Guest Post: Naeem Desai – Life on the Lidl Graduate Management Programme, part 2

Naeem is a graduate of MSc Management, and has recently started on the Lidl Graduate Management Programme. He will be sharing his experiences over the coming months.

My first day in the Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) started with an introduction to the team, including the Regional Director and Senior Managers. I was then trained on how to do the job of a Warehouse Operative, and I was picking stock that would be sent out to the 96 stores serviced by the RDC. It wasn’t long after this that I was training new employees on how to do the same role.

naeem-1

The amount of responsibility given to me was phenomenal and by the end of the first week I was given my own recruitment project to manage, which essentially was to recruit and train new employees for the RDC, and to manage the Human Resource matters for over two hundred existing employees. I was trusted and considered capable of managing such an important project independently. I’m continuously challenging myself because I want to develop. I’m learning so many new things, and juggling so many different tasks. Having so much responsibility helps me grow as a person, and I love every minute of what I do. It’s true what they say; no two days are the same at Lidl.

naeem2

Here’s an example of what one-day looks like in the life of a Lidl Graduate:

7:45 Tea and Oreos!!

8:00 Team Briefing Meeting

8:30 Prepare For Recruitment Project Meeting

9:00 New Employee Company Inductions

10:30 Train New Employees

11:45 Lunch

12:15 First Round Interviews

14:00 Second Round Interviews

16:15 Employee Disciplinary Hearing

17:30 Recruitment Project Meeting

18:30 Finished For The Day!

 

Summer Term has arrived! – Jenni Hanford

 

Final term of my fourth year has arrived and it has come around so fast! I know it’s a cliché, but it feels like only yesterday when I was writing my first blog for the year and now we are heading into the final 10 weeks of the academic year. It’s exciting but also scary. I’m looking forward to starting the next stage of my life and enjoying new adventures, but I’m also going to miss University and life at Lancaster as it really has been an amazing 4 years here in Lancaster, which I’ll never forget.

 

Unfortunately, there are a few hurdles to overcome before the next stage of my career can start, and they are my final exams! Being totally honest, I feel worried about them, which I think is natural and I know it’s how I’ve felt before any exam I’ve ever done, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Revision is tough, always, but especially when you’re worried about specific modules/topics. If this is the case, it’s important you don’t push those aspects aside and leave them till later, focussing on the sections you find easier first. I used to do that and it doesn’t help, it makes you panic more and doesn’t help you work on the sections you need help in/construct questions for your lecturers to improve your exam performance. I usually sandwich harder sections between those which are a little lighter/I find more manageable, then it makes revision easier and you don’t get downhearted, focussing on a really tricky section for a long time. Also, if you tackle those areas first, then you have more time to work through the problems and should have a better grasp of the tricky areas by the time the exam comes around.

 

I find the ‘revision period’ can be tricky and trying to keep yourself motivated to work hard daily for an extended period can become very tiresome and increasingly difficult as time passes. Firstly, you need to remember that it isn’t forever; if you work hard for this period then it will pay off, you’ll pass your exams first time and it will all have been worth it. You also need rest, a good nights sleep will help ensure that you are able to work well the next day and not be too tired for work. Planning activities and breaks is also essential during revision time to ensure you stay motivated. If you set targets each day, whether it be a certain number of tasks/hours etc, and then plan activities around this; an evening off sometimes or a lunch out with friends, then it will make the mountain of work seem a lot less daunting and more manageable.

 

How to revise? It’s different for everyone and it’s important to do what works for you, not just what your friends/other people are doing. I will share what I do, but that doesn’t mean you should do that or follow it exactly, but a few things may appeal to you/hopefully be of some help.

 

Firstly, I create a chart, (I don’t usually create a specific timetable of times for each item, just a rough guide on when I’ll be working for each day and for how long). This details what I need to do for each module and I indicate when I have completed each area. For all of my modules there are lectures, tutorials and readings, so I detail these and normally do my revision for each subject on a week-by-week basis. In progressing this way I spread my time over the different modules evenly and try to vary between at least two modules a day, so I don’t become frustrated/hit a wall.

