Millennial’s monthly update – November 2017

November has been a busy one. It kicked off with a 50th birthday party close to home for a family friend. The night had all the usual things you would expect, from cheesy music to drunken dancing and a standard party buffet.

50th Birthday Party

The next evening was bonfire night where we gathered at some friends for fireworks and drinks. Despite the pretty miserable weather we had a fun night, followed suitably by a sore head the next day. I’ve never been a big fan of fireworks, think I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to the risk of an AWOL home firework. However, when it comes to displays like those at Disney Parks I’m like a child at Christmas!

My uncle and his dog came over from Lytham St Anne’s on the Sunday for a roast and to watch the football. It’s always good to see them! They also returned on the last weekend of the month for another visit 🙂

On Tuesday 11th I went to see Sean Paul in concert with a few friends at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse. It was a Jamaican themed evening, with supporting artists such as Chi-Ching Ching. Although the venue was extremely busy and rather hot we were still able to throw some shapes to his classics, including Temperature, We Be Burnin’ and Get Busy.

On Armistice day we watched a war film called Hacksaw Ridge about an American conscientious objector in World War 2 who served his country as a frontline medic during their fight against Japan. A true story, it was emotional to watch ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Hacksaw Ridge

On Remembrance Sunday we watched the ceremony at the cenotaph in London on TV, as we do every year. We then went to meet Ady’s family for a Sunday carvery at The Rose n’ Bowl in Bacup for his sister’s birthday. Honestly, I have never seen so much meat on one plate! An ex serviceman, his grandad had spent 2 weeks prior collecting for the Poppy Appeal. He got to lay a wreath at his local memorial in Ramsbottom before we went out – a proud moment.

The following week I accepted a job offer with a large sports company to work for the digital department at their head office near to home. This lead to a very sad departure at my current place of work, where I have been supporting them part time since starting my Masters dissertation earlier this year. It seems I will largely be remembered for my karaoke efforts going off the messages in the card I was given!

Before starting my new job I thought it would be a good opportunity to go and visit my good friend in London. I’d been saying I’ll go for months and hadn’t yet gotten around to it. I decided to save money and take the Megabus. Besides I could get round to things I’ve been putting off on the almost 6 hour journey – haha. The main things we got up to were drinks at Pergola and a trip to the Christmas markets around London that were open at the time. I don’t get chance to visit the capital often so it was great to go down and enjoy the festivities nice and early.

I returned home late on the Thursday evening feeling ready for rest, especially since the bus broke down and we were delayed. The next morning I got up and ready to go to Knowsley Safari Park with another close friend as his birthday treat. I was determined to make the most of the days I had left before starting full time on the Monday. We had such a fun day! The animals were largely still active despite the cold and we were able to keep warm in the comfort of the car.

We finished a pleasant day with a visit to TGI Friday’s in Prestwich. My friend and I had been joking for years about whether or not I could finish a full rack of ribs and sides. And here’s the result…

…My meal totalled a staggering 3,800 calories! And that was with diet coke.

Then later we went for a few drinks close to home. I refrained from eating more.

After a weekend of life admin like sorting house insurance and filling out tax returns the big day arrived and it was time to make that great first impression. It’s always nerve racking starting a new job. Meeting new people in new surroundings with a new work culture to get to grips with.

I can confirm that my first day was great and I am settling in well! The team are very welcoming and the role is interesting. It’s nice to be able to work in a role that puts the skills I developed in my Masters into use – makes it all seem worth while.

This month we also got to hang out with friends and order takeaway, and we met gorgeous baby Rupert Samuel, born to good friends of ours. How cute!

After a busy month I’m looking forward to a career and family focussed December. I need to get saving as there’s lots of family birthdays over the festive period too! The next time I’ll be updating you on my goings on will be in the New Year. 2018 – Yikes! Until then….

Natalie x

A new job: finding the role for you and getting started

Although I’m only in my mid 20’s I’ve had a number of jobs and experienced working with different types and sizes of companies. I’ve been in a position where I’ve been able to pick between more than one offer and also where I’ve been stuck wondering what the heck my next move should be.

I think in the UK we are too bothered about having the perfect CV with no blemishes. It’s like we should look like we’ve never made a decision that wasn’t right for us. It’s not practical and it just does not reflect real life!

Finding the role for you

It’s a good idea to start off by thinking of the factors that are most important to you in a job. This could include, for example, working hours, salary bracket, location, and the industry etc. These are all things that can be filtered within popular job websites when performing a search.

