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.

Tailor Your CV

When you’re in college, your CV will probably be filled with part-time work and any other experiences that you’ve built up over time – you just need an internship or two and your profile will be stronger than ever.

The best way to secure your perfect internship is to use your past experience to explain why you are the best person for the job. Don’t just send out the same CV and covering letter to different organisations, because they will spot this a mile off and mark you down for failing to include a personal touch.

Instead, think about what they are asking from an intern, and highlight your current skills that prove why you should be hired over anyone else.

This doesn’t mean that you should lie through your teeth just to secure the role (if you do this, you might come unstuck when they do eventually hire you). Instead, be open and honest about the areas that you need to work on, and say how this internship is going to change you for the better – the benefit of doing this for an internship application is that you can prove your progression when it’s time to apply for a full-time role.

Make Use of Your Resources

Internships are a mutual agreement between two parties, which means both you and the organisation will benefit from your involvement. That being said, other organisations stand to gain from your internship, and these are the ones that you can look to if you need a little help finding the right one for you.

The first organisation you should consider seeking help from is your college. They will more than likely have a dedicated employability team whose main purpose is to make sure you get a job once you’ve graduated. A large part of finding you permanent employment is making you employable in the first place, so they will usually have something in place to connect you with businesses that are offering internship opportunities.

Make use of the employability strand of your institution as much as you can they are a valuable resource and will usually give you career-enhancing advice. Take the time to sit down with them and go through your CV and internship application. They will give you honest feedback on how to give yourself the best chance at securing the right role for you.

Use the Internet

The internet is a great tool for connecting employers with interns, and there are some websites that are specifically designed for finding work for students. Don’t limit yourself to student-only sites, but they are definitely a good place to start.

Keep an eye out on the following sites for internship opportunities:

●       Irish Jobs

●       Student Job Ireland

●       Internships Ireland

Even if you find your internship through one of these services rather than your college’s internship scheme, take your application to the employability team, because they can still help you out in completing the application in the best way possible.

Be Flexible

Internships come in various shapes and sizes: some are long, some are short. Be flexible with your expectations, and don’t rule out shorter internships just because you’re looking for one that lasts a few months. At the end of the day, a short internship is better than none, and you can always use the experience you’ve gained to then secure a second role.

Some internships are part-time and work around your studies, whereas others are full-time set contracts. Be realistic about what you apply for, because you will never be able to participate in a six-month placement if it clashes with your college timetable.

Consider sacrificing your summer to gain some hands-on experience interning in your industry, because this shows real dedication and will give you a good idea as to whether the role is actually for you or not.

Do What’s Best for You

It’s important to think about what you want to achieve from an internship, to ensure that you’re applying for the right one for you. If you want to gain experience in a particular field, make it clear to the employer that this is where your ambitions lie.

Keep in mind that as long as you’re doing actual work for the organisation, you’re entitled to at least the national minimum wage (NMW). Knowing your worth is an important part of finding an internship, as strong-mindedness is a key quality to take with you in your future career.

Internships: A Stepping Stone from College to Work

When you’re making the transition from college to work through internships, make sure you can unwind in a comfortable setting. Take a look at our locations to see what we can do for you.

 

 

5 Nifty Tips for Doing Your Grocery Shop on a Student Budget

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If you’ve been a student for a while, you probably know that you can cut a few corners with your spending. Making a few sacrifices is all part of student life – no, you don’t need those new trainers, and yes, skipping that night out will save you a bit of money. The one thing you do have to buy is food. We all need to eat; it’s unavoidable.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to do your weekly shop like one of these real adults with a disposable income, so we’ve put together five tips for doing your grocery shop on a budget.

 Buy Own-Brand Products

All the major supermarkets offer their own twist on the brands that you love at a fraction of the price. For example, the leading brand of baked beans would cost you something like €1.04, whereas the own-brand would only cost, say, €0.32 – that’s less than half the price (so you could cut the cost of your grocery shop in half by avoiding the big brands).

If you’re thinking no way I’m buying an own-brand, they’re horrible, we’re going to let you in on a little secret – they’re virtually the same. In fact, many own-brand products are manufactured by the same companies that make your favourite brand, and they’re just packaged differently.

Don’t Waste Your Food

If you make a huge amount of food only to bin what you don’t eat, then you’re probably going to find yourself spending more on your weekly shop. You don’t just have to use it for lunch the next day either, because there are inventive ways to spice up a meal: add extra ingredients, throw in some herbs and spices, or turn the leftovers into something else entirely (for example, mashed potatoes and steamed veg can be turned into a creamy soup).

