Category Archives: World of Work


Camp America is the best way to spend your summer this year,  you’ll get to fully experience American culture, earn money having fun, and enjoy plenty of time to explore the country. Working as a camp counselor is life changing. Or, if you’d rather, just sit around at your parents’ house all summer waiting for term to start. Be Serious.

Working hard or hardly working, as a camp counselor you teach your passion, be that a particular sport, arts and crafts, music. There is something for everyone, and when you’re not teaching, you’ll be looking after a great bunch of kids so you’ll never get bored. I guarantee that the active outdoors lifestyle will have you feeling better than you have in years and with a much better tan.

The people you work with will come from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. Form close friendships when you cut loose on nights off away from the kids. After the season ends you’ll have plenty of travel companions to explore with.

Aside from receiving a fully paid return flight, food and board while you work at the camp, you will also get time off to spend however you like, and a travel visa that extends weeks after your working contract ends. So explore the States with the friends and money you made over the previous months working in the sun. Don’t miss out, and get yourself to camp this summer.

Have any camp stories? Comment down below.


3 Ways To Start A ‘Side Hustle’ For Busy University Students

According to NY Post, 50% of millennials have a side hustle already, turning to remote and flexible work that fits around their studies or jobs. Many have even turned their side hustles into full time businesses.

3 Ways to Start a Side Hustle For Busy University Students
An image of a laptop, notebook, iphone and a coffee on a workdesk. This image symbolises remote, online working.

If you are anything like me, I needed a job, but there was no way I could commit to 16 hours or more a week, get work experience in my industry, be a full-time, busy student and afford to live.

Here are my top 3 Side-Hustles:

1. Social Media Evaluator

Just what it says on the tin, companies will actually pay you to review ads, videos, websites and social media pages. You choose how many hours you want to do and many projects can be completed on your phone. The company I work for is called Appen.

An image of an iPhone with the app Facebook open. Alongside this, scrabble letters spelling out 'Social Media'. These are placed on top of a wooden table.

2. Brand Ambassador

An image of the author working as a Brand Ambassador for Campus Industries. She is working at a Marmite Stand, along with two other ambassadors. One example of her side hustle as a Brand Ambassador.

Agencies often hire students to promote to other students. They work with big brands, the work is varied and the best part? You can choose when and where you want to work. I worked for Campus Industries, however there are plenty of agencies to choose from.

3. Freelance Writing

Many newspapers, online blogs and magazines will often accept proposals from new writers if they offer a fresh perspective to their readers. Writers and Artists’ Year Book, has been my bible for freelance writing. It is an annual comprehensive guide of how to submit work and the types of pieces companies are looking for.

This image is a close crop of a person writing and drawing a storyboard with a blue pen. In the background, there is a notebook and coffee cup. The image has a soft light.

Whilst these are a few I have personally tried and tested, there is a side hustle for absolutely everyone.

Are there any side hustles that you have tried and enjoyed? Share your ideas by commenting below!

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Overcoming Networking Nerves For Students

For students and especially those that are introverted, networking can be nerve-wracking.

According to LinkedIn Corporate Communications (2017); “Eighty-percent of professionals consider networking important to career success”

Being both a student and an introvert, I avoided networking for as long as I could but eventually I had to take the plunge.

What have I learnt? – A lot of people don’t actually enjoy networking, they’ve just learnt ways to get better at it.

How I overcame networking nerves:

  1. Create an elevator pitch

What do you want people to know about you? Here is a great guide on creating a pitch. Practice it and that way when your asked, you’ll be a natural.

Image of a person writing their action plan in their notebook

2. What do you want to achieve from the event, and how?

Write an action plan and you will feel more in control of your day.

3. Be kind to yourself

You don’t need to speak to everyone. Decide who or how many people you would be happy to talk to. Once you’ve reached those goals, reward yourself.

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4. Treat networking events like University Open Days

How did you know your University was right for you? You visited the campus, you talked to lecturers and got involved in activities. There are so many different networking events. Find a style that works for you.

I still get networking nerves but using these techniques, it gets a little easier.

Did this help? Comment below, It’d be great to hear about what works for you!

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How An Entrepreneurial Skill Set Can Help You Get That Graduate Job

Is your graduation slowly approaching and you’re panicking about what to do after University? Perhaps you are a proactive student looking to build up your skill set?

So why are Entrepreneurial skill sets relevant to you?

Increasingly more people are attending University every year meaning a high grade does not guarantee a graduate can walk into their desired job anymore. Graduates with entrepreneurial skills and mindsets according to Target Jobs are highly sought after by employers.

