anonymous asked:

Because of my health (anxiety + heart issues), I have to redo my second semester, which means next year, until december I have "nothing", and then until May, I'm back at Uni, even if I already have all the material. I will try to get an interneshipfor the first part of the year, but would you have any advice ? I've never spent so much time "away" from school/Uni, and I don't want to become lazy, or fee lost when I'm back... And how could I use this time best ? Thank you very much !

I think that you’re already doig it. Something like an internship, apprenticeship, or voluntary work will enhance your CV and help you develop important skills in your time away from uni. I think the only advice I would offer would be to try and get some work which is relevant to your course so that you can use it in the future.

anonymous asked:

hi! i want to get into the music business/music management but i don't really know how to? like what courses at university should i do/ did you do. i've been to careers councilors and they all say its so hard to get into and i have no hope because its "especially hard for females to break it/make it big" :(. do you have any tips/ do you mind letting me know what you did/do? (if you want i can message you off anon) Thankyou ! xx (essentially i wanna be like azoff ahah)

I wanna be like Azoff too! Let’s Azoff together and one day we shall rule the industry :) But first, where to start..

Firstly, I myself am very new to this business! I am a management assistant (very much bottom of the pile) at a very established producer management company. (I must say I was super super lucky to get this as my first position in the industry, I don’t really know how I managed it but somehow I am doing it so I’m not complaining!).

Personally I didn’t study anything related to music. I actually went to Oxford and did Classics (so ironically find myself having to slightly remove myself from my degree because it doesn’t exactly scream music industry!) I then worked in film marketing for a year and that was just kind of a nice job but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do - but I guess it gave me a lot of transferable skills which helped in getting this job. 

In terms of making it - as a woman it is really hard if you want to do management etc. Women tend to be more in PR/marketing and that kind of thing. My boss is a successful female manager but she is one of only a very few. But tbh hearing the kind of stats that exist just makes me more determined to make it and change the stats!

I think the main advice I can give which applies to music but also to any industry really, is experience. In music that really means demonstrating a passion for music. So it’s helpful if you can volunteer at some festivals, or run a music blog, or just have some way of clearly evidencing that you engage actively with current music. (I actually did none of these things - my music related things on my CV were at uni I did a pop radio show, last year I lived in Berlin and did some volunteer stuff for the Music Video Awards there and when I worked in marketing I put on gigs as part of my job - I am about to turn 24 btw so you have a lot of time!)

Also, expect to make no money for quite a while. It’s really shitty but the current climate (at least in the UK) is that graduates are 10 a penny, so some people do 4 or 5 unpaid or poorly paid internships before getting the dream job. But there are perks of course (See my next post for today’s perk…) 

Be pro-active in asking for work experience from companies, anything music related, local record label, local gig venue, anything. Don’t be put off by a lack of response. It doesn’t mean you are not good enough, it just means nobody got around to replying and they didn’t have any space for a work experience person. But stick at it and somebody will. Phone up first. Even if they just say to send them an email at least they will take note of your email when it arrives in their inbox. Trust me on this. Part of my job is responding to the hundreds of artists/producers who get in touch wanting representation and to work with clients and I just don’t physically have time to answer them all but I NEVER ignore an email from a person I have spoken to first on the phone. 

In terms of studying at uni, do a degree that you believe in and will enjoy and excel at. Don’t worry massively that it is exactly the right course for music because a lot of people in the industry seem to turn their noses up at a lot of the music courses out there because they are considered a waste of time compared to actual industry experience. *Not saying that’s my opinion btw just that is how people in the industry talk.* And only go to uni if you really want to go for the experience in itself. Uni is so much more than just the job at the other end of it, you learn so much about yourself and you grow up a lot. But it also isn’t for everyone and there is zero point going to uni to study music management if your only motivation is to be a music manager. Because if that’s the case, save yourself the money and get 3 years ahead of the game and build experience. 

Final tip. DON’T LISTEN TO CAREERS COUNCILORS. I mean no offence to them, but what do they know about any career except being a careers councilor?! Absolutely don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. If you are passionate and dedicated and have your goal in mind you can 100% achieve it. No doubt about it. The fact that you already know what you want to do is amazing! I didn’t even figure out that I even wanted to work in music until I was 22. Seriously, I feel so strongly about this, I hope you can feel it through the screen WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU YOU CAN’T ACHIEVE SOMETHING IT’S A REFLECTION OF THEMSELVES NOT OF YOU! Stay away from negative councilors. Get on the phone to some music related things in your local area and don’t give up. 

One girl, we gonna rule the music world. And we’ll bloody get it right!