This is much easier to do if you cook from scratch, and having many raw ingredients to hand will help you turn yesterday’s meal into today’s lunch.  Not to mention, you’ll save a load of money by making everything yourself – for example, as easy as a ready-made pasta packet is, you have to pay for the convenience.

Don’t Shop on an Empty Stomach

This one is common sense, really: going shopping when you’re hungry means you’re likely to buy more food than you would if you had already eaten. The major supermarkets employ a lot of sneaky tactics to make you buy more (keeping eggs in strange places is one way to get you to spend more time walking around the shop), so strolling past delicious snacks while you’re hungry makes it more likely that you’ll end up buying them.

What you might not know is that research suggests that hunger triggers the need to buy non-edible items as well as the things you can eat. Hunger activates the need to acquire something and because that might not necessarily be food, you could end up looking in your shopping bag and asking yourself what was I thinking?

You Don’t Have to Shop at the Big Three

When you think of doing your grocery shop, you probably only consider the larger supermarket chains, but you don’t have to limit yourself to these. Aldi and Lidl offer a cheaper alternative to the likes of Tesco, and these supermarkets don’t necessarily sacrifice quality for the sake of price either. You have probably heard that Aldi are releasing a three-litre bottle of prosecco for under €70 – that’s the equivalent of six bottles, so you might not have to sacrifice that night out after all.

We recommend buying a whole chicken for just €3.99, which you can then use to make five different meals through the week, including tacos, risotto and soup.

Shop for Deals

Another one of the supermarkets’ sneaky tricks is to pretend that they are offering you a good deal, when in reality you aren’t saving much at all. It’s best to arm yourself with your phone’s calculator while you shop, so that you can work out what deals are actually worth it.

At the end of each day, the supermarkets will scramble to generate last-minute profits, dropping the prices of products with shorter shelf-lives, so bargain-hunters like you can grab them at discounted prices. It’s not just items nearing their sell-by dates that go in the reduced section, either – damaged packaging also makes the cut, so you could land a tasty bargain.

Uninest Ireland: Giving You the Tips You Need to Get Through Uni

Managing your money as student can be difficult, and you’ll learn that you have to make a few sacrifices to get by. It can take some students the full three years to master the tricks that help you get ahead with your finances, so we thought we’d put together some advice to give you a head start. Take a look at our blog section for more ways to survive as a student.

5 Ways To Find The Perfect Student Accommodation

Lisa Moran lives at New Mill Student Accommodation, Dublin and shares her advice about choosing where to live whilst at college.

1.       Consider the student accommodation on offer when researching your desired university and course

When choosing a potential university and degree, it is equally important to research what student accommodation is on offer too. Most students will live in the accommodation for nearly a year, and for a lot of people, it will be the first time they’re living away from home. Therefore it’s vital that you are in the right location and are in a comfortable setting in which you quickly feel at home.  I loved Dublin due to its great culture and its regular exciting events and activities – for me, it was essential to be within easy access to these and New Mill was the perfect option. I am only four minutes away from my college and a local supermarket and the popular bars and nightclubs are just six minutes away in a taxi. New Mill also has 24-hour staff on hand which really makes you feel safe – the staff are based on site meaning you have someone to speak to straightaway whatever is needed.

2.       Sign up to relevant newsletters and alerts

This is a great way to hear about the latest university news, upcoming events as well as spaces available at local student accommodation buildings.  Once I had decided I wanted to study Commercial Modern Music as part of the Design Institute of Technology, I made sure I was part of their mailing list. This is where I heard about the launch of New Mill and it allowed me to register my interest in becoming a resident a year before the development even opened.

3.       Look beyond the price

Wherever you’re looking for accommodation, there will be various options available at different price points, but you must look beyond the price and get to the bottom of what is and isn’t included.

On the face of it, some residences may appear to be more expensive, but when you factor in the auxiliary benefits of these developments, such as all-inclusive bills, city-centre locations which save on transport costs and access to gyms, for example, they often work out as really good value.  At New Mill, whatever type of room you choose, you sign your own licence, meaning that you aren’t liable for other people’s bills.

These all-inclusive residences also reduce stress as you know exactly what you need to pay each term, so you can focus on settling in, meeting new friends and studying. The condition and quality of your accommodation can have a huge impact on your overall university experience, so it’s imperative you choose what’s right for you.

4.       Be organised

There is a lot to think about when applying for university and it is really important to remain organised. Proactively reach out to student accommodation developments to register interest; there are plenty of students also looking for places to live so if you want to guarantee your spot, it’s important you get in there first.  Dublin is known for its limited supply of student accommodation so I made sure I applied in advance to secure my first choice residence.

