The Wrong Side of The Bar

ImageWhile working at my marketing and communications internship I still do bar work to earn money. It’s a love hate relationship. I love the relaxed atmosphere, socializing and general fun that can be had, but the 4am finishes and drunken idiots start to take their toll on me. 

I think bar work is a fantastic profession, and if your good at it there is definitely money to be made and fun to be had. I am rapidly approaching a point however where I’m going to need to find a job that has a more sensible schedule yet still allows me time to help out at my internship, which will hopefully lead itself to a fruitful career in content creation and marketing.

But it’s funny, I don’t really want to let go of bar work. It’s something I’ve done since I was 18 and something I can actually safely say i’m really good at. The thought of maybe applying for management positions or putting away money to eventually buy a bar of my own have crossed my mind before. And if I hadn’t gone to university I think that’s exactly what I’d do, but ever since I’ve started getting into the world of startups and marketing and found awesome ways to put the skills I learnt from my degree to use I’ve found a new passion that I’m desperate to pursue. 

So it looks like I’m going to have to pull my last pint in the imminent future, but I’m going to hold on for a few more months I think. Then, hopefully, take my place on the right side of the bar forever after.

 

(image courtesy of Sensibly Insane)

Hey Silicon Valley, The British Are Coming (To Learn Your Startup Secrets)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Doing a startup in Europe is challenging for all sorts of reasons. But one key issue is cultural — even if the gritty realism of European entrepreneurs is ultimately tied to the relative difficulties of raising larger investment rounds in the region. The can-do attitude of Silicon Valley is undoubtedly fuelled in part by the amount of investor money flying around. But that’s not the only reason. Failing in the Valley isn’t seen as an end point in the way it can be in Europe.

Being exposed to a little of that ‘fail and move on’ and ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude is a key part of the rational behind a new internship programme for U.K. computer science graduates that’s placing them with Silicon Valley startups for a year, starting in August. The Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP) is aiming to get some of this Valley chops to rub off on 15 students…

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Interns and Startups. Match made in heaven?

It’s hard for today’s graduates. Many of us graduate into a job market obsessed with having two or three years of relevant experience and long tedious applications that don’t even give you the courtesy of a rejection email, just weeks and weeks of an empty inbox and an empty confidence.

It’s a scary time. While I loved my time at university studying literature I now find myself wondering if I should have chosen a vocational subject, rather than one I feel passionately for. In my opinion it’s a sad day when young people have to think about doing something they don’t like for money, rather than risk learning about something they love with a bleak outcome at the end.

Thankfully my love for the written word spurred me on, and now I find myself in the incredible lucky position of interning at a very exciting communications and marketing company, DTCW Communications. It’s a field I had my eye on as I rapidly approached my graduation last year, but in the summer that followed as my emails and applications to established and glamorous companies fell onto deaf ears and into junk mail folders, I had just about given up. Then I came across the world of online start-ups and my eyes were opened to a whole new industry.

Interning and startups are a match made in heaven! Young graduates eager to learn paired with young businesses eager to help. And interning is so much more than doing unwanted jobs for little to no pay; you really need to shake that ‘coffee runner’ stigma off once you’ve entered the world of startups. Seeing as most startups are small, they need all hands on deck when it comes to building their brand; they aren’t going to waste your talents on menial tasks. Oh no, prepare to be put to work!

It gives you an amazing chance to get your foot in the door and learn from industry experts, many of whom got to where they are today by starting out as an intern as well (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had humble beginnings as interns before they launched into the stratosphere). It’s completely changed my outlook from pessimist to optimist, and I can’t wait to keep learning more.

So my advice to any graduates-to-be out there, who are a little be worried about not having a career path laid out in front of you, as well as bootstrapping start-ups who need all the hands they can get their hands on, internships are priceless! They are worth an invaluable amount in experience for the intern, and a boost of precious manpower to the employee. And, if you find the right match, a lot of fun as well!

Here’s two sites to get your started! http://workinstartups.com/ and https://enternships.com/

Good luck!

Nintendo Offers Smartphone App Porting Tool, But Should Be Porting Its Content To Phones Instead

jhetherington:

Totally agree! Would pay good money for Mario or Zelda on my phone. As a lifelong Nintendo system owner, the WiiU is the first of their consoles I haven’t purchased.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Nintendo is trying to get people to buy the new Wii U, but it just isn’t working, according to recent sales numbers. Now, the Japanese gaming giant is hoping that helping developers port their smartphone content to the home gaming console with conversion software will help entice buyers, according to the Japan Times.

Smartphone apps on a home console isn’t a novel idea: Sony began encouraging devs to bring their mobile phone hits to the PlayStation network a while ago, and continues to add mobile-first titles to the ranks of the Vita’s portable library. But there’s nothing really indicating that’s making a major difference in terms of attracting customers. After all, why would people seek out those titles on consoles, portable or otherwise, when they’ve already got myriad devices to play them on natively, including the iPhone, Android smartphones and the iPad?

Nintendo looking for ports of smartphone titles…

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The 20s rut

jhetherington:

I completely agree. I graduated straight into a bar job and for a while I couldn’t see myself doing anything else simply because I felt there was no chance i’d find anything. Gotta shake off that attitude and throw yourself out there. I’m still pulling pints on the weekend to make money but now throughout the week I’m working as an intern for a startup marketing company and loving it! Hopefully will be able to use the experience to drag myself out of the rut!

Originally posted on witnesstoexperience:

I’m 23 and I have friends at varying ages throughout their mid 20s and there seems to be a similar feeling of being stuck in a rut shared between us. It’s a feeling of being not a ‘proper adult’ whatever that means, being stuck in limbo between being a student and having moved on from this and having a proper career/ life path. Very odd.

First of all I don’t like the fact that we don’t define ourselves as adults, or ‘proper’ people existing in the ‘real’ world. Second of all how do you get out of this state of semi-student-dom? It’s all partly, I suppose, to do with what I’ve previously discussed about taking yourself seriously and presenting yourself as who/what you want to be. It’s a question of growing that extra set of balls (figuratively for men and double figuratively for women) that allow you to get by…

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