April 08, 2010

Third year so far…

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjTLvEWxiyU

This has been an interesting year so far where the pace of life inside and outside of study has really picked up. Almost every week so far we've been pushed with deadlines for assignments that I would have hardly understood at the start of the year! But I'm glad to have my abilities stretched. This is particularly true for my third year project, which is now nearing completion. Matthew Broxham and I have taken on the challenge of designing and manufacturing a maglev system entirely from scratch. See the youtube link (related web page) for the finished result! On top of that, I've been taking extra-curricular activities a lot more seriously. I've become president of Jailbreak society and have started taking my sports a lot more seriously (dodgeball and lacrosse).

Now the pressures are coming at me from two separate angles. Firstly, and most importantly, exams are coming up in about 6.5 weeks. As soon as I finish this project report and 2 remaining assignments it's straight onto the revision and non-stop until 2nd June! Secondly, there's the challenge of getting myself some Engineering based work experience this summer. I have applied, literally, to every vacancy that I have been interested or even vaguely interested in for a summer placement. And I've been putting passion and time into each application. I'm not sure whether other people are in the same situation as me, but it seems almost impossible to successfully get an internship unless you have some sort of family/friend contact within an organisation. I have yet to receive a job offer, but I have had 2 telephone interviews (Exxonmobil, npower), one face-to-face technical interview (BP), one assessment centre (National Grid) and about 30 rejections at earlier stages in the recruitment process. The field I am REALLY interested in is the future development of energy, to make it sustainable, and its applications. So far at university I have found plenty of opportunities to learn about this through my course, (which I have taken and will continue to take!) but beyond university there seem to be far fewer opportunities. I know there are many jobs out there, and that it is an expanding job market... but for people like me who are keen to get stuck in and work all summer to get some hands on experience... I can't seem to find a way in! Anyway, that's what is frustrating me at the moment. I've been trying for that over the past two terms and now it's time to focus on the first pressure, and ignore the second. There are always other things to do over summer and / or other ways to make money! My backup plan is to go and play classical guitar in classy restaurants... if I do that enough I'm bound to eventually climb out of my student overdraft, which is approaching -£2500!


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