 

If I know I am busy on one day and won’t do my usual hours of revision, then I schedule extra hours on a few different days so that I still get the work done that I want to and complete all the different areas I need to in plenty of time before my exams. This ensures I don’t panic as much and remain as calm as possible about my exams.

 

Also, remember about other people around you. Almost everyone is in the same boat, and I’m not talking about being quiet in the library/thinking of others (although that’s also really important and being respectful of others during this stressful period is essential), but that you should talk to your friends/course mates. They might be able to help you out with particular problems/questions etc or just offer a few calming words. You can get through this, don’t worry and it’s all worth it in the end!!!

 

Well, welcome back everyone and thanks again for taking the time to read my blogs, it really means a lot! I hope this has been of some help to you; you had a nice break over Easter and aren’t feeling too stressed right now!

 

Speak next week, Jen J

Term 2 – Jierong Zhu

For Easter Holiday, I have a plan of travelling. I would like to travel around the world during college period as I would not have available chance and time after graduating from university and starting to work. We decide to go to Italy. I must complaint about the Italian visa. It is especially inconvenient. We must plan the whole journey by booking the flights and hotels in advance, which I reluctantly accept. The first incontinent point is that the online application form can be completed only by computer with Windows 10 System, which means none of us could use our own Apple computer and have to go to library. Secondly, the website of the online application form is designed without humanization. Most of us have to complete the form at least twice as there is a bug on the page. We could not successfully continue to next section from time to time. On the day of going to the Italian National Visa Centre (23rd), the centre is quite small and a lot of people were waiting. Only two staff handled with Italian visa. To be on the safe side, we arrive 20 minutes before appointment time. Then we waited for about another 2 hours and 40 minutes and heard our number. And my nightmare came. The staff told me that only current amount statement can be accepted. I was shocked as the number shown in my account statement is only about 100 pounds, which is abusively not enough for my expenditure in Italy. Most money is put on my saving account, which is my habit. I tried to negotiate with him about whether I could transfer the money immediately from my saving account to current account and print it out and I could be the last one. And it failed. I need to go for reapplying an appointment, which means I have to waste one more day.

After coming out of the Visa Centre, it was around half past four in the afternoon. All of us were starved. We decided to have a lovely ‘lunch’ to reward ourselves. Due to our special lunch time, the meal came very rapidly. The lobster roll was totally fantastic, which made my mood better to some extent. We were so hungry that none of us remember to take the picture. Haha. I asked for an alcohol drink as well since I was so upset. It was my first time to request actively for the alcohol.  A day is wasted for applying the visa and on 24th I had a coursework deadline which I had not prepared it completely yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After returning home, I made another appointment for Italian visa immediately. OMG, the earliest available day is the 17th of March and my flight is on the 30th. It is so hurried, isn’t it? Anyway, I had a try. Then, I began to focus on my coursework. I finished it at 8 o’clock in the morning of Wednesday (24th). However, I still attended all the lectures and tutorials. I was moved by my passion for study, which was such a ridiculous lie. The truth is all of them would have a test during the following weeks. If I was absent, it may cause difficulties for my revision. My average aggregation score is not allowed me to make any mistakes.

Week 9 Already? – Jenni Hanford

Week 9 Already?!

 

Wow, week 9 of Lent term, next week I’ll be having my final ever lectures, apart from revision sessions in April and it’s scary, really really scary. University is such a scary concept when you are first arriving, but leaving is even scarier! It’s at this time I’ve started to reflect on my time at Lancaster and I realised it’s been the best four years of my life.

 

I was so nervous when I first came to University, lacking in confidence and feeling very homesick and now I’m president of a Gospel Choir, have been travelling round Europe and have loads of amazing friends. I’m so amazed at how far I’ve come but the most important thing I’ve learnt, although very cheesy, is you can do anything if you believe in yourself!

 

You have to make the most of your time at University because it’ll be over before you know it. 3/4 years seems like ages but in reality it flies by, mostly because it’s so much fun. The work is tough, you are getting a degree, but if you match this with days out, societies, socials and chilled nights with friends, the work isn’t half as bad!

