Work Advice

Take Coffee and Tea Breaks!

Hi everyone, so for today’s tip of the day I’m going to talk about something that I didn’t originally do when I started work but it is something that I wished I did when I started. And that is… take coffee and tea breaks… (or even just pop to the kitchen to get some water if you don’t drink tea or coffee).

After reading that you’re probably thinking “what!? She can’t be serious, you’re at work to work, not drink tea!” And yes, you are at work to work but that doesn’t stop you from having a tea break halfway through the morning or afternoon.(Tea breaks are fine as long as you don’t go completely over the top and have one every five minutes).

However speaking from experience I normally find that it’s good to have a five minute tea break in the middle of the morning to keep me going until lunchtime. There are two pros to this a) you’re proving to your manager that you are a human and not a robot. And b) tea breaks can be a good way to socialise.

(Tea breaks I think will also prove to your manager that your settling in and relaxing more and work).

Normally when I go to make a cup of tea there is normally someone else getting a drink, and this can be a good way to interact with your colleagues (especially with the ones that you don’t directly work with).

Also if you’re in a company where there hasn’t been any formal introductions then it could be a good way to meet new people and introduce yourself.

And that’s all for now, see you next time with a new tip, Kathryn.

Introductions

Hello

Hello people of the blog reading community

My name is Samara and I have just finished my second year at university. I hope in my time as an admin for ‘So What’s To Come’ i will be able to (hopefully) give some helpful tips/advice.

I plan to post every Thursday

So all there is left to say is welcome to ‘So What’s To Come’, I hope you find this blog useful in the future.

Until I post again, Samara 😀

Moving House

Use Public Wi-Fi!

Hi, everyone and for today’s tip of the day I have decided talk about something that has become a necessity in our lives: the Internet. Whether we like it or not the Internet plays an important role in our day to day lives; it’s a way of communicating with our friends, catching up on the news and even watching silly cat videos. But what do you do when you’ve just moved house; and you’re only living there for a year: is it really worth the hassle to phone up BT and get them to install a router and then have to pay £20 a month?

There are two solutions to this problem a) get a mobile contract and get something like 20GB of data which is enough to listen to music/ use messenger/ check Facebook or b) use public Wi-Fi. For today’s tip of the day I will talking about solution b; use public Wi-Fi.

Using public Wi-Fi is a good way to save money if you only ever use the Internet for small-ish tasks, most places now have free Wi-Fi and it’s very easy just to sit in a Café or the library and use their Internet. (Libraries in particular are a great place to use the Wi-Fi since there are normally desks you can sit at, but cafes are good too- if you don’t mind buying a coffee that is!)

Yes, you may end up still getting a mobile contract so that you can check your banking on your phone, but you can also use free Wi-Fi for tasks such as messaging friends, catching up on the news. (Just don’t use free Wi-Fi if you are buying something online; where you’re entering your debit card details or any personal information). Which will also help make sure you don’t go over your data limit.

And that’s all for now! Kathryn.

 

 

Work Advice

Arrive at work early!

Hi everyone! So for today’s tip I have used my own experience to gather some tips on an experience that we will all have sooner or later: starting a job.

And whether we like it or not there are some tips that you should adhere to to become successful/ or at the very least impress your manager. And one of those tips is to arrive at work early.

Now that you have just read the previous paragraph you are probably groaning; why should you spend more time than you need to at a place where you’re already spending the majority of your day? And that’s because if you arrive early you will probably impress your manager with your enthusiasm.

I’m not saying go completely over the top and arrive to work half an hour early (partly because you may find yourself locked out and waiting for someone to open the door if you don’t have a master key). But by turning up just ten minutes early you will likely impress everyone with your enthusiasm. (And is that ten minutes extra at home really going to make that much of a difference?)

Normally, I arrive to work ten/ fifteen minutes early (partly because I’m terrified of being late). During those ten minutes I normally go make myself a cup of tea and say good morning to whoever is in the office before going to my desk.

You don’t have to start work before nine/ eight-thirty whatever, but if people know you’ve arrived early then you’ll likely be remembered as the person who arrives early. (Which is better than being known as the person who turns up late).

And that’s all for now, until next time, Kathryn!

 

University Advice

Take opportunities!

Hi everyone, for today’s tip of the day I have decided that it should be take opportunities. For risk of sounding like a cliché I won’t repeat what the same thing you’ve heard millions of times before ‘you only live once so live life to the full’, the saying which will inevitably make you yawn.

However I would encourage you to take any opportunities that live life to the full, and although this applies to any area of life, this is especially important to those starting university. Starting university is a big step especially if you have been in the same school from aged 11 to 18. It can be an opportunity to break out of that cookie mold, you are know longer known as the shy and quiet person that you were six years ago, you can be who you want to be and there’s no-one there to stop you.

Speaking from experience I went to the same school from aged 11 and I left when I had finished my A-levels. During my seven years there I was always known as the shy girl from year seven and I never broke out of that mold. When I got to university I had the chance to break out of that mold and become a more confident version of my self.

(Which is easier said than done when you are naturally a very shy person). And whilst I’m still quite shy, I’m more confident than I was two years ago and this was because I took any opportunity that came my way.

I remember in one of my first lectures, we got the opportunity to put our names forward to become a student representative. The only problem? We had to yell out our names in the lecture theater, to this day I remember how nervous I was about yelling my name in front of around 250 people (even though half of which weren’t paying attention).

Over the course of the next year I found myself becoming more confident, and although I still didn’t speak up as much as I should’ve, it helped my confidence a lot and helped me grow as a person.

So my final message for today would be to take opportunities as they come!

-Kathryn

Getting a Job Advice

Go to career fairs!

Hi everyone, and welcome to my very first blog post (discounting the introductory/ obligatory welcome to my blog post).

So here is my first snippet of advice for when you’re looking for a job: go to career fairs. 

This piece of advice may seem self explanatory but it is something that I would advise you all to do. It is very easy to have a mindset where you think there is no point in going because the majority of jobs can be found on the Internet. And it is very easy not to bother, but I strongly encourage you to find some local career fairs and go.

Speaking from experience in the past few years, I have been to three career fairs: two at my local university, and one in a bigger city. The first time I went to a career fair in my first year I ended up talking to one company for a long time, and the following year I saw them again and handed them my CV (and I later got an Industrial Year with them).

So why should you go to a career fair?

Career fairs can help you find out more about local companies (if it’s in your local university) or bigger companies (if it’s in a bigger city). You also have the opportunity to talk to these companies to find out more about them and you can work out whether or not this company is the best fit for you.

And that’s all for now! -Kathryn.

Introductions

Hello!

Hi person who has stumbled upon my blog,

And before you continue I’d like to welcome you to by blog ‘So what’s to come’.

My name is Kathryn and I’ve currently finished my second year of university and I’m doing my Industrial/ Sandwich placement for a year before I return to university. (This essentially means I’m working for a company for a year).

During the past few weeks I have developed skills in starting work and living on my own and paying for bills for the first time. And on this blog I would like to share my experience (or lack of it with you).

And on this blog I’d like to share my tips on living on your own, getting a job, starting a job and any other pearls of wisdom that I might have.

Consider this your guide to life, and I hope you benefit and learn from my experiences and mistakes.