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Okay, I’m Angry

Maybe angry is a bit strong but I can’t currently think of the right word and so it’ll stay as ‘angry’.

Anyone who’s been following my blog and twitter recently will be aware of the fact that I’m currently preparing a plan B for when (possibly if) I fail these resits and don’t make it back into university. Having come out of the 4th paper this morning, I decided to do the smart thing and look at full time jobs in Glasgow, college courses, and anything else I might be able to do instead of continuing along my current academic path. Now, I’m aware this isn’t giving you the reason why I’m angry but that bit of background knowledge was important to put in before I move to the main point of this post.

 

I did the usual, log in to the laptop, open up chrome, and search ‘jobs Glasgow’. This took me to indeed.co.uk where I set my preferences and started opening the links to see what I could apply for. The very first link was for Silverbean Coffee. I’ll share the ad with you here actually, sorry for the bad quality photo:


 Did you see it? The reason I’m so annoyed? No? Let me help you. Take a look at ‘Required Education’. Can someone please explain to me why it is necessary for me to have a bachelor’s degree to be able to make cups of coffee?? I mean, yes okay the coffee I made for myself yesterday wasn’t all that great but doesn’t mean I need a degree to be able to make coffee!!
Sorry, calming down a little now. I just don’t appreciate the fact that there are 16 year olds in this country who would do anything to get a part time or full time job, depending on where they are academically. Nowadays you can’t get anywhere without experience but you can’t get the experience because companies do things like this and block a lot of people from even considering applying.

Part of the reason I am so wound up about this is the implication that my £6750 a year course is only good enough to get me into a job at a coffee shop – God help me if I want an actual Grad job!

 

I’m still going to apply for it. I’ll let you know if I hear from them with a rejection or an interview but one thing is definite, if I’m lucky enough to get an interview for this position I will ask them why they feel the need to exclude those of us without a degree. I’ve also sent them an enquiry as to why this is their only listed requirement:


 

Have you been in a similar position or seem something equally as infuriating? Let me know!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Dear Sir/Madam:

Are you looking for an employee with:

  • 7 months of hands on experience in customer service?
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills?
  • A passion to learn and to increase skills?

If so, then you need look no further. You will see from my following resume that I meet all of these qualifications and more. I am returning to Lisburn, Northern Ireland for the summer months and am ready to work as soon as possible.

I would very much like to discuss opportunities with you. To schedule an interview, please email me at kvburton657@gmail.com

Thank you for taking the time to review my resume. I look forward to talking with you.

Sincerely,

Katie

 

Personal Statement

I am a bright, cheerful and trustworthy young woman.  I am currently looking for part-time or full-time summer employment to support me through my forthcoming years at university.  I am a hard-working and reliable person who takes great pride in everything I do.  I have a proven ability to organise and plan workloads, experience of working in a fast paced environment, and consider myself to be self motivated and thrive under pressure.  I believe I am a “can-do” person and am looking for an opportunity to support myself.

 

Education

Victoria College Belfast, Cranmore Park, BT9 6JA, Northern Ireland (2007 – 2014)

GCSEs sat in 2012 – 2 A*s (Maths and History), 7 As (including Additional Maths, English Language and English Literature) and 2 Bs as well as a Level 2 Certificate in Learning for Life and Work.

A Levels sat in 2014 – A (Maths), B (Chemistry) and C (Physics)

 

Experience

Babysitting September 2012 – August 2014

I looked after children between the ages of 6 months and 14 while their parents were out, taking responsibility for feeding them, aiding with homework, general housework and having fun in the process.

Assistant Leader at Rainbows September 2010 – September 2014

Arranging fun educational activities for girls between the ages of 4 and 8 whilst working with the other leaders to ensure the safety of those in our charge.

Volunteer at World Police and Fire Games July 2013 – August 2013

I helped make sure that all competitors were aware of the rules and regulations whilst helping them enjoy their time in Northern Ireland. I gave high levels of customer service in all aspects of the events whilst learning about different cultures and societies, and making new lifelong friendships.

Sales Assistant at Costcutter May 2014 – September 2014 and June 2015 – September 2015

Basic shop front work as well as experience in the stock room, cashing up the till at the end of each shift, and cleaning the store at the end of the day. Working with customers face to face has developed my social skills and I am confident when dealing with all types of enquiries.

Work experience at Harmony Hill Primary School, Lambeg. 15th – 23rd June 2015

Assisting the teaching staff and other members of the staff in the daily jobs in a classroom. This involved teaching a few students who needed extra support, supervising pupils at both break and lunch, helping organise a diversity day in which another school came to visit and I was asked to supervise those children as well and finally helping organise the end of year leaving ceremony for the children who have now finished primary school.

 

Key Achievements and Interests

Throughout my school career, I worked hard to become a Senior Librarian while volunteering as part of a team to help run the school’s book club, Page Turners, once a week.  As both a member and leader of the Drama Club, I learnt what it means to be confident in both your own and your colleagues’ abilities.  Regular volunteering and hard work as a Mentor in the tutoring programme led to my being appointed a Prefect  This, in turn, led me to volunteer at my local Rainbows, and church Sunday School and crèche from 2010 to 2015.  In 2011, I took part in and completed my Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

For years I invested myself in music, achieving my piano playing grade 2 and grade 4 Theory, whilst attending a stage school (Samsara set up by Samantha Mumba) for a year before it closed down due to lack of funding.  This interest in the arts inspired me to write and have 3 poems published.  Following this, I helped with the school play (Hello Dolly) as a member of the stage crew before becoming part of the technical support team that supported a drama exhibition in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

In 2013, I volunteered at the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast as an aid to the competitors during their sports, looking after them and their families whilst ensuring each event ran smoothly.

 

 

Please contact me independently if you would like any further information about me or would like to gather reference information.

 

Thank you!