

ERASMUS is a growing programme that allows students from the UK to go abroad for either a semester or a full year and complete part of their degree in a partner university. These experiences can be invaluable, not just to employers but to you as well.

Volunteering is another option. Again this can be something as simple as volunteering at a local charity shop, or volunteering abroad. There are also programmes like Camp America that allow you to explore the wonders of the USA and get paid whilst you do it.

If something like that isn’t really your cup of tea, there are plenty of other options. Something as simple as learning a new language can offer you more than you think.

Every little thing counts! So make sure that while you are having the time of your life, you’re also thinking ahead.

There’s so much to do that will give you the best job prospects  and a great life experience.

Quote for the day: The future depends on what you do today. -Mahatma Gandhi

Hope you all have a great week, until next time 🙂

BIG news…

Hi guys,

How are you? I’m super good, like really good, ahhhhhhh.

Right, well for months I have been trying to decide what to do after uni (and I mean it’s right around the corner so I really needed to get going on plans) and I’ve finally found it. I’M GOING TO CAPE TOWN, AHHHHHHHHHHHH! How amazing. Basically I’m volunteering in a hospital for just under three months and doing that really student-y thing of trying to ‘find myself’ (ha, cringe). But yeah, it’s all booked and I’m uber excited to get going. BUT until then, I have to first get the grades I wan and graduate, so no biggie ahaha.

University is the best place in the world to work out who you are and what you love (again, cringe) but that’s the truth. EHU has especially helped me in finding out what I think about things and what I don’t. My course, sociology, especially makes me question everything, from tv soaps all the way to world politics. I usually walk into seminars or lectures having a solid opinion on something, and then two hours later I walk back out with a completely different stance on the world. You meet people at uni from all over the country and world, with different backgrounds, opinions and beliefs. To be honest sometimes this can cause clashes, however, I find that debating nights have brought some of the best nights, followed of course by ‘agree to disagree’ drinks. You find independence on a whole new level, from cooking what you what, when you want, to opening bank accounts, putting deposits down on a house and staying out to all hours (and then finding the dedication to go that 9 am lecture ahah),

EHU helps shape who you become (overload on cringe today, I am really sorry!). The University provides a range of supportive systems to encourage students to meet their potential. Supportive staff, from tutors, course leaders and the student support team and in place to help any student at any time. Then you’ve got peer help, such as student mentors and class reps who are always willing to listen to students needs. When you’re having a bad day, always remember that everyone at EHU are working to help you. Their job is literally in place to make sure you get the best experience, so don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

Hope your studies are going well and you’re starting to get excited for September!

Until next time…