Blogging Neglect

I realise that I have committed the ultimate blogging crime and neglected my blog for a substantial amount of time.

I do aplogise for this, but as you may no I have started a new job and just starting to find my feet in my new role.

I am looking however to move my blog to another site and start a new one.. to go with my new life in Cardiff. 🙂

I am planning my move sometime soon, with some interesting articles to folow!

I also want to thank everyone who has visited despite the lack of recent posts. I genuinely appreciate your visit (brief or not), and I hope you keep checking back for future update!

Will be back soon; I miss blogging!

 

Take care

 

Katrina

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BeatReview.com article published :)

Just a quick notice to let you know that I have had my first article published on BeatReview.com 🙂

It’s all about GO Wales and what a great job they have done and are continuing doing for students and graduates all over Wales.

Take a look and see what you think….. 🙂

http://www.beatreview.com/news/it%E2%80%99s-all-matter-experience

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Time to face the “Real world”…

Right now I am quite literally the happiest girl in the world! After a couple of months of job hunting, I have finally landed myself a 10 week paid work placement at KMS Components as a marketing assistant, in Cardiff – with the chance of extending my contract at the end!  Yes, that’s right, my dreams finally came true, and I am moving back to my beloved city thanks to GO Wales.

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After a fairly short interview at KMS Components on Monday, I was pleasantly surprised at how interested they were in me, and what I could bring to the position. I was asked to write a short marketing copy, as a test of my writing capabilities. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever written; although I think maybe I made it out to be a lot harder in my head than it actually was. Nevertheless, I managed to put something together. It couldn’t have been that bad, as the next day I received a phone call from the company telling me they would like to offer me the position! Obviously, I jumped at the chance, and I start on Monday!

I do not own this image As exciting as this all is, I probably didn’t think this through too well. I may need somewhere to live! Currently staying with a friend, but now the job hunt is over, I’m now flat hunting. I’ve found a strong possibility, so fingers crossed, I’ll move into my new flat in a couple of weeks.

I haven’t stopped grinning since yesterday, although I will miss my parents, friends and obviously my dogs. I feel as though I’ve just come back home and now I’m leaving all over again.

Exciting and challenging prospects lie ahead for me, but I know I’m definitely ready to make it on my own in “The real world”!

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Review: Peppermint Bar and Kitchen, Cardiff

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After a rather unpleasant experience in Zinc on St Mary’s Street a fair few months ago, I was delighted with its replacement; Peppermint Bar and Kitchen. Already well established in Swansea, Peppermint offers a fresh, stylish and classy venue, with a selection of classic and signature cocktails, a great shooters menu and lush fish-bowls! Fridays promote classic RnB music which guarantees an “Oh I love this song!” moment, every time the song changes, whilst Saturday plays all the current chart songs.

On my bank holiday booze-fest in Cardiff the other weekend, I was ecstatic to finally find a bar which not only serves tasty cocktails, but a place where I could enjoy a chilled night out with my friends without having to hit the clubs, and not have the ‘undesirable’ company which graced Zinc with it’s presence before, ruining the atmosphere.

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Whilst I was there I sampled a few (take that as you will) of the cocktails. My favourite being the Banana-Colada; a banana take on the classic Pina-Colada, obviously. Delicious and easy to drink, but doesn’t mix well with a few double Vodka Redbulls beforehand! Some of their signature cocktails were jam based; and even served in a jam jar! Unfortunately due to my peculiar and rather annoying allergy to raspberries I am limited to what I can try, but I have a couple of reliable sources who say their cocktails were just as luscious too!

The bar staff seem friendly and know what they’re doing, and are quick to serve you. Even the bouncers are sociable creatures! The only downside, is the size. It is rather small place and doesn’t really accommodate for the sudden urge to show everyone that it was you that taught Beyoncè everything she knows, after about four, easy to drink cocktails. Nevertheless, you can always find somewhere, whether it be the floor, a chair, or a table (I wouldn’t recommend the latter two) to make a fool of yourself on.

So to anyone who is looking a change to from the usual Lloyds Bar, Fat Cats, or Varsity, and wants some good times, some good drinks, and a good atmosphere, then I suggest Peppermint. It’s free to get in and the drinks prices are fairly reasonable too! I enjoyed it so much, that I spent my whole three day bank holiday weekend going to there every night! I need to try it in the day time too, so if anyone has gone there I’d be interested to hear what you think about it!

