All change please... all change

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📥  Politics Languages & International Studies

Firstly I would like to apologise for the blunt end to my posts. Secondly I would like to explain why. New badge!

I have been through many changes over the past two months, both personally and professionally. I decided to leave my position at CEDR due to financial reasons and the strain of time depravation in other areas of my life. Strangely although the commute wasn’t as horrendous as one would envisage, the lack of time it left me for friends, family and my relationship proved a terrible strain. Also after the company had paid for my travel each month, the take home was around 62p per hour. I could not live like this, constantly relying on others to foot my bills.

Strangely after I decided the position may have been adversely affecting my relationship, that too came to an abrupt end much to my shock and upset. I now know this to have been a good thing, but at the time, my whole world became turned upside down, as I found myself jobless and homeless. I will point out both of these factors were down to my own choosing, I could have stayed in the flat with my ex, he in no way threw me out and we are still on good terms to this day, however it was too upsetting to stay in the place I had tried so hard to make our home, and what I envisaged being our home for some time to come.

So, I was back to square one. At first I thought I could bring forth my Bath placement, but after 24hrs consideration I decided to return home to Hampshire and move in with my best friend of 15 years and her 2 year old daughter… my god daughter. A move I am glad to report I am extremely happy I made, as it is the best living situation I have ever been in. I hadn’t seen my god daughter since she was a little baby, and it is a real treat to be around her watching her grow into this amazing little person. It has also been fantastic building bridges with my best friend, not that they were every really broken, just our life course took us in different directions causing us to lose touch.

She is like my sister, we have been through everything together, and it is lovely to have her back in my life again. We are now all the support one another needs, and are becoming independent women again, without the added complication of men.

With the move, I came to the realisation that I am actually on placement year, which kind of means I need a job. I started to apply for multiple positions. I was successful in an application in the field of event management but decided this wasn’t really for me. I also had successful aplications for telesales positions, but again wanted something a little more challenging.

I then came across a company called A4E ‘action for employment’. A company who take on referrals from the Job Centre, to help challenged people find employment. They are a social enterprise company partly funded by the government, so tie in nicely with my course and my specific interest in the so called ‘underclass’ (note the air quotes) and the problem of unemployment in this country.

My now boss told me I was at least 30 per cent more engaging at interview which was wonderful, as I am always concerned I come across too informal at interview. But a friendly face and someone with gusto is just what this position requires. I am now the Administrator and Customer Service Representative of the Winchester branch, which I can safely say is a job I love and a company I feel I could go much further with. The role of advisor and the outreach team seem like something I could both be good at, and enjoy. Most importantly, I am an Administrator for a company who really makes a difference to real people’s lives… the most important driving factor for me and my future career.

I always thought being an Administrator would be boring. But it is far from it. The diversity of my day to day work schedule really keeps me on my toes. The customer engagement side provides a new challenge every day, and it is all about organisation. My favourite thing, I can proper ‘get my Monica on’. My boss keeps assuring me; the office is my domain now, and I can organise it and arrange it, and decorate it as I like (within obvious reason). Glorious! I feel a lot of scope in the role, and I actually look forward to getting up and going to work in the morning.

In this role I am learning new things, unlike at CEDR where although the London experience was fabulous and metaphorically priceless (obviously not literally or I would still be there) the actual workload was very similar to much I have done before, and not half as challenging. I began to question my ability to be an ‘office worker’, however the size and demographic of an office makes a huge difference, and at A4E I feel among equals, as opposed to among superiors even despite my obvious lack of experience in the field.

So again my apologies. The name of this blog no longer makes much sense, but I suppose after my original bout of London learning, I learnt that London just wasn’t for me!

 

International Management & Modern Languages

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This blog is intended for students on their placements to document and share their experiences and for the opportunity to win a prize for the best blog in the Faculty at the end of the academic year.  To contribute to this blog you will need to e-mail hss-web@bath.ac.uk to be added as a contributor.

