Getting into PR by Sarah Stimson

Many of you know, I am now a third year student who is studying Journalism and Media and Communications. As a third year I am faced with the daunting task of trying to find a job, within Public Relations, for next year. This is a task I have found both over-whelming and confusing at times, so when tutor told me about a new book all about getting a job within PR I jumped at the chance to read it.

How to get a job in PR is written by Sarah Stimson, who has worked within recruitment and training for over a decade and now works with the Taylor Bennett Foundation. If anyone knows how to get into the PR industry it’s her.

The book consist of 37 short chapter, including what is PR, Using social media to get a job and the 25 don’ts of PR. The book goes over the basic information perfect for people just learning, or looking to learn about Public Relations and goes onto to talk about getting a job and how to ask for a pay rise for people looking to work in PR. It even looks at taking a career break and how to resign for when you have managed to get your job.

The layout of the book makes it easy to read all in one go or to quickly look up information of interest. Each chapter has an explanation by Sarah along with a number of industry professionals giving their thoughts on each of the topics, meaning that you can hear what the professionals real think, and make your own mind up.

The wonderfully funny and conversational tone of the book makes reading it easy and enjoyable. Where else can you read “If you want you parents to proudly declare, “my daughter is a PR consultant” and for the rest of the dinner table to go ‘Oooo’ my son wanted to ho into PR but settled for being a vet instead, then your going to be sorely disappointed.”

This book has already helped me concentrate on what I need to do to get a job next year, and what sector I want it to be in. I can see this easily being my PR job bible for the next few months and even once I have a job. I would recommend this book to anyone who is hoping to get into the PR industry or is studying PR.

This book was kindly gifted to me by Sarah for an honest view, Thank you to Sarah and everyone involved in this book for finally giving PR students a helping hand to get into the industry.

You can buy the book from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GX9DXVA/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

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Dealing with conflict in your home

Living with new people can be really stressful, in your first year you are thrown into a house with a group of strangers, even when it comes to your second year living with a group of friends, you can still have problems. One of the hardest things you learn at university, in my opinion, is dealing with conflict within your university house.

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My Housemates this year- I love them!

In the beginning.

When you first move into a house the best idea is to sit down as a group, and have a house chat. If you begin the year by talking about what you all expect from each other and how you want the house to be kept and how to split house cost, you will all know from the beginning.

In my second year I found that we had 2 guys who wanted everything tidy, all the time, and 2 girls (including me) Who wasn’t that great at keeping things tidy.

I would also say that, although it horrible, you need to start talking about money ASAP. Will you all put money into buying bin bags and other cleaning stuff? Will you all alternate who buys them? The big cause of tension, in my experience, is paying the bills. If it is being paid out by one person in the group then create a standing order into their account so you don’t have to remember every month. If not try and find a company that sorts it out for you (I use split the bills)

When tension starts. 

The first sign about their being a problem within your house, is the tension, last year my house was filled with it constantly.

You need to, once again, talk to your housemates. Arrange a time when you can all get together, preferably not after a stressful exam or straight after a lecture. One of the most important things I think you need to remember in the conversation is that you need to try and see things from the other person’s point of view as well.

All sides need to honestly talk to each other about their feelings, without trying to make the other side feel bad and without getting too emotional.

Once you have realised the problem then you can work out what you can do to change to fix all your problems. Try and find a way to make sure you problems stay resolved and you don’t end up hating each other again in a few weeks.

Some really important thing. 

If your frustrations between your housemates get difficult, go and speak to your student services at university. They have seen everything and they will know how to help you out.

If you are being put in danger through your housemates actions or if they are threatening you then you can also talk to your student services and they will help with the next step. This can involve them having a disciplinary at university or helping you contact the authorities.

I hope all your problems get sorted out soon.

My Confessions. 

-In my second year of uni I lived with a couple who I never got on with. 

-My third year of uni is amazing and I love my housemates. 

-I am terrible at writing on a schedule sorry! 

Buying in bulk at Uni: Part 1

I was amazed when walking down the street towards our local Tesco, the other day, to see all the small local shops selling 30 eggs for just over £1! What a bargain. This inspired me to write this blog post about bulk buying. 

 

Advantages 

One of the great and most obvious advantage of bulk buying, for anyone not just uni students, is that buying in bulk is always cheaper! 

 

Another advantage of bulk buying for uni students is… Less Shopping! I know, as a girl it is shocking that I don’t like shopping, but nothing can be harder than carrying a million bags full to the brim with food and drink all the way home. So if you buy in bulk you could do one big shop every term, and get a taxi (or your parents) to take you back home. 

 

One of the best advantages, in my humble opinion, you wont run out! Don’t you hate being stuck on the toilet without any toilet paper? Or when you start cooking and can’t find some of the ingredients. Bulk buying means you wont run out for ages.

