Some Application Tips…

Now that results have been issued and graduation is over it’s crunch time in applying for jobs and further studies. I have looking at positions since before I actually took my final exams and the one thing I noticed is that every place wants something different. It’s not like you can make one application, send it off and wait for replies. No. Each one has to tweaked and altered to find the position, company or institution. BUT…there are few things I’ve found that make it a little easier so I thought I’d share them with you in this post.

  • Have a basic CV at the ready. Every CV has a different layout, which if you think about from an employers point of view is probably a good thing – imagine looking at hundreds of the same document, it’d get pretty tedious right? Now, I’m not saying yours should be in a curly font and bright green, just don’t start freaking out when you look at others and they’re not exactly the same as yours. Remember to include things like the languages you speak, your nationality and skills (personal and professional).
  • If you are applying for research positions, have a document detailing any research and experience that you have in the field. At this point you don’t know what the position is asking for so include everything you think may be relevant.
  • KNOW YOUR CAREER GOALS. Most positions I have seen ask for future career plans or goals. Even if you don’t stick to these as you progress in your career or you change your mind, employers need to know that at the point of application you have a plan, you know where you want to be and why this position will help you.
  • Ask people to read your applications before you send them off. Having a fresh set of eyes looking at your work, is always good. They may pick up on things you never did.
  • Try to break up doing your application. Doing it all in one go seems like a great idea but often what happens is you come back to it a few days later and realise that something doesn’t quite make sense or you could have written it a lot better.
  • Have a professional picture ready. Some employers may ask a picture to be sent along with the application (I’ve only seen this a few times).
  • Make sure your correspondence e-mail address is professional and one you made in high school when everyone was trying to be really cool.

Hope that this helps!

If anyone has any other tips, feel free to comment or e-mail me and I can add them to this.




Friday 17th July 2015 marked the day we (as a family and cohort) had all been waiting for. GRADUATION!!! And let me be the first to say, it was one of the busiest days of my life. This year, Eid (an Islamic day of celebration) was on the same day as graduation so, as you can imagine this added to celebration of the day.

It was an absolutely perfectly imperfect day. Filled with joy and excitement from everyone you met. Whether it was from family, friends or random passers by that noticed you trying to navigate yourself in that giant robe and the tassel hanging down your face.

Since I’ve had a couple of days to recover from the festivities – I decided to write down a few tips that may help the day go that little smoother:

  • Stay hydrated! There’s usually quite a lot of walking involved and those robes can be fairly thick and heavy.
  • Make a plan of action, complete with meeting points and make sure everyone attending knows it. It’s easy to get lost in the crowds and distracted when you see your friends.
  • If you are wearing heels, carry a pair of flats. Like I said before, there’s usually LOTS of walking.
  • Take lots of pictures. Get everyone to take lots of pictures and videos. These are great to look at and watch after since you haven’t seen from the outside.
  • Carry little snacks. The day is so busy that you get caught up in it and forget to eat.
  • Thank everyone that helped you along the way. Sharing the joy makes the day that little sweeter.
  • But most of all. ENJOY YOURSELF. It is a great day and you should be so proud of yourself for getting to this point.

Even though I’m still a scientist living in limbo career-wise, it didn’t take away from the occasion.