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♕ Chibi ([personal profile] chibichan) wrote2013-09-09 03:26 pm

cheerful mode: on

I went to the doctor again today, because I was prescribed capsules and I just can't swallow them; so I had the doctor prescribe me tablets instead. He was a new doctor at the practice and I really liked him! He made me feel at ease, was very friendly and smiled a lot. He asked about my law degree and I said I wasn't going to continue with it and that I'm thinking of going into Journalism or Web Design. He looked at me, smiled broadly and said, "Oh, that's very exciting!" He looked genuinely happy for me, haha. And I agree, it is very exciting. This put me in a good mood. :)

Speaking of web design, I found a PDA course in Perth College in Web Design that covers pretty much what I'm interested in. It should last only one year and it's a part-time course that runs from 6-9pm, which would be perfect for me if I got a job at Waterstones. It starts quite soon (in about a week and a half's time), but I should still be be able to apply for it. I asked a few specific questions about the course and am now waiting for a reply to my email before I apply. Hopefully there are no major entry requirements for this course, and if there are, then hopefully my knowledge of HTML and CSS, plus the fact that I've been designing websites for years, will help me in my application. But anyway, I'm very excited about it! This way I can see if I would enjoy studying computing, I can experience what working for clients is like, study at least the basics of some programming languages that I don't know very well and even get a certificate for it! :D

I also called in order to apply for a National Insurance number today. My appointment to prove my identity and submit my application for the NINO is on Monday morning, in Edinburgh. I would've done this sooner if I had known I needed one, but hopefully I'll get one before I get a reply to my job applications. From what I understand, I can technically work without a NINO, it just won't count towards my pension? Or something like that. I don't know how it works in terms of benefits and stuff like that. I've always been horrible at understanding this stuff.

That's about it, really. I'll go enjoy the rest of my day, since I feel so cheerful today. :D

P.S. I watched The Lion King II last night and now I have the song "Not One of Us" stuck in my head. XD
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[personal profile] lucida 2013-09-09 03:24 pm (UTC)(link)
A bit of advice on the web design thing: if you don't already know Javascript, and the course doesn't cover it, then that's definitely something you'll need to know. I remember you saying you bought books on HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL, but didn't remember anything about JS. (Kept meaning to comment on that entry.) Good luck, whatever you decide to do!
Edited 2013-09-09 15:24 (UTC)
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[personal profile] ruuger 2013-09-09 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Are you familiar with Lifehacker? They've got a lot of free courses and tutorials on webdesign (and many other subjects) that you could use to brush up on your skills.
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[personal profile] northsky 2013-09-09 06:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, as far as I've always understood it you can work without a NINO but there'll be no contributions to your pension and you can't receive benefits without it, but I've never really thought about it before. This link gives a list of benefits you can get with it.

Journalism and web design were two I was really interested in a couple of years ago actually, they sound very interesting.

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[personal profile] northsky 2013-09-09 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah I received mine automatically, which meant I shoved it into a drawer and promptly forgot about it until this post.

If working for a magazine is your end goal, then I think either degree would be valuable. Although I do know with the news industry turning more electronic, journalists are finding it harder to do work (research I did a couple of years ago when I was picking). I was really interested in web design but I don't have a good eye for design (it was coding that caught my attention mostly), so I ended up going for a engineering degree. Kind of the opposite!

But getting a journalism degree with a good background in web design would be smart and give you essentially two options when finding jobs.
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[personal profile] muladhara 2013-09-11 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm glad you're feeling better :)

That's great with the doctor - mine is like that, too. I can't stand doctors that act like they're doctors, and look down on you because obviously they know better than you do, etc etc.

And great stuff about the web design course, too! And that you can fit it around potential work! (Still got my fingers crossed for you for that job - saw a card today that said "I have everything crossed for you!" and I thought of you :) )

There is a sequel to the Lion King??
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[personal profile] muladhara 2013-09-14 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes! More doctors/some professionals should be like this, because I think it leads to better customer relations in the long run (not that I've got my business head on or anything at the moment ;) ) I mean, they don't have to ask/say much, but a little goes a long way (cliched, I know, but it's a cliche for a reason).

You're welcome! I just missed out applying for a library job because I didn't think to check the council website (it would've been a doozy, too, because it's a branch library and hardly anyone uses it). So there must be something about book-related jobs in the air!