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jamesterror Avatar
8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I'm currently in my last year at college, can't say my grades will be TOP NOTCH AAA standards, but hoping for something near that.

My current plans are to commute, I've been told you'll miss out, but my reasons are I don't have the finacial backing as my parents don't give me diddly squat anyway, I get what I work for.

I am contemplating applying for scholarships, although my grades are probably going to be BBC / ABC along them lines (hopefully). I don't really have a great deal of grades behind me really, GCSEs were a fluke, however ABBBBBCCCCCCC couldn't be too bad really.

However, I do have a fair bit of work experience behind me in my eyes for 17 years old, I thought I'd list it as it may help with any advice.

2003 - 2007: Paper Round (Local PaperShop)
2006: Database (Asset) Management AAH Pharmecuticals.
2007 Jan - 2007 July: Shop Assistant (Local PaperShop)
2007 July - August 08: Stock Controller (Sainsbury's)
August 08 - Present: General Assistant (Sainsbury's)

Thats offical job wise, also;

2003 - Helped establish a game server / web hosting company on the internet which 6 months later with me there went on to turnover about £5000 a month (which in game server world is a lot).

2003 - Started selling bits & bobs from local papershop's wholesaler for a 20% cut of profit split with a friend

2004 - Developed a website for a game server company and helped to establish the company which was recently sold for a couple of thousand, however was valued at more but director was after quick sale.

2006 - 2007 - Carried out office work with a local business man, setting up databases, helping to promote products etc.

2008 - Currently working on establishing a web hosting / game server company with a friend. As well have developed niche sites turning over about $60 a month.

You might think do ICT.. but my passion is with business really. Having words with my employer (Sainsbury's) when I'm in later to see whether they do full / part scholarships, but I'm doubt to be honset.

If anyone has any experience, or can offer advice from my situation I'd appreciate very much.

Thanks,
James
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
2003 - 2007: Paper Round (Local PaperShop)

LOL.


if you want to do business, I wouldn't go to uni brah, although if your like me you will get bere gyal.
#2
jellybaby22
:o eh?


street term brah, means endless supply
#3
Hey mate, Have a look at a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, or a KTP

http://www.ktponline.org.uk/

Its a great opportunity, ideally go for a 2yr KTP. You get to work in a company, get paid a good salary, yet have all the support of a UNI, and the chance of going in for a Masters completely paid for. Lost of courses and opportunities come your way!! Have a look atthe website and see the current KTP openings.!!

In essence you are employed by the UNI but are contracted out to a company. Kinda best of both worlds!!

Have a look, and let me know what you think. Any questions, just ask and I will help!!
#4
If your parents aren't supporting you financially and/or they earn under a threshold (can't remember the amount but it'll be online somewhere) then you qualify for a maintenance grant, and some universities give out bursaries. My boyfriend got one even though he lived at home for his first year, would be worth asking your careers advisor at college about all the funding that's available to you.
#5
jellybaby22
Im a girl surely u dont call girls brah??:?

u'd be surprised.
#6
black gerbil1
u'd be surprised.


ah so uve had that experience aswell, think theyre a girl then find out theyre not, bad time bad times :-D


im goin uni next year, i went brunel last year and was commuting, didnt feel part of the uni, id say stay away from home, every student gets into debt, ull pay it bk eventually, i think its worth it, will b goin uni this year to do strength and conditioning or sports science, will defo be looking to live away from home.
#7
Isn't that what the student loan is for?

Don't see the problem - apply to unis, get loan, move there, live there - its not a load of money but its just about enough...
#8
Take a look at the Aldi website - the money they are offering with a company car for post graduates is amazing something lkke £40,000, read some of the stories of managers, mostly from a business, very young managers some only 21-22 - worth a look if there is a local to your uni you could get a part time job with them advising them that your interest is in business and maybe next yr when you finish Uni you will have proved your worth and a job placement!
Best money Ive seen anywhere for the age etc
#9
jah128
Isn't that what the student loan is for?

Don't see the problem - apply to unis, get loan, move there, live there - its not a load of money but its just about enough...


I'm not one to want to carry debts on my shoulders. Yeh its only a little bit of money out of your payslip each month but with a scholarship I have guarntee of work with the company after, thats my only risk.

Plus, might as well try and save the pennies if theres companies out there willing to pay :)
#10
forget uni
i went uni for undergrad and masters. good courses. good unis. good results.
but what ive found from 3-4 years of expereience is that its about who you know not what you know. go and network. that will land you endless (bare) oppurtunities.
#11
Although its called a 'loan' in practice its much more of a tax than a debt - its basically a tax costing you 9% of your income above £15000 for the 'privelidge' of being paid through university. They obviously wouldn't come out and call it a tax, but when you consider how it is paid back that is exactly what it is.

Take the scholarship if you can get one, but remember the fall back of the 'loan' is always there for you ;-)
#12
jamesterror;3273181
I'm not one to want to carry debts on my shoulders. Yeh its only a little bit of money out of your payslip each month but with a scholarship I have guarntee of work with the company after, thats my only risk.

Plus, might as well try and save the pennies if theres companies out there willing to pay :)


Tbh i think the closest you will get to that is doing a sandwich course or something where you go into industry for a year. Ive never heard of anyone getting a company scolarship... i mean you get people who do the degree part time and their companies fund it but you will prob have to work for them for a while before they look to helping you to uni
[helper]#13
Thought about the forces? I'm never looked in to it in great detail but I thought that if you are doing a relevant course and sign up, I think they sponser you during your uni years......

You will seriously miss out living at home whilst doing your course (and ignore BG1 everyone else does......)

Have a look at this page - this lists some companies that sponsor degree courses.....
http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/careers/job-huntingandworkexperience/workingwhilestudying/tipsandadvice/sponsorship/general/

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