Working at Edge Hill – Let’s get this bread.


Getting a job at University is important in more than the obvious ways. Sure you could look at it as just a means of getting cash but don’t. When you come to university it is important to make it worth your while and having a part time job can really help you ensure that you are getting the most out of your university experience. So here are three ways that working at Edge Hill University ensures that you are making the most out of your time.


Experience. 

You may have had a part time job before University and if so, that’s great. But if you haven’t that’s OK too. Getting out there and actually working is a great way to not only gain experience in the field of your work but in life. Its a common quote that ‘Everyone should work in retail for at least a month’  the idea being that when you’re on the other side of the angry person screaming about how they’re right you might appreciate the cashier the next time you walk into a shop annoyed about something you bought.


A Sense of Purpose

This one might sound silly, but hear me out. When you start university you will most likely have a lot of free time. You can fill a lot of this by meeting friends and going out but after a while you might start to find yourself looking for something to do. A job is the perfect way to fill this void. By having an outlet and a sense of purpose you will find your days go by much faster and you get all the other benefits of working.


The cash

Alright, can’t ignore it anymore. The cash. It’s the big one. Having that extra cash to do things like go on trips or maybe insure your car. Working is a great way to make that extra cash, and honestly there is nothing better than having your own money and your own independence. Knowing that you don’t have to rely on anyone and being able to spend your own money on what you want without feeling guilty is a great feeling, only topped by the feeling that your time is valuable to someone.


Hopefully this blog answered all your questions about parking on campus. If you want to read more you can check out the EHU careers center here.

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Living on a Budget

Money matters, at the end of the day it’s the whole reason why you’re going to uni; to widen your horizons and open up career opportunities! Hopefully you’ve chosen a course you are interested in which will definitely motivate you throughout the next three years until you reap your rewards with your first paycheck!

However unfortunately for now… living on a budget may be different to what you’ve experienced before living at home. It can be a sharp learning curve but you’ll soon become accustomed to how much money you have and how you’re going to distribute it i.e. on food and going out.

After the first few months you may find that your student loan isn’t as big as you originally thought after your rent money for your accommodation has come out. But don’t worry, you won’t be the only one that will sometimes have to pass on nights out now and then. However this isn’t the end of the world, if you’re lucky enough to have parents that are financially able to help- GREAT! You’re one of the lucky ones, however if not there are plenty of job opportunities around uni and Ormskirk that you can venture into.

There is a fine line between being able to maintain your studies and a job, you need to make sure that your priorities are correct, that being your course that will determine your future and that you are spending A LOT of money on! Don’t waste your time and have any regrets!

Good luck, if you can get get a summer job and get saving before you come to Uni if you can- you certainly won’t regret it!

Jobs whilst you’re at uni

So summer is coming, what are you going to do!? Chill hopefully, and enjoy a summer with no work! However if you are like the many students that scrimp and save money you may be thinking about getting a summer job or a part-time job for when you get to uni!

You may feel like you’ll be the only one out of your friends to have a job, but don’t worry that will definitely not be the case! Plus, it’s totally worth it when you get your wage at the end of the month, that money you get will be your bread and butter….. Literally!

Plus the social side of working is brilliant to meet people of all ages from all aspects of life.

So if you’re wanting to get a job in Ormskirk I’d highly recommend you’re ready with your CV before you come so you can drop them off in shops/pubs, as they tend to advertise vacancies in their shop windows or you can submit them online. At the beginning of the year there seem to be lots of vacancies so you will hopefully be spoilt for choice!

The whole concept of having a job throughout uni will also look great to prospective employers as it shows you can successfully juggle your responsibilities and studies… Therefore your time management skills will definitely be up to scratch!

Anyway, good luck!!

Be Motivated For Summer

Hi everyone! So it is coming up to summer now and I can imagine a lot of you are considering getting summer placements and summer jobs. Congratulations if you have already achieved one! I mean it can be helpful when it comes to writing your CV’s when you graduate. Something which I have understood from working in different businesses and different sectors is trying to conquer the motivation meltdown within yourself when you have to battle a 9 hour shift on 3 hours sleep. Many of us have been there but here are my tips on how to have a great day at work what ever the weather.

Nothing is more demotivating than working hazardously without having a clear vision, mission and set of objectives for your work. Whether this is at the bar you work at, the house where you’re dog sitting or the restaurant which you’re waiting. Without a clear vision and knowledge of how your work impacts the big picture in which you are motivated to create, you may well end up spending a lot of time on unimportant matters rather than task that urgent task which will impact that big picture. Clarify in no uncertain terms your vision, mission and objectives and focus on them beginning always with the end in mind. It is remarkable what you will achieve once you have zoned in on your precise goals and can focus on them and can visualise yourself achieving them. This method can significantly impact the way in which you tackle assignments when at university or college.

Once you have your vision and goals clarified, develop a detailed strategy for getting there and chart your progress on a regular and ongoing basis. Break down large more difficult tasks into a series of manageable tasks that are interesting and achievable. This will ensure that you are able to get the work done and enjoy it. Put some music on and get motivated. By creating a blueprint for success that is composed of clear, sensible milestones and achievable interesting tasks, this will greatly simplify and lend meaning to your daily routine. As a result will also give you a feeling of control over your work and deadlines which largely boosts motivation. The more organised you are the more you can focus and see your goals be developed into fruition, all from the blue prints in which you have created. The more motivated you will be and the less likely you are to fall into a fit of panic or insecurity and lose confidence and motivation.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Finally my suggestion to you to ensure you are motivated in work is to dress to impress. I don’t suggest that you should go and buy a new £3000 Armani suite (Despite them looking amazing) however make the effort to ensure you feel great. Get those new shoes, wear your hair differently, mix things up and see your day change from that gruelling 9 hour shift to a more motivated, positive and foremost, productive.

I hope these tips have been of some help to you and for those who are applying for your summer placements and jobs, I wish you the very best of luck. You’ve got this!

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!