Weekly Work Update #9

End week 14.

The week of a make up class and exam.

Because of a public holiday that my lecturer did not account for (along with every other public holiday this semester), I had a make up class on Tuesday, after which the fate of my holiday job was changed. (Find out more in Hump Day (entry 8).)

I had an appointment with a sports physician yesterday (Thursday). Turns out that my hip pain is non-reproducible, so he needs me to have an MRI to see what’s going on in my hip and back. (Also, I have a dodgy back – which I already knew about – that doesn’t bend properly.)

So I’m going in for an MRI next Tuesday, and seeing the physio again next Friday after the results come back.

Assessment that was due this week:

  • an exam for Corporate Writing and Editing.

Assessment that is due next week:

  • the second part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing that I handed in yesterday before my exam.

I handed in my last assessment for the semester yesterday, and then sat my last exam.

This was a proofreading exam, for which I had prepared just as well as I did for the previous Corporate Writing and Editing exam. I took all of the previous years’ tests and found that they were quite easy – you just had to keep an eye out for everything, layout errors included.

I took my time in the exam, because I finished the practice exams in about 20 minutes. I made sure I read through everything first, and only corrected the most obvious mistakes as I was reading through, like layout errors.

The second time I read through the exam (which was a report that we had to proofread), I did a line edit, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation. I know you’re not meant to edit for more than one thing at a time, but with limited time available, I read through quite slowly so I picked up everything in one edit.

I think I did pretty well. I found 45 errors when there was only meant to be about 40 – there are always extra errors than was intended.

Only time will tell – I will post my results when I receive them.

In the meantime, I will be enjoying this long break from uni, and unanticipated break from work.

 

Until next time

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Weekly Work Update #8

End week 13.

The last week of the semester.

In regards to university work, this week has been pretty slow. But this is mainly due to the fact that I have already finished every assessment piece for this semester, minus an exam.

I submitted the design portfolio last Friday, one day after receiving feedback on it, and one week before it was due.

I have finished the writing portfolio, but I want to wait until I have the make up class next week for Corporate Writing and Editing, in case my tutor tells the class anything in particular about the assessment. I will probably submit it next Thursday when I go in for my exam.

I handed the magazine feature rewrite in yesterday (Thursday) because it was convenient for me – I had an orientation session for QUT’s Real World Placement Program, which is a student gateway for work experience, internships, and employment.

My boyfriend took me to see Before I Go to Sleep earlier tonight. It was meant to be really scary, being a psychological thriller, but I love Black Swan, so I didn’t think it would be. Turns out that I was right – it wasn’t scary. Well, not what I classify as scary, anyway.

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My boyfriend and I saw Before I Go to Sleep tonight.

Assessment that was due this week:

  • a design portfolio for Media Design and Layout that I submitted last Friday; and
  • a magazine feature rewrite for Feature Writing.

Assessment that is due next week:

  • an exam for Corporate Writing and Editing.

Assessment that I’m currently working on:

  • the second part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing that I just need to proofread.

As you might know if you’ve been keeping up with my recent posts, Dad is renovating. Another wall came down this week.

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Dad knocked down another wall this week.

He also bought painting equipment and we’re choosing colours with the help of my friend who has recently started a painting apprenticeship.

Dad has also ordered a kitchen from Bunnings, which should be delivered next week.

We’re also tiling everywhere except the bedrooms.

 

Until next time

 

Image sourced from:

IMDb. 2014. “Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Mark Strong in Before I Go to Sleep (2014).” Image. Accessed October 24, 2014. http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3436560640/tt1726592?ref_=tt_ov_i.

Weekly Work Update #7

End week 12.

I bought front row tickets to Ross Noble’s Tangentleman tour.

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I have front row tickets!

I have seen Ross Noble live once before, but I was sitting up in the wings. This time I will be getting up close and personal in the front row with tickets that I bought in a pre-sale.

The show is in March next year, so I have to wait a while, but at least I have something exciting to look forward to.

I am working at Australia Post over the Christmas holidays.

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I am working as a Christmas casual.

