Update on Me and Uni

Hello everyone!

This blog began when I started university and I needed to blog as it was a part of the curriculum. Now, 3 years on and I graduated officially last Tuesday! I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications & Media Studies with a major in Marketing & Advertising (what a mouthful!).

I’m the youngest in the family (Not technically as I have a twin sister and she was born after me, but we both share the role of being the youngest), I am however the first amongst my cousins and siblings to graduate from University. As you can imagine, my parents were very proud of me. It’s been a very big week for me, my twin came down to watch me graduate and so did my big sister. My twin is definitely one of the biggest supports in my life and has always backed my decisions no matter how ridiculous or huge.

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My boyfriend Mitch of course has been an absolute angel the whole time we’ve been together and I’ve been at uni. We met midway through my second year (also his second year) and we of course have both tried to help each other through the back end of our degrees.

He was able to help me more only because he did a Bachelor of Business with majors in International Business and Accounting and while I could help with his International Business subjects, I wasn’t much help in his accounting ones because I really just suck at maths. My way of helping was mainly just making him tea while he did assignments and doing his referencing, whereas he proofread the majority of my essays and research projects.

Anyway! I thought I would talk about where I am at now, as more of an update from my first ever post introducing myself.

When I started Uni at the University of Wollongong I had my heart broken maybe a month before. My first boyfriend had dumped me and I was at a complete loss of what to do with myself. I remember trying to focus on work and picking up any and every shift I could just to keep my mind off him. Looking back now, while we have no bad blood and I am in no means trying to paint a bad picture, he didn’t treat me well. We were very young and looking back now I genuinely think he only wanted to date me so that he get past and have that first relationship. I was willing to move mountains for him when he really wouldn’t move his car for me if I asked.

I started at Wollongong Uni looking for a clean slate, no one knew how much I was hurting and I was able to paint myself the way I wanted people to see me. I fell for UOW pretty quick, even when I hated my time studying at uni, I loved every second.

In my mid year break in my second year I went on a europe trip with my best friend. I love travelling and loved that trip as I met so many fantastic people, a lot of who I still talk to (not the previously mentioned best friend though). I came home and a week later I went to my (ex) best friend’s boyfriend’s 21st, where I met my now boyfriend.

I would like to say that it is an absolute breath of fresh air being with someone who would do anything to keep a smile on your face. I felt more wanted in the space of 2 months than I did in the year I was with my ex.

I think what I’ve learned in my time at uni is to never doubt my worth, both in work and relationships. I wish I had learned this ages ago as I wouldn’t have been with my ex for so long. At least it didn’t take me very long to get over!

Focus on self improvement and self betterment than trying to boost someone else’s confidence.

 

 

Why applying for graduate jobs is so exciting

Welcome back!

Last time I left you with an incredibly negative post about job hunting after uni and how the unrealistic expectations set by society puts pressure and stress on recent graduates to land a job as soon as they leave their final exam.

For this post I want to talk about how exciting job hunting can be after university and how it enables you to discover what you truly want to do after university.

I’ve found for me that looking at graduate opportunities makes me really want to succeed, despite the many jobs I’ve applied at and how little I’ve heard back from them, I still get excited at what I could be doing. That probably sounds a little sad, but I want to stress that it isn’t. I’ve always been a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason and that if you want something you must work to get it.

In my first year at uni, I told my mum “I will be successful” and I’ve carried that thought throughout my whole degree. Which sounds cringey, but honestly keeping that thought in my mind really helped me through my degree.

My personal view point for applying for jobs is that I need to be able to see myself doing and loving the work that I anticipate will be given to me (if i get hired of course). I recently turned down an internship due to it not being the right fit for me. It felt all sorts of wrong saying no to someone, even though this internship was in one of the industries I want to work in, I knew that it wasn’t the right place for me and that I had different opportunities in store.

Applying for jobs now that I have finished uni allows me to fully see what type of opportunities are available to me and makes me excited to excel further in my career.

I know with my last post I sounded incredibly angry at the system and came across that I was angry at uni for making like “so hard” for a privileged white girl. In reality, university allows you to open your mind to all these opportunities that if you apply yourself that you can achieve them.

I may have finished my job hunt for now, and while I gain more industry experience you may see a post in 1-2 years time about how annoyed I am at the job applying process all over again.

Will admit I’ve always loved the chase!

Until next time.

Kathryn xx

 

Post Uni Life

“So, what are you gonna do now?”

