General Discussion: The life advice thread. Never do, say, eat or drink anything without asking how to do it in here first!


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stoney
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17672 posts since 22/1/05

26 Mar 2009 10:22
This is the full blurb :

You’ve been copied into this email because you’ve either talked about climbing Kilimanjaro already or your friend/partner/colleague reckons you’d love it and be an asset to our team!!



The climb takes 5 days to reach the summit, trekking between 6 to10 hours a day through rainforest to snow capped peak. Although it is a steep ascent in parts, the challenge is not a race and there are no pick axes/ropes required! It is an ‘extreme’ challenge because of the altitude, the length of time you’re trekking each day and your exposure to the elements.

On the ‘summit day’ we wake about midnight and trek by torch light for 6 hours before traversing to the highest point on the African continent, just in time for sun rise.



How amazing does that sound?



The dates & costs to mull over are:



· 25th June to 4th July 2010

· £299 non-refundable deposit asap, then £1696 balance to pay 10 weeks before departure – this includes flights, hotel pre & post, trip leader, trek guides, full support team, medic, meals & tents

· An alternative to self funding is to raise a minimum amount for a charity (usually £3500 pp) then the charity pays your costs. We’d need to discuss the best approach here – do we pick one charity and all go after it or do individual?



I’m proposing to go with ‘Action Challenge’ which have over 10 years experience of getting people to the summit. Check out their website for a daily schedule of the trip and lots more info/FAQ’s etc.

http://www.actionchallenge.com/



So, the plan is to get a group of 8-10 like minded sporty types together, who are not high maintenance and can live out of a tent for a week no bother! Ideally I’d like to have a short list of people who are committed to sign up and pay the £299 deposit by next Friday, 3rd April. Places are getting booked up fast through the year already and I want to secure the June trek as a whole team.

unCouth
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6883 posts since 3/11/07

26 Mar 2009 10:29
if you've got the cash do it. it'll be a fantastic experience.
robii
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18857 posts since 8/9/06

26 Mar 2009 10:31
Do it!

Chavs climbing kilimanjaro Laughing out loud

mr.white
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17101 posts since 10/7/04

26 Mar 2009 10:56
Put a donk on it!

Seriously though 1800gbp?!! Bit pricey for a walk up a hill.
andymakesglasses
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20494 posts since 26/1/06

26 Mar 2009 12:37
Laughing out loud It's quite far away mr. white

My brother did it a few years ago stoney - there's no technical climbing, it is just a trek up a path to the top. Most of your kit will be carried by porters, with you just carrying a daysack. The main difficulty is altitude sickness which can be quite random in who it affects (very fit people can get it worse than an unfit person in the same group - my brother had it a bit on Kilimanjaro).
Oasisunit
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5176 posts since 8/5/03

26 Mar 2009 13:02
I graduate with my degree in September, want to get the ball rolling on getting a job.

Anyone know the best websites to look for graduate jobs (my degree is in international marketing and economics)

all i know is gumtree and monster.com
Green Jesus
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340 posts since 21/10/08

26 Mar 2009 13:31
Has anyone here ever worked in America before or spent a few months out there?
Davinho
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2331 posts since 2/12/08

26 Mar 2009 13:44
This is a good site Oasis as it's just for graduates and people looking for internships www.milkround.com.
It's a good idea having a look now and getting your applications in really early. I've got a feeling grad jobs are going to be difficult to come by this year!
eent
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9015 posts since 25/2/05

26 Mar 2009 18:16
Oasisunit wrote: I graduate with my degree in September, want to get the ball rolling on getting a job.

Anyone know the best websites to look for graduate jobs (my degree is in international marketing and economics)

all i know is gumtree and monster.com

depending on what you want to do, GAAPWEB is good for the financial sector
inversesquare
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6707 posts since 7/6/08

26 Mar 2009 18:36
Oasisunit wrote: I graduate with my degree in September, want to get the ball rolling on getting a job.