Careers advisors

One of the best pieces of advice I could give anyone thinking of a career move is to speak to a careers advisor. They can help you understand which career path could be the best for you based on your skills, qualifications and what it is you think you would enjoy from a role. They can also help you to improve your CV in order to create a great first impression with employers. You could start by checking out the National Careers Service, a UK Gov website that provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

Recruitment agencies

In terms of the search itself I have found speaking to a few different recruitment agencies is extremely helpful. They get to know you and your CV and work with hundreds of employers to find the best employees for jobs they are advertising. It also takes away the hard work of applying direct and filling out endless forms. They basically work on commission for finding candidates for employers, so it’s in their interest to secure you a job and one that you are likely to stay in too. There can however be conflicts of interest whereby some recruiters are more interested in keeping the paying employers happy than the candidates, who can be deemed as replaceable. A simple Google search for local recruitment agencies could be a good place to start.

Speculative applications

There’s also no harm in speculative applications. This is how I secured my role with a digital marketing agency. Is there a company you really want to work for? Why not think about articulating why you want to work for them and conduct some research about the company to tailor an application. I read somewhere that most jobs are not advertised, so although it may seem like a waste of time there’s a chance that the company would admire your ambition and appreciate the effort you made to get in contact. Plus there’s going to be less people going for a job that does not exist on paper yet… so less competition! In fact, this is how I secured my previous job with a digital marketing agency.

Getting started in a new job

I recently started a new job and it got me thinking about how daunting this can be for people, especially if they are new to the world of work or perhaps haven’t worked for a while. Although it’s exciting, It’s also a time of uncertainty. Will I be welcomed and get along with the people? Will I be able to do the tasks that I am set and pick things up as quickly as expected? These are just some of the things that can cross the mind of a new starter.

I have compiled a quick list of things I think can help you settle straight into a new role:

*Make an effort to introduce yourself to people you will not only work closely with but others around the place too. This will immediately make it look as though you care about the people you will be working with and that you want to get to know them. They will straight away be more inclined to help you settle in and become part of the team.

*Why not take in some treats and send an email round saying you got treats for your first day? Leave them on your desk to encourage people to come and talk to you. After all people love free food.

*Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It shows you are keen to understand more and helps you to learn things in your own way. Maybe just avoid asking the same question if possible.

*If you feel like you’re not picking up something quickly enough speak out to your manager. They will be able to reassure you and hopefully provide you with additional support where it is needed. They took you on and they don’t want to see you struggle or fail.

*Where possible try and put more time in than the 9-5. If you are able to dedicate a bit more time than your set working hours to a new job when you first start you are showing dedication and hard work straight away. You can use this extra time to learn anything you think may help in your role, such as brushing up on your Microsoft Excel skills if that is something you will be using in your job.

Most importantly, don’t worry if a job is not right for you. The worse thing you could do if you were unhappy for a while in a job is to ignore the feeling and keep doing something that is not fulfilling. I’m not saying throw caution to the wind and quit because obviously we can’t all just do that. But there’s no reason you can’t start the search for your potential next move. It can give you something to focus on and to feel hope for a more career fulfilled future.

We spend most of our lives working so we should be doing something that interests us and makes us happy!

Natalie x

Millennial’s Monthly Update – October 2017

October has been a solid mix of ups and downs for me.

I’ve had lots going on at the weekends but have unfortunately been ill for the entire month with a chest infection.

The main highlight of my month was the Sam’s Gift Great Gatsby Ball, which saw hundreds of the charity’s supporters gather together for an evening of fundraising, fine dining and dancing at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Im glad to say as the charity’s biggest annual event it was a fantastic evening and I’m looking forward to the announcement of the total amount raised, as well as the release of the official event photos, of course!

Meanwhile I managed to get some quick snaps…

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The day after Ady and I went to his Auntie and Uncle’s in Rainford for a recovery family roast. Thoroughly enjoyed by all!…

Family Sunday Roast Photo

In other news I spent time with my cousin and her new born.

She practiced this look on me ahead of Halloween!

Millennial Natalie Halloween Make-up

I also got chance to catch up with good friends over drinks.

Group Outing in Prestwich

A busy November lies ahead, with a new job to start, bonfire night, Sean Paul concert and more!

Look forward to sharing this with you next time.

Natalie x