Sometimes it’s good not to live up to a gender stereotype.

I’m a girl and I do like things that a girl is supposed to like. I like shopping and handbags. But I don’t always like Pink and unicorns. I like getting down and dirty and playing rough. I like working out and lifting weights. I love playing games and reading comics.

The question I’m asking throughout this is: Should I really care about the stereotypes?

I grew up around two brothers (I have four but don’t really see the others) so I grew up with the motto Learn to fight back or get hurt which in my defence I did and my brothers got punched a lot and I got away with it because they were told to stop picking on your sister. Win Win.

But did this effect my in my future choices. Well I think it might have.

Let me explain. One of my brothers is a little bit older than the other one so he was really into game consoles and when he lived with us he had the most up to date console there was. This was a Playstation 2 (I know so retro) with Grand Theft Auto and I’m talking the 8-bit style GTA. Anyways, Myself and my other brother were allowed to play on the Playstation when he let us.

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So we would be playing GTA and playing the who can last longer in a police car chase game and I think that’s where my passion grew from. However even in the modern world this is still not expected from girls like me and is still granted as a phase.

Another reason I don’t like up to a stereotype is I love reading comics and graphic novels of my favourite superheroes. This is definitely not expected of a girl like me and again is called a phase because of the movies that are currently out which are a little superhero based. But I was watching Batman when I was a little girl in a dress and loved the caped crusader all this time. (hint the reason he’s my favourite superhero). My knowledge of superhero is outstanding and really helps when people have questions.

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I still believe in this modern world a girl is expected to like dolls and horses and a boy is expected to like cars and monsters. When I have children this will not be the case. If they want to watch Batman like I did then they can. If they want to play dress up in a dress they can. Who am I to dictate what they should do. It never did me any harm. I’m a graduate media student who has a passion for social media and photography and I believe this wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t have those early passions.

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How Twitter might Help in your job search

Okay, I’m still looking for that proffesional job within the social media industry and I thought I would share with you something I learnt during this search. Use Twitter to help you look.

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Learn Your Hashtags

If you looking for a graduate job then start by using hashtags such as #Gradjobs and #internships. These will help you connect with other people who are looking or companies and recruitment agencies who are advertising. I managed to find a few jobs around my area who were looking for people like me. Whether they were successful is yet to be established.

Don’t be afraid to look at specific companies

Companies sometimes use twitter to advertise specific jobs within their industry. Don’t always look for companies which are known in your field either, look at companies who might not be specialised in lets say the media field but are looking for people who can help on their social media presence.

Choose who you follow

I have managed to find lots of different recruitment agencies through twitter and they list new jobs everyday so thats a handy way of minimising the search. I also have followed specific agencies which specialise in the media field as again it helps the search.

Reach out through tweets

I posted a post a few days ago stating that I was looking for a graduate job within the social media field. A few hours later I recieved a few new followers and someone had placed me within a specific group looking for graduate jobs and now I have my tweets looked at by companies.

This in the long run might help with the search.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU TWEET

Heres a big one and it’s not just based on Twitter either use it on all forms of social media.

Don’t post stupid stuff. I am guilty of this as many people are but not on Twitter as this is my main source of searching for jobs. Facebook: If you want to post rubbish or have a moan then make your account private. This way you will not be found by potential employers and will not ruin your chances at finding a job.

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So thats it. That my advice on how to use Twitter within the job search.

Good Luck out there

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I have a dream

Okay this post is going to be a little self involved and a few questions will be asked. If you know anything that can help me then please let me know.

Since my first trip abroad I have an itch to travel and work. I just don’t know where to start, I want to see the world and photograph my journeys. Problem is I’m incredibly poor so money is not easily accessible.

Does anyone in the world know how you can do this?

I would love a job where I could travel the world and see its sights and sounds. I know this is a dream of other people as well but I have no idea how to start.

anyone have any tips please feel free to comment below. 🙂

Becoming a graduate….then what?

You’re about to become a graduate. Well Done. I understand the stress and tears (literal) that went into the three years of studying so give yourself a metaphorical pat on the back (unless you can actually do it then feel free)

But now that uni is over, whats next?

It’s time to start looking for a job. This might be a job within the field (unless your like me and they wont give you a job unless you have experience) or a basic job until you actually decide what you want to do with your life.

(the second option is me currently)

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But how do you start?

Here are a few tips which I have picked up while job hunting.

1. Make an awesome Cv

A CV is everything when looking for a job. So why not make yours a little different and make it stand out. Just so I’m clear don’t make it colourful or childish but make it interesting. Make sure you have the information which really makes you stand out from the crowd and make sure your hobbies and interests are better then ‘keeping fit’ explain what this is.

2. Find the right website

I’ve been using Indeed.co.uk while looking for a job. This is so I can specifically look for jobs within my area. I have also been checking my uni website as they sometimes post jobs and Unitemps as these offer jobs specifically aimed at university students/graudates. They aren’t permeenat but they are enough to get some experience to get that dream job.

3. Persistence, persistence, persistence!!!

Be persistent. Even if you start getting rejections don’t give up. I have applied for 60+ jobs and have only heard from 10% of them but thats not stopping me from looking because I know that there is a job out there for me and I won’t find it if I give up.

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4. Dress smart

Dress smartly for interviews. Even if it says its a informal interview, still dress smartly as first impressions do count. I always try to wear a nice dress or a smart blouse and a nice skirt as I believe that if I look smart then it can give off a good impression of me.

5. Be Yourself

Make sure you be yourself in the interview. Never be a fake person (this is a generally rule for life). If you appear to be fake you are less likely to get the job or you will get the job but then not survive long as the first impression is not you and the employer will see that.

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Good Luck out there, you’ll do great 🙂