The Great Graduate Job Hunt - Part 1

Today marks the start of a series of blogs I intend to write covering my own experiences in searching for Graduate employment. The series aims to document my successes and failures, and ultimately the trials and tribulations that will come my way. I hope that this blog will not only aid others in finding graduate employment in the media industry but also shine a light on just how tough it can be.

So here we are, Day 1:

On July the 17th at 17:30, I will graduate with my peers from De Montfort University with a BSc degree in Music Technology (Hons), with at the very least, a high 2:1, if not a First. I expect it to be a poignant day and a moment to be proud of for years to come

I’ve never been one to expect something to be handed to me on a plate, in all honesty. No matter how much hard work you put in to something, further opportunities are yours to pursue, not yours to possess. The successes of anyone person are largely not measured by the qualifications they receive but the impact they have in their forte — at least that’s the way I believe it should be.

Since March I have been setting my sights on various roles within the Media Industry. My course has left me not only well equipped for a wide range of applications in both Audio and Imaging but helped me gain an extensive knowledge of the many areas in the Industry. But is that still not enough? To date, my job hunt has been anything but fruitful. I have applied for a variety positions at numerous levels, all of which I am more than qualified to do but am yet to be given the break I strive for.

I feel it’s particularly important for any jobseeker in the Media Industry to maintain a healthy online presence and thus is the purpose of this blog, as well as my Portfolio website. Far too often I see friends, peers and coworkers use Social Media as if it wasn’t visible to the world and I’ve always been careful to manage my cyber profiles to accurately reflect myself and not to play up to a ‘character,' of sorts.

So that brings me to Rule #1 in finding your perfect job:

Be careful and manage yourself appropriately on the Internet. You’re only a few clicks away from potential employers.

My top tips for keeping your Social Media on the right side of potential employers are:

  • 1 Watch your language - First impressions count and if an employer clicks on to your Twitter page and sees you swearing unnecessarily, it might leave the wrong impression.
  • 2 Make sure you’re seen positively - This means try and trim down on drunk pictures with your mates, which is difficult coming straight out of University. Your profile picture will often be the first thing noticed so make sure that this is a picture that leaves a good impression.
  • 3 Try to keep things interesting (but don’t just talk about work!) - That’s not to say you can’t Tweet or blog about the Football or the latest episode of Britain’s Got Talent, but do everything in moderation. Employers like to see examples of you engaging with content relevant to the Industry so try to join in discussions on LinkedIn, Tweet links to work you find interesting or even just ReTweet an article you liked. It’ll help you come across as the professional individual you are.
  • 4 Ensure your information is up to date - Make sure that your Social Media accounts reflect accurately who you are, what you aspire to be and what you’re doing at the moment. This is particularly important with LinkedIn as your current Job Title is tied to your name for others. Likewise a well written Twitter Bio can be useful.
  • 5 Manage your privacy - This is particularly relevant to Facebook and ties in with everything in the list. Be careful to review your privacy settings as if there is any content you want to keep between friends, make sure that is so. I know that I’d much rather my Facebook page be full of my achievements and contact information than “Andrew Weir likes ‘Overheard at Waitrose.’”

Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow, where I’ll talk about how I’ve crafted my CV and the stumbling blocks I’ve hit so far.

Cheers,

Andrew

Current Applications Submitted: 19
Current Replies: 0
Current Job Offers: 0

Postgrad Life

Pretty soon I’ll be stepping in to the vast, depressing vacuum that is Postgraduate life. It’d be naïve of me if I said that I wasn’t worried, or at least apprehensive, about what the future may, or may not, hold for me; it’s a scary prospect particularly when it’s as difficult to see the light through this vastly diverse and varying tunnel. I almost feel like I’m carrying one of the brightest torches possible but it’s not illuminating the way.

“Tunnel”

I’ve enjoyed my time at DMU and would barely change a thing about it. My course offered a wide range of subjects and modules whilst keeping everything tied to what I enjoy most: Music Technology. However, the one small part of De Montfort University that I do not take with a smile on my face is their postgraduate support (or lack of). It’s okay if you want to work in Radio, thanks to DemonFM, or if you do Business or Marketing but even then, the support is a far cry from what I would expect. I’ve been offered CV writing workshops and the opportunity to expand my online presence, but honestly, these are things that I take for granted and shouldn’t be being taught to me optionally in the final weeks of University. I want a job fair. I want relevant work placements in Businesses that benefit me and where I can benefit them. But hey ho...