As I told you in my recent Hump Day post, Australia Post’s recruitment administrator confirmed that I did indeed pass all of my pre-employment checks and I will be working in a sorting centre as a Christmas casual.

Two books, one DVD.

Two new Jodi Picoult books.

Two new Jodi Picoult books.

I have been needing these two books for a while (The Storyteller for longer since it’s an older book) and I finally bought them yesterday, along with the much needed Black Swan movie.

I've been wanting to buy this movie for ages.

I’ve been wanting to buy this movie for ages.

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This weekend is Oktoberfest Brisbane’s last, and therefore my last weekend working there.

I’ve enjoyed myself during this experience and I intend celebrating this successful employment opportunity and the end of the university semester with my boyfriend in some way. Perhaps dinner and a movie – I want to see Gone Girl.

Assessment that was due this week:

  • an event operations portfolio for Event Management that I handed in last week.

Assessment that is due next week:

  • a design portfolio for Media Design and Layout that I submitted online last night; and
  • a rewrite of a magazine feature article for Feature Writing.

Assessment that I’m currently working on:

  • the second part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing that I’m halfway through and that is now due two weeks after the end of the semester; and
  • a rewrite of a magazine feature article for Feature Writing that I’m redrafting.

Assessment that I haven’t started working on yet:

  • an exam for Corporate Writing and Editing one week after the semester finishes.

 

Until next time

 

Images sourced from:

A-List Entertainment. 2014. “Ross Noble Tangentleman.” Image. Accessed October 16, 2014. http://services.news.alist.com.au/online/18249537-4.html.

Australia Post. 2014. “Australia Post.” Image. Accessed October 15, 2014. https://twitter.com/auspost.

Weekly Work Update #6

End week 11.

It’s been a busy week, and things are just starting to speed up.

I worked all the way to the finish line with my magazine feature for Feature Writing that was due yesterday (Thursday). Apparently all journalists love working a deadline, so I might just have it in me to be one.

I received my mark for the background news feature I wrote for Feature Writing. Find out how I went and read my story here.

I also took a weight off of my shoulders by yesterday handing in another piece of assessment that isn’t due for a week.

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I handed in this 133-page assessment piece one week early.

I went to the Oktoberfest staff induction last night, where we sampled the first giant pretzels of the festival.

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The first giant pretzels of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2014.

I’m very excited to work at Oktoberfest – it will be my first time, and I hope to work there again next year. My first shift is tomorrow (Saturday).

Assessment that was due this week:

  • a magazine feature article for Feature Writing.

Assessment that is due next week:

  • an event operations portfolio for Event Management that I handed in this week.

Assessment that I’m currently working on:

  • a design portfolio for Media Design and Layout (due week 13) that I just need to receive feedback on next week so that I can finalise, print, and bind it; and
  • the second part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing (due one week after the end of semester) that I have just started.

Assessment that I haven’t started working on yet:

  • an exam for Corporate Writing and Editing in the two-week exam period after the semester finishes.

My room is slowly coming together, although it isn’t quite finished yet.

We also still have to renovate what is now my en suite. I also need to buy a shelf for my DVD/Blu-Ray player and get that mounted on the wall along with my TV. And another antenna port needs to be installed in the roof.

My boyfriend and I are going to see The Equalizer at the movies tonight – can’t wait to relax.

 

Until next time

Weekly Work Update #5

End break week.

A bit later than usual, I know, but I’ve been moving rooms.

Dad has been planning renovations for a while now, and we’re slowly moving through them.

Over the last few days, Dad has moved everything from his room to the lounge, and I have moved my room up to his room.

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Today he was quite happy knocking out the built-in cupboards that separated my room and its adjoining room.
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My boyfriend and I stayed up until midnight last night putting our Ikea bed together.

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We slept on Dad’s king mattress in the lounge room, and woke up at 6:30 this morning to have our mattress delivered, which we ended up buying from Super A-Mart.

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No assessment was due this week.

Assessment that is due next week:

  • the first draft of a magazine feature article for Feature Writing.

