Posts by donnadarling

Starting Your Own Business – 7 Things I Wish I’d Known

4 September 2018

This month we have a guest blog written by Robert Lomax.

It might be that you like the idea of being your own boss.

But perhaps you also find the idea intimidating:

  • You have no idea where to start
  • Everything seems complicated
  • You don’t want to get into debt
  • You might not even have any idea what to sell!

From aimless Music graduate to Teach First participant

4 July 2018

This is the second in our series of blog posts written by recent graduates from the University of Salford summarising their experiences in the labour market upon graduating. In this post, recent Music graduate Alexa Lee  shares her story. We hope you enjoy it:

It is that time of the year which every undergraduate has looked forward to since embarking on their university education: graduation. I love graduation ceremonies. Everyone is happy and enthusiastic, shopping for that perfect graduation outfit and making celebratory plans with friends and family. It is an amazing and fitting conclusion to the three to four years of sleepless nights cramming for exams and writing that last 5000 words for a dissertation. And to those who are about to attend your graduation – enjoy it, relish in it. Because what happens next isn’t great and it can be downright soul-crushing. read more

Reflections on my first graduate role at The University of Salford

1 June 2018

Life is great, you have graduated and are now free from libraries and exam halls that smell like sweat. But once the celebrations have died down, adult responsibilities make you come crashing straight back down to earth with a thud. Now you have an annoying voice inside your head telling you that you need to find a job or you will starve, but also there are too many good shows on Netflix, the struggle is real. As someone who knows this feeling all too well, I would like to share my own experience with the hope that it will resonate with you in some way and show that there is hope for the struggling graduate yet.

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The post-graduate slump

As a recent graduate, I  spent  months in a state of panic over what I was going to do next. As a woman with Asperger’s, Dyspraxia and anxiety the process was made much harder. My initial career goal, to be a performer, was unsustainable. It is hard to perform when you are worried what everybody is thinking. This limited my career options significantly. read more