More Magazine Go Think Big Issue 8th April 2013

GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR

Land your dream job with the help of GoThinkBig.co.uk

Our team at Bauer have put their heads together with the experts at O2 to set up GoThinkBig, a campaign to help young people like you find the right job. So if you’re looking for your big break, head to GoThinkBig.co.uk – a one-stop shop that gives you helpful ideas, advice and much-needed support so you can figure out the right career path for you. Why? Because we know how tough it is out there. And to help us find out what you think, we hit the streets to ask how you prepare for an interview…

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW?
We took to the streets to find out…

Alice Holtham, 18, A fashion student from Chesire
‘You need to do your research. It’s also important to know what you want to get across – I do talk a lot! And practise keeping those pesky nerves at bay!  

Amie Shearer, 21, A creative executive at O2 London
‘I practice possible questions interview with my mum and make sure I have key examples of my skills and successes ready and up my sleeve to talk about.’

Rebecca French, 23, An illustrator from Milton Keynes
‘You need to know who you’re interviewing for, so do  your research. Look at their website, or buy their magazine if they have one. Don’t forget to stay calm either.’

Lizzie Rix, 21, A PR intern from Yorkshire
It’s important to look smart. I pick my outfit the night before, so I’m not rushing on the morning of the interview.’

Jen Marshall, 22, A designer at More! From St Albans
‘Stick to the brief of what you need to provide on the day, but try to go the extra mile. So if you need to present a portfolio do it in the company’s style.’

Rachel Toye, 24, A job Hunter from London
‘When Researching the company you’re interviewing for, do it properly – don’t make anything up! And ensure that your CV is relevant.’

ON THE HUNT
Make sure that your CV is the best that it can be and sets you apart from your competition, and then put it out there. There’s plenty of websites to post your CV on to, such as monsters.co.uk and indeed.co.uk. These sites normally have an app available as well, so you can stay on top of the most recent jobs posted when you’re on the go. And, as before, make sure you stay active within the social spaces, both to be seen and to stay on top of the most recent trends.’
Get more out of your technology by searching for ‘O2 Guru TV’.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ’o2 Partnership Get your foot in the door’ in Issue 8th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Go Think Big Workmates Of The Week Issue 1st April

In every issue of More that I have typed up there has always been a workmates of the week double page spread but I have not felt the need to share them with you apart from this one. Enjoy! 🙂 

Molly, 25, reveals why her role as editor is so rewarding…
Gothinkbig.co.uk is much more than just a job opportunities website. It’s an online community that helps people aged 16-24 get on the career ladder. It was set up by Bauer Media and O2 and offers internships and work placements across different industries, as well as featuring things like articles on how to dress for the office and cool-part time jobs. As editor of gothinkbig.co.uk, it’s my job to make sure out content is helpful, yet fun. Most career websites are so dull. I always wanted to be a journalist, so after graduating with a degree in English from Oxford University, I started interning for a national business magazine. Gradually, I worked my way up from intern to writer, and from writer to deputy editor. It gave me confidence, taught me how to edit copy, and helped me trust my own instincts. I’ve been in my role since January. During a typical day, we’ll have a news meeting in the morning to come up with feature ideas and to ensure what we’re writing about is current. The rest of the day is varied. One minute I’m writing a story on how to save money while interning and the next I’m talking to our inventors. I get a kick out of knowing people starting out in their careers turn to our website for guidance. It’s great when we help someone get an internship that turns into a job. It makes all the hard work worth it.’

STEVIE, 24, STAFF WRITER
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO ON A DAILY BASIS
In the morning, I’ll come up with story ideas for the website. I then spend the rest of my day interviewing people from different industries and uploading the content to the site. If everything goes to plan, I’ll write two to three stories a day. 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED?
You don’t need a degree just bags of passion and track record of working hard.

JACKIE, 19, PROJECT MANAGER ASSISTANT
WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
I help out across all of our projects. I’m currently working on gothinkbig.co.uk’s media campaign, getting TV concepts signed off, as well as gathering info for the website and sorting out invoices.

WHAT KIND OF PERSON MAKES A GOOD PROJECT MANAGER ASSISTANT?
Someone who’s proactive, can use their own initiative and is able to work under lots of pressure.

ELEANOR, 23, OPPORTUNITIES MANAGER
WHAT’S YOUR ROLE ALL ABOUT?
I work with companies to organise internships for people using gothinkbig.co.uk I also plan events and day sessions to help young people enhance their skills. 