Assessment that I’m currently working on:

  • an event operations portfolio for Event Management (due week 12) that is finished;
  • a design portfolio for Media Design and Layout (due week 13) that I’m finalising; and
  • a magazine feature story for Feature Writing (due week 11) that I’m writing.

Assessment that I haven’t started working on yet:

  • the second part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing (due one week after the end of semester) that I plan on starting next week; and
  • an exam for Corporate Writing and Editing in the two-week exam period after the semester finishes.

 

The world championships for artistic roller skating is in full swing – the junior week is almost finished ready for the seniors next week.

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If you’re interested in watching, the competition is held from September 27 to October 11.

Watch the Artistic Roller Skating World Championships live here.

 

Until next time

 

Images sourced from:

Skate NSW. 2014. “2014 World Art Logo.” Image. Accessed September 26, 2014. http://www.skatensw.org.au/default.aspx?nav_id=42&article_id=171.

All Good Things

Last night I received a text message and email from Australia Post. I’ve now proceeded to the next stage in my application as a Christmas Casual, and I have booked a medical exam for Tuesday.

When I saw my doctor yesterday (see Weekly Work Update #4), he said I should have no problems passing the medical. Fingers crossed.

One thing I’ve forgotten to tell you is the grade I received for this semester’s Group Work assessment.

The entire group scored really well, with no one getting lower than a Credit.

My group, Budget Research, was the second highest scoring group with a Distinction minus.

Here’s out section. I wrote about income.

 

Budget Research

Researching budget influences

Understanding the macro-economic environment can inform budgeting decisions, such as setting ticket prices. Macro changes, like Federal Budgets, can affect potential target audiences.

Statistical websites offer research information regarding consumer confidence (ASIC 2014, Trading Economics 2014). Obtaining specific and recent data is important, as the economy and consumer confidence is fickle. MoneySmart.gov.au provides spending habits of different age groups. To take advantage of this researched data, you need a target audience defined by qualities such as geographic, social, economic, and age.

Seasonal changes can also inform budgeting decisions. For example, in January, suppliers are often keen to offload leftover Christmas stock, but consider what your target audience might be buying: sale items, or festival tickets? Therefore, it may be necessary to drop ticket prices or to advertise your tickets as good Christmas presents.

Another important step when deciding ticket prices is to research what similar events charge, while keeping in mind the differences between your event and theirs, such as product value.

Researching budget expenditure

After researching what impacts your target audience’s spending, you can begin budgeting for your event, which includes formulating expenditure and putting a value on all event elements, then researching income (Fell 2009, 47). You should then actively research all possible items of expenditure and income.

The first step is to anticipate expenditure by listing every cost for every aspect and divide them into categories. There are different aspects of expenditure and the budget should provide overall information about materials to acquire and labour requirements. But providing detailed information takes research. For example, you have to research each part of equipment, like what types of equipment would be used and how many pieces of equipment there should be.

The last consideration is to estimate costs for every item by seeking information through a number of ways. A key way to identify expenditure is to obtain a quote from a potential supplier. Remember, the more research and consultation you do, the more accurate your budget will be.

Researching budget income

After working out total expenditure, you will need to research how to secure income. A common funding vein is government grants. The important thing to remember is to research what each funding body is looking for. For example, the Small to Medium Organisations Program’s (s2m) key eligibility requirements are that applicants “must demonstrate that they undertake professional artistic or cultural activities as their main business” (Arts Queensland 2011). You will also need to research the funding body’s guidelines. This is important and useful, as you’ll find that they’ll generally supply tips for preparing your application.

You should also research past recipients. For example, Access Arts received over $200,000 last year from s2m (Arts Queensland 2011). The first paragraph on the front page of their website addresses s2m’s key eligibility criteria: that they undertake “arts and cultural” activities as their main business (Access Arts Inc 2014). Identify if past recipients’ values, goals, and objectives are similar to those of your event: if so, you will most likely be eligible to apply to their funder.

The most important thing to remember when applying for funding is to include your well-researched budget to demonstrate that you can manage funds well. You want your budget to make your potential funder confident that their money will not be wasted.