5.       Don’t underestimate the importance of social activities

Look for accommodation that offers a busy social calendar and make the most of the resources they provide. Meeting new people and making friends can be really daunting when you move to a new city and are taken away from your home comforts, but attending events hosted by your student accommodation is a great way of breaking the ice with new people. Most student residences will place flyers around your building highlighting up-coming nights out or social clubs, so make an effort to attend as many of these as possible to meet new and different people.

5 Ways to Socialise on a Student Budget

It’s the time to meet new people and socialise with students from all across the world, but, wait a minute – how do you do this on a tight student budget? Here’s how…

1. Nights In

Nothing beats a night in every now and then, and no-one’s saying it has to be a quiet one. Get the board games and the cards out, pop a movie on, play some music – do whatever you feel like.

The best thing about a night in? You get to invite who you want to spend time with, plus you’re saving pennies by staying home. It’s the perfect time to catch up, because we all know how busy it is juggling lectures, exams, and part-time jobs.

It’s a great way to socialise with other students in your building. Fill bowls up with popcorn (are you sweet or salty?) and have a cosy, chilled night at home.

2. Take a Stroll

If you’re feeling a little rough from the night(s) before, going for a fresh walk outside is exactly what the hangover-headache ordered. You’re lucky too because you’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Dublin.

Now, we’re all about saving money and sticking to a budget, so, forget about all the paid walking tours of Dublin, you’re going to create your own one. Here’s an example of a street-art tour you can take in your own time. You don’t have to buy a ticket, you don’t have to listen to a tour guide, and you can go at your own leisurely pace. It’s a perfect way to get to know the streets of the city you’re in, and to socialise on a budget.

Street-Art Tour:

●       Start off at the Temple Bar, where you’ll be met by Conor Harrington’s outdoor masterpiece: Black Herds of the Rain.

●       Take a 3-minute walk to the Button Factory venue to see long-established street artist Maser and his piece BP Fallon.

●       13-minute walk to Francis Street to get an Instagram-worthy shot of American artist El Mac’s street art.

●       Make your way to the Bernard Shaw – a 19-minute walk from Francis Street – where Maser has collaborated with Australian artist Fintan McGee.

●       Last stop is a 15-minute walk to Merrion Row to get your second look at Conor Harrington’s work.

It’s not just street art that Dublin has to offer. Grab your mates and get stuck into Dublin’s history and foodie scene. Your strolls through the city don’t have to break the bank, and it’s a great way to socialise with friends and meet new and like-minded people. Dublin has a lot more to offer than a pint of Guinness.

3. Deals

There’s no better way to stay on a budget than to hunt down all the student deals. And guess what? Dublin is full of them. Whether you’re after a few drinks, a feast, or to catch a movie, then pay close attention because we’ve got you covered.

Drinks:

●       Howl at the Moon offers €2.50 drinks every Wednesday.

●       Capitol Bar offers 2-for-1 cocktails on Tuesdays.

●       Dicey’s Garden offers €2 pints on Sundays and Mondays.

Food:

●       Apache Pizza gives you a small pizza with two toppings, chips, and a drink for €5, Monday to Thursday.

●       Mexico to Rome gives you a starter, a main, and a glass of house wine or soft drink for €9.95.

●       Captain America’s gives you 2-for-1 on main courses from Monday to Wednesday.

If you like watching things on the big screen then you can do some movie-socialising at The IFI, where Student Monday gives you 2-for-1 tickets. Can’t say no to that, can you?

4. Let’s Get Cultural

We all know Dublin is renowned for its nightlife, but it’s time to get cultural. Visiting museums and galleries is a great way to socialise on a budget, and, best of all, you get to discover Dublin and explore its rich cultural scene.

It’s not all about the Guinness Factory. Gain free entry to the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Botanic Gardens, and various other sites to keep socialising with your friends without breaking the bank.

5. Celebrate Dublin

A city full of charm, charisma, and most importantly: Guinness. It’s time to embrace Dublin and celebrate the city as a whole. Talk to the locals, hang out in the beautiful gardens, and acknowledge the ways you can meet people from all over the world in Ireland’s capital.

If you’re struggling for places to go (we don’t know how), here are Dublin’s top student places to begin your adventure.

Now, grab your phone and pick your favourite Instagram filter, because we can’t wait to see your Dublin socialising stories. Show us on Facebook or tweet us @UninestIreland.

 

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.