But in the meantime……Mine’s a cocktail if you’re buying 😉

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Cardiff Girl at heart….?

I’m not a big believer in fate and ‘everything happens for a reason’. I believe that only you can decide how you live your life, but this week I made the exception. An opportunity arose for me to become a “London Girl” for two weeks, potentially longer. I’m not going to deny, it was a great opportunity, but there was something that was holding me back. Something wasn’t quite right, and so at the first chance, I took the next exit. I’m not saying that its fate that I’m not going through with it, but I think it’s opened my eyes and I suppose my heart to what I really want.

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I know so many people would have jumped at the chance to work in London; it’s a beautiful city; but I’m not many people! I know one day my chosen career in PR/Media will most likely lead me to London, but right now, I think there is something I need to do before venturing to the Big Smoke.

My best friend said to me the other day “It’s obvious your heart is in Cardiff” and I think she’s right. I’ve never been happier then when I was in Cardiff. So does this mean I’m actually a Cardiff girl at heart?! Maybe it’s the Welsh in me!

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Some serious decision making and planning are going to be needed if I want to succeed in what I have in mind. I can’t give too much away (not sure why, but a bit of mystery is always exciting), but I will make my mark, in some shape or form.

 

 

 

Watch this space…. 😉

 

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Not quite experienced…

Today is A-level results day; thousands of students finding out if they are the last generation of £3,000 tuition fees, or whether they will be facing the wrath of the governments bid to essentially bankrupt people before they’ve even entered the working world. Or worse still, try and get a job.

When I was younger, university graduates were seen to be, intelligent, ambitious, sort- after employees. Today we’re considered inexperienced, overambitious, and nothing particularly special.  For the past three years I have been working extremely hard for a degree I am especially proud of, whilst loading my CV with numerous work experience placements and part time jobs. Now I am looking for that opportunity, that one chance to demonstrate my skills I have gained but no-one wants to know.

I have lost count at how many jobs I have applied for; I actually think my CV is in every town/city across the South of England and Wales. Yet not one company can see past my graduate status.

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If I am perfectly honest I am getting bored of the vicious circle of needing experience to gain experience and starting to wonder whether getting a job is even possible anymore!

Patience is a virtue (apparently) but I’ve always wanted everything done yesterday which is probably one of my biggest downfalls. Nevertheless I am persistent and shall continue on the job hunt, and fingers crossed someone will appreciate the standing of a graduate once again.

Wish me luck!

Hwyl fawr Prifysgol Caerdydd…

For the past week people have been asking me “What does it feel like to finally be a graduate?!” My answer “No different” But I think that could be a bit of a lie… more likely denial.

I left Cardiff almost a month ago now, and anyone who has been around me during this time has had to endure a constant Cardiff comparison, and an ongoing complaint of how rubbish life is without my beloved city.

Last Tuesday was my opportunity to re-visit the place I have called home for the past three years, one last time as a Cardiff University student. I’m not going to lie, it was probably one of the most stressful days of my life. From my father forgetting his suit, the lack of parking spaces in the hotel, my feet being ripped to shreds the night before by new shoes, absent parents for the professional graduation photos; it was one disaster after another.

Nevertheless, once all the drama was over and all there was to do was to receive my award from the Vice Chancellor of the university and watch my fellow colleagues graduate with me; I felt a great sense of calm.

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The ceremony was fantastic (albeit long), and a moment I shall never forget. Some of the ceremony was performed in Welsh, and at that moment, I felt a great surge of pride for my University and all it represents, despite not understanding the language.

Having my parents there to witness my graduation was the highlight of the day. Like most parents, they have only wanted the best for me and I know they’ve always had high hopes. I’m just ecstatic I have managed to not only fulfil my dreams, but also theirs.

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My graduation was to mark the end of an era. An epic era. I was re-united with familiar faces once again, but only to say goodbye, and to wish farewell to not only a university who had looked after me for the past three years, but also a lifestyle which has shaped who I am today.

As Stephen Fry said when he became a fellow of Cardiff University, they call graduations ‘commencements’ in America as it is only just the beginning, and so this is how I shall continue.

So when I answered “No different” to that all important question, it was a lie. In fact, I feel sad, excited, lost, bewildered, ecstatic, ambitious, but most of all proud.

Graduate!