So I’ve been back in Manchester about a month, it feels great to be back in a proper city. While Peterborough had it’s charms, I find I prefer to be in a city with a larger feel to it – just walking through Manchester there is a buzz which I knew I’d been missing, but without quite knowing what it was.
Studying rather than “working” is a larger change though. Even though I have a fraction of the hours allocated for study/classes as I was working last year, it feels like I’m now working with greater intensity. I sense I’m also likely to miss the satisfaction of working for a client and having a product to produce – even if I did no work this year, few would even notice, let alone worry. It’s not that I need constant reassurance, but there is something to be said for a client who is vocal about their opinion on the results they’re seeing for a project.Tags: education, Manchester, work
Last week I was privileged to go to the ECM Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. It was comfortably the biggest, poshest party I’ve ever attended (Rob Brydonw acted as compere). I also met loads of people I’d previously spoken to only on the phone. Had been going to post photos… but I really don’t have any decent ones.Tags: Emap, London, work
Today at the office, I unexpectedly received a bottle of Mummw in the post! This turned out to be from one of the London offices, given as thanks for the work on a (relatively minor!) project* I did a couple of weeks ago. Suppose it pays to try to provide good service on all things, as you never know what benefits there’ll be!work
In some ways I actually feel heartened by this article on the BBC which says that “employers would be put off a job candidate by poor spelling or grammar”. If I am capable of using good grammar and take care with my spelling, does that give me an advantage?
More from the article:
Only 24% of employers interviewed said they were interested in a candidate’s class of degree and 14% in the reputation of the university they had attended. … “They rank relevant work experience highly, and expect candidates to be able to communicate well and show that they are highly motivated too.”
Yesterday I traveled to Peterborough in order to arrive in time for a job interview I had agreed to attend this morning with Emapw, the publisher. I’m looking to get a one year industrial placement when I finish the second year of this current Computer Science degree (which, all being well, I will do in May, when I slay these exams).
The train travel and hotel were pretty unremarkable (I’d recommend the De Rosalia to others), so: the interview. I think it went well, I probably talked too much, but hopefully that’ll be just taken as nervousness. I think I could do the work and would enjoy it, the only think that puts me off (and this isn’t that big a deal), is Peterborough itself. I wandered around for a while yesterday, and got the impression that the town is incredibly dull. The streets are wide and pleasant, and there is actually quite a large commercial centre, but everything seemed so lifeless… Maybe I just saw it on an “off” day. Also, having just walked through Manchester is bound to have given me a bad comparison.
Next week I’m told I’ll get a get a call to let me know what Emap think (that is, whether or not they’re going to offer me a job!)