As if that’s not the most annoying question to be asked after finishing any form of study. I want to be able to say “Well of course I’m looking for full time work. Hopefully it will be paid, but realistically I’ll probably work a part time internship that is unpaid for 6 months to a year which will leave me at my hospitality job for longer than I had wanted. This will then land me a job that still won’t pay me enough to start paying off my HECS debt, which will mean I wont be able to afford a house, which will mean I’ll still live 20 minutes from anywhere with my parents (which I don’t hate). But for now hospitality will do”.

But instead I respond, “Hopefully find a full time job, but at the moment I’m still working casually”.

Now that that’s over, I’ll get to the point of this blog post.

Finishing a university degree has to be the most satisfying thing I have ever done. However looking for work afterwards, is not. I find that looking for work or work experience after finishing a university nearly IMPOSSIBLE. Due to the fact that employers either don’t understand what entry levels jobs are or that they don’t understand how much experience a university student can actually acquire after 3 years full time study.

Why is it that we go to university to get a good job, but that proves to be very difficult as soon as you get a degree?

Personally, I think there should be a new level of work introduced for employers; Post Entry-Level, so that those who haven’t done an internship or those who don’t quite have the amount of experience that the employer is after can recognise that they wont be considered and don’t have to waste their time (Just a thought).

One thing that needs to be stressed more in university is that it isn’t about what you know, but who you know (and yet here I am, looking up tips to boost confidence for job interviews). Majority of the time if you have managed to maintain a distinction average throughout your whole degree, odds are the employer won’t look at that and pretty much just see that you have a degree (and yet that isn’t enough some times). 

As an aspiring marketer nothing frustrates me more looking for entry level jobs (specified entry level jobs on LinkedIn) to find that I need “2 years experience in a similar role”. Here’s a question for the employers; How do you propose we get this experience? Whilst also passing uni? Whilst also maintaining a healthy social life? Whilst also drinking enough water? It’s next to impossible, the only reason I’m not saying it is impossible because someone must have done this otherwise you all wouldn’t be asking for it (I guess?).

I guess all i’m trying to say is I know looking for a job is hard and I am willing to put in the hard work in order to get my foot in the door, but the idea that university students should be able to find work after getting a degree is flawed.

I’m sorry that my comeback post was somewhat negative, I’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike and it came in the form of a rant.

I’ll be posting more often now hopefully!

Kathryn xx

Research Proposal – To travel or to not? That is the question.

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My mother has always said to me; “The world is a dark and beautiful place, one of which you’re too curious to not explore”. I have always been so curious about the history of places, knowing that at some point in history, someone was standing exactly where I am, with problems foreign to my own and living in a complete different society that I am living in today. I have travelled to 3 different countries and will be travelling to 9 new countries in the middle of this year, so I thought; ‘Why not base my project around it?’

After booking this trip I have had many people asking which organs I’m selling in order to pay for it. Being a student it can be difficult trying to figure out how to pay for a trip. We all save our money for something, so why not travel?

Over the summer I worked 2 part-time jobs which ended up tallying up to 55-60 hours a week just so that I could pay for my trip overseas. I’m not suggesting that doing this is ideal for everyone, most of the time I would fall asleep in one uniform, just to wake up the next morning at 4:00am to change into a different one. I may have hated myself each time I finish work at midnight just to start at 6:00am the next morning but I managed to pay off my trip in less than 3 months! So, it’s possible, why aren’t more people doing it?

My proposal is, is what is the future of travel for students? Is it because of the endless pile of HECS and other expenses that students need to account for weekly, the reason behind why young students (18-25) aren’t travelling overseas during their time at university?

According to the graph below from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, indicating the short-term residential departures of both males and females in 2006 compared to 2016. It displays that amongst the 20-24 age group, more females are travelling than males.

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‘In the year ended December 2016, there were 37.7 million crossings of Australia’s international borders’. (ABS 2016) This projection includes people who were returning home from Australia after a short term or long term stay and also includes Australian citizens departing for short and long term stays overseas.

The questions that I want answered are:

  1. Is money the main issue why student’s aren’t travelling overseas?
  2. Are the anxieties and stresses that studying full time provides stopping students from wanting to travel overseas during their time at university?
  3. Are our elders influential on whether or not we travel overseas?
  4. Are societal expectations of ‘all study no play’ effecting students views on travelling?
  5. Are the lack of jobs available and the wage rate for young adults one of the reasons behind student’s not travelling?

I look forward to discovering reasons why student’s are postponing travel and whether they even intend on travelling at all.

References:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Dec 2016cat. no. 3401.0, ABS Canberra.