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Be informed, even if not smart

I recently came across an online article about the most ridiculous ways some students have spent their student loans. This immediately brought to mind my own student days and I can still – vividly – remember the buzzing feeling of

work-lifeseeing a huge balance on my bank account on the day the loan arrived. Luckily, I didn’t spend it all on an Elvis Presley bust (read the article below to find out more…). No, I was sensible and used it to pay for driving lessons. Well, I used most of it for that. The rest, well, goodness knows what I did with it. Honestly, I probably did a lot of ‘fun’ stuff (buying a lot of shoes comes to mind). And, since I did my degree in fashion, a big chunk of the loan was spent in fabric shops and the like – I am a self-confessed hoarder of all things crafty.

But, looking back now to my student years and the time I’ve since spent working, I can see a few things I would have done differently. Besides being wiser with my money, I would have definitely spent more time exploring different career opportunities. Doing a creative degree was great; three years filled with sketching, pattern drafting and sewing  was heaven for me. But after the degree, I was none the wiser about what I really wanted to do with my life. It was so easy to just think about the here and now, and not plan for the future at all.

I ended up moving abroad fairly quickly after graduation – in fact, two days after! – which made it even harder for me to pursue the dream of working in a creative role. I never completely stopped using the skills learnt during my degree, designing and making bespoke dresses, and crafting in my free time, but earned my living by working in roles that were not that creative at all.

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Do I regret not embarking on a creative career straight after graduation? Yes, sometimes I do. I wish I would have been a bit more sensible (yes, sensible) about the choices I made. But, on the other hand, I got to travel and live in some amazing places, and during my travels I grew as a person more than I ever would have if I had gone straight into employment from uni. So, if I could give my 20-year-old self some advice retrospectively, I would tell myself to at least think about different future paths during my studies, and to use holidays between studies wisely by experimenting with career options, rather than just lay on the beach. That way, my choices might not be any smarter than they were, but at least they would have been informed decisions, not wild guesses. But, I cannot go back in time or change the past. You, as a current student on the other hand, do have the opportunity to experiment with career options here and now. Be smart with those opportunities, just like you need to be smart with your student loan.

So, about that Elvis Presley bust… you can read about it here.

http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Student/2015-01-16/What_are_the_10_most_ridiculous_student_loan_purchases.html

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Why work for an SME?

As you search for work experience, whether it is a placement, internship, or job; you will probably be instantly be drawn to the huge iconic companies such as ‘L’Oreal’, ‘Deloitte’ or ‘Disney’. Although these are all fantastic places to work and gain experience, have you ever considered applying to work for a Small-Medium-Enterprise?

Here’s some aspects you might not have considered…

  • You can make a big impact – Being a small fish in a big pond can be tough and, whilst you will contribute, you probably won’t make as much of an accountable impact to the company as a whole. With smaller SMEs you will be part of a much smaller team and so you will probably have more responsibility and your work will make a bigger difference, which can be very rewarding.
  • A simpler application process – Being smaller, SME’s often have a less lengthy application process, and so whilst still competitive, you are more likely to be given the opportunity to shine at interview.
  • More accessible – If you aren’t someone who wants to move for your placement, an SME might just be for images (12)you as there are plenty of opportunities local to Southampton which would mean you won’t have the hassle and expense of moving to another location.
  • Valuable experience – A placement at an SME is just as valuable as one at Coca Cola. It’s not where you do your placement, but what you do and what you make of it. Future employers look for skills and attributes you gain from a placement more than the size or reputation of the company itself.

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If you are interested in working for an SME, we can help you out. Take a look at our Jobs board for current opportunities or pop in and see us for some advice!

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