 

As I mentioned above I went inter railing this past summer with my best friend and it was awesome. I couldn’t believe that I had the confidence to navigate round Europe but I’m so glad we did. The things we saw and experienced were fantastic and I would never have done anything like that if I hadn’t come to Uni here. The main reason we could do the trip, as well as saving for it, is due to the great holidays you get over summer. You need to take advantage of these as in most jobs you don’t get that kind of time off, at least not for a while anyway, so make the most of it while you can.

 

This year we are going round the parts of Europe we missed last time and we are also going to America for a week. I am so excited and know we will make so many more memories that I’ll never forget! That’s what’s really important, making memories, as they are the things that you’ll carry with you and shape your life!

 

I’ve also finally accepted that graduation is this year so I’ve started looking for an outfit, which is almost as stressful as the exams to enable me to graduate haha! Knowing that the pictures from the day will be distributed around my various family members piles on the pressure to find that perfect dress! I also received an email about the final year yearbook so if you haven’t done your profile you need to as the deadline is coming up and it will be a great thing to take away with you for the future.

 

Revision, the phrase everyone dreads, but it’s inevitable. It’s important you tackle revision head on and don’t shy away, wasting time and then realise you’re too late and your exams are upon you. Exam timetables are out now, which gives the perfect opportunity to plan out your revision schedule over Easter. If you do a lot of work over the ‘holidays’ you’ll feel so much better when you come back to Uni in the final run up to your exams, no matter what year you’re in.  Also, the benefit of doing it over Easter is you’ll have lots of chocolate to keep you going and whatever you gave up for Lent!

 

This is also a great time to brush up in your exam technique. Practice questions and exercises under time pressure and make sure you write answers out fully. I don’t know about you guys, but my wrists get really tired when it’s exam seasons and it’s because I do a lot more typing and a lot less writing by hand these days. You don’t want you illegible writing to cost you marks or your tired wrist to slow you down, so get practicing!

 

Ask questions as soon as possible. As soon as you have queries ask your lecturers so you can get them cleared up and understood as soon as possible. It’s important you understand your subject matter but also that you have time to talk through problems as there is bound to be a mad rush and large queues as exam season loom nearer and nearer.

 

I hope this blog has been interesting and helped where possible, but also that it’s hopefully inspired you to do something different, challenging and amazing this summer!

 

Thanks again for reading, speak soon, JenJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jierong Zhu – Term 2

The overall image of this week for me was dropping from heaven to hell.  How happy the heaven was, how terrible the hell was. On last Saturday, I went to Molly’s to celebrate the Valentine’s Day with my flatmates in advance although none of us have the boyfriend. However, it does not affect our good mood.  The weather was so pleasant. It felt especially warm and happy when the winter sun was shining on us. We talked a lot and ate a lot. The pork ribs were so amazing. Meats were tender and the sauce was declivous. The homemade soup of mushroom was my favourite as well. The pureed soup with fresh garlic bread was a perfect match.

On Sunday, a big surprise came to me. I received a bunch of red roses elaborately wrapped with decorative paper and bows. When I opened my bedroom door in that morning, it appeared besides my feet. At that moment, I was totally shocked. After a while, I guessed this must be a hoax. Finally, I knew the gift was from my girlfriend who are in Los Angles now. She asked my roommate to book it for me.  I was greatly touched by receiving flowers from her, which is even more than receiving the gift from my boyfriend if I have a boyfriend.

The lucky days were over and the bad days were coming. On Monday, I checked the email. Several coursework marks came together, which was for Ac.F 212, Econ 207 and Econ 212.OMG. My average aggregation score dropped dramatically, which is  from  the edge of the first degree to the  edge of the upper second degree. I could not image what my score would be at the end of Year 2. I had 8 exams needed to be taken at the end. Each course has a mountain of work load of 10 weeks’ lectures and tutorials ( or workshops). How I can  cope with them! I even could not deal with 5 weeks’ contents. I became  depressed. However, the days still have to continue to go on whether it is full of sunshine or haze in the way of life. On Tuesday, there was a test needed to be prepared for. I should work harder than before to push the average aggregation score up during the following tests.