WHAT’S YOUR TOP TIP FOR JOB SEARCHING?
Don’t be afraid to explore different avenues of work. You don’t need experience, just an interest in the field, as the skills you have might apply to another job you’ve never considered, but would be great at. 

NATALIE, 22, STAFF WRITER
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A WRITER?
Make use of any contacts you meet while doing work experience placements and stay in touch with them – you never know when they might be able to help you!

WHAT’S YOUR TOP WRITING TIP?
Do your research and plan out the direction you want the piece to go in before you even type your first word. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Workmates of the week Go Think Big’ in Issue 1st April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Go Think Big Issue 11th February 2013

Land your dream job with the help of GoThinkBig.co.uk

Our team at Bauer have put their heads together with the experts at O2 to set up GoThinkBig, a campaign to help young people like you find the right job. So if you’re looking for your big break, head to GoThinkBig.co.uk – a one-stop shop that gives you helpful ideas, advice and much-needed support so you can figure out the right career path for you. Why? Because we know how tough it is out there. To kick start your search, we’ve got some expert CV tips, as well as real advice from employees on the street…

What advice would you give to job hunters? We took to the streets to find out…

Veronica Ely, 23, a singer and songwriter from Essex
‘Get experience. Everyone’s CV looks the same, so you make yours stand out from the crowd by giving proof of your amazing skills.’ 

Georgina Childs, 25, a writer from London
‘Always tell the truth! Also, it’s so important to have your phone number amd contact details on there – you’d be surprised how many people forget to include those.’

Emma Allwood, 19,  a part time office assistant from London
‘Put relevant work experience on there, and do something to make it stand out, like highlighting your significant achievements’ 

Hannah Brager, 20, a shop assistant from Sweden
‘You need to have a simple, easy-to-read CV – don’t fill it with everything you’ve ever done! I always ask a mate to check the grammar too.’ 

Lucia Walker, 29, a journalist from London
‘Keep your CV to one page in length. Make sure it’s relevant too, containing only things that are specific to the job you’re applying for.’ 

Emma Clarke, 21, a student from Portsmouth
‘Extra-curricular experience is important, as it shows you’re a well rounded person, not just an academic and mention your blog if you have one.’

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ’o2 Partnership Get your foot in the door’ in Issue 11th February 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Go Think Big Issue 14th January 2013

Get your foot in the door

Find your dream job with the help of  GoThinkBig.co.uk

Our team at Bauer have put their heads together with the experts at O2 to come up with  GoThinkBig.co.uk a one – stop shop that gives you helpful ideas, advice and much needed support so you can find the right career path for you. Why? Because we know how tough it is out there. And to help us find out what you think, we hit the streets to ask what piece of advice you’d give to someone who’s looking for a job…

INTERVIEW TIPS FROM O2 GURU JESS

Your phone is your most important tool when you’re preparing for an interview. You can write down all your notes for a quick refresh before you go in, and a map app will ensure you don’t get lost. Look for a good recording facility so you can capture any presentations and talks. Finally, if you need to find out information quickly, you’ve got the internet at your fingertips! For more hints from O2 Gurus, search for ‘O2 Guru TV’ 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO JOB HUNTERS?

We took to the streets to find out…

Holly Parsons, 18, part time shop assistant from Essex. ‘You need to look everyday! Applying online is not enough – you should call companies and send out your CV.’

Sian Gibson, 24, Marketing Executive from Bicester. ‘Sign up to agencies, check websites and look out for big companies that advertise. Do a job you want to do. 

Laura Whalebone, 29, Fashion and Beauty Blogger from London. ‘Don’t forget you have to work your way up, so grab opportunities and put in the graft. You must always go for Gold!’

Ellie Davidson, 23, Shop Assistant from Kent. ‘Always smile be polite and understand the roles you’re going for. Something will come along.’

Ashley Robertson, 21, Senior Beauty Therapist from South Shields. ‘Be honest and don’t give up. Being happy is so important, so follow your dream.’

