The power of Taylor Swift

I am always on a budget in London, but this summer I decided to treat myself and my flatmate to an experience. For E’s birthday, I bought us two tickets to Taylor Swift’s concert at Wembley, London. Shout out to all the Swifties out there!

The gig was great, magnificent and definitely the show of the year. But I have never listened to Taylor for her musical skills. She is a good singer, but I admire her for other things and I can say that her albums have closely narrated my life for the last ten years. Read below how my favourite singer’s music and career improved my life and relationships and let her inspire you too.

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Application process agony

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A little background info: I came to London to study master’s degree in Media and Communications. Due to a lack of experience, I was unsuccessfully looking for a relevant job for almost a year. Then I found a job as a PR and Communications Assistant but I left the job after eight months due to various unpleasant circumstances. Now I work in hospitality (read: a pub) and I am looking for a dream job once again.

For anyone out there trying to find their first job, change career or moving up the ladder in a different company, I compiled useful tips on what helps me in my own job search. Rather than tips on how to get a job – although some of those might help – this is advice on how to stay sane during the painful process of job applications/interviews/rejections.

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Renting in London PART 1: Renting a room and meeting weirdos.

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I currently live with my friend E in a two bedroom flat in Pimlico. Me and E met at university and decided to live together. We set a budget and found a flat in a suitable location. But then my boyfriend happened and our opposite schedules made us think of moving in together. So now we are apartment hunting again – ugh!

If you have never lived in London or any overpopulated city, or if you have never had to rent a place to live, you will not understand why I dread this so much. I am certain that learning how to pilot a plane is easier than finding an affordable place to live in London. That is unless you are a millionaire.

If you are new to London there are genuinely two options you have – shared house or property rent. I learnt the hard way – living in a dodgy neighbourhood with my money being taken by a scammer. I would like everyone else to be spared from that experience. Check my notes on renting in London below which can make the process easier for you.

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The art of asking

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There are many skills that we gain throughout the years, which are useful. There are also many specific skills that we gain as individuals based on our choices. For example, academic writing, what a useful skill, eh? Well actually, I think writing an essay can teach you a lot of important skills, but that is not the point I want to make in this post.

I have recently discovered a very useful skill that I gained in the last couple years. It is the ability to ask.Read More »

Transition from student life to unemployment to working life

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This is something I have been experiencing very vividly for the past couple weeks, maybe months. Ideally, there would have not been the unemployment period or it would be short enough to be legit called holidays. Unfortunately, this being London and me having Arts/Social Sciences degree and limited work experience, this period was almost ten months long.

I did have some temporary work and unpaid internships (to hell with those) in between, but I failed to secure a full-time job for 10 months after submitting my master’s thesis. Failed is the word choice here, because this is how I felt about it. I had my family and friends and career websites reminding me how difficult it is to find a job after finishing university. I had the experience of other people from my university who gave up after two months and went back to their home countries. But I also had my stubborn head and inclination toward self-torture which was reminding me that this is somehow my fault.Read More »

Love, A.

When I decided to start a new blog, I wanted to do it right. I wanted to be part of the blogging community, have a great network of lovely followers and be creative.  There was also the thought in the back of my mind of turning this into a full-time career once – especially now when I have a hard time settling into the 9-5 routine.

So I did my research and I read articles on how to build a successful blog. Apart from boring technical jargon about SEO, hosting decisions and inbound links, what lot of those articles had in common was suggestion that your blog should be helpful. It should offer unique advice to the readers.

I started brainstorming and soul-searching. What is it, that I could advise people on? In what area do I call myself an expert? Is there anything unique about me?Read More »