Behind every business is an entrepreneur. However an entrepreneur does not have to own a big successful business to have an Entrepreneurial skillset. According to Forbes, an entrepreneur has a group of 8 recognised skills (the 8 P’s) (see diagram by Forbes above).

How can you learn and demonstrate these skills?

  1. You might possess some of these skills already. Draw out a mind map and identify your current skillset. How would you demonstrate your skills to a prospective employer?

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2. If not, how can you gain those skills? Societies are a brilliant way of doing this, can you get involved with a student led social enterprise such as Enactus? Or a sports team to demonstrate team work?

3. Skills are transferable, working in retail, cafes, pubs etc is a brilliant example of people skills. You are engaging with customers and placing their needs at the forefront.

A picture of a work desk containing a camera lens, an iPad, a pen and a mug with the words hustle across it.

4. You could even set up a ‘Side Hustle’ and put those Entrepreneurial skills into action, see my post for creative ideas on starting one.

Comment below on what your entrepreneur mind map and action plan looks like.

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what do you know about 5G?

When it comes to 5G, the most classic and intuitive statement: Users can download a high-definition movie in just a few seconds, and now the 4G LTE network takes ten or even dozens of minutes. The role of 5G is far more than that. As the transmission rate increases, other emerging applications will also emerge, such as the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles.

There are three typical scenarios for 5G. These three scenarios reflect that the 5G requirement also reflects the difference between 5G and 4G. As shown in the figure above, the three major scenarios are: eMBB, eMTC, uRLLC.

eMBB provides higher transmission rate and user experience. The peak transmission rate of 5G and downlink rates will reach 20Gb/s, while the downlink peak rate of 4G is only 1Gb/s. The ultra-high rate will make virtual reality, augmented reality, etc. possible. eMTC will realize the Internet of Everything, smart home, smart power grid, etc.; uRLLC can reduce the communication delay to less than milliseconds, realize tactile interconnection, and the delay in 4G is about 70ms, 5G ultra-low communication delay and high reliability can realize automatic driving of the car.

For example, 5G network provides foundation for automatic driving.

During the automatic driving process, the vehicle collects a large amount of data through a large number of cameras and sensors, and needs to interact with transportation facilities and other traffic participants. The communication of these data requires a sufficiently wide channel to operate.

CV Boosting Tips for Savvy Students

Whether you’re in first year or final year, it’s always good to think about boosting your CV. Potential employers will make a decision based off an A4 sheet of paper, so be prepared to make it look good and don’t sell yourself short.

1) Google Certifications– Google have started to offer free online certifications, from Adwords, Analytics and App certifications, it’s a pretty simple way to stand out from the crowd. Not only does it show a willingness to learn outside of your degree, but it will give you basic skills in each subject that can be applied in the workplace- best of all it’s FREE!

2) Volunteer– volunteering is great as it allows you to donate your time to something you may be passionate about. From helping the homeless, to simply working in your favourite charity shop- donating as little as one hour can make all the difference. Its a great experience where you can meet different people and learn different skills, for volunteering opportunities in Hull click here.

3) Blog– Ironic, eh! But blogging can give employers a taste of your personality and show them where your interests lie. Blogs are a great way to showcase who you are and what you’re about.

Most importantly though, don’t start neglecting your studies! CV boosters should be just that, a small boost to support your university education. For more help and guidance visit The University of Hull Careers and Employability page.

Have you got any CV boosting tips? I’d love to find out!

Campus Event: Inspired in Hull – “The Business of Film”

It is not under dispute that the film industry is big business, but what are the constructs behind the scene?

The Hull University Business School has invited her distinguished alumni, Kieran Breen, the President of International Theatrical Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox, to unveil the mystery of the movie business.

During this campus event, Kieran illustrated the film business value chain, from its production to the screen, as an exciting and risky parachute jumping. The reason for this is that the cost of a movie is usually around 60~100 million U.S. dollars, and the success of the product largely depends on the performance of its initial launch. In other words, it is either a safe landing or a tragic disaster.

He also explained the importance of the international marketplace, the need to understand the consumer in different countries, regions, and territories. And, the marketing divisions in reaching the consumer.

He further explored some of the structural changes impacting the movie business and the implications for the future of the industry. He noted that this business is no longer as profitable as before for a number of reasons. For instance, there are currently more entertainment options than 20 years ago, thus less disposable income will be available for movies. Moreover, China is building stronger political barriers to protect their local business, consequently the foreign film manufacturer can only get 25% of the sales revenue.

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This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu