Home: Rent Or Buy Which Is Best?

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As I wipe a tear from my eye each month as I watch more than ¾ of my salary fly out the window towards the cost of renting here in London, I ask myself – is it all worth it?!

 

This matchbox size of an apartment, does it really warrant the equivalent cost of a very expensive bottle of Brut annually? I think not. On a salary so low I’ve considered donating a kidney and a neat little portion of the liver to the black market, I have no choice but to rent.

 

I’d love to own my own home there’s just no feasible way I could afford to buy a property outright. And it seems with the way renting is going, savings will quite simply a foreign word for the next decade of my tender life. But before you pack away your violin too quickly, I’ll give you another reason why renting is the bane of my life – the landlord!

 

Yes you thief of the night, if you’re reading this please note that I love the fact that you send your builders round at the crack of dawn to fix blinds I requested fixing months previously. I love how you put the rent up year on year despite the conditions of the flat deteriorating daily! And last but not least, I love how you walked in on me while squatting on the loo and proceeded to tamper with the fire alarm and ask me how my day at work was in the process. Ahhh renting, don’t worry, you’ll never be alone, your landlord is practically your flatmate! Who’s only nice to you when you hand over the remaining entrails of Mr. Piggy.

 

All I can say is – please God, let me win the lottery soon!

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The Erratic Emotional Stages Of The Jobhunt

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Whether you lost your job for screaming at your manager who took the risk and asked you to staple the meeting pack together on one of your ‘fragile’ days, or, you quite simply swanned out the door without slamming it (as I would’ve done). The matter of the fact is, finding that next job can be a challenging experience to say the least, and arguably moreso than what it takes to lose a job. With the fear of financial instability looming over you, but the pull of  pursuing a passion prompting you, there’s no doubt about it, the emotional journey of a jobhunter makes that of a perimenopausal female look quite poised.

Let’s have a quick glance at the stages you have to look forward to, don’t worry, we’ve all been there:

1) Week 1, As proud as punch – high fives all round as you sashay out the door, you my friend have just swerved the possibility of a blue-rinse and dentures while still tap tap tapping on the keys of this shabby office’s keyboard. You beam with pride as you think of the endless and limitless possibilities that lay before you. The world is your b*tch now!

2) Month 1, Curiosity killed the cat – It’s been 4 weeks since the walkout, you spent a week surfing in Marbella, got a grocery shop in and bought some new skirting board for the back bedroom. Perhaps it’s time to have a browse on Indeed.com you pensively ask yourself. Scrolling and scrolling you spontaneously investigate roles you never heard of: injured stunt dolphin rescuer, butter churner, seat warmer. All jobs you turn your nose up at, you, my friend,  have your eyes set on bigger prizes. You know you want to be the next Tom Cruise, you fantasise picking up that academy award, you recite your thank you speech in the mirror daily. Scrolling for office jobs and dog walking opportunities just isn’t cutting the mustard you say.

3) Month 1.5, If your dreams don’t scare you then they aren’t big enough – Being repulsed by the latest searches Google as splurted up and bored of TV repeats, you embark on a bit of work experience to get you that one step closer to being Tom Cruise’s next biggest threat. AA – Actors Anonymous pops up and you attend every Friday. Adding it to your CV alongside the Christmas play you performed in at age 12 and the extra on the cereal commercial last year. Things are looking up.

4) Month 2, Sh*t Sh*t Sh*t where’s all my money gone? – The piggy bank looks rather tempting to crack open at this stage, you look at your bank balance and realise that it will only make do for another month once bills and rent are taken out. What now? Suddenly the butter churner idea seems like a God sent. Back onto the job sites you go only to find the churner role has been snapped up, you lower your standards in desperation and start wildly applying to every job left, right and centre. CEO, Account Executive, Senior Director…….everything under the sun is getting a look in at this stage. Tom Cruise is all but a faded figure in your escaping memory of hopes and ambitions, your rent won’t pay itself you pitifully murmur to yourself.

5) Month 2.5, Bullsh*tter of the year goes to…. – you bag some interviews, none of which are remotely related to acting but necessity brings you right back to the place you didn’t want to be – fearful of your finances. Now it really is time to act, you practice the reasons why you really like the role, why you’re a fan of the company, why the position is a good fit. The question now is……do you proceed with the interview?

Why do we let money rule our lives, why do we let money ruin our lives?

5 Overrated Creative Jobs (Plus Alternatives)

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  1. Travel Writer: picture sipping martini’s on the coast of Mexico, you do the odd bit of typing up here and there but all in all the job is a doss about. Most of your time is spent chatting up the coastguard and asking locals where the best restaurants are. Or do you? Perhaps instead you’re sitting sweaty in a non-air conditioned hotel room, torrential rain outside and you now have to go speak to local farmers on how they grow their Scarlet Queen turnips. Oh Joy.

