So what are you doing with your life?

first_imgOxford careers literature proudly proclaims that this university has educated twenty-five Prime Ministers, six kings, and three saints. This alone might go some way to explaining the seemingly endless ambition of many Oxford students. Then again, ten centuries are bound to produce a couple of famous alumni. Maybe it’s time to regain our sense of perspective: we are, after all, unlikely to be the next Thomas More, however well we do in our finals. That said, pressure from friends, parents and tutors, no matter how well meaning, can be immense, to choose a direction and a career, preferably one that brings financial reward and qualifies the weight of expectation upon us. It is tempting to wonder exactly how soon this year’s Freshers will start planning their glorious city careers, attending presentations and attempting to procure work experience placements with random investment banks.Despite the high workload of subjects like medicine, it’s likely that many have envied those of us whose subjects are so vocational in nature. “Transferable skills” are all very well, but graduating (as most of us will do) with a 2.1 in a non-vocational subject leads to the realisation that, however much we worried about “narrowing our options” by choosing A level subjects, such panic was probably unnecessary. For many, there may be a myriad of options, but no obvious choice of career. Students may, as the Careers Service confirms, be securing internships gradually earlier in their university careers, but many others are increasingly choosing to defer career decisions until after graduation. The 46% of Oxford graduates who entered immediate employment after graduation in 2002 was the lowest figure for more than seven years, and this fall has been coupled with a steady rise in the number of those “not available for work”, which typically refers to those who follow their degree with a period of travel.When the search for a career does begin in earnest, however, scanning careers literature can swiftly make one disillusioned. It is all very well to read twenty advertisements for city firms, but the difficulty comes afterwards, when trying to mentally extricate one from another and work out exactly why one firm is better, or different, to another. You may be able to decorate your room in college entirely with promotional material acquired at Freshers’ Fair (or, indeed, have been in possession of a free muffin at Summer Eights because you were able to say that Deloitte’s line of business is “professional services”) without really having been any the wiser.Of course, beyond the initial confusion, enlightenment will probably have come by the time one actually ends up working for said city law firm or investment bank. Graduate recruitment schemes offer job security, and, lest we forget, a starting salary far above the national average. But the structure and culture of many of these organisations means that career advancement happens within pre-ordained limits, and although well paid, the hours that some of these firms expect one to work means that a social life may become a distant memory.One third year, who this summer took part in a vacation scheme at a city law firm, recalls her supervisor, an Oxford graduate, saying that she had not made any evening plans during the week for four years. Of course, at the age of twenty-five, long hours may not matter very much. For many, mostly unencumbered by relationship or family ties, the salary provides ample compensation for a life spent mostly in the office. ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

Carly Pearce Performs Amid Michael Ray Divorce

first_imgPearce noted that she hoped “people respect us to understand that we are humans and I certainly didn’t get married to get divorced,” adding that “things happen.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Us Weekly confirmed that Pearce filed for divorce from Ray in June after eight months of marriage. She made their relationship Instagram official in July 2018, and they tied the knot in October 2019.The “Hide the Wine” singer spoke out about the split in October, telling ET Canada that the biggest lesson she learned was that she is “way stronger than I thought.”- Advertisement – The “Next Girl” songstress teased the performance via Instagram on Thursday, November 5, prior to Brice’s diagnosis. “I truly have no words for this one,” she wrote. “I have dreamt of singing one of my songs on the @cma awards since I was a little girl, and it’s finally happening. Watch Country Music’s Biggest Night LIVE next Wednesday on ABC as I perform ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ with @leebrice! (And probably low key cry into my microphone) #cmaawards.”Although the track focuses on a couple moving on after a breakup, Pearce had someone other than Ray, 32, in mind when she penned the song. She revealed in December 2019 that she actually called it quits with her ex, whom the tune is based on, because of her feelings for the fellow country star.Carly Pearce Performs Breakup Anthem at CMAs 2020 Amid Michael Ray DivorceAFF-USA/Shutterstock“I’m married, and I don’t want anyone to think that I have this person still lingering in my past or looming because this is my story,” she explained in a YouTube video. “But I also feel like this person is in a good place too, and I wanted people to kind of, the payoff of that to be he’s finally seeing his ex-girlfriend for the first time and is able to kind of look her in the face and say, ‘It’s OK.’”- Advertisement – Singing away the pain? Carly Pearce performed a duet with Charles Kelley at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards amid her divorce from estranged husband Michael Ray.Pearce, 30, and Kelley, 39, sang her hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now” at the Wednesday, November 11, awards ceremony, which took place in Nashville. The Lady A member replaced her original duet partner, Lee Brice, after the 41-year-old crooner tested positive for coronavirus.Carly Pearce Performs Breakup Anthem at CMAs 2020 Amid Michael Ray DivorceCarly Pearce and Charles Kelley perform “I Hope You’re Happy Now” at the 2020 CMAs. John Russell/Country Music Association Inc./Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

IPL to UAE would be easier to monitor – BCCI official

first_imgTaking the IPL to the UAE would be quite a task logistically for the tournament organisers, but for BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit head Ajit Singh, the move will make monitoring the event “slightly easier” as it would be restricted to just three venues.IPL 2020 is set to start in the UAE on September 19 and the final will be held on November 8 or November 10, with three venues – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi hosting the 60 games over 51 days.“In the UAE, it will be slightly easier doing [monitoring ACU activity] as there are only three grounds compared to eight venues in India,” Singh told PTI.”That’s not an issue at all. Once the schedule comes, we will decide the workforce.”In 2014, the UAE hosted a part of the IPL because of general elections in India.Singh said currently there are “eight ACU officers who are on BCCI payrolls”.So, will that be enough for managing the work through 60 matches as well as keeping a tab on hotels? “It’s too early to comment on measures as we need to first check what kind of bio-security measures will be created,” Singh said. “We first need to see how things are taking shape there and we will deploy our men accordingly. In case, we need men, we will hire them.”With the ICC headquartered in Dubai, the BCCI, if need be, can take help of the global body, which has a huge team of ACU officials, according to senior a BCCI official.“If it is a private league that approaches ICC for hiring ACU officers and they agree to cover the event, then the league organisers bear the costs,” the official said.The BCCI might need extra workforce considering that each team will have one dedicated Integrity Officer as per rules.“It is the BCCI that will designate one Integrity Officer per team during the course of the IPL,” a senior franchise official said.” Now whether they will be a part of the bio-bubble (if created), we don’t know, but the Integrity Officer is completely their domain.”Matches held in the UAE have previously been vulnerable to the impact of bookies and fixers, but the ACU head is quite confident that they can prevent wrongdoing.“Whoever is involved (bookies/fixers) they are all inter-connected,” he said. “If we have our sources here, they also know how these bookies operate. If they get an information of this place, they will get an information of that place also. It’s not so much of an issue.”last_img read more