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I've ended up voiding retail (though I haven't ruled it out) as I'm never able to pass the situational customer service tests for companies that make you do them, meaning I'm probably not suited for a customer-facing role. I have about 4 months until I end up at university and just need a temporary job that's preferably relevant to the industry I'd like to go into (Media and Journalism). I'm thinking maybe social media management or copywriting. Still, I need a company that is willing to take on a student with no prior experience and for a temporary period of time. Is anyone aware of any schemes that would offer that?
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I know you said you voided retail but have you tried applying for Marks and Spencer? Decent pay and most of the guys are nice
I never thought he would but my friend managed to pass his pretty easily

I only applied to them last and thought I'd never get it because I'd failed all the other surveys but I got it and I'm still here too many years later aha
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Ngl I thought this too, ended up getting a decent job in homebase. Have you considered approaching local retailers? Not like big chains? They don't make you do these tests.

If money isn't an issue, and you want to do something media+journalism related, perhaps try something like Fiver, or if you're creative start working on a website to host articles (and write some to host), or videos you can post online. This will form a writing portfolio and will help you find work later.
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Try a recruitment services company. Contact a few different local shops in order to see what can be arranged for you. Focus on your key skills. Read the entire job description or career advert and fill out the paper application form correctly. Good luck.
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(Original post by adrewp)
I know you said you voided retail but have you tried applying for Marks and Spencer? Decent pay and most of the guys are nice
I never thought he would but my friend managed to pass his pretty easily

I only applied to them last and thought I'd never get it because I'd failed all the other surveys but I got it and I'm still here too many years later aha
M&S is actually one of the few retail companies I'm waiting for an opening for! I hope my local one hires soon because I've heard they're really good with younger staff and generous pay-wise, and would definitely want to work there. Fingers crossed!

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Ngl I thought this too, ended up getting a decent job in homebase. Have you considered approaching local retailers? Not like big chains? They don't make you do these tests.

If money isn't an issue, and you want to do something media+journalism related, perhaps try something like Fiver, or if you're creative start working on a website to host articles (and write some to host), or videos you can post online. This will form a writing portfolio and will help you find work later.
Ayy congrats! Yeah definitely, my Mum suggested just straight-up emailing some small independent shops nearby so I may do that. Unfortunately, I live in quite a small town, so I don't have many options available to me, which makes it difficult. Also, anxiety is a slight issue, but honestly, I just need to get on with it and stop getting intimidated by the idea of interviews, phone calls e.c.t. Fiver sounds great, but I think I'd want a stable income while still having free time to add to my savings, and I'm also not sure what I want to specialise in yet (Articles, filmmaking e.c.t). I am currently practising 3D modelling on blender, so maybe I could attempt to make some money off that? Money definitely isn't a massive issue as my parents are paying for accommodation and I'm living off my maintenance loan, but it just means I have a little extra to live off at uni while not sitting around my whole unplanned gap year.

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Try a recruitment services company. Contact a few different local shops in order to see what can be arranged for you. Focus on your key skills. Read the entire job description or career advert and fill out the paper application form correctly. Good luck.
I despise recruitment companies currently. I have two I'm signed on to but they only send me jobs I'm not qualified for in marketing. I've applied to three and got rejected practically a day after applying. I wasn't even considered for a second. I just need a company that will take on young people pre-university, and recruitment companies don't cater towards gap-year students.
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M&S is actually one of the few retail companies I'm waiting for an opening for! I hope my local one hires soon because I've heard they're really good with younger staff and generous pay-wise, and would definitely want to work there. Fingers crossed!


Ayy congrats! Yeah definitely, my Mum suggested just straight-up emailing some small independent shops nearby so I may do that. Unfortunately, I live in quite a small town, so I don't have many options available to me, which makes it difficult. Also, anxiety is a slight issue, but honestly, I just need to get on with it and stop getting intimidated by the idea of interviews, phone calls e.c.t. Fiver sounds great, but I think I'd want a stable income while still having free time to add to my savings, and I'm also not sure what I want to specialise in yet (Articles, filmmaking e.c.t). I am currently practising 3D modelling on blender, so maybe I could attempt to make some money off that? Money definitely isn't a massive issue as my parents are paying for accommodation and I'm living off my maintenance loan, but it just means I have a little extra to live off at uni while not sitting around my whole unplanned gap year.


I despise recruitment companies currently. I have two I'm signed on to but they only send me jobs I'm not qualified for in marketing. I've applied to three and got rejected practically a day after applying. I wasn't even considered for a second. I just need a company that will take on young people pre-university, and recruitment companies don't cater towards gap-year students.
In that case try a independent qualified local career advisor. I used one last year when looking and she was actually quite helpful. Or see if the national career advice service can help, read the career information found on their website or talk to a live advisor via email or on the phone as well.
Time to buff your resume up. Focus on your key skills.
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Ayy congrats! Yeah definitely, my Mum suggested just straight-up emailing some small independent shops nearby so I may do that. Unfortunately, I live in quite a small town, so I don't have many options available to me, which makes it difficult. Also, anxiety is a slight issue, but honestly, I just need to get on with it and stop getting intimidated by the idea of interviews, phone calls e.c.t. Fiver sounds great, but I think I'd want a stable income while still having free time to add to my savings, and I'm also not sure what I want to specialise in yet (Articles, filmmaking e.c.t). I am currently practising 3D modelling on blender, so maybe I could attempt to make some money off that? Money definitely isn't a massive issue as my parents are paying for accommodation and I'm living off my maintenance loan, but it just means I have a little extra to live off at uni while not sitting around my whole unplanned gap year.
Haha, this was years ago when I was in Sixth Form, but thanks anyway.
If you're doing a gap year and are 18+, might I recommend Workaway.info? It's a service that connects hosts and travellers. You do around 5 hours work for them a day, in return you get accomodation and food. When you do longer term traveling the biggest costs end up being food and shelter, and this gives you an opportunity to directly exchange labour for that. I've not done it myself, but I know people who have and they absolutely loved it. You could definitely travel for upwards of a couple months using this if you saved up enough for the travel costs.
Definitely try a bunch of things! Try filmmaking, try writing, try all sorts. Knowing better what you want to do will pay great dividends when you finish uni. Knowing what you want to do after will help you build the experience you need to get into that after university (for instance getting into student journalism, or creating a production company to create student films for instance.) Host any and all of it somewhere online (could be a personal website for articles or a YT channel for videos.)
Also, as someone else who is anxious at the best of times, working retail was one of the first key steps to overcoming that. It really helped me learn and get comfortable approaching and chatting to strangers. Taking the plunge and not listening to your anxiety is a key step in overcoming it.
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