Salaries: £20,000+

Alternative: Newspaper columnist, comfy office chair and no need to talk about turnips (hopefully).

  1. Chef: This is creative. Don’t tell me it’s not! From food presentation to taste combinations the job seems like a creative haven for the budding food lover. But! Slaving over a hot stove for 10 hours straight, all while getting an earful from the head chef who’s just broken up with his wife (for the second time) all because you blanched the cabbage that millisecond too long.

Alternative: Cookery school teacher, restaurant owner, TV chef.

Salaries: £25,000+

  1. Model: How glamorous, ‘everyone wants to take pictures of me’, you get to sport all the latest gear, set the trends and perhaps even develop an eating disorder in the process. Not to stereotype the industry but this serious issue can’t be brushed under the rug when it comes to modelling. Strenuous work schedules, constantly living out of suitcases all for a 2 hour photo shoot before your whisked off to the next place. Not saying the whole industry is a farce but it certainly has room for improvement.

Salaries: £25,000+

Alternative: Fashion blogger/influencer, Stylist, Fashion Designer, Social Media Influencer.

  1. Animator: No quicker way to go blind than trying to sketch out Ariel for the millionth time. Sure, seeing The Little Mermaid make it to the big screen would be such an achievement if you weren’t squinting behind your bi-focals.

Salaries: £24,000+

Alternative: Caricature artist, (wear better glasses), Gallery artist.

  1. Event Coordinator: You can see it now, ballet dancers break off to the wings to reveal the dazzling host for this year’s major corporate party. Everyone applauds you in the audience for organising the event , it ran so smoothly. Then you wake up from your sweet slumbers and realise you have to phone up 50 doughnut vans before lunchtime for next week’s charity supporting injured stunt dolphins. You then check the diary only to realise you have a meeting in two minutes for Friday’s city parade. You’re spread too thinly and underpaid!

Salaries: 20,000+

Alternative: Wedding planner (stick to one kind of event)!

Note all of these jobs may seem overrated in general but at the end of the day if you have a passion for any job regardless of general critique. Just bloody go for it and be the judge for yourself whether it’s overrated or not.

 

**Please note this article is intended for ERIC Mag, and I will link to the article on their site if/when it becomes live.

 

 

How To Get A Full-Time Job This Summer!

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As I reminisce about the times I slogged over a computer screen instead of sipping on an ice cold drink while sunning myself, I think of how fond I must’ve been of self-torture at the time! Sacrificing the great outdoors for the great world web day after day required discipline and persistence.

No1.  Be persistent – for every hour you aren’t applying for roles is an hour someone else is. And guess what, that someone else WILL get the job! I’m not saying every waking minute of your day needs to be spent job hunting but your chances of getting hired do increase with the more applications you make.

No 2. Network – it’s coming up to summer, more mingling events will be happening around your local town or city. Go to these events, get to know who’s who, this may lead onto internships and work experience which will help land you the full-time job. Or you never know, they may even offer you a full-time job themselves!

No. 3 Work experience – Summer for many industries is their prime money making time, for this reason they will be on the lookout for free labour, it may not be ideal but you can be in with a higher chance of a work placement when the demand for more staff is high. Some examples include nature reserves, coastal and watersports centres, tourist attractions, hotel staff, event promoters.

No 4.Internships – certain companies offer internships and graduate schemes specifically in Summer in order for soon-to-be graduates to get a feel for their potential place of employment in the future. Keep an eye out on company websites in particular or sites such as indeed.com, prospects and here on ERIC.. Companies with ongoing summer schemes include: UBS, L’Oreal, EY and Rolls-Royce

No 5. D.I.Y. – Start your own project to build up your own work experience. Getting internships and work experience is challenging so why not use your own initiative and build make your own e.g. if you wanted to be a full-time events planner then Summer is the perfect time to plan small events in your local area, perhaps a fashion show or charity event at the town hall? A charity fund day or even a fun run. The ideas are endless. Just start!! If someone isn’t bringing it to you, make it appear yourself.

I hope these 5 tips are useful! Please don’t your entire Summer job hunting, afterall, once you get a job you’re Summer will be no more haha (kidding)!

 

**Please note this article is intended solely for ERIC Mag, and I will link to the article on their site if/when it becomes live.

How NOT To Get Hired

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What’s a job if it isn’t but the only way to make some money so we can afford to feed our scrawny selves in hope of keeping up appearances enough to attract some other average being to spawn with so to carry on our everlasting dreams of immortality.

So, maybe the above is  a bit far fetched! Cutting to the chase, you want the wonga, so what steps must you avoid in order to land the job that will have you crowned #BALLER in no time.

Check out my article for ERIC MAG to find out here.

 

 

*This post is linking to the article which is intended solely for ERIC Mag.