NOTTING HILL, LONDON
I felt an urge today to write a post that was plain and simply put a “no b*llshit” blog post. I love my think pieces and I also love writing up my more fluffy posts about how life is or things that make me feel my best, but I felt drawn to writing something factual, practical and to-the-point.
Coming up with a topic was easy: it’s , and by “that”, I mean for uni students, it’s most likely exam period and if you just so happen to be in your final year of uni, there’s probably a lot of chatter around graduate jobs. I see it all over my Twitter and Instagram even though uni is quite long gone for me now (I’ll officially have been a graduate of two years this July *shudders*).
I was lucky enough that I was able to enter my third year of university with a job in the bag (and I put a lot of emphasis here on the “luck”), but looking back in hindsight, going through the processes and watching others go through it too, I’ve come up with my own opinions for how to step on to that journey to getting a grad job…
SLOANE SQUARE, LONODON
In year 12 (age ~17) I decided to apply to be Head Girl at my school. At first I wasn’t going to apply, I was totally petrified to do so and I figured there was no point putting myself under the stress; but because of that very reason – I decided I would apply after all. The last thing I ever wanted to do was to shy away from something due to fear. The process wasn’t too complicated: we did a speech in front of our year group on any topic of our choice, a group discussion task, and then a few people got through to round two which I think involved an interview. As I was most scared about doing the speech, I put all of my energy into this; I chose to speak about our generation’s obsession with celebrity news – how comes there’s people dying in the world but we’re all just interested in whether or not Lindsay Lohan was drunk coming out of that club yesterday? (And this was back when LL/Paris Hilton/Britney Spears were celebrity news). I’m going to be honest, I think I banged my speech. Afterwards the head teacher of my school told me on two separate occasions that my speech was really good, and I was also getting approached by people I didn’t really speak to often who reiterated this fact too. The group task was good, I wouldn’t say it was anything special, because what was special was my speech.