I’m Still Alive!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


If you have been following me since the beginning you would have possibly noticed I haven’t been as active as I was recently. Nothing bad has been going on I’ve just been extremely busy balancing my university deadlines whilst working on placement.

You see, It’s not enough that the uni want us to take a year out working, but we also have to complete a multitude of assignments to prove we have successfully complete it. I’m going to write a quick list of everything I’ve had to include in this just so you can understand my pain:

  • Pre-placement CV
  • Post-placement CV
  • Post and pre placement CV review
  • Weekly logs since the start of my year out (45 so far)
  • 1 weekly log in the form of a video
  • 3000 work placement report
  • 15 minute presentation about placement
  • Performance matrix’s from both myself and my supervisor (2 each)
  • Induction checklists
  • Record of formal training

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So…as you can see I have had a lot of things to be getting on with the past few weeks so I’ve not had the time to write many/any blog posts. After my submission which will hopefully be next week, I can get back into writing. I can’t wait to be free of this year guys, I have lots of things to talk about in the coming weeks (very exciting), keep watching this space!

 

Bank Holiday Blues!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

I’m back, after a lovely 5 day break off work! How do I feel….tired, very very tired. It’s always a fun-filled, non-stop time when I visit my boyfriends family. As he is the oldest  of 6 there’s plenty of hyper-active youngsters buzzing to be around a new face (me). Babysitter/girlfriend/entertainer is my full title.

How do I cope with going back into work after time off?

This is something that many people struggle with, that is coming back to work after getting a little bit used to doing your own thing and relaxing. If you have ever had an extended period of time off and then have to return it’s like jumping from being a child to being in full-time work with a house and kids to look after (not that I know what that’s like, but I can imagine). 

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Taking it easy is easier said than done, but remember, if you’re working for someone you don’t have to jump straight back in to a heap load of pressure. It is your boss’ duty to maintain the welfare of the employees within their business and if that means that you aren’t quite ready for such a big work load then you take your time and do it at your own pace.

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Getting back into a routine if you have fallen out of the early starts is a tough one. I tend to maintain setting an earlier alarm to keep my body used to waking up at a particular time. There’s nothing worse that going into work on a few hours of sleep…arguably worse than a hangover! If you can sacrifice your lye ins or even bring them forward slightly, you’ll benefit from it when it comes to returning back to work.

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I have previously mentioned about planning ahead to make sure that you have plenty to look forward to and avoid burning out. So, I have a big calendar up on my wall next to my desk with all the day’s holiday I have booked off. By visually seeing how much longer I have left and when my next day off is, even if I’m not doing anything special I am able to give myself something to look forward to.


Remember to help yourself in any way you can to avoid burning out at work due to stress. It is so common to feel over worked and tired simply because you haven’t taken a day off. It’s the little things that help you get through, even if you don’t realise it. 

Plan Ahead

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday. We’ve nearly made it another week and can almost cross off another day with that red pen above our calendar. Related image


Now, I don’t know about you, but I always like to have something to look forward to so I have a little goal between my working weeks keeping me sane. Whether that be small or big, it really helps me get through the days.

What kind of goals do I look forward to?

  1. My boyfriend coming down to visit me: 

Every two weeks, my boyfriend who lives over 100 miles away gets on a train and starts his 4 hour journey over to my house. I do sometimes feel bad that he does it more than I do, but I would probably have a breakdown if I attempted to drive over there more than once a month (I get tired easily).

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This may seem like a small thing to look forward to, but when you jump into working full-time and hardly being able to see each other, it becomes something of a luxury. Since being at university together where you’re only down the road, we realise how long distance is definitely not the way forward for us.

  2. Holiday days off work:

We are all entitled to a certain number of days holiday when employed. For me I started with 25 to use however I want across my year working. As it stands, I have 10 left, which is actually pretty good. My aim was to save as many as I could without having a break down so that I can have a big blow out towards the end of my term.

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It’s around now that I have started to plan some more days off and making the most of my time. Having these to look forward to makes a huge difference to me. Not having to wake up to my alarm, not having to make the same commute in I do most days of the week and most of all, not having to sit at my desk ruining my eyes in front of a computer screen…bliss.

 3. Returning to University:

This is one of the bigger goals I very much look forward to. I’ve mentioned before how I can’t wait to get back into the lifestyle of an independent student, but I really CANNOT WAIT! If you’ve attended University at any point in your life, you will understand how it feels to be plunged into your own little world and be responsible for everything you do. That may sound scary, but I very much enjoy it.

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Living with your friends, being around thousands of other people your own age, seeing something or someone new every day…at no other point in your life do you experience anything like this. With my end of work placement looming I will be able to relax for a month or so before actually returning which in itself will be amazing.


I have some bigger life goals I am working towards, but for me, right now, the short-term things are what I’m focusing on. Keeping a level-head and not over boiling my mind is so important. Being on top of my work recently has given me an extra boost and I think to myself ‘I can do it’, despite previously thinking that I really couldn’t.


If you feel like your plate is about to over spill then have a think about how you can line up some of your own goals to keep yourself going….it really helps!