06 September 2012 03:44 PM

The Survival Guide to Freshers Week: Practical and not-so-practical tips

Ah, Fresher's Week...if we could sum it up in two words they would be 'chatting' and 'queues'. You will spend the entire week non-stop gabbing away to all your new housemates, coursemates, randoms you pick up on nights out, and people waiting to register for their student cards. Which brings us neatly onto queues - you will queue for the aforementioned student card, NUS card, medical registration, library registration, etc. Not the most fun in the world when you've got a crashing hangover from one Sambuca too many the night before, but it's actually not a bad way to meet new people, which is the main point of Fresher's Week. After all, you'll be doing too much of this in subsequent uni years, so have fun and socialise while you can!

Practical stuff:

- Before you even think about cracking open that bottle of Malibu, make sure you register for the essential things that will keep you alive - doctor, dentist, student discount card, passport photos, library card, internet passwords, TV license, council tax exemption certificate.

- Store some local taxi numbers and the postcode of your halls of residence in your phone to avoid getting lost - nothing worse than realising you're stuck in a strange town at 3am!

- It goes without saying, really, but don't do anything stupid. 'Stupid' covers walking home alone at night, unprotected fumblings, accepting drinks from strangers, and anything else that would reasonably warrant a slap round the head from your mum.

Now, down to business:


- DON'T sit in your room and feel homesick. Contrary to popular belief, Freshers' Week isn't all about drinking - it's also about meeting people. Even if you're not the loud partying type, make sure you get out there and at least chat to your fellow quiet types - it's likely they'll be thrilled that someone has broken the ice, so don't be scared to strike up conversations. Feeling too shy to know where to begin? This video has some great tips for the nervous...

- Make sure you join at least one society. Societies can be a great way to meet like-minded nerds people with similar interests, so dive in. But don't spend crazy amounts of cash on signing up in your first week - many societies will let you come along to a few meetings first to get a taste for the action.

- Be open minded. One of the best things about university is the chance to make friends with people who are absolutely nothing like you in tastes, background, education or nationality. Don't automatically assume that you won't get on with the loud blonde girl with the double-barrelled name, the Morrissey lookalike with the hipster specs or the shy Japanese engineering student. Some of the greatest university friendships come from the most unlikely places, so expand your mind and give everyone a chance!

- Bring something to share with your new housemates on the first day. Everyone brings cakes or biscuits, so try something a bit off the wall - how about a football, party poppers, bubbles or a frisbee? It doesn't really matter what you go for - the point is to break the ice.

- Make sure you eat something involving fruit or vegetables to stave off the dreaded Fresher's Flu. At least once during the week.

- Make sure you register for all your classes on time - you don't want to start week two and be met with blank looks from your lecturers! 

- Most importantly, have fun!

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03 September 2012 09:50 AM

Behind the scenes...

It's been a busy few weeks at CareerPlayer Towers. Our Sales Team visited possibly the best office reception in the world at Volkswagen - sadly they didn't throw in a free VW campervan!

And no, we don't know why Tom looks so shifty either...maybe he was planning to drive off in one?



We also went to film on location at the Chartered Insurance Institute - think Hogwarts but a teensy bit posher. They had a throne, Ladies and Gentlemen. A THRONE.

Which Rob enjoyed perhaps a little too much. He is one cat away from being a Bond villan...

 


23 April 2012 10:04 AM

Women in Engineering - we made a documentary!

And we're very proud of it. We even got to go to the House of Lords for International Womens' Day because of it - how cool are we?

We were pretty horrified to discover that just 7% of engineers in the UK are women, so we decided to do something about this (we're practical like that). We made a film that showcases influential women in the world of engineering, telling us why they love their jobs and why engineering is a great industry to work in, regardless of gender.

We made two edits of the film - the first is aimed at schoolkids so it's a bit more general - and here they are:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQzPfib7YyA 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgjaWq0d7I8 

We're so chuffed with these - we'd love you to reblog/retweet/tumblr/facebook them, etc - especially if you're a) a woman, b) a nerd and c) think that the next generation of girls and women need to know just how awesome it is to work in science and engineering.


15 November 2011 01:30 PM

Graduate Engineers and a SuperSonic Car!