Nicole Howell, 20, Administrator from Northampton. ‘Be prepared and don’t be too narrow minded. Start from the bottom and work your way up. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ‘o2 Partnership Get your foot in the door’ in Issue 14th January 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Go Think Big Issue 10th December 2012

This article is for you to use as a starting point just like I have wrote in my own words, however I think this article explains it better as this website has all the information for you ready…

GOTHINKBIG.CO.UK WANTS YOU

Getting your foot on the career ladder isn’t easy, but that’s about to change. Bauer has teamed up with O2 to create GoThinkBig, a fresh perspective on work experience that’s set to help thousands of young people (just like you) with career opportunities. O2 has already helped hundreds of young entrepreneurs like Hannah Catmur get their careers started, and you can find out more about applying for funding to set up your own organisation by looking at O2 Think Big on the GoThinkBig website. We found why Hannah couldn’t have set up her company without O2’s help…

How did O2 Think Big help you set up your organisation?
It gave me encouragement, mentoring and support in the form of training sessions, information and resources. I worked with a fantastic team full of enthusiasm and they were always willing to help with my ideas. 

Tell us more about your organisations.
Get Out! Explorers Club is passionate about getting kids to be more active outdoors and promotes adventure and exploration in an exciting way. Check us out at getoutexplorersclub.co.uk

What events have you held?
I organised an outdoor event this summer and 2000 people came along. The themes were exploring the outdoors and getting closer to nature. I was supported by various organisations and local businesses and it was great and a huge success. 

What are you working on now?
I’d love to develop Get Out! Explores Club and to receive enough funding to start the project up properly. I want to run more events for young children and families, educating kids about the outdoors.

What advice would you give young people who want to start their own business?
You’re young, so just go for it! There’s loads of support and resources out there now for young people wanting to start up a business. Times are tough and young people face so much competition for work, so now is as good a time as ever.

What are your thoughts on the new GoThinkBig inititative?
It’s a fantastic idea, as it encourages young people to make something of themselves. It’s inspiring and gives them the means to start up a venture. There are loads of talented young people out there and I know just how important work experience is. Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and remember there is no such thing as a stupid question!

Could you have done it without O2 Think Big?
I’m really driven, so I would have tried to make it work, but I wouldn’t have received the same amount of recognition and support. O2 Think Big helped me out with contacts and their experience was so important. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ’o2 Partnership Go Think Big wants you’ in Issue 10th December 2012, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Go Think Big Issue 26th November 2012

The website Gothinkbig.co.uk has landed to help us youngsters get to our dream job…

GOTHINKBIG.CO.UK HAS LANDED

Bauer has teamed up with O2 to create GoThinkBig, a fresh perspective on work experience that’s set to help thousands of you people (just like you) with career opportunities. And this isn’t the first time O2 have done something like this, having previously set up O2 Think Big in 2010. The campaign has helped hundreds of young entrepreneurs like Viviane Williams set up their own organisations and get their careers started. We Found out why Viviane couldn’t have set up her own company, Wakeup campaign, without it’s help…

How did O2 Think Big help you set up your organisation?
It’s given me investment, mentoring and confidence and provided me with a great network of people who I can turn to for advice – other O2 Think Biggers!

Tell us more about Wakeup Campaign.
We fuse design and business to help deliver social change. We run sustainable fashion events, create graphic designs, use innovative guerrilla marketing, give talks and workshops at schools and universities, and create strategic work for social and sustainable corporations.

What events have you done?
We produced a photography exhibition for Christian Aid and this year we launched our sustainable fashion arm. Conscious Swap Shopping Events. We’re currently working with Boxpark in London to create a four-day-pop-up shop this December, so keep an eye out at wakeupcampaign.co.uk 

What are your plans for the future?
To develop the Wakeup Campaign brand by working with more organisations and companies and creating their campaigns. We don’t want to be just London – centric, either – we want to have  a presence all over the UK and eventually grow and develop internationally.

What advice would you give young people thinking of starting up their own initiative?
Do your research and test your idea. I ran a pop-up shop testing out of my concept and the information I got back was gold dust, so I treated it as a mini focus group. Also  you need the confidence to do it – you won’t know if it will work unless you try.

What do you think about GoThinkBig? How important do you think work experience is?
It’s fantastic! It’s giving young people potential, hope and skills. It widens their networks, opening them up to the commercial world of work, and allows them to showcase their own talent. I did work experience and I believe it got me ready for the working world.
Think you’ve got what it takes to run your own project? Head to O2thinkbig.co.uk. For work experience, internships and shed loads of advice, visit GoThinkBig.co.uk

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ’o2 Partnership Go Think Big has Landed’ in Issue 26th Novemeber 2012, I did not write this!)

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