Cork Freshers 2018: Student Event Guide

Cork is home to some great colleges that offer career-enhancing courses. Freshers’ week is a rite of passage, and you’ll find that the first month of college is packed full of events that are designed to help you settle in and meet new people. Whether it’s late-night events or daytime bonding sessions, your first few weeks will be an immersive experience – and you really should make the most of it. Continue Reading

Top Tips for Landing That Graduate Job: Advice for College Students

So you’ve come to the end of your time as a student. You’ve put on a fancy cap and gown. You’ve shaken the hand of an unfamiliar older person wearing an even fancier cap and gown, and in return you’ve been handed a certificate that tells employers (and the rest of the world) that you’re qualified to do whatever it is that you want to do. Pop the champagne, because it’s time to start earning some ca$h money.

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Perfecting Your CV: 9 Tips for Students

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Perfecting Your CV: 9 Tips for Students

Your CV is the gateway to your future career. It’s the first point of contact that a potential employer will have with you, so you should embrace every bit of space on the page. There’s a reason why CVs are still as prominent as they were years ago – they’re the most effective way for an employer to assess a candidate’s ability to do the job.

Your CV is a sales pitch that tells the employer why you should be interviewed for the role over another candidate. It has to paint you in the best possible light, especially if you are a recent graduate seeking out your first full-time role.

There are a few ways that you can tweak your CV to portray yourself as dedicated, enthusiastic, and equipped to do the job you’re applying for.

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How to Survive Exam Season

How to Survive Exam Season

With exam season fast-approaching, you might think that it’s time to stock-up on energy drinks, and lock yourself in the library, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With a forward-thinking attitude and a bit of planning, you’ll sail through your exams. Follow these study tips, and you’ll be on track in no time.

Study When Your Brain is Awake

You should leave every study session feeling more knowledgeable than when you went in. A classic error that people make when studying is to find a seat in the library and work for hours on end. The reality is that we all need to sleep, and when you’re feeling tired, your brain won’t function properly; your ability to take in information will be seriously reduced and you’re more likely to procrastinate when all you can think about is going to sleep.

To avoid wasting your time, it’s best to establish what time of day you work best, create a strict study plan and stick to it during that time – this way you’ll have enough time to rest and won’t forget any important information.

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How to Get an Internship While Studying

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In between the late nights and long lectures, you’re going to have to think about what to do with your life when you finish college. It’s easy to party now and think later, but when you eventually graduate, you will be competing for the best jobs in your field.

The trouble with this is that even the entry-level jobs require some sort of experience nowadays – employers want to see dedication to the cause, which means becoming a part of your chosen industry before you even finish your course. That’s just the way the world has gone.

Fortunately, most organisations run internship schemes, whereby they gain an extra worker for a while and in return you gain the necessary experience to secure yourself a job when you enter the big wide world. Essentially it’s all about giving yourself the best possible chance at getting to where you want to be. After all, that’s what college is supposed to help you do.

You’re probably thinking, “But how do I do that when I have to study, work, and socialise?” Well, we’ve decided to make it easy for you, and have outlined a few ways to secure the perfect internship.

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8 Extracurricular Activities to Do at College That’ll Look Great on Your CV

Getting a job when you finish college isn’t the easiest thing to do. In fact, you’ll probably find that most graduate jobs will expect a certain amount of experience before you’re even considered for the role, which might seem a bit contradictory but that’s the way it is these days.

Fortunately, there are numerous activities that you can do to make your CV stand out and demonstrate that you have the skills that employers are looking for. We’ve put together a list of our favourites so that you can pick which ones suit you best – you never know, you might find one or two that you even enjoy.

Part-Time Work

Although securing part-time work takes effort, it’s one of the most beneficial activities for both you and your CV. While you’re earning yourself a few extra euros, you’ll also be learning essential skills that will help you out when you start your career. Most part-time roles will require you to work as a team, manage your time and communicate with others – all of which will be welcome additions to your CV.

Some customer-facing roles call for an ability to work under pressure, deal with difficult situations and handle cash, proving that you’ll be a reliable and trustworthy member of staff.

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5 Ways to Survive Freshers Flu

Who’s feeling a little rough then? Freshers’ week is done and dusted, and it doesn’t look like the fun is going to slow down any time soon. Before you attempt to get that UV paint off your jeans, here’s a few ways to help that banging in your head stop.

1. The Power of the Paracetamol

Right, so let’s be honest: paracetamol isn’t going to cure this mother of all hangovers, but it will help lessen the aches and pains of those dance moves. Make sure you stock up on these little capsules of headache-healer so you have enough to last you at least until the next night out.

To up your vitamin levels without having to move or cook anything, get yourself some Berocca tablets. They will help to increase your nutrients, making you feel like you’ve had a plate full of veg, without actually having a plate full of veg. Remember, stock up on these too, unless you do want to have a full plate of veg – that’s your choice.

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7 Ways to Plan Ahead for Your Next Year at College

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If you’re reading this, congratulations on surviving a year of college! You’re probably now a seasoned pro at getting to 9am lectures on time, and not starting your assignments the night before they’re due.

So why not continue your winning streak by doing these seven things to get prepped for your next year, helping you to stay on top of everything from your finances to your study time.

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The Ultimate Guide to Packing for College

Summer is already coming to a close! Where has it gone, eh? All panic aside, the time has come for you to really get excited about college! If you’re anything like us, you’ll be putting off the chore of packing until the last minute. But luckily for you, we’ve had years of practice from helping new students turn up on the big moving-in day, so here are some top tips on how to get sorted. No fuss!

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