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When Lucy Tobin studied English at Oxford University, uni life included work as a newspaper journalist, a social life revolving around friends, restaurants, clubbing and pub quizzes, and an addiction to shopping. So when she graduated in 2008 with a First and her bank balance in the black, people wanted to hear her secrets and here they are.
As the parent of a son who intends to go to university later this year, A Guide to Uni Life is a welcome read – and a reminder of my own university days. The book covers all of the excitement and enthusiasm, fears and worries of any new student as they venture into the unknown, often living away from home for the first time. This book covers pretty much everything a student will need – and want – to know, from what to pack before they go and how to make the most of freshers’ week to managing finances, halls and housing and dealing with any health needs. There is information on cooking and food hygiene (including some simple recipes to get students started) and, of course, the reason why students will be at university in the first place – to study. A Guide to Uni Life provides realistic insight into what to expect, with useful tips from current and previous students. It’s fun to read, well-planned and well-structured, making it easy to dip into, and provides helpful reassurance for students (and their parents). It covers topics that students may not even consider, such as security and safety, and budgeting and finding work. There’s also a chapter on when things don’t go to plan – the wrong university, the wrong course, the wrong accommodation, and so on – so that students realise they’re not alone and help is available rather than panic instead. If you know someone going to university, this would be a useful gift – ideally read before they go so they can plan in advance, but helpful once they’ve arrived too.
Adult life is full of mysteries. What should you check before renting a flat? How do you ask for a pay rise? Does anything really need to be dry cleaned? And why does everyone else seem to know these things except you? (They don't, but this book will help.) Being an Adult is a practical and entertaining guide to the life skills you didn't learn at school. If you've ever wondered when you're going to become a 'real' grown-up, this book will give you the answers you need.
This book is a careers bible fit for today's job market, with exclusive advice and guidance from some of the biggest names in British business. No matter what stage of life one is at, whether a school leaver, university graduate or job changer, finding the right career to suit one's skills and characteristics has never been more challenging. The amount of choice and information can be daunting. Most of us only have a vague idea of what careers really entail on a day-to-day basis and yet that information could steer one towards - or away - from a job or university course. In this book Lucy Tobin has compiled an inspirational guide to the most popular jobs and careers in the UK, giving the inside scoop on what these jobs are really like day-to-day, what skills recruiters are really looking for and what courses to study to get your foot in the door. Jobs covered include: banker, actuary, publisher, fashion designer, barrister, zookeeper, chef, TV presenter, actor, journalist, civil servant, app developer, architect, engineer and psychologist. Lucy's journalistic approach, together with exclusive interviews with chef Antonio Carluccio, designer Kelly Hoppen, Dragon Den's James Caan, astronaut Tim Peake, footballer Michael Owen, author Tracy Chevalier and entrepreneur Jamal Edwards makes The Book of Jobs the careers guide to trust at every stage of life.
A trousseau of creative, canny and crafty tips to plan a wedding with a difference. This is a new wedding planning guide for brides-to-be. The savvy, the surprising and the downright ingenious ideas that will make your wedding stand out from the crowd. Not to mention some behind-the-scenes secrets that put this guide on the side of the bride, not the wedding industry. Want to know what photographers, venues and caterers say you should ask them if you want the best service at the lowest price? Want a wedding with a personal touch, not off the peg? Lusting after luxury but smart about saving? Favour a home-made feel but haven't got the know-how? Lifting the veil on everything from the entrance music to the honeymoon getaway, Lucy Tobin teaches you how to dream big, shop smart and do-it-yourself - all in the down to earth style of the kind of girl you'd want as your own bridesmaid. Get ready to go up the aisle in style with this essential wedding planner!
We're all feeling poor. Our wages mightn't have risen for a long time, but taxes, food, heating, clothes, pets, driving, kids, booze, leaving the house - and paying for the privilege of living there - certainly have. Life costs more - but that doesn't mean it has to become rubbish. No need for a hairshirt or holiday-less year: treats can stay on the agenda. This book contains so many money-saving ideas and tips that together they'll knock thousands off the cost of living. It's less shiver-me-timbers-I-can't-afford-the-heating, more ten easy tips to slash your heating bill by a third. We're poor, but we don't need to be bored or boring. This book lays out how to save it - so you can squeeze more value out of your hard-earned cash.
Small Business Book Award Winner 2013, Small Business Book Awards The secrets of the UK's biggest online entrepreneurs revealed Thinking of starting a business? Already have a business online and looking to take it to the next level? The wonderful world wide web has made creating a start-up that much easier. Thousands of people are out there reaping the rewards the web can bring. If you want to join them, you've come to the right place. Profiling today's foremost web entrepreneurs, Lucy Tobin - who meets successful business founders every week writing an enterprise column for The Evening Standard takes us through their start-up stories and maps out exactly what's made them so successful. You ll hear first hand from the bright sparks behind some of the UK's top online businesses. With interviews, practical advice and insights, you'll learn how they did it, what they recommend, and how you can do it too.
An old English proverb says 'he that converses not, know nothing' - but you might be forgiven for thinking that young people nowadays speak a completely different language from the English you were taught at school. A vast number of bewildering terms, with no apparent relevance to the rules of grammar or sense, have proliferated among 'the youth of today'. You might hear this strange new language on the back of the bus, in student bars across the land, and online - indeed, wherever teens chat breeze (make conversation) together. And how to decipher this cryptic talk? Unfortunately, a trawl through Webster's or the OED won't enlighten you as to what a milf is, things that are alternately sick and skankaroo, or what it means to get poked on Facebook. As for expletives, well, in the modern age the F-word is the most versatile part of speech around - a handy verb, adjective or noun. Pimp Your Vocab! is your insider's guide to making sense of Teenglish. To bridge the communication gap between teachers and students, parents and kids, here is a dictionary of the words du jour...standard.
A Guide to Uni Life is an upbeat and engaging guide book to all aspects of university life. It covers everything from surviving freshers' week to studying for your finals and includes tips and advice on how to have fun and stay healthy throughout your university life. Lucy Tobin - a recent graduate herself - gives new or potential students a real insight into what uni life will be like and how to make it the best experience you can and achieve a brilliant degree as well. The author guides new students through the university experience in a friendly way without being condescending or pretending that all you are there for is to lock yourself in the library! Students can really get the best out of their time in higher education with this helpful and entertaining book.