Dec 23 2019
Finding a job after Uni
Finding a job after Uni sounds far away. Many of The Lofttown residents come to Barcelona just to study. What happens to them next is that the city and social activity invite them to stay. And believe us: it happens.
Once your studies are finished you will have your group of friends, your trips on top, and you will ask yourself a question: what if I stay to live in Barcelona? This is where you’ll start thinking about looking for a job after university.
So we thought, what if we give you a hand? Here we will tell you, thanks to the experiences that the lofttowners tell us in the student residence in Barcelona, how and where to look for work. Whether part or full time.
Let’s get to it!
Prepare your C.V.
You will have to invest a lot of time in this task, but in the end it will be worth it. When it comes to finding work after Uni the C.V. will be your cover letter.
Take time to polish it. Make it minimalist, short and concise; so that it doesn’t last more than one page. A Word sheet is no longer usually presented: companies are already looking for creativity from the C.V. To do this, give it a creative touch, with colours and highlighting your knowledge and qualities. Do you know what you can use? Canva, a super easy and intuitive design tool where you can find countless C.V. templates that you will love, and many of them are free.
Think that they’ll know you through a piece of paper. So sell yourself. Make a brief introduction describing your personality, values and goals. Remember to add a cover letter to let companies know more about you.
Here are some templates for you to have ideas when creating your C.V.
Part Time Work
After Uni finding a job will be, in itself, a job. There are many who decide to work part time as waiters or in kitchens of bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs.
But this isn’t all: you can also look for work from what you’ve studied. At first you will be able to find many internships. Most will not be paid and others will.
Here it will be important how you want to allocate your personal time. That is: working part time you will have every morning or afternoon free (depending on where you apply). This will allow you, for example, to start your own projects while gaining experience in a company.
But don’t worry: you have paid part-time jobs. Depending on which degree you’ve studied there will be more or less offers. Seek and you will find, believe us.
Full Time Work
If you already set out to find work after Uni with the aim of having a career and gaining experience, then you will be looking for a Full Time job.
In this case, focus on sending your C.V. to offers that interest you. That is, do not do bulk mailings. Think what you want to work doing, in your day-to-day life, what you like. It’s not a matter that you want to come to later. Don’t focus only on the economic side. We all want to be rich, but we’ll need to gather experience and grow and train in the workplace.
However, these offers are usually accompanied by an acceptable salary.
Platforms to find work
Depending on the sector you are in, there are platforms that will have more offers. However, here we leave you the list of the most used in Barcelona:
Now, it’s your turn. Remember: prepare a good C.V. and cover letter to find work after Uni. Set goals and decide what to do with your time. Then choose what kind of work you want. The final step: start submitting C.V.s and wait for the answers.
Good luck and go for everything!
Dec 10 2019
Erasmus in Barcelona: what you should have in your suitcase
The time has come for Erasmus in Barcelona. We leave our city to travel to a new place, live experiences, meet people, have fun, “study”… anyway: everything that comes with going on Erasmus.
The student residences in Barcelona offer many services, but in TheLofttown we go further. We leave the formalities out and are aware of our students’ lives in Barcelona. Let’s see… don’t forget to study.
After seeing all the residents who have passed through TheLofttown in Barcelona we have noticed that many have problems when it comes to packing. We have taken note of this and that is why we will tell you some secrets that you must take into account when packing to come on Erasmus to Barcelona.
Please note that if you come on Erasmus to Barcelona (or any city) you will need to bring not only your carry-on baggage, but you will also need to pack your bags.
To do this, remember that the maximum weight of the suitcase to be sent is usually 23 kilos. For its part, the carry-on bag must weigh no more than 11 kilos. Anyway, remember to check the airline. Each has different conditions when referring to luggage.
Well, well… we always have problems here, right? First let’s think about which season of the year we’re going to arrive. Remember that you have a weight limit on your suitcase and you can’t keep your whole wardrobe there.
We recommend you take the essentials for the season in which you arrive in Barcelona. For example: if you come in summer, bring loose clothing. But don’t forget a jacket or a thin sweatshirt. Remember that this way you will spend autumn and spring better and avoid winter expenses. Coats are expensive.
In case of winter it is easier: bring everything warm and then, when you arrive in Barcelona, take advantage of the sales to buy yourself lighter clothes. This way you will optimize the space and with a couple of Euros you can buy clothes suitable for hotter times.
Remember that in Barcelona you have very good quality second-hand shops, such as Humana. In addition, you can shop at low cost chains like Primark. If you add the sales to this… it will make everything easier and cheaper.
What you should never forget: a swimsuit.
If there’s one thing that takes up space and weighs, it’s footwear. We already know that you are fond of many even if you do not wear them, but focus on bringing only what you will use in your Erasmus stay in Barcelona.
After the experiences we saw in the residence, we recommend you bring: a pair of sports shoes, a pair of shoes to party (this will be multitasking: outings, uni and work) and then more comfortable footwear such as flip flops or espardeñas.
With this combination you can combine, be comfortable and perform all the activities you want.
Don’t bring any of that. It doesn’t mean that you are not clean, but that you will take up a lot of room for items that you can get for your day-to-day. At most, if you wish, choose a perfume; the one you like so much.
On the other hand, and without wanting to look like your mothers, don’t forget your toothbrush. For women, yes: bring makeup, blusher, lipstick and a long etcetera. They are expensive products and you may not get them.
If packing to come on Erasmus to Barcelona were VERY minimalist and there was space left over, take advantage of it! Bring decorative or souvenir items to have your city and your friends and family close to you: photos, posters, etc.
Also remember the technology: laptop, mobile phone and their respective chargers. In addition to accessories, such as earrings. These things are always better to put in your carry-on bag.
What do you think? The day of the trip is coming and your suitcase won’t be a problem. Remember to put it together in time and separate your travel clothes.
We hope that the information has been useful and that you can pack your suitcase in the best possible way. In Barcelona and TheLofttown we are waiting for you.