Yesterday I had my last exam of University - which I actually really enjoyed. AV Production was a fantastic module that I felt I excelled in and hopefully my result will reflect that. It’s a difficult time right now for me as it’s touch-and-go between achieving a 1st or a 2:1; with one more important coursework deadline and several marks that I’m yet to get back. I’ve worked my arse off this year to get the best result possible and with some marks in the 80s and even one in the 90s, I’ve done myself proud. It’s just a shame that I was forced to do such mundane modules in my Second Year that I found it hard to motivate myself in. This time in 2 months I’ll know what I’ve graduated with, though. It’ll be an anxious wait.

I have, however, been toying with the idea of doing a PhD. I really enjoyed researching Binaural Audio for my Technology Project (a Dissertation, of sorts) and this has lead me to some extremely exciting ideas for 3D Audio spatialisation. One would be literally ‘out of this world’ but I might reveal more about that at a later date...

Anyway, thanks for reading.

’Til next time,

Andrew

P.s. It’s been about a year since I last blogged. I’m sorry, I’ll blog more regularly from now on, I promise!

Squash 2020 Olympic Bid

Squash has gone through some exciting redevelopments and enhancements as a sport since its knock-back for the 2016 Olympics - with video replays, better courts, 3 referees and more.

With big hitting Tennis stars such as Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Andy Murray and Andre Agassi all pledging their support to the Squash2020 Campaign along with the New Zealand All Blacks, England Ruby Captain Chris Robshaw and others backing the bid, there’s no better time for Squash to be granted inclusion into the 2020 Summer Games; be it in Istanbul, Tokyo or Madrid.

“Squash”

I was disappointed, like many others, when Squash was overlooked for both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games but I believe Squash has a strong and relevant case to be the latest addition to the games. After all, it has been an IOC recognised sport for many years now. Last October we saw the inclusion of World Squash Day which was a huge success with clubs all around the world having 20 singles matches between Team Squash and Team 2020.

If you’re looking for a taste of Squash in action, in 2014 Glasgow will host the 20th annual Commonwealth Games where Squash will feature prominently. In addition to this, last year, we saw the Allam British Open being held at the O2 Arena, London and this year at the KC Stadium in Hull. Combine this with the ever popular Canary Wharf Classic, Squash in the UK now has a fantastic calendar of events to showcase the world’s talent. Squash can even be found on Sky Sports and more regularly over at PSA SquashTV.

However, with the decision only a few weeks away, we still need everyone’s help to clinch a successful bid. Please follow @vote4squash on Twitter and get Tweeting using the hashtags #vote4squash, #backthebid2020 and #Squash2020!

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Google I/O

Did anyone watch today’s Google conference? It was a really interesting I/O this year. Some awesome stuff announced that could be huge for Google. They had a lot to talk about and announce so I’m just going to skim over what I thought about the most important stuff.

Firstly there was the news that Android has so far been installed on over 900 million devices. 900 million! That’s an extremely high number - almost 1/7 of the world’s population, in fact. Although it should come as no real shock really, as the UN estimated recently that the amount of mobile phones on earth is set to eclipse people by next year! Then there was the news that Chrome now has an active user-base of 750 million users. Which I think is great news as it shows how users are looking to move to more reliable, secure and faster browsers. Last time I checked, 50% of desktop traffic directed at this very site was Google Chrome; so I feel that figure could be on the rise soon.

Then we had the announcement of Hangouts coming to iOS and Android devices. I’m actually pretty elated at this news, Hangouts are a fantastic feature from Google+ and are much more reliable than Skype’s offerings for iOS and OS X. I’ll be downloading that as soon as.

Perhaps most interestingly, but not at all, a shock; we had the announcement of the much anticipated Google Play music subscription. This one isn’t for me but it certainly looks to be an interesting alternative to Spotify and others such as Amazon.

There’s loads more that I could cover but it’s probably best to check out the low-down over here at TheNextWeb: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/15/everything-announced-at-the-google-io-2013-keynote-in-one-handy-list/