 

The Disadvantages 

I know at uni space is a virtue and filling it up with a million toilet rolls seems annoying, however if you devote the space under your bed or a section of your wardrobe to your bulk buying goodies it could save a lot of money. 

 

Bulk buying also means that you have to put a lot of money into your shopping all at one time! However this can be great as a student as we get lump installments of our student loan. 

 

Part 2: I will be writing about how to keep food once you have bulk brought! 

 

My Hair extension story

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My Primark clip in extensions

I always seemed to have had really fine hair, and over the last five years it seems to have become even worse due to my under active thyroid. So I have tried a number of different hairstyles trying to make my hair look thicker and like it has more volume.

While I was in Primark earlier in the year, I saw a set of hair extensions. With them being in Primark they were dirt cheap, so I decided to give them a go. My flatmate in my first year of uni wore hair extensions everyday, and I honestly always saw them as tacky and fake. When I got home I looked up some youtube videos and tried out my new hair extensions.

Being from Primark, they didn’t last very long and soon became really knotted and horrible within a few weeks. And I still hadn’t got the courage to actually wear them outside.

For my birthday this year, I decided to ask for a proper set of hair extensions as my present. I looked up a number of reviews to try and find the best set for me, I eventually decided that I would get them from HeadKandy.

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My birthday present- Head Kandy extensions

They were great at helping me pick what colour would match my hair, and amazingly they match perfectly. When I went out a few weeks ago, to a more indie club I decided it was the perfect opportunity to wear them out for the first time.

With a little help from my boyfriend, I managed to get them into my hair without too many clips showing and surprisingly people didn’t think it was really obvious. even though my hair had grown loads.

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Finally worked out how to make them look natural!

This post was not sponsored  by either Primark or Head Kandy. Everything written here was my true feelings.

It’s strange how my thoughts on extensions have changed but I think today they are moved to look much more realistic. What are your thought?

Uni Confessions:

-I have an exciting new project coming up!

-Had a lovely week with my family

-This is my 80th post

Cosmopolitan’s career guide!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog posts about the career masterclass that Compilation held, I had an amazing day in London and thought that the advice they gave was really useful. Some of you lovely readers have asked me to give some more information about what they said. So today  I am going to fill you in on what they said. I hope you enjoy!

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The event was a few weeks ago now and I didn’t write very detailed notes so I am not telling you word for word what they said but you will get the idea. I would also like to point out that the talk looked at working within the media industry.

  1. What do you want to be?

When you were picking what to study at university you had to decide what you wanted to be when you are older. If you took Journalism then you are probably thinking about becoming a journalist, and even if you didn’t know what to do you have already narrowed it down; you can’t become a medical doctor by studying English.

Now you are at university you need to start thinking more specifically about what exactly you want to do. Let’s assume for now that you want to work within journalism, well what type of journalists do you want to be? In my group of friends we have one person who wants to do local news journalism, one who wants to become a fashion journalist and me who wants to go into Public Relations.

Through your university work and assignments you should be testing out different aspects of the area you are studying, this goes for most courses not just journalism. If you still can’t decide what aspect of the industry you want to get into then you need to get out of there and find out where your passion lies.

Through out the day the wonderful Cherry Healy kept giving great advice about how to gain experience and work out what you want to do within the media industry. Her advice was to pretty much get out their and try the waters. If you think you want to work on set, produce or anything like that then get on a set. You can then see what is needed within the role. You can do this by contacting production compnaies and offering your voluntary work for a day or how ever long you feel suitable for.

  1. Build your CV

Ok, so you know what you want to get into doing when you have finished university and entered the big wide world. You can now use your time at uni to build a CV so that your future employer can never say no to you.  If your course is anything like mine you will be really busy during the term time however  my summer is something like 5 months long. So what a perfect tome to gain experience.

A number of large firms, in most professions, have summer internships which you can apply for. Some of these will even be paid. However you can also work for smaller companies who will pay your expenses and volunteer for local charities (writing a newsletter, creating a Pr campaign, filming youtube videos etc)

  1. Be unique, be you!

I guarantee that if you have spoken to anyone about writing a CV, then they will have said something about making it stand out from the crowd. The truth is there are hundreds of people applying for one position at the moment and you need to be the CV they look at. I always feel like I should channel a little Elle Woods from Legally blonde with her pink CV.

Jazz Kaur, Benefit PR mastermind, said that her first job she applied to was for L’Oreal, she ended her application with   “You should hire me because I’m Worth it.”Using their Iconic catchphrase obviously worked because she got the job.

Well, this has become a super long post so I am going to end there. I hope this helped you.

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Uni Confessions: 

~ I am getting ready for the Cosmo Blogging Masterclass. Anyone going?

~I am working in PR for a charity this summer. 

 ~What are you looking forward to this summer? I am hoping to go to Benicassim, a festival in spain.  