Tips And Time Savers To Start The Day Right

Those precious first minutes, often called the most important of the day, have the power to set the tone for the ensuing twelve hours—for better or for worse. Here’s how to be better at what comes after you pry open those eyes:

1) Keep everything–keys, wallet, phone, purse–in the same place each day.

2) Prep your clothes the night before.

3) Try removing your phone from your bedroom altogether.

4) Disable your “snooze” function.

5) Keep breakfast simple, and portable.

6) Keep yourself accountable.

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AmeriCorps Adventures: Estuary Seining on the Elwha

By: Kaylee Moser, AmeriCorps Service Member, Washington State

Photo: Catch of the Day!  Kaylee displays one of her favorite fish species.  The starry flounder.

As an AmeriCorps service member (Washington Service Corps) for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, I recently had the incredible opportunity to visit the Elwha River to help with the immense work being done to study the response of the fish, wildlife and their habitat to the largest dam removal project in the world! 

The Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula was first harnessed for hydroelectric power in the early 1900s with the construction of the Elwha Dam in 1913 and the Glines Canyon Dam in 1927.  Due to the high cost of maintaining these outdated dams, their lower capacity to generate electric power and, most importantly, the fish barrier the dams posed, both were fully removed in 2014.

Historically, the Elwha River saw a return of over 400,000 salmon a year in its waters, making this area critical for both the wildlife and people who depended on salmon to sustain their way of life.  After the construction of the dam (without a fish ladder), salmon return rates dropped to a low of 3,000 fish per year.  Biologists are now monitoring fish populations along the length of the free-flowing Elwha River to study the return rates of these fish.  I was able to assist with this effort when I joined biologists Rebecca Paradis and Matt Beirne from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for estuary seining work at the mouth of the Elwha River:

Photo: Team work!  A multi-agency crew hauls in a sein on the Elwha River estuary.

The goal for our day in the field was to capture and record fish species in the estuary ecosystem.  Seining was our method for capturing the study animals, which involved using a small boat, extending the seine net out and into a U-shape and then pulling it in to trap the fish in the purse net of the seine.  

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Of course this is Vegas and it is the melting pot for all over the world, but people from all over the world know Donny and Marie. It is amazing. I have been in the business a long time to realize careers can be fleeting. Five years is a long career nowadays for some people, and here we are still going strong after 40 years. - Donny Osmond

Seven Things To Do At The Start Of Your Job Search

Here’s a really helpful article we found on the beginning of your job search and wanted to share, check it out.

Seven Things To Do At The Start Of Your Job Search
by Caroline Ceniza-Levine

The Deloitte CFO Signals Survey shows continued optimism among CFOs, forecasting significant growth in earnings and hiring. When CFOs are bullish, my recruiter ears perk up because CFO’s hold the purse strings. Anecdotally, I’ve been getting a lot of calls from my recruiter colleagues about openings, especially recruiting openings. When recruiters need to be hired, that means the company is anticipating increased hiring in the near term.

I’ve written before about the improving job market, and both the Deloitte survey and my current experience support the same conclusion. If you’ve been thinking about a job search or if you got discouraged before and are waiting to jump back in, get your job search started ASAP. Here are seven things to do to in the first week of a job search:

Block time on your calendar

A proactive job search will take several hours per week – 10-20 if you can manage it. These hours won’t magically appear without you protecting your calendar. Job search requires focus, so pick time when you are still fresh. As you get busier in your search, remember that you will need more time and you will need time during normal business hours, so block out extra time now so your colleagues don’t claim it for their own meetings.

Pull together your “example” list

For your resume, online profile, cover letters, interviews, and networking meetings, you will need to outline your value proposition. The best value proposition is backed up with examples. Go year-by-year from undergraduate through today, and itemize the roles you played and projects you worked on. Include volunteer and extra-curricular activities as well. The most recent examples will carry the most weight so don’t panic if you can’t remember the distant past. (You still want to include the past, however, because there may be a unique story to tell about a skill, personal quality or accomplishment that happened to be early in your career!) Your examples might repeat – that’s ok as you’ll pick just the most substantive ones. Some examples may not be that exciting or have tangible results – that’s ok as you only need a handful. You’re looking for the stories that will form the backbone of your networking pitch, your correspondence, and your interview points.

Do a resume data dump

If it’s been a while since you’ve written or updated your resume, then you might have severe writer’s block as you try to remember what you’ve done, including dates, titles and other factoids, as well as write it in resume style. This can be overwhelming and cause you to procrastinate on this very important marketing tool. Instead, write your resume in prose. Or dictate it into a recorder. Or take your example list from above and attach dates to it. These data dumps won’t be a proper resume but they’ll get the facts out there, and then you can edit for aesthetics, wording and format.

