The University Guide – Part 1 | 13 Things to Remember

October 21, 2015

In this mini series I’m going to talk about the things you can’t forget when you go to Uni. These are extremely important things to remember to take with you when you go to Uni.

1.) Work equipment – Although its boring, you are actually at University to get a degree (believe it or not). And as a result your priority should be to be prepared when it comes to work equipment such as laptops, notepads, pens, software, Microsoft office, memory sticks ETC. Also if you need bigger racking or shelving you can just pick it up from sites like: it’s not tailored to students but its heavy duty so you won’t break it!

2.) Cooking Utensils – Take cooking utensils with you, these are expensive, don’t waste money buying your own.

3.) Money – Don’t spend all your money in the first week of Uni, but also take as much as you can, for many people its the first time away from home and you will find things get a lot more expensive when family isn’t around. Take as much as you can afford to lose.

4.) Alcohol – Even if you don’t drink sharing alcohol with your flatmates is a great way to break the ice and get to know people better. Its also a lot easier to talk to strangers when your a bit tipsy!

5.) Clothes horse – Most places will either not have, or charge you for the use of a dryer, I know I had to buy a clothes horse about 5 weeks in, get one on day 1 and save yourself the hassle. And while your at it don’t forget a laundry basket, keep your room clean and tidy for as long as you can!

6.) Condoms – Boys or girls always carry a couple of these on you, and when the opportunity arises use them wisely.

7.) Lamp(s) – Just get one and thank me later.

8.) Any pills, patches or medication you take to get you either through the day or on difficult days (some people like the new concerntration drug, others will be okay with caffeine, some go as far as something a bit stronger…. But remember please check your Universities drug policy. Here and here are some good ones if your Spanish.

9.) Toilet roll – This stuff is expensive, get a 24 pack and store it somewhere (under the bed). You never know when you might need it for any activity in a University life.

10.) Passport photo – For the railcard which is something else you should be getting. But also you might need one for your NUS card, student ID card and many more things, so just get 4 and keep them in your room ready. On this, also remember to take photos you love, family, friends S.O. anything that will make you happy.

10.5) A job – I forgot to add this one before but I’m going to add it now. Get a part time job if possible. I worked for ghost marketing when I was at Uni and it allowed me to buy stuff I needed throughout my Uni term time without worrying about money.

11.) Shower – Shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, you can never have enough of these, they don’t go off and if you time it right you can get some for birthday and Christmas and never have to buy any in term time! Result!

12.) Toastie maker – Probably the most important on this list, if you don’t have one of these or never had one, just buy one. I personally didn’t have one for 18 years, and then the next 3 years were spent purely making toasties. 4am, 9am, 9pm, 4pm anytime is a good time for one!

13.) Yourself – Don’t be late or never around, there is nothing worse than a flatmate who doesn’t talk to anyone. Even if you think your a bit weird or socially awkward, everyone is in the same boat! It’s no use trying to be a recluse for 3/4/5 years, just get to know people, if you don’t like them, just be nice and find someone else to spend time with.

Good luck!

After University Segment: Writing a Resume

October 18, 2015

When you come out of University there are 3 things that you can do:

  1. Start a Business
  2. Get a Job
  3. Go Travelling

And I mean there is also a 4th which I just refer to as procrastination.

The best thing you can do in my opinion is to sharpen your resume and get out there, find a good position and BOOM a great grad job that could set you on the path to financial greatness. Doing this is obviously difficult, but you can learn or pay for a perfect resume. The best article I’ve read on this subject is the resume tips one by a very well written guide to resume writing.

But if you are more of a do it yourself person then you can remember these resume writing basics:

Basics to Resume Writing:

  1. Keep it simple student – KISS you must have been taught this in school millions of times and it works when you are out of University too. CEOs/MDs and hiring managers don’t have time to read through all of your 9,000 different interests and they also don’t care (despite what some University career offices keep saying) about what you did 5 years ago and your imaginary positions of responsibilities. These people are in these positions because they worked hard and now have a real position of responsibility! You being a hallway monitor when you were 14 really doesn’t matter in the big bad world! Sorry!
  2. Don’t Be Generic – I went to the Brisbane Uni and my career offices were always always talking about how to be generic, do this, lay it out like this? Eventually (luckily) I started ignoring these people and began to use my brain and find opportunities to “bump” into these people. Oh hi aren’t you “Dan Jones” from “XYZ Company” yeah I am, what can I do for you… Blah blah, big fan of…. And you have a conversation. Also mention casually that you’d like to see what they are all about and work from there. This is like sales for beginners, do you ever make a sale by picking up the phone and saying “Buy this!” or is it better to make an impact on someone and grow it from there.
  3. Be creative – One of the best resume / digital resume campaigns I ever saw was the individual who brought a billboard, and on it, he said: “This is my last $500, hire me” it also had some other information on of course but it was epic and any advertising / Marketing agency looking for a intern called him. I’m 90% sure he was hired by a very successful company on £40,000+ starting. Not a bad wage for a $500 investment.



January 14, 2015

I’m currently in the process of creating an Inter campus integrator for the websites that link to this page, as I know its important to have this created. Until that time I’m going to put up some useful links that you might like to check out.

Links that used to be on this page are here and here. But now you can find all our new posts on the homepage. Or check out the popular posts: University Guide.