June 2016: The beginning, and the end!

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Semester two is officially over, and what a semester it’s been! Whilst the teaching element has come to a close, we now welcome in the dissertation for company over the summer months, as well as the inevitable job hunt.

The sweet sound of “please put down your pens” in the final exam of my postgraduate degree cued a sigh of relief. After a period of such sustained effort and keeping my head placed firmly in mountains of books, I stepped out into the sunshine (thank you Manchester!) a free woman. It was a time for us all to give ourselves a pat on the back and enjoy the accomplishment. After lovely meals, catching up on each other’s news and reminiscing on the year it was sadly time to say goodbye to some brilliant friends over the summer period. Although I am eagerly awaiting their return like a true needy friend!

Celebrating the end of exams in style

Celebrating the end of exams in style

 After a bit of much needed downtime at home with my parents spent playing with cats, basking in the sun in the Costa del Shropshire, and being a dutiful daughter on fell runs with my dad in his training for the Man vs Horse marathon (yep, you heard it right), it was time to come back to good old Manchester and face the music!

Now is the time for the dissertation and finding a job for September in Manchester. I’m feeling positive and looking forward to new challenges. Rather than letting panic set in, which is all too easy, I am being proactive in my search for jobs and am excited for what the future may hold. Upon completing my undergraduate degree, I approached a company I had admired from afar for a long time, applying for a role in their Head Office in London. Although I didn’t get the role I had originally applied for, I began in a different role about a week later! I stayed for three years, developing many skills and experiencing varied and interesting roles. I have learnt that a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, passion and enthusiasm for a company, as well as a willingness to put yourself forward for new challenges can help you both in securing your first job and in maximising your potential when you’ve arrived! Of course, education, experience and a bit of being in the right place at the right time are central. However, keeping upbeat and confident in your abilities is also vital to keep going in the search if things don’t initially go your way.

Overall, much has already been achieved but this is just the first step in a new chapter. September will come around before we know it, but first of all is that little thing called a dissertation…

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