I heard an interesting story from the Internet. That is if you manually setting the date of your iPhone or iPad to 1 January 1970, the electronic facilities will get permanently stuck while trying to boot back up if it’s switched off. At first, I thought it was just a joke. However, one of my friends tried and his iPhone 6 was dead now, just like a brick. Later, it comes to the official news. Never look for trouble, or you will be in trouble, the fact tells us. Haha.

 

Jenni Hanford – week16

Lent Term, Week 16 Blog

 

So as I am writing this I have just seen that the exam timetables are out, which is very scary but also a little exciting, as it will mark the end of my four years here at Lancaster Uni. Although I will be sad to leave, I feel like the time has come for me to move on with my life and to follow the path to my next adventure.

 

I have been very lucky this year as most of my exams are quite spread out, giving me time in between to focus and revise for specific exams. A lot of people don’t like Saturday exams and, whilst I found the idea strange in first year, I don’t mind them as exam season is what it is, you’d be revising on a Saturday if you didn’t have an exam! My birthday is also in May and I am pleased to say that this year, I don’t have an exam on my birthday and only one left at the end of that week, so all in all it’s a great result! I have my Gold D of E presentation in May and my exam schedule has allowed me to attend this, which I am so excited about, especially as it’s the 60th year anniversary this year!

 

All the above being said, the exam timetable highlighted that final exams are approaching, and fast. However, you shouldn’t panic as you still have time, you need to focus on your modules this term, understand them well and put in the work now as then revision becomes a lot easier.

 

Over the years at University I have attempted to improve and develop my exam technique and I think I’ve got a lot better! Before coming to university and even in first year I was very anxious about my exams, which caused me to feel ill beforehand and during the exams. I always used to panic and as soon as that happened and my performance was most definitely affected. This frustrated me as I knew I had put the work in so could do the exams better, therefore I decided to do something about it.

 

I looked online at different calming techniques and spoke to my mum about it, but ultimately it came down to personal preference/what worked for me. As the exams went on, I decided that I needed to make a conscious decision I could do them and be positive. Therefore I ate healthy each exam day, meaning I wouldn’t feel ill, and I took deep breaths before each exam. (This sounds obvious/a little silly but it really helps to just concentrate on your breathing and put yourself in a focussed mood). I also allowed myself 1 minute of ‘panic’ time in every exam, so if I opened a paper and couldn’t see the wood for the trees I’d panic, then stop myself, breathe and think, let’s do this as best as I can. This works for me and I am a lot better at exams now, resulting in higher grades which is naturally very important.

 

Perfecting your exam technique can be really helpful as, you need to know your facts to answer the test questions, but if you know how to answer them successfully and how to achieve ‘easy’ marks, then your results will be a lot stronger.

 

One of the modules I study is AcF.317 and it’s one that I really enjoy. There is a one-hour lecture each week and then a two-hour seminar in the form of a case class, which is the part I really enjoy. Each week we are given a case study, which we then have to read over, analyse and answer questions on. I find this really interesting, looking at control systems in practice and how different businesses in different industry achieve success/manage their staff. The classes are small, around 12 people, which is really good as everyone has a chance to voice their opinions and it’s really interesting when others think of points you haven’t considered/analyse at a fact in a different way.

 

As part of Lancaster University Gospel Choir, I sang at the World at Lancaster events on campus and it was really fun! It was amazing to walk around the different stalls and see so many different cultures and learn new things from different languages and foods to all about the Chinese zodiac signs and New Year celebrations. I was actually in London last weekend for the Chinese New Year and it was amazing; the parade was so cool and there were lots of people, from all different areas and backgrounds chatting and sharing stories.

 

Thanks again for reading and hope this was interesting for you guys, speak soon, Jen J

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4 – Jenni Hanford

I can’t believe we are already at the end of week 4 in Lent term, where is the time going this year?! I realised I’ve never spoke about what a typical week at Uni is like for me so I thought I would discuss that with you guys this week. I’d also like to talk about what some of my friends are doing who graduated last year, to give you an insight into life after University and show you it can be anything you want it to be, sometime the most unexpected!