 

References

Access Arts Inc. 2014. “Access Arts Inc (Queensland).” Accessed August 23, 2014. http://accessarts.org.au/.

Arts Queensland. 2011. “Small to Medium Organisations Program (s2m).” Accessed August 24, 2014. http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding/s2m.html.

Arts Queensland. 2013. “s2m-2013-funding.” Word document. Accessed August 23, 2014. http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/funding/s2m.html.

ASIC (Australian Securities & Investments Commission). 2014. “Australian spending habits.” Accessed August 20, 2014. https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/managing-your-money/budgeting/spending/australian-spending-habits.

Fell, Kate. 2009. “Week 4- Making Ends Meet” In KTB211 Creative Industries Events & Festivals Textbook, edited by Kate Fell. 46-59. Accessed on August 15,2014. https://blackboard.qut.edu.au/bbcswebdav/pid-5474633-dt-content-rid-2962381_1/courses/KTB211_14se2/KTB211CIE%26F_Textbook_2014.pdf.

Trading Economics. 2014. “Australia Consumer Confidence.” Accessed August 20, 2014. http://www.tradingeconomics.com/australia/consumer-confidence.

 

Until next time

Weekly Work Update #4

End week 10.

I made chocolate chip banana muffins last night.

I had finished my background feature and eaten dinner and dessert (ice cream and home-made ice magic), and I was waiting for Black Swan to start. The movie didn’t begin for another few hours, so I had some time to kill. Naturally, I decided to bake.

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See my recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (or Loaf).

I just came back from seeing my doctor about my hip (as I explained in Hump Day (entry 3)). He sent me to have an x-ray, and he also referred me to a local sports medicine physician. Unfortunately, my private health fund (or any private health fund) does not cover that particular physician, but I will get a Medicare rebate. I might book an appointment next week, since I’m on holidays.

My boyfriend and I will be looking at queen mattresses next week, in preparation of our renovations; dad is knocking out the wall and cupboards between my current room and the music room, which is next to my room, to make a master bedroom for himself, and I am moving up into his room.

My boyfriend and I bought a queen bed frame last year because we were meant to be renovating then, but unexpected changes in finances set us back in our timeline.

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While searching on the internet yesterday, I found Beds Online, an online store that sells bedroom furniture for much lower prices than the major retail stores do. Plus they offer free delivery in certain parts of the country, including where I live.

Long story short, I found a mattress with all the features we want, but for hundreds of dollars less. Win.

I finished almost everything I set myself to do this week. Still on my list is beginning a Baking Tips, Tricks, and Rules of Thumb post series, so watch out for that soon.

Assessment that was due this week:

  • a background feature story for Feature Writing;
  • an idea for a magazine feature article for Feature Writing; and
  • the first part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing (that I handed in last Monday).

Assessment that is due the week after next:

  • the first draft of a magazine feature article for Feature Writing.

Assessment that I’m currently working on:

  • an event operations portfolio for Event Management (due week 12) that is finished;
  • a design portfolio for Media Design and Layout (due week 13) that is almost finished; and
  • a magazine feature story for Feature Writing (due week 11) that I’m still researching.

Assessment that I haven’t started working on yet:

  • the second part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing (due one week after the end of semester) that we don’t have information for yet; and
  • an exam for Corporate Writing and Editing in the two-week exam period after the semester finishes.

Skating is going really well; both pairs and solo.

My coach and I came up with a new game plan for my solo competition that I will keep under wraps for now. Let’s just say I might surprise a few people next year.

This week was my last week of lessons before my coach left for Spain – one of her other skaters, Jess, finally qualified for worlds.

2014 World Art Logo

If you’re interested in watching, the competition is held from September 27 to October 11.

Watch the Artistic Roller Skating World Championships live here.

 

Until next time

 

Images sourced from:

Beds Online. 2012. “Beds Online Logo.” Image. Accessed September 26, 2014. http://www.bedsonline.com.au/.

Skate NSW. 2014. “2014 World Art Logo.” Image. Accessed September 26, 2014. http://www.skatensw.org.au/default.aspx?nav_id=42&article_id=171.