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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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Well then

So this is a last minute post and I’m not sure how I feel about sharing it yet as I’m still forming my thoughts but then I remembered that that was one of the reasons I started blogging – to talk through my thoughts and ideas and possibly (hopefully) receive feedback from you lovely people. All I’ll say is please forgive me for the lack of continuity as my brain bounces from one thought to the next.
In the next 48 hours, I have exams 3 and 4 of my 5 resists. I’ve done the revision, I’ve completed past papers and tutorial questions and all the stuff you’re meant to do to prepare for an exam. And then today I hit the wall. You know the wall, don’t you? That one that sits there and you physically cannot break through it to continue. 

I woke up this morning asking myself why I was still trying. Yes, okay, today’s a bad day for a number of reasons that I can’t get into right now without crying and starting a pity party. You shouldn’t listen to your mind on a bad day, right? Except today isn’t the first I’ve felt like this. 

Ever since last week’s disastrous Physics paper, I’ve been seriously thinking about just leaving university. Unguided learning just isn’t for me. I’ve admitted that to myself in the last few days. I lack the motivation to complete simple homeworks. I struggle to persuade myself to get out of bed regardless of how much sleep I’ve had. There’s a complete lack of routine in my life and therefore no structure. Now, I know I’m the one who can fix that but I don’t think university is right for me.

I’ve been proud of myself for being at university. My cousins either didn’t go or dropped out quickly and I was always proud of myself for even just making it to second year. But I didn’t feel like I wanted to be here for any reason other than it’s what was expected of me. Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. But I’m not sure now that I do. To be honest I don’t have a clue what I want to do with my life. I’m 4 weeks off my 21st birthday and I still feel like the 13 year old who’s floating along as if she hasn’t any responsibilities. 

But I know tomorrow’s exam won’t go at all well. Even having gone to lectures and studied for ages last exam diet, I got a G2. To be honest, that’s better than I remembered. Could’ve sworn I got an H2 but there it is in black and white for you.


Seeing my grades displayed like that, surely you can now see for yourself why I’m considering just dropping out of university. 
To be honest, I’m even considering not showing up to tomorrow’s exam… Or Friday’s for that matter. But I know that would be stupid. Do I email my adviser and ask to meet him in the morning and explain to him how I’ve spent the entire summer revising but I know it’s not going to have made any difference? Do I tell him that I just want out but can’t face telling my parents that I dropped out? Yes. The truth is I would rather be kicked out of university than tell my parents I chose to walk out. It’s not like they’re paying for me to be here or helping me in any way. Apart from paying my phone bill and feeding me when I’m home, I’ve been completely financially independent since I started university in 2014. Big wow I hear you guys say, that was using a student loan and a maintenance loan. Those need paid back the minute I start earning. But if I can get a full time job and earn roughly £500 a month, I’d be pretty much where I am now. That’s 75 hours a month so not even 20 hours a week at minimum wage. That’s reasonable, right? 
To be honest, I don’t know why I’m asking these questions. You know as well as I do that I’ll go in tomorrow and Friday and sit those exams. I know I’ll fail them, you may have more faith in me but I’ve given up hope. Friday morning at 11:30 I will be beginning to look at full time jobs here in Glasgow. Who knows, maybe when I’m working I’ll be more involved in my blog. And maybe then I’ll be happier.
I don’t even know what I’ve said in this post, I’m just going to hit post and hope that you guys can give me some advice. If you don’t want to comment below, find me on Twitter (@kvburton657) or email me at katiekinnes@msn.com.
Thanks
Ktkinnes xx

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Monday Musings


Do you like my photo for tonight’s post? I took it on our last morning in Ibiza last year, probably around 5am, overlooking the sea and the swimming pool. It’s hard to believe this time 5 weeks I’ll be back there!