2. Sleeping Beauty

We bet you can count the number of hours sleep you’ve had on one hand… Are we right? If so, then get back to bed! Quick, before those early lectures start, it’s time to catch up on your shut-eye. A good night’s (or day’s) sleep is a cure for all things hungover. Although, try not to dream about those embarrassing antics you got up to in the Student’s Union the other night.

What better excuse than to lay in bed all day with your new soulmate Netflix? Give yourself some well-earned rest and your freshers’ flu will soon be over.

3. Just Keep Eating, Just Keep Eating

Right, enough of the end-of-the-night kebabs and pizzas, it’s time to get back on the good food kick. Starting to eat a little healthier will help you feel better. And we’re not just saying it, it’s proven: vitamin C helps to protect your cells and keep you healthy. Vitamin C can be found in your fruits and vegetables, so get those sprouts at the ready (too early for Christmas jokes?).

Along with your happy helping of greens, don’t forget to stay hydrated too. And no, not with more alcohol – with water. Water will help to get rid of any of those leftover freshers’ germs you’ve picked up.

4. Did Someone Say House Party?

We know you don’t want to miss out on any freshers’ activities, so how about having a freshers’ night in? It doesn’t have to be a Scrabble night (unless that’s your thing); throwing a house party or attending one will help to fasten the freshers’ flu cure.

How will it help? Well, for one, you won’t have to do the freezing-cold walk between the club and the takeaway. You won’t have to be squashed into sweaty clubs, where you can feel the freshers’ germs building up as you throw your next move. Plus, staying in will help you save a little pocket money for those extra beers at the end of the week.

Flat or house parties are also a great way to integrate with your fellow freshers, but, be careful not to invite the already freshers’-flu-contaminated ones – it’s too late for them.

5. Keep It Clean Guys

No-one likes the idea of having to clean, especially if it’s your student halls, but if you really want to survive freshers’ flu then you’ll need to do just that. Keeping your room and social spaces clean and getting rid of germs lingering about will give you a lovely, clean space to do nothing but chill out in.

You see those stacked up takeaway boxes and the empty glass bottles on the windowsill? Yeah, throw them out. It’s not a competition of how high your bin can get before someone takes it out, because it will be you that has to take it out anyway.

Nothing seems worse than leaving your cosy safe haven of your bed, right? But, if you want to be rid of all things freshers’ flu then we suggest to get up and get out. Go for a walk (even a run if you can stomach it) and get some fresh air. Being outside will help increase your vitamin D levels and you’ll definitely feel more refreshed than lounging around smelling of last night’s takeaway mixed with alcohol (eww!).

There you have it: the five ways to survive freshers’ flu. Remember, these tips come in handy for all those other college nights out too. Let us know if you think of any other freshers’ flu hacks on Facebook or on Twitter @UninestIreland.

10 Questions About Living in Shared Accommodation

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Moving into shared accommodation at college is a big step. First time living away from parents? It’s an exciting time and you have a lot to look forward to in the year ahead! However, with any new adventure comes the fear of the unknown.

To put your mind at ease, we’ve answered 10 questions you might have about living in shared accommodation.

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A Student’s Guide to Combating Homesickness

Moving away to university is a huge life event. For many of us, it’s the first proper step in our journey to adulthood. University is where we get to enjoy our independence, learn to become self-reliant, and all of that other grown-up stuff.

As glorious as student life becomes, it can be quite a shock to the system initially – even if you’re fairly independent to begin with (or you thought you were!).

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New Mill Show Flat Launch

Uninest Student Residences began our journey in 2014. We strive to provide the best living experience for students in Dublin, offering stylish, secure and sociable student living. This week, we were delighted to welcome faces from some of Dublin’s most prestigious educational institutions, along with valued friends and partners, to the launch of Dublin’s newest Student Accommodation, New Mill.

Hosted at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, just round the corner from where New Mill is currently being built, with speeches from Tim Mitchell CEO of Uninest Student Residences, and Aaron Bailey Head of Construction in Europe, a great night was had by all.

While Ireland maintains its reputation for having some of the best academic institutions globally there will continue to be high demand for well-maintained purpose-built student accommodation from both home and international students. – Tim Mitchell

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Must-Visit Places for Students in Dublin

Your first few weeks in Dublin will probably be spent in the more touristy areas. Having a pint in a Temple Bar pub and hitting the shops on Grafton Street are pretty much ‘rites of passage’ for all students who are new to the city. Once you’ve settled in, though, it’s time to try out different parts of the city and figure out which ones you like best, because making the most of your free time away from studying is hugely important.

So here are a few suggestions from us, just to get you started…

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