Focus on your LinkedIn LNKD +1.67% headline and summary

A comprehensive LinkedIn profile is different than a resume, but initially your LinkedIn can be a simple chronology for education and experience. You can play around with these other sections later. Most importantly, start with your headline and summary. The headline is what appears under your name (mine says “career expert, executive coach, recruiter, author, speaker and comedian). Yours can be your current title if that’s descriptive of your role and scope, or it might be your industry expertise, years of experience, functional expertise, or some combination. The summary is the first box people see, and it primes the reader for everything else that follows. (It may also be the only thing people read before deciding whether to call you in or agree to your networking request!)

Ping three old contacts per day

If you reconnected with three old contacts every day for the duration of your job search, you would have rekindled ties with almost 100 people in your first month alone. Do not limit yourself to contacts that you think are relevant to your search. Reconnect with people from your alma mater, first internships, all the way up to your current affiliations. Reconnect with people from old trade associations, volunteer stints and hobby classes. Just say hello. If you feel like you need a reason, tell them they popped up on your LinkedIn or Facebook suggestions for people you might know. This outreach practices networking overall – you’re not ready to pitch for a job so don’t bother limiting yourself to job-specific contacts. You also clean up your database. Finally, you don’t know who people know. You might find that your rowdy frat buddy is now at a company you would want to research. Reconnect now on a friendly, non-job related basis. Then, if you do need to ask a question later on, you have already reconnected.

Skim business magazines for articles that catch your attention

While you’re working on your marketing and shoring up your personal connections, you also want to be mindful of the external market. The job search is a meeting of the minds between candidate and employer. Who are these employers? What are their concerns (that will prompt them to hire you)? What are the innovations happening in the industry (that will color what hiring managers are looking for)? How do your interests translate into roles that companies will hire for? To get this information you need to know about business. It’s unrealistic to think you will read every business publication cover-to-cover – it will take too long and may actually be a form of avoiding a more active job search. But at least look at the headlines and start getting familiar with what is trending and what you are interested in. For your interests, read deeper and incorporate specialty publications and industry blogs.

Rest and reflect

You will burn out and sour on your job search if you don’t take a break. You also might spin your wheels or go down the wrong path if you don’t stop to reflect on how your actions are contributing. Build in active and engaging breaks each week – a walk in your favorite park, a movie, a yoga class. Don’t spend a lot of money because you want to take breaks repeatedly throughout your search. Troubleshoot your search to ensure you are focusing on the right things and giving attention to all areas. The activities I mention above are internally-focused (your schedule, your marketing) and externally-focused (your network, market research). Aim for a balance of internal and external. If the internal comes more easily, make sure you schedule external activities so you don’t only do one half of a search (like the job seeker who edits their resume over and over without ever sending it out).

Purposefully, I haven’t listed anything about applying for jobs or reaching out to contacts about jobs specifically. In the first week of a search, you’re not ready to pitch for jobs. You don’t want to get called in with a sub-standard resume or no examples to share or no knowledge of the market. That said, I also limited this preparation period to one week (this is a suggestion which is aggressive I admit) to ensure you don’t prepare, plan and analyze for too long before going after actual jobs. If you have more time for your job search (a long severance, a cash cushion), you might take more than one week for this kick-off. But not that much longer – you want to network and interview sooner than later to get real-time feedback on how you’re perceived in the market.

Job Interview Questions You Should Ask

Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget something very important: You are there to ask questions, too. Here are 10 interview questions you could ask:

1) What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?

2) What is the single largest problem facing your staff and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?

3) What have you enjoyed most about working here?

4) Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

5) Do you offer continuing education and professional training?

6) Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

7)  Who previously held this position?

8)  What is the next step in the process?

You are interviewing the employer just as much as the employer is interviewing you. This is your opportunity to find out if this is an organization where you want to work. Read more.

Becoming a Literary Agent – Part 4: Joining A Literary Agency

This is Part 4 in my series on Becoming a Literary Agent (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3). Today I’m discussing everything that goes along with starting to work for an actual literary agency. How do you get started at an agency? What qualities should you be looking for in an agency? Do you need to move to NYC to be a literary agent?

I’ve mentioned this before, but I think it’s important to repeat again: literary agents find their way into this career from very different paths. It doesn’t really matter what you went to school for. If you work hard and show that you are dedicated to learning the industry, then you can acquire the skills necessary to start a career as a literary agent. Some agents cross over from different areas of publishing; others receive an M.A. in Publishing before pursuing a career. It varies from person to person.