Tonight’s thoughts are on work and jobs. Now, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have seen that I had a job interview back on 3rd June. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job. However, last week I received a phone call asking me to an interview for TEPO Consultancy Belfast. The interview was the morning and…. I’m back for a second interview tomorrow! Well I think it’s tomorrow, the email said (and I quote) “…on being invited back to spend the day with us on 14 GIUG 16 alle 11;45…”

Now is it me or is that in a different language? Getting distracted, sorry. The main point in this was to ask, is it bad that I really don’t want to go for the second interview? I know nothing about the company, or the position I am applying for. It’s in an awkward place to get to. I don’t know if I should really be complaining, I mean a job is a job but really I could see this one far enough. Why can’t I just get work in a simple shop? 

After my interview today, I was walking back to the train station when my ankle gave way and I fell to the ground. Everyone around me carried on their daily business except for two homeless guys who immediately rushed over to help me to my feet, insisting I sit down until I’m sure I’m okay again. The worst part was, as I stood up, I realised I had no way of thanking these two men for their help. I had no cash on me, and there was nowhere nearby I could even offer to get them a coffee or soup from. Even now I feel horrible about it. If they’re still there in the morning then I’ll buy them a breakfast roll or something… Just a shame we don’t have a Gregg’s nearby, and none of the coffee shops offer a “pay it forward” system. Maybe that’s what I should do if I fail university, set up a small independent coffee shop that either offers a “pay it forward” scheme or a buy one give one free system. Would you go to an independent shop if they offered this? Let me know in the comments below!

Ktkinnes xx

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Previous Post

Some of you may be aware that I have just posted what is essentially my cover letter and CV to this blog. This is in an attempt to get a job at home for over the summer. Please feel free to read it and make suggestions on how I could improve it, or of course you are more than welcome to promote it and/or offer work from it!

This may appear to be a desperate attempt…. wait it is… ah well, yes, I am desperate.

 

If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Employer Wanted

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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!

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New Flat = New Beginnings

Hello! I though I would sit at my new desk enjoying my new surroundings and write to you all. As the title of this post suggests, I moved into the flat today!

After waking at 5am, we were finally ready to leave for the boat at 6am. A short drive later and I was saying goodbye to Mum, Dad and Rachel for probably the last time until Christmas, depending on what the money situation is like in a couple of months. It seemed to take forever but we were finally allowed on the boat and so I made the usual dash to a seat in the restaurant with an electricity socket on the off chance I wanted to use my laptop. Breakfast the last time I was on the boat was a disappointment and so I swore off the beans on toast – the only ‘healthy’ option they serve at that time of the morning. In the end I bought a bacon and sausage roll and a cup of tea – £8!!! I still feel robbed even now… The only bright side is that the tea is refillable and you help yourself from the coffee kiosk in the middle of the restaurant. Trust me, I was going to make the most of that £3 spent on a refillable drink…  6 drinks later and I was finally happy with the cost of it. As the boat pulled into Cairnryan Port, I started talking to a Canadian woman who had recently moved to Belfast and was travelling to Glasgow to meet up with old friends. She was nice enough and kept talking the entire bus journey so needless to say I haven’t slept. When we arrived in Glasgow, we bid each other farewell and I approached the taxi rank. A few minutes later, I was outside my flat!

On arrival, I’ll admit, I was disappointed. Two of my flatmates were hungover and are still currently lying in their beds (this is now 6 hours since I arrived). We ordered pizza and so that is tonight’s dinner – not a good start to the New Flat, New Beginnings plan I had… That will start either tomorrow or Monday, depending on how tomorrow goes. I then decided to unpack before sitting down to apply for more jobs. Would you like to see my room? Also, if you’re in Glasgow and know of any jobs going – here’s someone willing to work!

I’m considering having dinner soon and then maybe going to see what everyone else is up to. It’s very quiet and I’m beginning to feel either lonely or bored, not quite sure which.

Hope you’re all well and that you’re having a good Saturday!

Will keep you up to date on the new beginnings routine.

Thanks for reading!

Ktkinnes xxx