Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Intern Opportunities 27 November 2012

Paid internships

Graduate jobs

Opportunity of the week...
  • 7city Learning is a financial training company based in central London. They are looking for an enthusiastic intern to help in their busy publishing department for between 3 and 6 months. The successful candidate will help produce this material whilst learning the basics of publishing. This internship is paid

Saturday, 24 November 2012

My Graduate Success: My New Beginning

I still can’t believe that I managed to secure a permanent position so quickly after my contract ended at woman&home and Homes &Gardens. I was out of work for a good few weeks before I secured my weekfreelancing, and this is all thanks to the connections I’ve built up in HR. Itreally proves how important networking is throughout your professional life.

Honestly, I secured my job because I was at the right placeand right time. I was freelancing in the advertising department, and it was there that I found out a position was available for a PA to the Advertising Director. This wasn't a traditional PA role, which added to its appeal. I was immediately interested in the role, but knew I would have to be as impressive as I possibly could if I was to stand a chance at getting an interview. Luckily, I was in direct contact with the Ad Director (interviewer) and was able to prove my abilities, a position I had never been in before. To cut a long story short, by the end of the week I had expressed my interest,handed over my CV and made the best impression I possibly could. Needless to say, I’m glad that my hard work paid off that week as I did secure an interview and the job.

It became clear to me during my freelance week that there are a lot of components to enjoying a job, not just what you're doing but the people, environment and atmosphere. I can safely say that I'm enjoying everything about my job and therefore couldn't be happier. 

For me, happiness is the key to success and this is just thebeginning.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Intern Opportunities 20 November 2012

Paid internship
First job

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Intern Opportunities: 13 November 2012

Paid internships

Graduate work

Are you looking for a freelance position?

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Have you heard the news?

If you haven't been keeping up with me on Twitter then you'll be pleased to hear that I've secured a permanent position at IPC Media! I'm absolutely thrilled and can't wait to start on Monday.

I'll be writing about my little adventure to success next week - look out for it - 'My Graduate Success: My new beginning'. 

Have a lovely week! :-)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Intern Opportunities: 6th November 2012

Paid internship

First job

Saturday, 3 November 2012

My Graduate Success: My Rollercoaster Ride

Of course, many of you know by now that I was lucky enough to secure a job before I graduated. However, unknown to most was that this job was temporary to cover maternity leave. I was optimistic that my contract would be extended and that I would eventually become a permanent employee. 

It was a Monday like any other when I found out that my contract wasn't going to be renewed. 

A meeting with both of my bosses early that afternoon rang alarm bells in mind. I hadn’t had a meeting with both of them since my interview so I thought it likely that they'd be discussing my contract as the end date was nearing. I was excited, curious and scared. Despite the fact I know my contract was coming to end, I was certain that due to how well I had performed on my job that it would at least be extended for a few more months. I dreaded prospect of becoming an unemployed graduate.

I was taken to a different floor. I entered the room and sat in front of my two bosses. Numerous thoughts about how much I enjoy my job entered my head and I was sure that this meeting would have a positive outcome. But I was kidding myself. One of my bosses opened the conversation ‘As you know your contract is coming to an end....’, I sit and let them continue, ‘unfortunately we won’t be renewing your contract’. My mind paused as the words hit me and I sat silent. Not to sound big headed but I was in a state of shock. I was hoping that my hard work over the months would have paid off. 

In the end, I resorted to answering ‘fine’. I couldn’t think of anything else to say, but of course it wasn’t fine. Before this point, I was convinced that the day would never come and when it did, I wasn’t sure how to deal with it.

Some weeks on I now face the prospect of finding another job. A once publishing professional turned back to a publishing intern – really disappointing. But rest assured readers, the disheartening experience won’t affect my desire for a job in the publishing industry. I’ve learnt a lot, left on good grounds and received glowing feedback from the people I’ve come into contact with. If I had my time again I wouldn’t change a single thing.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom for me. Luckily, the positive impression I made and the relationship I’ve built with HR means that my journey at IPC isn’t quite ending yet. Fortunately, last week I was back doing some temp work in the advertising department, which I thoroughly enjoyed. At the moment, I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I'm a big believer in fate and I know that everything happens for a reason. I'm simply meant to be elsewhere.

Watch this space.