So I took a placement year, meaning a lot of my friends graduated last year and they are doing a variety of things. One of my friends has gone on to post graduate studies, which she is really enjoying, as it is a different type of work and offers a new perspective on University life. She has joined a new society and made lots of new friends. Some of my other friends started out with retail jobs and bar work straight after they graduated, but now they have applied for graduate schemes and started to look into areas they want to work long-term and can see where their life path leads. One girl has gone travelling, wanting to take new adventures in life before she settles down/decides where she should go next. Finally, my best friend got a temporary job in the subject area she wants to be in, Finance, and has applied for different schemes, looked back at her work experience and really focussed in on what she wants to do and where she wants to work. She is also getting married this year, ready to start an entirely new chapter in her life, which is beyond exciting!! I really wanted to share these personal experiences with you guys as it shows how diverse the world is, there is something out there for everyone. You shouldn’t feel anxious about next year, especially if you’re not 100% sure what you want to do. Try what you think is right for you and go from there, there’s no right answer except just being you. We all have to grow up eventually but just don’t forget your friends and what you learnt at University, because it’s made you the person you are today.

So after that little snippet into the adventures awaiting you after graduation, here is my typical week.

Mondays, the start of the week, the day everyone dreads. I, fortunately, don’t have any lectures on a Monday this term, most of the time, so I have a lie in till about 8am (I’m an early riser), get ready and then head onto campus. I love the booths in the library, as I’ve said too many times before, so I normally head straight there and get to it. I have breaks throughout the day, meet up with friends or catch up on an episode on Netflix before going to Art society in the evening.

 

Tuesdays I have a seminar and a lecture in the afternoon, so I make the most of my ‘spare’ time in the mornings and study, sometimes in the management school as I like the atmosphere and I can meet my course mates, discuss work/life and have a coffee. I attend my classes and then head home, usually for a nap and then complete any work that I didn’t earlier/needs doing.

 

Wednesdays are my 9am days so I get up; grab a coffee and head to my tutorial. I then spend the rest of the day in the library or nip into town if there is anything I need, before going to Lancaster University Gospel Choir in the evening. I love choir, and not just because I’m the president, but the people are always so cheery and it always puts me in a great mood.

 

Thursdays I have 11am – 3pm, so lunch is always tricky, but I always try to remain focussed and then I make sure I have a break before doing some work in the evening when at home. I also attend Mandarin classes in the evening on campus, as I wanted to try something new and challenge myself.

 

I have exec meetings on a Friday and a pretty relaxed day in terms of timetabling, as I only have a 4-6pm. I try to take breaks during the day and eat healthily so I am still awake by 4pm, then I know by 6 the weekend is starting and I can take a break in the evening.

 

Weekends I typically study in the day and take breaks in the evenings/lunchtimes, trying to also exercise regularly and feel healthy, but still having treats now and again.

 

Hopefully this was quite interesting for you guys and has helped to show that work is very important, but so are breaks and other activities to keep your weeks balanced. Thanks again for reading, until next time, Jen J

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jierong Zhu

This week is the ‘easiest’ week I ever had since the Lent Term begins. There is no coursework I need to worry about in this week and next week. I am the person who prefers putting my all attention into one particular coursework 7 days in advance before the deadline. I am a ‘faster’ learner. There is no doubt that deadline is always No.1 productive force. It makes me be urged to learn, and constantly to concentrate.

I have no idea what’s wrong with the facilities in the library in this week. On Monday, the printers did not work. I printed the documents three times by three different printers, which makes my printer account fell from £5 to negative amount. Bad luck! However, every coin has two sides. It was my first time to know that I actually could return the printer fee via the website. Thanks to technology, my printer account became positive again. In addition, on Tuesday, I changed two printers since both of them could not identity my ID card. Moreover, on Thursday, every time I found the computer desk, the computers could not boot. There were at least 6 computers that did not work on the second floor of the library.

