A Hard Days Work

This year I’ve been very lucky in that I haven’t needed to work, but next year, as I will be living in Liverpool, I’ll need to get a job to support myself.

Getting a job is really difficult; there’s so many people looking and so few places hiring that the whole process can seem quite demoralising. When I dropped out of my first university it took me three months of handing out CVs and applying for jobs online before my persistence paid off, and there were quite a few times when I thought that I’d never get a job. In the end I received a phone call from a place that I’d handed my CV in to a month earlier, and after the interview that they offered me went really well they offered me full time work.

I soon found out that all my co-workers were mad.
I soon found out that all my co-workers were mad.

I think that one of the most important things to consider when applying for jobs is the strength of your CV. With so few jobs and so many applicants it’s key to ensure that if you’re CV is stacked with lots of others it stands out, and in a good way; it’s all too easy for a potential employer to start by discarding CVs with messy layouts and typos.

While I’m applying for jobs I’m being really careful to save money and have been finding ways to earn a little extra on the side. Today I helped out in my mum’s office. It was nice to be working and earning a little, but eight hours of typing up addresses and stuffing envelopes made me miss the stack of coursework that I have waiting at home.

My 'shiny clothes budget' is suffering the most. MUST. STAY. STRONG.
My ‘shiny clothes budget’ is suffering the most. MUST. STAY. STRONG.

 

Off to Holiday and all things Random

Hello ladies, Gentlemen and fellow Orangutan’s
This is it, I’m finally off on holiday and going to bask in the sun, sea and sand.
Which means I’ll get horribly sun burnt, damp, and sand everywhere.
Am I the only one to bring half the beach home with me in my shoes?

I suppose I could have stayed at Edge Hill and gone to the University beach near Chancellors Court, but that would mean I could not go swimming (not that I can swim) nor would I be able to pay outrageous amounts for ice cream!

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As some of you may be aware, a phenomena began to occur earlier last month on social media websites, where women would be nominated by one of their friends to do post a picture of themselves, wearing absolute no make up what-so-ever and then nominate other female friends to do the same. This is was about raising awareness of Cancer and the ongoing quest to find a cure for it. People then donate £3 to Cancer Research UK by texting ‘BEAT’ to 70099. Men on the other hand had to put make up on, and after being tagged by my younger brother, I decided to go with it and dress up again.
Readers of this blog will know that I am no stranger to make up

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This charity holds a special place to my heart, after losing my best friend when I was 8 to Cancer and nearly losing my mother around the same time to cancer. Even now, my Grandfather suffers from cancer of the brain, and that in itself is inoperable.

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Thoughts of the Day

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”

Semester Ending?

Hello again boys and girls!

It appears that semester two is soon going to be drawing to a close.
For those that do not understand what I mean by this, University years are split into three semesters. September to December is Semester one, January to April is semester two, and end of April to the end of  June is semester three.
It seems only yesterday that I started semester two, and to have it approach so rapidly was partially terrifying.
But, looking back on these blogs so far, I can see that I’ve actually achieved more then I thought.
I’ve made these blogs! I’ve attended so many different societies and I’ve helped out at a few events.
Just last weekend I took part in an open society event, where I performed in the Local Ormskirk park, helped set up stands (and take one down due to the weather), and generally help raise awareness for the day.
It was fun to say the least.
There were so many societies there to support.
I am just glad that I was lucky enough to be one of those involved in the whole thing.

On other notes, Some new films are coming out that I am eager to see.
If anyone should ever want to watch films while at Edge hill, they need only to go to the cinema we have on campus (although they show already long released films) and there are at least two to my memory in liverpool, which is but a 30 minute train ride away.
Anywho, please enjoy these trailers if you have not already seen them and I will bid thee a good day.

— THoughts —

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it”

 

 

 

Money Money Work

So, If my memory recalls, it is around this time that those who are waiting to go to university should be slowly coming to the conclusion of which university to pick, which in turn means your going to need to arrange to start paying for it.

Obviously, if you are like me and the many thousands of other students, you’ll be applying through student finance. It is crucial to get this done asap, because funding from student finance will make your life so much easier while your at university, and leaving it too late will mean delays in actually getting any money.

Of course there are other methods while at university to get money, if you ever feel  like you are running low. There are many places you can get a small part time job. Within this year, I have seen jobs at The Student Union Bar, McColls and even the job I have now as a Student Blogger. There are also many unpaid jobs too, which you can do such as VIBE Media or volunteering around campus or Ormskirk.

Or, if you already have a job back home with a large corporate organisation (Say, Morrisons), you can simply transfer up here.

Suffice to say there is no shortage for jobs around the university and the local town, but you must always remember one thing. If you do take on jobs outside of your time at the university, you must make sure it does not interfere with your work at the university.
It can be hard to juggle uni work and a Job, I know this from experience. So be careful when deciding on this vital matter.

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In other news, the student elections are coming to a close. Today will be learning who our new student union president is, and who our various Vice Presidents are.
It is an exciting time and I cannot wait to find out who it will be

— Thursday thoughts —
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

— Friday thoughts —

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity”

Faye’s Blog – Induction Day & Money!

So today I had my induction day at Next! It went really well and I actually start my job tomorrow!! Excited.
Now this means I will be earning money! And I am going to try my best to save up as much of it as possible, which means using my previous budgeting tactics from uni to help me!!

Now I have finished uni I feel like I have spent the last three years of my life living off no money what so ever, so I think I am going to be good at saving up my wages.

Budgeting was a major part of university life and it is really difficult to stick too. You have to find the healthy balance of what you can afford to spend and what you need to spend.
Necessities; food, housing, house bills, phone bills, health care.
University; stationary, course material (books etc.)
Nights out; club entry, travel, alcohol, outfit.
Socialising; cinema, going out for food etc.
Luxuries; extra clothes, CD’s, DVD’s etc.

You really need to think about things you cannot live without and how much they are and then the things that you don’t really need and can live without, no matter how much you think you can’t!

If you do run into any trouble though there are services on campus that can help you out with budgeting and ‘crisis’ loans.

Faye’s Blog – Money, Money, Money… Where’s the Money Gone?

Something that I have struggled with throughout my 3 years at university is BUDGETING!

So a little overview:
Year 1:
Semester 1: “This is great, yay, money, I have loads…” Christmas: “I can buy awesome presents for everyone!!”
Semester 2: “Okay, try and save some money. Food, food food.” “Oh, I have no money left at all, better use my savings.”
Year 2:
Semester 1: “Right Faye, budget better this year”, “I’ve budget really well, I deserve a treat. SHOPPING SPREE!!”
Semester 2: “Oh, we have to pay our own bills this year… Okay… I have no money left.”
Year 3:
Semester 1: “Right, cheaper room this year, but less people in the house… BUDGET!”
Semester 2: “Budgeting really well, but the bills are double what they were last year :'(”

Okay, so first 2 years did not go well at all, but this year is going okay.

My Advice:
1) Set reasonable weekly expenses! (Bills, Food, Clothes, Phone, Internet, Nights Out)
2) If you don’t really need something, DON’T BUY IT! Save the money. Trust me, when you have no money in your bank it is horrible.
3) Look for the bargains, but only buy what you need!
4) Think of cheap & easy meals to cook & plan them out for the week!

I have set myself a £30 a week budget for food, but when I go shopping I try and spend less if possible & I NEVER over spend any more.

 

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!