Anyone know the best websites to look for graduate jobs (my degree is in international marketing and economics)

all i know is gumtree and monster.com

Milkround?
6thEdition
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5882 posts since 7/3/08

26 Mar 2009 18:54
does anybody think now is late for grad jobs for september.. i was meaning to start applying in october last year??

havn't applied to lots of places though. don't know what i want to do.
kenty
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1828 posts since 6/5/05

26 Mar 2009 18:54
I've got a gambling problem, every time I have spare money I throw it at betfair.com, each and every time I'm up and up and up, and never draw out, then lose the lot and then some besides.
Enoughs enough after tonight, I've just fucked £600 of winnings on online roulette, which is a fucking fortune to me.
I know right now I feel like I never want to gamble again, but I've been here before, and I know in weeks to come I'll be at it again. Anyone else this bad for it?
Oasisunit
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5176 posts since 8/5/03

26 Mar 2009 19:00
Seems like most of the jobs they are looking for people to work ASAP, so it might even be too early to start applying for jobs by the looks of it, already got a reply back from a company thats wants an interview but I havent stated i cant start working full time till September.. Don't think its too late now to apply for grad jobs in september, most people in my course haven't (i'm doing a masters btw)
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

26 Mar 2009 19:04
its pretty late, a lot of them closed before xmas

Do you have any experience so you wouldnt be limited a grad job ?
6thEdition
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5882 posts since 7/3/08

26 Mar 2009 19:04
i'm just going off people i know applying for accounting and law jobs.. the careers fairs were in october and are all year round applying, but start in august/september on this years intake.. the word from them was apply early cos places fill up quick… and some jobs i know had closing dates in december/jan and feb.

good to know there are still jobs about then, what is it you want to do?
Yorkshires Finest
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115 posts since 15/10/08

26 Mar 2009 19:10
I'm at a crossroads right now as to what I want to do with my life.

Not really sure I want to stay with my current workplace as i'm getting bored & the chances of promotion are getting slimmer due to streamlining. You basically have to wait for someone to quit or die before something becomes available. It's not bad money for what I do though, so thats whats keeping me there at the moment.

Other options i've been running through my mind is jacking it in & going to Uni, even if its only a part time basis. Always wanted to work in the Sports field, and I know its something I would enjoy, I dont know if it will be too late though.

I'm coming up to 25, so need to decide now as by the time September comes I want to be all sorted. Got nothing stopping me from jacking in work but for some reason something at the back of my mind is telling me not to……
ODB
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3549 posts since 21/6/06

26 Mar 2009 19:12
I bought a baby car seat & base in january from a company called two left feet,
i paid by paypal(£150) called them in feb, they said another couple of weeks, they were having bother with the suppliers, march came and i sent them an email to cancel the order which they ignored(CUNTS)found out today have gone bankrupt. I know i cant open a dispute because its over 45 days, Can paypal do anything for me?
Oasisunit
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5176 posts since 8/5/03

26 Mar 2009 19:16
Homer wrote: its pretty late, a lot of them closed before xmas

Do you have any experience so you wouldnt be limited a grad job ?

Yea i have 2 years experience in marketing/sales so most of the jobs i applied for weren't just grad jobs
Strum
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1075 posts since 16/11/05

26 Mar 2009 19:17
Oasisunit wrote: I graduate with my degree in September, want to get the ball rolling on getting a job.

Anyone know the best websites to look for graduate jobs (my degree is in international marketing and economics)

all i know is gumtree and monster.com

http://www.prospects.ac.uk is your best bet


also try:
http://www.thegraduate.co.uk/
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

26 Mar 2009 19:21
Oasisunit wrote:
Homer wrote: its pretty late, a lot of them closed before xmas

Do you have any experience so you wouldnt be limited a grad job ?

Yea i have 2 years experience in marketing/sales so most of the jobs i applied for weren't just grad jobs


Cool any experiance is really going to help, Competition for grad jobs is going to be intense. How come you can work here, you have a visa or something ?