On Tuesday, the weather was so terrible. The wind roared from day to night. And iLancaster even gave an emergency notification for flood warning. After getting the piece of information, I discussed with my friends, who travelled with me during last flood time, about where we should go, what we should bring and when we should leave here and so on. However, after around 5 minutes, the alerts were cancelled. I do not know why I felt know a little bit ‘what a pity’.

Chinese New Year is coming. I even could hear this information on the bus during the talks between two foreigners. There were varieties of activities in campus and in the city centre to feel the atmosphere of Spring Festival in advance. On Friday, there was an event about Chinese traditional games, such as hoopla, paper-cut for window decoration, guessing the riddles and so on. On Sunday, another event was held in the city centre. The weather was not so nice. When I arrived in the city centre, it was a little bit late so that I can only found the game facilities, like in a children’s amusement park. So cool.

The biggest thing for me in this week is the paintball event on Saturday. As a planner of this event, it was such a hard day for me. I woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning on that day although I did go to bed fell in sleep until 1 o’clock. This is because there was still a few works need to done. For example, due to the weather problem, few people cancelled this event, which means the group member and number should be reallocated. When they are playing the paintball, I need look after their clothes and belongs in the wind. There was no extra room for us to stay. During the interval among the games, I helped them clean their dirty faces and sticky hair, which was the result of being hit. Thanks to God. Since most of them had limited power to continue to play the games, the event was finished at 2 o’clock. On Sunday, the feedback from participators was generally wonderful. A little bit of proud and having more motivation to correct the mistake in this time. I believe next time I will do better.

Applications – Jenni Hanford

Blog – Applications

 

When people mention Graduation, final exams, the final term, I always start to switch off then I realise, wait, that’s me!! It’s such a strange feeling to think that this will be my last undergraduate year at Lancaster because it feels like yesterday when I was just a nervous bundle moving into Pendle College. But it’s not, that was 2012 and now, over 3 years later, I’ve changed, grown up and I’ve learnt a lot, academically speaking and in life. That also means that now is the time to decide what I actually want to do, long-term and, although it is scary, it’s also a little bit exciting.

 

Applications are really really important and they are definitely time well spent. I covered CV’s in an earlier blog but these are important again at this stage as many online applications have the option to upload a CV, so if yours is ready and up to date you’ll be good to go and apply for jobs before they’re snapped up.

 

From my experience, applying for an accounting firm to do audit/assurance has been similar each time, following a typical format. There are variations and each of the stages is different, dependent on the firm, in one way or another but, at the core, they’re the same.

 

The initial stage is the application form, which is vital as it decides if you can progress pass the first stage, which is an important hurdle to overcome. The key mistakes people look for are spelling, sentences that don’t make sense, inappropriate language etc, all easy errors to make but can mean the difference between a yes and a no. Therefore getting someone to proof read your application, especially if it’s someone without ‘technical’ knowledge about the area, is a good idea as they will be able to tell you if it reads well/makes sense.  Also ensure you paint the best picture of yourself; include all your achievements and things you’ve done over the years that you’re proud of. Try to keep things relevant, always link an activity/skill back to the firm’s values or ethos, to demonstrate why you should get the job and how you’d adapt/fit into the team.

 

After you’ve passed the initial stage, hopefully, you may be invited to take part in psychometric tests. These are pretty standard tests in numeracy, verbal reasoning and logic and you may be asked to complete a combination of the tests, depending on the job. They test your ability to face situations and attempt to glean how you would react to different situations/logically see a way through. They require a specific type of answer/way of thinking so it’s importance you practice beforehand. There are practice examples online you can try from accountancy firm websites and other places and I bought books with examples in which really helped me. The more practice you do, the more prepared you will be for any variation of the tests.