The very first thing you should be concerned about as you begin this career is starting with a reputable agency. You will need to rely on your boss, and other agents at the agency, to guide you in the right direction every once in awhile. You want to work with people who know what they are doing and follow good business practices. Research companies you are applying for. Don’t take this step lightly. Find an agency that has recent sales, has a professional online presence, and has room for an agent like you (this means that you can bring something new to the team, whether that’s a specific skill or you’re interested in representing categories that the agency doesn’t yet cover).

One of the best things about being a literary agent? You can work remotely if you’d like to. There are some agencies with offices in New York City that will require you to live there and work in-office throughout the week. But there are many more agencies, around the world, that are okay with you working from home. You get to set your own hours! You can live wherever you want to live! You don’t have to pay a billion dollars to survive in NYC! There are many challenges that coming along with working remotely, but you’ll work through them with time.

When you’re a new agent, it’s important to make contacts. You’ll do this in a few ways: introducing yourself to new people (if you’re working remotely, then you’ll schedule emails and phone calls with other publishing professionals); attending conferences and making trips to publishing hubs (the second is important if you’re not in a  major city); and relying on established agents at your agency to share contact information (another reason why finding a reputable agency is so important).

Do you have any questions about starting at an agency as a new literary agent? Leave your questions in the comments section, and I will respond to as many as possible!

Part 5 of this series, when you will find out what literary agents actually do, will be posted in a few weeks!


The 10 Happiest Cities For Young Professionals

Planning to relocate or settle down? When you think about where you’d be happiest, Riverside, Calif., Philadelphia, and Phoenix probably aren’t the first places that come to mind. But as it turns out, these three cities are where some of nation’s most satisfied young professionals live and work.

“They blossomed, they
did not talk about
blossoming. - Dejan Stojanovic
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#literature_quotes #poetry #poetry_quotes #poets #quotes #angel #apple #autumn #clock #colors #eyes #god #journey #mirror #time #prayers #smile #tree #wind #careers #college #education #picoftheday #environment #school #society

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Auditor needed at CitiBank


CitiBank has been doing business in Nigeria since 1984. The bank formerly operated under the name Nigeria International Bank Limited, but was renamed to Citibank Nigeria Limited Citi Nigeria in 2008 to fully align with Citi’s global brand and identity.

Job Title: Auditor


Job Field
Finance, Accounting, Audit

Internal Audit is a global organization of over 1700 professionals covering Citi’s global businesses and service to clients and customers in over 180 countries. Citi’s Internal Audit division provides independent assessments of the company’s governance, risk management and internal control environment for key stakeholders including the Board of Directors, senior management and Citi’s numerous regulators globally. Internal Audit is a change agent within Citi aimed to enhance the control culture of Citigroup worldwide and thereby support senior management decision making around the globe.

Job Purpose
This role participates in the timely delivery of high quality, value added assurance and audit reports for a portfolio of business activities, which meet the requirements of the Boards of Citigroup and Citibank, their affiliates, and of Citi’s respective regulators in Nigeria and globally.
This role will participate in audits of the Treasury and Trade Solutions TTS business, including branch audits and risk-based audits, and audits covering other businesses within Citibank Nigeria which includes FX Local Markets, Custody and Trustee, and Corporate and Investment banking. From time to time it may also be required to participate in audits in other jurisdictions.

Key Responsibilities
As a professional applies solid understanding of internal audit standards, policies, and local regulations to provide timely audit assurance.
Contributes to the development of audit processes improvements.
Applies solid understanding of how internal audit collectively integrates with line management and control functions to accomplish the objectives of the function and overall business.
Performs audits in accordance with Citi Internal Audit methodologies and professional standards, including drafting of audit reports, presenting issues to the business and discussing practical solutions.
Completes assigned audits within budgeted time frames, and budgeted costs.
Monitors the risk environment and assesses the emerging risks through the Business Monitoring process.
Recommends appropriate and pragmatic solutions to risk and control issues.
Applies knowledge of key regulations to influence audit scope.
Develops effective line management relationships to ensure strong understanding of the business.
Pro-actively develops automated routines to help focus audit testing.

Qualifications and Competencies
BS, BA degree or equivalent combination of education/experience.
Effective negotiation skills, a proactive and ‘no surprises’ approach in communicating issues and strength in sustaining independent views.  This individual must be an articulate and effective communicator, both orally and in writing, with an energetic, charismatic and approachable style.
Strong interpersonal skills for interfacing with all levels of internal and external audit and management.
At least 5 years of bank or audit experience in cash management and tradeTTS business and/ or related control functions.
Have a goodn excellent knowledge of cash management and tradeTTS pProducts and processes. In-depth understanding of the relationship between product TTS and support units within a financial institution, impact on the overall control environment and audit approach.
Experience and competence in technology auditing will be an advantage.
Good English language skills both written and spoken
Business travel will be required.


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