At CP towers, we're working on a huge amount of new content for the website and our clients. One of the most exciting projects brought us in contact with the Bloodhound project. For those that have never heard of it, this is the British attempt to smash the world land speed record. It's an immense project but what makes it so special is that the primary aim is to inspire a generation of kids with what can be achieved with science and technology. Breaking the speed record is secondary.

Below is a snippet of a video we're producing that features some of the brains behind the project. We can safely confirm that it is the coolest car we've ever laid our eyes on. The top gear cool wall isn't nearly wide enough to plot this little beauty.


30 March 2010 04:12 PM

The Cutting Room Floor...

Well. We're nearly there. Several hundred new career advice videos are being uploaded to the mothership as we speak and we're pretty damn excited. The gutting thing is, we have enormous amounts of footage that didn't quite make the edits. Sometimes it's not quite on topic, sometimes we're just trying to keep the legth of the videos down and something has to give. But what to do with it all? We very nearly set-up a stock video library but frankly that's a bit too much of a distraction at the moment. So we thought we'd scoop-up the finest off-cuts and post them here for your viewing pleasure. So here we go...

This is a great clip from Benedict Allen the famous British Exporer and Filmaker. He kindly agreed to take part as a contributor for our video offering graduate careers advice on staying motivated during the job hunt. I mean, who better to give tips on perseverance and keeping the spirits-up than one of our most extreme adventurers. One of the first questions we asked was about the toughest situations he's been in. We got some great stuff for the final edit (which is coming soon)...this clip didn't quite make it but is a captivating, if slightly distresing, story...


24 November 2009 06:49 PM

The Kit Kat Challenge...

It's amazing what happens when you're sat with a drink and 40 Kit Kats. Not so long ago we found ourselves in just that position with the excellent people from RateMyPlacement (RMP) and Nestle. And very quickly the Kit Kat Challenge was born. Think Jenga. But with Kit Kats. And a proper prize for winning rather than just the admiration of your mates.

Before long it went nationwide with students up and down the country fiercely competing for a place in the final. To see what it's all about and to get some top tips for the ultimate Kit Kat tower we headed to the Loughborough career fair...

 
Pretty awesome work by Nestle and RMP to bring it all together. Beats your average career fair stand and makes a welcome change from wandering around collecting pens for your stationary cabinet!
 
Keep your eyes peeled for the challenge coming to a campus near you. And don't forget our top tips for making the most of Career Fairs.

27 October 2009 08:45 AM

Donate Yourself To Charity...

Want to work in the Third Sector?

Need some hands on Work Experience?

Feel Passionately about a cause?

Then the World of Difference scheme from the Vodafone Foundation is definitely worth a look. They're offering 500 paid placements for people to work at a charity of their choice. It's a great way to help benefit others with your knowledge and time but also a fantastic opportunity to help develop real world skills that could boost the CV and help in your job hunt. Especially if you're interested in the Third Sector - bring on the networking.

To apply you need to complete an online application form at vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference by the 3rd of November 2009. Successful applicants also get a new mobile phone with pre-paid credit which is a pretty handy bonus.

For more information visit the World of Difference website.

Check out their Charity Match tool.

Or take a look at the lucky winners below who scooped the 12 Month International placements.


01 October 2009 06:07 PM

Renault F1 Technical Lead Pat Symonds Talks to CareerPlayer

We're never quite sure what to do with the amazing graduate career videos we shoot which become rather abruptly historic! Last year Lehman's dissapeared after we filmed with them and this year Renault F1 has gone through quite an upheaval shortly after we filmed Pat Symonds. I hope there's not a trend here...

Given all of the content is still relevant (and probably more entertaining in retrospect), we've decided that the blog is the natural home for our cutting room floor. So here' a short exerpt from Pat Symonds the 'ex' technical lead of Renaul F1 who gave us some insights into graduate jobs in engineering and motorsport.


26 June 2009 12:40 PM

CareerPlayer loves...

Thinking of going to university or fancy a bit of postgraduate study?

Then you're going to love a new site called UnionView. They've done for universities what we're doing for graduate jobs and careers - building a library of engaging, impartial and honest videos which knock the socks off traditional static brochures or written profiles.

You can jump through different sections of video for each uni making it really interactive and you'll be hard pushed to find an institution that hasn't been covered. 

Check them out here

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