Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sitting in the car on the way back from a coworker's birthday lunch I was being told of all the many benefits my current job has to offer if I were to be employed full time. Three and a half weeks paid vacation, a weeks unpaid vacation, some of the best medical and dental coverage around. Sometimes it is really hard to make myself dig in, quit this job and move onto something more worth while. At the end of the day I know three and half weeks vacation only really amounts to $2500, nothing compared with what business school will cost me. Still the thought of lying on a beach whilst being paid is some how incredibly appealing.
However I have my resolve, I have already started my internship and know I am heading down the right path.

Monday, August 28, 2006

I am definitely not going to cave in and watch Prison Break tonight. Such rubbish, and yet easily to be drawn into I know.

I was shocked with the Emmy results last night- how on earth did 24 win anything- it is just really really bad television, and how it could win where there are pretty decent shows like Lost, House MD and of course the West Wing (which really should have won). Then there was the most ridiculous of all- Kiefer Sutherland after being denied best actor several years in a row suddenly won for his performance as Jack Bauer- yikes. What exactly did he do better this time?

I don't really understand why these awards exist at all, they are utterly meaningless. The only thing which made any sense was Alan Alda's win- very much deserved.

Friday, August 25, 2006

I went to my proposed internship tonight after work. Met a few more people in the company and looked at some projects I could get involved with. It all seems very positive. They are very aware of my needs and trying to work with them accordingly. I think there is probably a lot I can learn and get out of this opportunity- still taking things kind of slow seems like a good idea for now.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Watched the season 2 premier of Prison Break last night. Utterly awful. I will be happy to give this years season a miss.

Firstly- the last season ended with the prisoners in the dead of night, surrounded by helicopters and police and just totally about to be caught. How would they escape we all wondered. Well, it seems we will never find out as the writers obviously had no clue either. Next thing we see it is daylight and they are still running from the police, the helicopters, the cars etc. Totally ludicrous. They then manage to throw off their pursuers with the aid of running in front of a mile long train- the oldest cliche in a book.

This all followed by a ridiculous FBI agent who makes unbelievable leaps in logic to follow Schofield's every move. And of course a plot all too much a rip off of the Fugitive.

The only good thing I can say is that they killed off the moronic Veronica.

Monday, August 21, 2006

I went to look at the internship tonight. It seems really interesting , a great bunch of young people in an amazing startup with a great concept. Definitely something I could get my teeth into. they were however very reluctant for me to quit my job and join them. They are currently looking for investors, if this doesn't happen it is likely the company won't really get its feet off the ground.

Still it does seem like soemthing very exciting to be a part of, and I would definitely learn a lot and be able to push myself into new skill sets. If the company does get off the ground then who knows- maybe even a job down the line.

It is an interesting decision, I don't feel like I would have too much too loose even if they don't make it. Worst case scenario I go back and find another admin job. You neve rknow what doors will open for you until you get there.

To start out I am going to just go in there a couple of nights a week, without quitting my job. then I will be able to make an informed decision.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pet Peeve of the week:

I really hate it so much when people send me a group e-mail that starts: "Sorry you guys for sending a group e-mail, I really hate group e-mails but its just the only way I can keep up, the only way I can write to everyone"

Of course it is, it is the same for everyone, that is the reason people send group e-mails! All that you do by starting this way is to make everyone who ever sent you a group e-mail feel really bad about it, whilst conveniencing yourself with this handy solution to keeping in touch.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Still considering the internship possibility. One thing I keep coming back to is that this time in life must be for education, not quite at any cost, but almost that way. It will be so hard to learn later on in life. I am not learning much right now as an admin assistant. I mean I have discovered a world of mail merge and every other facet of Microsoft Office that will no doubt be useful in the future, but I think that I have almost reached a brick wall.
This internship I may not learn too much, but surely I will learn something, and possibly a lot. It will open new avenues of thought for me, stimulate new ideas, make me aware of a world of business perviously closed to me.
The lack of income shouldn't concern me too much, college can be $30,000 a year, and this wil be free....

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I just had my first real conversation with the head of the start up company I may be interning at. He wanted to make sure to give me some disclaimers about working at a start-up company like his before we get anything started. His warnings were that a) there's not really money for the company to grow at the moment as they are currently seeking investors, b) there's very little delegation and no 'employees' so to speak since the company in its current form is only made up of a few people and c) I would probably be given very open-ended projects with little direction (which I think would be very good for my development). Now the plan is to come by and check the place out with some more face-to-face time.

I'm somewhat on the fence with this internship. On the one hand, it sounds like a fulfilling field as well as a lot of room for creativity and challenges. At the same time, however, it is a significant investment of time, energy and potential money (since I'm working for free instead of somewhere else) without any guarantee of what I will be able to get out of the experience, both in terms of learning and my resume. Hopefully this introductory meeting will help the decision-making process.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Well I have one new angle to peruse in the internship spectrum. I have been hoping for a while to get involved in a small business where I could make my mark and get the feel for what a young start up is like. I wasn't quite sure how to go about this, but fortunately I now have a contact in just what I have been looking for. It is a small company that works with both charities and local business for the mutual benefit of both. As a start-up I hope that interning there may well lead to me being given more responsibility than prehaps would occur at a larger organization,

Well I shouldn't get ahead of myself, but this does look promising

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Decided that interships are teh way to go- at least to figure out what on earth it is I want to do with my life. So- I have volunteer training at Project Wildlife this wednesday which should at least give me some idea if working with animals is really as appealing as it sounds, then I am looking around for an internship in a political office (most likely city council) another interst of mine. I've doen the cooking thing and definitely decided it wasn't forme, the only remaining area seems to be to get some experience in the business world, see if I like it and then gain enough experince t apply for my MBA.
It seems the economy is slowing and joblessness is on the rise, which makes it all the more important for me to pick the right career I think, and certainly to get the relevant experience ASAP.