The days were long, tedious and rather tiring and I quickly learnt that everything I had heard about being a fashion intern was frighteningly true. The lows are lower than low, but the highs are pretty darn great... "If I can do this and still love this industry, than this is the industry for me."
I am earning money already and learning how to manage my finances. Whereas if I had gone to University, I would have around £66k debt to pay! To make matters worse, Computer Science graduates are earning less every year, they are earning on average £2,261 less today than in 2007. Instead, I will have earned over £66k creating a difference of over £132k!
Searching for a job is dull, difficult and downright depressing. It's frustrating to spend hours honing an application only to have nothing but radio silence in return, so when that much prayed-for email does come saying thanks for applying and hey, you don't seem so bad, we'd love to meet you, it pays to make sure you're not going to let down a red hot application with a damp squib of an interview.
Developing your employability skills is important if you want to stand out to employers and be successful when you apply for jobs. Whether you are in year 10 or year 13 there are several ways in which you can develop your employability skills whilst you're at school.
Don't be fooled into thinking unpaid internships are an essential stop on the route to graduate employment - there are alternative ways to add to your CV and land a great graduate job without spending months on end in unpaid labour!
Getting good grades can of course open the door to a promising future, but more employers are stressing the importance of soft skills... we need to address the skills shortage and ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work in order to bolster this economic growth.
People were friendly and joked around, no one snapped at colleagues or interns, everyone said 'please' and 'thank you'. I was given articles to write and each of them was published on the website, with my byline. The online editor would take time to go through each article with me, explaining what I did right and what I could improve on, as well as teaching me how to use the CMS, Google Analytics etc.
Let's be fair, it is about the last time it is officially acceptable to sponge off your parents for a week jaunt to sunnier climes without having to put your hand in your own pocket. Enjoy it, spend some quality time with your family that you've not had since the odd week at Christmas or since you left for uni.
I decided to take a gap year, and it was honestly one of the better decisions i've made... Take a gap year to experience life that little bit more, because once you head back into education, you're not going to have much time to experience the things you could do within a whole year.
Whilst the economy is showing signs of recovery and job opportunities are increasing there is also an increasing amount of competition for every graduate job. This means that if you are joining the race you have to be prepared for what the world of work entails. Here are three top lessons to stay ahead as a 21st Century graduate.
Your job will hold massive sway over your happiness. You will spend more time with your colleagues than your loved ones (a sentence which makes me think we aren't such a civilised society, after all) and your work will dominate your thoughts... This, then, is why it's crucial to land the right job.