Reminiscent

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I sit here on a dull Tuesday morning at my desk thinking back on my time I’ve spent within the company I’ve been working for.

For those who do not know I’ll briefly explain what I’ve been up to. As a second year Architectural Technology University student I found myself a year out work placement within a local Architecture practice. I have, to this date been working here for 9 months and obviously that means I only have 3 months left. It’s been enjoyable, but quite tough I can’t lie.

One of my University tutors visits me twice over my time working here, she has already been once and is yet to visit again. Unfortunately I have to do a presentation and a few other things upon her arrival in a few weeks…yay…

So yesterday I began setting up and writing my power point so I’m well ahead of schedule. Even though I’m not quite at the end of my year, I can almost feel the finish line and this presentation has really made me reflect on my experience. If you are a student who has the opportunity to take a year out, I would highly recommend that you put your all into trying to secure one. Not only does it build you as a person, but at this stage in your life people really want to help you get your foot in the door and we all need to take advantage of that.

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A lot of young people don’t realise that by starting things early and making yourself stand out in any way possible will benefit them hugely in the long run. I’m thankful to myself for putting my all into everything I do and I feel like I’ve set myself up well for the future. Without this placement I wouldn’t have realised what my true ambition is, let alone understand how to achieve it.

The main aim of my blog when I first started it back in January was to inspire, motivate and discuss my 5 year plan. I can look back on everything I have done so far (I know it hasn’t been that long) and put into perspective everything I’ve learnt and continue to learn. I speak about reflection quite a lot in my motivational posts because it is the one thing that spurs me on to better myself. Looking back at my mistakes, my weaknesses and my journey allows me to grow.

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I see how my parents feel when they regret not being able to do certain things and I cannot express how much I want to prove myself to them and show them that anyone, even a normal student like me can achieve their own success. That doesn’t mean I’ll be doing it on my own because everyone needs their support system, but my independence means the world to me…and it should to you to.


Moral: It’s never too late to turn things around, take some time to reflect and perspective will shine through!

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Not Everyone’s Perfect!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I apologise to all that care for my absence over the last few days, I have had a lot of busy days at work leaving me with little to no free blogging time.

HOWEVER, I’M BACK B****ES!


So here we go. I wanted to let you all in on something that really affected me before I started my year out work placement last July. For some it may not seem like a huge thing, but for me it was an extremely low point in my journey.


January of last year, whilst I was still at university, I had a few exams coming up which of course I was naturally dreading. Now, I have never been someone who is naturally good at exams and my memory just doesn’t have the capacity to hold a lot of information at one time. I try so so hard to study, revise and prep my work during semesters, never-the-less, I still tend to struggle.

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Anyway…my Construction Law exam was fast approaching and with an average 60% fail rate I was not feeling positive to put it nicely. My head was like a sieve, in one ear and dropping straight through and out the other. I had generally been quite lucky in my course with most of my assignments being coursework based.

My best friend, course mate and I would get together to revise for these exams; trying to give hints, tips and test each other. This helps to a certain extent, but my attention span is one of a gold-fish… I am yet to find the best strategy for revision that suites my brain and learning style...(help is always accepted)!

So…the exam finally came which was followed by the horrible, anxiety filled wait for the results. As soon as I came out of the exam I was not confident what so ever, my answers could’ve been written by a primary school child and achieved the same grade I was expecting.


As results day arrived, to my dismay…I had failed…

GUTTING! If any of you have ever experienced failure in anything you’ll know that sinking, sickening feeling that instantly makes you feel like you have nowhere to turn. I felt as though I had failed myself and my life was over!

A big part of second year at university is that if you wanted to go on a year out work placement you HAD to pass everything by the end of the final semester. I was put in for a retake which was a few months down the line. However, I had to secure a placement with a company before knowing whether or not I had even passed my exam…(Terrifying)

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The only way I could deal with that is to try my hardest to secure a placement, to achieve the best I can in the rest of my assignments and to do all I can in the re-sit when It comes around.


Obviously, as I am now on placement I secured a job with a practice, however, my re-sit was to be after I started working…nightmare to be honest. Luckily, my bosses were very understanding and were completely fine with me taking the day to take said exam.

Anyway, lets fast forward…the day of my results finally came to which I was delighted to see that I had passed with flying colours and could carry on with my year! Some of the best news I’d received all year!


What I’m trying to say is that if you are like me and have to try a lot harder than others to achieve the same outcome then don’t panic. I could not face having to do my second year again and I never want to face this failure again.

How will I make sure I don’t have to put myself through this for the second time?

By putting my all into studying, finding the right method that suites me and making sure I am strict with myself will make all the difference to my work next year. Since working in a real practice I can sit back and take a look at my past and see where changes need to be made. Not only this, but my maturity, knowledge and attitude to work has been moulded and will benefit me greatly in the future.


 

Moral: We all hit bumps in the road and how we deal with getting over those bumps is a reflection of how much you want to succeed. 

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

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Happy Tuesday everyone! (not that there’s anything to be happy about on a Tuesday).

Anyway…today I’ve had another bright idea for my fancy notebook. On my way into work this morning  I was thinking how great it would be to show my kids in the future this notebook and see how much I have achieved between now and then, (hopefully a lot of it).

Why is it so important to write things down? Reflection…simple. If we aren’t able to look back at our goals and see what we need to improve or do to achieve them then how will we succeed? 

For me, my organisation skills were a bit scarce and I quite often would start something and quit half way through (anyone else?). I don’t actually know why, maybe I get bored easily, maybe these ideas weren’t meant to be or maybe I just wasn’t good enough at the time. However, since starting my work placement, I feel like I have acquired new life skills and technical skills within my job which is an achievement in itself. Before this year I hadn’t really thought about achieving anything outside of a 9-5 job. Before this year I had never looked at what my full potential could be if I really put in 100%. Most of all, before this year I have never owned a personal notebook. I treat this notebook like my phone (sad I know), but if I don’t then I’ll revert to my old ways and to me, that is key!

Moral: Always think about the future by thinking about the past.