A Sudden Burst of Creativity

This is going to be a short update blog post of shorts. Over the past week or so, I have had a lot of ideas hit me with what to blog about and what videos I would like to do on YouTube, so if there is more than the weekly blog post from me just go with it. I don’t know how long this burst of creativity will last for but I am really enjoying the feel of it at the moment.

As I previously stated I am starting (again) to post videos on YouTube, I do have aims to be more regular with the updates. The video this week is a rambling video about the education system in the UK, it actually ties in nicely with a blog post I wrote a few months ago about being a graduate and the lack of opportunities. Despite the rambling of this video, I am really happy with, it wasn’t forced and it might not get views but it is something I am passionate about. Feel free to check the video out and let me know what you think!

Six Months On

This week I was talking to one of my university friends who was asking if I would be attending an alumni event in London which was begin put on by my former university lecturers.
Lol, no.” Was my reply.
The conversation then fell to what I am currently doing job wise and my friend was angry for me as many people are in the same situation as me. People who have graduated with honours and are still looking for employment be it full time, part time or something within their chosen field.  I could not help but agree with her, I am angry as well.

I graduated university six months ago and since then my university and former lecturers have had very little contact with me. My university had a research company ring me in January to find out what I was doing and to rate the university in terms of success; looking back I was somewhat generous with my answers.

So where am I six months after graduating?

I am in between two zero hours jobs (I wrote apiece how zero hours were not that bad, I still stand by that piece) and I finally have a part time job at a local supermarket. In all honesty having a degree did not help me get these jobs. In contrast to fellow university peers, I am not where I want to be. The large majority have some role within the music and/or events industry, one friend is studying to become a teacher, some students have even had helped from former lecturers. I have not had anything, apart from references.

I have never expected job opportunities to land in my lap but over the past few months I have been applying for a lot of jobs, I have sent my CV off and filled out enough forms to make my head spin. Sometimes I get interviews which I extremely grateful for but it always ends up being down to the dreaded word ‘experience’. My CV is not bare, I have volunteered at events, I have done unpaid roles and I have been doing this since high school yet people still won’t look at you. As my family say “How are you suppose to get experience if no one will give you any.”

Do I feel like the world owes me a favour? Yes and no. Yes, because ever since high school it has been drilled into me that going to university will make me successful, I will earn more money in the end and it will be worth it. No one (I mean teachers and lectures, in fact lectures have said the music industry is a growing business) mentioned anything about the lack of jobs, yet the studies and media have given me plenty of warning.  So yes, I feel like maybe I deserve a chance. But on the other hand, the world owes me nothing. I chose to go to university, I chose my degree. I need to grow up and realise the world isn’t fair.

You could say that is has only been six months and I shouldn’t worry but in another six months there will be more graduates in the world with possibly more experience. Time is not on my side. Part of me is considering a postgraduate degree, if over the summer little has improved with my career prospects I may seriously begin considering this option. I am still going to apply for jobs, jobs that I want, entry-level jobs that will get me to my dream job. But it is hard work and tiring applying for jobs as well as being constantly knocked back. However, all I can do is keep applying and maybe one day someone will open the door and say yes.

I am now a graduate!!!

After three long years of blood, sweat and tears I can now say I am a graduate!  This week I graduated from Buckinghamshire New University with a 2.1 degree in Music and Live Events Management. The past three years have been a worldwide of emotions and looking back I’ve really enjoyed myself.

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Three years ago, when I was filling out my UCAS application I had the vaguest idea of what I wanted for a career. I chose to pursue something music related as I loved music and going to gigs. Interestingly, my first choice university was not Bucks it was LIPA. Unfortunately, I did not get in but in hindsight going to Bucks was probably the best thing to happen.

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I have made some friends for life at university and somehow become closer to my friends at home as well. In the past three years, I have made many memories with this group of friends that I will cherish forever. However, I have also learnt that despite going to university some people still have a lot of growing up to do.

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I will forever be thankfully to my university and my lecturers for giving me some many opportunities such as working in Norway and at the Royal Albert Hall.  I feel like my course has provided me with wide range knowledge and skill sets that I will take forward into my future careers. Despite all of this getting a job after university is proving somewhat difficult but that is for another blog post.

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I think I have grown up massively during my time at university; I was forced to rely on myself as I was four hours from home. Yes, I still called home from time to time with questions about food, shopping and washing but it wasn’t like someone could come and sort out the problem for me.  I may miss the university itself but I very much doubt I will miss the town in which my university was based. Thank you Bucks for the past three years, it has been a wild ride.

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P.S if you are interested my dissertation was about YouTube Celebrity Culture (and yes, I am no longer obsessed with YouTube as I was before I started the whole thing).

Under Pressure

You would think that with a final draft of my dissertation and a law essay due in (before the end of March), I would be cramming my every spare minute with completing said work.  This is not the case for a serial procrastinator like myself.

My procrastination is so bad that it has become a household joke in my flat that I will say “I will do it tomorrow.” And yes, it is funny but at times like this when deadlines are closing in I should be doing something. But no, not me.

If you need someone to avoid doing task or just waste hours of the day away, I am your girl! Recently I spent at least two hours on some gaming website ignoring the small fact that I needed to get a shower. Ridiculous? I know.
All this procrastination is putting pressure on myself when I could have all this work done and then waste time after. But oh no, I don’t think like that. I am not even worried (yet) about the looming deadlines. I need to change…somewhat.

Until my dissertation is in, only at night after dinner/tea (or whatever you call it) I shall waste hours watching YouTube videos or surfing the web. I need to be a today girl, not a tomorrow one. Maybe writing all this down will kick my ass into gear.
Does anyone else have the same problem as me? I promise I will reply at night and not when I am supposed to be doing work!