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“What are you going to do with your life?”

Previously whenever I would arrive onto campus at Sussex University, I’d be armed with half a dozen library books, have my head swimming with essay questions, and be preparing for a eight-hour shift in the library. But today – armed with only myself and a coffee – I was preparing for my first day as part of the Catalyst Team. Arriving at Sussex campus once again Explaining to people what my role in the Catalyst Team would consist of was difficult. Questions ranged from “so, you’re getting employed by Sussex Uni?”, to “why are you working with businesses when you studied a Literature degree?”, and everything in between. There are multiple times throughout my degree that I questioned my own in

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

This is an introduction to a new chapter in the life of the human known as Ionut Barbura, so buckle up because you are about to embark on a crazy ride. On the 27th of June 2017 I finally realised how Neil Armstrong felt when he set foot on the Moon .I am more than certain that he and I had the same feelings. I am fully convinced that if you get to read this article, you have experienced (at least once) that bizarre state of both excitement and fear. And that is exactly what I felt on my first day with the Catalyst Programme. Last year's team getting to know each other. Here's to the next intake! My first day started with a very pleasant two hour induction by the Catalyst Programme Manager, L

Bring it on!

The first day of a new job is always met with a mixed bag of emotions – a combination of nerves and excitement coupled with an unnerving sense of the unknown provides a unique challenge to anyone – and I was no different. I was looking forward to meeting new people and stepping outside of my comfort zone, but also nervous about these things too. This is my first full time job and I’m sure working a 9-5:30 will be a different challenge altogether. We have a wide range of members under our roof at the Innovation Centre However, the nerves soon subsided. I was greeted by a room full of smiling and welcoming faces (and a long list of new names to remember!). I quickly felt that this would be a p

Sianna - Week One

Leading up to my first day, I felt a nervousness growing in the pit of my stomach. There’s something about the beginning of a new job, not knowing where to go, what to do, or who everyone is, that really worried me. After being a competent member of the team in my previous, part-time jobs, I dreaded starting from scratch again, this time with a ‘real job’. The night before, my nerves subsided and were replaced by excitement. True to form, I was worrying over nothing. My first day was up at the Croydon office, this presented new challenges like coming out of the wrong exit of the train station and getting lost, or having to ring the doorbell to get back into the office throughout the day sinc

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