 

The next stage can vary dependent on the firm/programme etc. It could be a phone interview, an initial face-to-face interview/Skype interview or perhaps straight to an assessment centre. Phone interviews can be very tough as you aren’t physically meeting the person and can’t give them a first impression by your body language or your smart look. Therefore it’s important you sound positive and formal on the phone. Make sure you are somewhere quiet and with good signal when they ring so it doesn’t cut out halfway through and you can hear them clearly. When answering the questions remain calm, keep your answers clear and to the point, there may be a silence as they are writing your answers down so don’t feel the need to keep talking, once you’ve said what you wanted and evidenced your skill leave it at that.

 

Face-to-face interviews are very important, as you need to make a good first impression. You need to wear appropriate clothing, smile, make eye contact and have a good, firm handshake. During the interview try not to fidget, remain calm, keeping good eye contact and take your time when answering questions. If you are struggling to answer a question take a breath, reword the question back to them to give yourself some thinking time, and then clearly deliver your answer.

 

After one of these stages above you will hopefully be invited to an assessment centre. These are make or break in the job process, where you can really evidence why you should get the job. It’s a massive achievement to get to an assessment centre and when you get there you need to prove why you’ve made it that far and why you’re the right person for the job. The day will consist of both individual and teamwork tasks/challenges related to key skill development/tasks you may have to do in the job. You need to get involved in everything, excelling in each area but remembering all the time the values of the firm and demonstrating these through your actions. Teamwork is always an important factor in every job so it’s really important to demonstrate this skill and showcase it well.

 

If you pass the assessment centre there can be a final interview. This is your final chance to impress the firm, likely a senior staff member, so use everything you have learnt in the process and show the best that you can be in that 40mins-1 hour.

 

I hope this blog has been somewhat helpful in those applying to jobs/will be in the future. Thanks again for reading, Jenni.

Jierong Zhu – Term 2 blog

Wow, I eventually finished my Michaelmas Term in this week. On Monday, I handed in the report for Ac.F 211 and on Thursday I took the test of ECON 207. At first, I thought I was the busy one that in one week need to finish two pieces of coursework. After having a  lovely afternoon tea with my friend on Saturday, I changed my mind completely. She really had a such tough week last week. She had a report handed in on Monday and finished  a test on the same day. And on Thursday and Friday she took a test respectively. I have no idea how she did survive. She made a joke that as long as you chose a ‘right’ course, you take Gaokao every term.

This week I was not only busy with the coursework but also busy with planning an event. This can be the first event I hold after joining the society. I really want to show a good result. Booking the field, doing the advertising, calculating the costs and selling the tickets….. So many things need to be done. I made a mistake when I was booking the field. The package we ordered did not include the free lunch actually. It was pretty tricky.  When you see it on the home page which includes the free lunch, but if you click in the Preston, the free lunch disappears. And then on the page of payment, the free lunch shows again. As the ticket we sold includes the free lunch, if the firm did not prepare it for free, we need to buy the lunch at our own expense. It increases the costs and causes a loss. I must say it is lucky to realize the problem before, not on the day of the event. After that, I tried to offset that part of loses by negotiating with the firm for extra discounts. It failed. Then I keep in touch with the coach company instead of hiring the taxies. It helps save a great amount of money, which is enough for the lunch. So proud of myself.

Until this Friday, I finally adapted the time difference. The problem of jet lag is especially serious for me this time. Usually I just need one to three days to cope with jet lag. During past half month, I went to bed before 10 o’clock and woke up at around 6 o’clock. Such a healthy bedtime. During my journey to Los Angles, I had a similar experience that whenever I fell sleep, I would wake up at around 7 o’clock in the morning. However, although I woke up so early, I did not get out of bed and do something meaningful. It was dark outside , which made me do not want to move.

After returning Lancaster, I always kept looking for an exquisite postcard which shows the scene of Lancaster. I have a habit of sending a postcard of local view to home during travelling. This time I would like to send it to my friend in Los Angles to express my appreciation for taking me out. I found there were limited types of postcards. I guess this is because Lancaster is not a tourist city. Among them, I only recognize one scenic spot, Lancaster Castle. I visited it once when I was in Foundation Year during the fresher week. Last year, the Queen of England has been here also. Haha, I still remember, it was a rainy day. The design of the postcard is oil-painting style. Hope she will like it.

postcard