New home: Got the house

Well the snow has certainly been attacking little old Britain over the last week. I hope you are all safe and sound and haven’t bruised your bum too much by falling over.

I thought I would use today to add another part to my finding a new house blog series. So here we go, hope you enjoy.

Once you have found your house!

  1. who’s got that room?

In most university houses there is a mixture of rooms, some are big, some are small and some are in the way of everyone! Deciding who gets what rooms tends to be one of the first problems you will come across within your new house.

If you are very lucky, everyone will just end up deciding on a room and there will be no problem. However if you can’t decide there are a number of ways to decide.

Draw Straws.

One of the ways to decide is to draw straws for each of the rooms, however you need to make sure everyone is happy with the chance they could get the smallest room. My step sister had to draw straws and then the person with the smallest room then decided she could only deal with the largest one!

Money talks!

The second idea I have heard on people using is sorting it out money-wise. The person with the biggest room will pay the most rent while the person with the smallest room pays the least. This doesn’t take into account the idea of a room downstairs or next to a noisy bathroom.

2.Utilities

Sorting out utilities can be confusing, the best idea is to get everyone in the house to try and find some good deals. Once you have decided who you want to go with work out a good time to get things installed. Internet will need to be installed even if  it is a really old house and the old tenants used the same provider.

3. How to pay

You will obviously need to pay for your bills. One way to do this is having it coming out of one account and getting the other flatmates to pay. However this can get confusing and missed payments can easily occur. I feel the best idea is to use an external company. Split the bills is a company that deals with your bills for you, the company takes the estimated money for the bills out of you account and will refund any money that  was not spent on your bills.

4. Agreeing on everything

One of the things that I had a problem with in my house was mis-communications. Make sure that everyone is 100% on board before you make any decisions. If you have any problems then you should make sure you speak up, if you say something after your flatmates have taken action then they will get annoyed and possibly have to deal with your problems themselves.

5.Any Extras

If you can work out any extras you will need to buy as a house, Cleaning things such as a broom, vacuum cleaner and washing sponges are best to buy as a house if you are all going to use them.

Now all you have to do is look forward to moving in! Start thinking about how you will decorate your room.

UPDATE! I have managed to get a discount code for Split the Bills. If you use the code ‘LE959’ you will get your first months broadband free! Enjoy!Love lauren blog sign off

A New Home: Finding a New Place

Want to live here?

Want to live here?

Merry Christmas! I can’t believe it is actually christmas day, I am sat with my family and watching Gavin and Stacey, a present for my mum. So I thought I would write a little post for you as a christmas present. Hope you enjoy.

A New Home: Finding a new place

Once you have decided the type of place you want to live and thought about who you want to live with you need to start looking around for a place to live.

Last week I said that I you shouldn’t go looking for houses, flats, ect before Christmas and I will explain why, as I am sure you have realsied there is not much time between moving into a uni home and christmas so many landlords allowed students to live in the house for a while before deciding what they want to do the following years. This means that a large amount of them don’t go on the market until after Christmas.

Where to live.

Once you have worked out the sort of place you want to live in you need to think of where it should be. You will want your travel to be easy, a short walk is best if possible  as this will save you money and make you more likely to actually go in. In some cases such as in remote on campus uni you have to use a bus, If that is the case then you want to be near a bus stop which will take you to university. Where else do you want to be near? A supermarket is good to have close especially if you don’t have a car at university. Other shops, clubs ect. Try and think of what you want to be close to and look around that area.

Estate agents?

Unless you are going to live in halls of residence you are going to need to get a house through an estate agent. I decided that the best option was to look around the areas we wanted to move in and phone some of the estate agents that were advertising on the size of house we wanted. I was literally standing on the street calling to book an appointment with the estate agents all my friends ended up using.

What to ask for.

When talking to your estate agents to begin with it is best say how many rooms you want and not have too many other restrictions as you can decide what sort of thing you want when you are looking around. You may found something you thought was bad is actually ok and something you thought was ok is actually a deal breaker.

See everything!

It’s best to see a few estate agents and see as many of their properties as possible. The more places you see the better idea you will have about what to go for, what is good for a student place, and what isn’t. After all you can’t expect somewhere like home unless your planning on paying big bucks.

What to look for.

While you are looking around the houses there are a few things that you should keep an eye out for.

  1. Dampness on the walls. – Damp patches can be a sign of a leak somewhere and water damage. In server situations this can lead to mold within the walls that can be bad for your health.
  2. things need fixing- If there are things that need fixing then the landlord may be rubbish and sorting stuff out. Try and ask the people living there how long its been broken and what the landlord is like.
  3. Is it warm in the house? If it is freezing cold there could be a problem with the heating.
  4. Try talking to the people living with them now and see what they think of the place.

I hope this has helped you, and you are enjoying christmas!

I will talk to you soon.

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