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Welcome to the Placements blog in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences

📥  Social & Policy Sciences

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Welcome to the Placements blog in the Department of Psychology

📥  Psychology

This blog is intended for students on their placements to document and share their experiences and for the opportunity to win a prize for the best blog in the Faculty at the end of the academic year.  To contribute to this blog you will need to e-mail hss-web@bath.ac.uk to be added as a contributor.

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Welcome to the Placements blog in the Department for Health

📥  Health

This blog is intended for students on their placements to document and share their experiences and for the opportunity to win a prize for the best blog in the Faculty at the end of the academic year.  To contribute to this blog you will need to e-mail hss-web@bath.ac.uk to be added as as a contributor.

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Welcome to the Placements blog for The Department of Economics

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This blog is intended for students on their placements to document and share their experiences and for the opportunity to win a prize for the best blog in the Faculty at the end of the academic year.  To contribute to this blog you will need to e-mail hss-web@bath.ac.uk to be added as a contributor.

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Welcome to the Placements blog in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

📥  Politics Languages & International Studies

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Community Managing - What's It All About?

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📥  Politics Languages & International Studies

Being a Community Manager isn't what you might think...

You may have guessed that I'm somewhat of an internet addict, though my interest in all things www extends beyond your usual Facebook and Twitter fandom; instead I remain fascinated by the possibilities arising for individuals, organisations and businesses in seizing opportunities to network strategically, create targeted and sustainable campaigns and raise brand awareness.

One thing which I keep coming up against, however, is a confusion surrounding the concept of online community - and thus of community managing. In fact, even my own mother knows little of what this sector actually entails, which makes describing my internship to our friends and family rather a vague task.

So, Mum, hope this helps...

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Insight of an Intern - House Hunting in London

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📥  Politics Languages & International Studies

A bit of a long one today! Hunting for somewhere to live in London can seem daunting and rather overwhelming, but there's no need to stress about it.

For the past two weeks of my life I have been immersed in the task of finding a room in London. In a city of over 8,000,000, people (not including Greater London) you'd think that a few of them would have a nice and affordable spare room for rent - apparently this isn't the case.

Sounds Like A Plan

First and foremost, you need to decide on your budget. Before setting your heart on a luxury 6 bedroom penthouse, you’ll need to work out exactly how much you can afford to pay each month to avoid disappointment further down the line - remember to take into account travel expenses, bills (electricity/gas/water/internet/etc) and council tax, as well as any extra costs such as a deposit and expenditure for furnishings. These all add up rather quickly, and you might not have as much money to spend as you thought. Like most interns, I couldn't afford to live in my own flat, and so I started out by looking for a flatshare.

Once you've decided on a budget, the second tip I would give house and room hunters is to narrow down where you'd be happy to live.

This may sound simple (London, duh?) but in reality this city is a sprawling mass, and where you live in it can mean between a 1.5 hour commute via buses, trains and the tube and a 10 minute stroll to work. It can also be the difference between living somewhere you're happy to go jogging around at 11pm and where you don't want to leave the house after sunset. If you have friends or family in London, it's definitely worth asking around to see where people recommend. Do your own research as well - there are numerous guides to London living areas on the net.

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Tea with the Mayor of New York

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📥  Politics Languages & International Studies

Sometimes I think I must be in a coma, lying in a hospital bed somewhere creating fantasies in my head about interning at an impossibly great company in London, because some days it seems too good to be true.

Yesterday we had tea with the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. 

Mayor Bloomberg visited the NY office for a meet and greet with the entire staff - including all of us around the wonderful 10gen water cooler.

The move was part of his ongoing initiative to encourage growth in the tech sector in NYC, for which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne and Internet Week New York Chairman David-Michel Davies unveiled the “Made in NY” Digital Jobs Map; an interactive guide to the City’s startups, investors, incubators, and co-working spaces. Incredibly, nearly 500 tech startups have launched in New York City since 2007.

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