A three-part blog post! (Don’t worry, its not THAT long!)
1. On Wednesday we had the second part of the Historical Studies Careers Boot Camp, giving us practical advice on promoting ourselves to the best of our abilities in a simulated application game. Using the STAR system (See Below), we had to apply to a fake company, the UK Heritage Trust (Think National Trust + English Heritage and you won’t be far off!!). Needless to say, our team came last (fourth) in our workgroup as we misread the task and produced a presentation sheet of A3 as if we would be presenting, rather than a readable paragraph-answer. Key Life Lesson: Always read the question!!!
Surprisingly, everyone got through to the interview stage, so in the New Year we’ll be having a formal interview and group exercises! And of course, I’ll fill you in on whether I get the “job” next year!
The STAR system was new to me, but should be quite useful for future applications when answering competency-based questions:
S – Situation – where were you? Who were you with? When?
T – Task – What did you have to do?
A – Action – What did You do? (As opposed to the team)
R – Result – What did you achieve?
(E) – Evaluate – How would you improve next time?
2. I journeyed home yesterday, strange to see more snow the further South I travelled… With my room now a pile of dissertation books, clothes and Christmas presents, its great to be home! On Tuesday I journey again to see my girlfriend who’s just finished her French semester at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France. Its been 7 weeks since I last saw her, so I’m really excited!! And next year I get sunny visits to Murcia, Spain, where she’s being a teaching assistant at a local secondary school. If you’re interested in studying abroad whilst at University, why not consider an ERASMUS Year?
3. A great end to the academic year, I got 73 on my Joan of Arc essay!! Super happy, and the pressure is slightly off for my January exam as I have a high average mark in that module so far – only need 67% in the exam for a First Class module overall! See Sarah’s recent blog for a basic explanation of grades.
I also finished my final essay of the semester for my Special Subject yesterday – “Explain the Fall of The Templars” – and again, I’ll update you when I hear. Its going in by post tomorrow so I’m not sure when (if?) they’ll get it!
It just leaves me to say “Merry Christmas!”, and have a great holiday!