On work experience, volunteering, and why this blog will be infinitely better when I get my new phone

Saturday 9th April, 2011

As I write, the sun is shining (a rare treat in this city) and I’m finally on the train back to Hull after my fifth of nine terms at the University of Manchester. So my mind naturally wanders to thoughts of a future that is only a couple of months away but – if all goes to plan – will affect how (and how quickly) my career begins.

In case you’re wondering what goes on between Manchester and Hull. N.B. the quality of the photos on this blog will improve dramatically as of Monday, when my shiny new phone arrives.

My plan is to devote all three months of my summer to gaining work experience in the arts sector. I struggle to find space in my hectic music student diary during term for voluntary or part-time paid work, and while I do plenty of orchestral management and arts marketing through the Music Society and the University Chorus, I need to be able to show employers that I know how proper, ‘grown-up’ arts organisations operate.

In case you’re wondering what a hectic music student diary looks like. N.B. the tidiness and sophistication of my diary will also improve dramatically as of Monday, when my shiny new phone arrives.

So my summer is (hopefully) going to be spent volunteering for the Manchester International Festival, the Manchester Jazz Festival, the Just So Festival and the Manchester Camerata. Combined, these different experiences should set me up with a lot of useful new skills and contacts. This isn’t just career-mindedness, though: I’m also hoping to have a lot of fun!

Oh, and since I’m told the most attractive kind of work experience to employers is that which is self-generated, my housemate and I are organising a concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust in Glasgow next week – more to come on that, I’m sure, but if you can’t wait then there’s more information available here.

P.S. You’d have been able to read this blog a whole two hours sooner if I’d had my shiny new phone on the train…

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One Response to “On work experience, volunteering, and why this blog will be infinitely better when I get my new phone”

  1. […] I promised some more information about the concert my housemate Dave and I are organising in Glasgow this […]

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