When you stop to think about it, Europe is actually pretty small. Look at a World Map and it becomes apparent that you can get from Dublin to Athens quicker than Perth to Sydney. It’s no surprise then that InterRailing has been, and will continue to be, one of the most diverse summer adventures you can have, and on a budget too!
Mid-May and it’s about to get real! All your months being absolutely frozen thinking that your departure date are nearly finished and with us being blessed with the weather the home stretch it’s easy to start daydreaming and forget the needful…
We spent some time in Trinity, UCD, UCC & NCAD talking to some of our past J1 students and asked them to give us some top tips for this year’s crop. Unless you want to ‘get deported’ or ‘end up sleeping on a beach’ (the novelty will wear off!) you might want to take their advice on board…
Many a wise man has once said in order to get the most out of something you should ‘save the best until last’. Whether that’s leaving the best looking chicken wing until the end, eating around the core of a HB Feast or using it as your excuse for a woeful performance at anything athletic, it’s never let us down. Well, this is a summer where you should certainly take heed of this advice when it comes to your InterRailing swansong.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t end up in Budapest or Athens but if you want to finish up somewhere a bit different then we’ve taken on board the experiences of hundreds of USIT InterRailers with 6 Alternative Final Stops…
Ok, so we’ve hit mid-April and the rush to secure jobs for your J1 summer adventure is getting a little bit hectic. If you’re feeling a little stressed about securing your employment at the other end of the Atlantic then we’re here to tell you that there’s no need to hit the panic button just yet!
For decades now, spending a chunk of your summer travelling throughout Europe has been path taken by many. Why? Well, because it’s a freaking awesome experience and a rite of passage for all travel nuts!
So, you’ve decided that Interrailing in 2016 is for you – great decision. However before you get going, you have to first decide what kind of ticket you’re going to get, how many of your mates are going to travel and which countries you plan on visiting. That’s why we’ve put together our 2016 Cheat Sheet to help you get the very most out of your trip, as well as avoiding any pitfalls along your route. Continue reading Interrailing Cheat Sheet 2016
Are you soon finishing up your J1 and returning to Ireland? Before you get on that plane and wave goodbye to your J1 summer, there are a couple of things that you need to do to make sure that you don’t run into any problems later on down the line. Continue reading J1: 5 things to do before you leave the USA
Ok, where did the summer actually go, seriously now? If you’re on your J1 right now, chances are you’re starting to wrap up your trip, finishing up your summer job and trying to make plans to see a bit of the USA before you head back to Ireland and return to college or (even worse) to face the big bad world! Our advice? Take this time to travel as much as you possibly can… now is the time to make the most of your experience, so wrap up your J1 in style! Here are our suggestions for where you should go based on where you’ve spent your summer… Continue reading The best trips to take at the end of your J1
Pondering what to do with yourself over the 4th of July weekend in the USA? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Mark the birth of the USA and have a star-spangled holiday with our top 8 picks for where you should be celebrating Independence Day in style! Continue reading Top 8 places to spend your 4th of July in the USA
When you take part on the J1 summer work and travel programme in the USA, it’s really key that you get yourself sorted with a job as quickly as possible. You may already have a job organised in the States before you leave, or you may have some contacts in the USA that have promised to meet you when you arrive. If so, you’re in a great position. If not however, you’ll need to hop to it as soon as you get to your J1 destination. We’ve put together the most important Do’s and Don’ts to help you when you’re out there pounding the pavement looking for jobs – follow this list and you’ll be well on your way to employment-ville!
DO dress to impress.
When you’re going around shopping malls and restaurants/bars to hand out your resume, be sure to dress appropriately. Just because you’re not yet at the interview stage, it doesn’t means that you can wander in and ask about job openings looking like you’ve just stepped off the beach. Make sure that you look professional.
DON’T go job hunting in groups.
When you’re job hunting, it’s imperative that you put on your big girl/boy pants on and go it alone. Unless you’re going to an open hiring event, it’s important that you and your friends separate when you’re on the search for jobs. It doesn’t mean that you can’t ask around in the same shops/restaurants/bars….you just shouldn’t do it at the same time if possible.
This month we spoke to Aoife O Higgins, who graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2014 with a BA in Sociology and Social Policy. She’s been living in New York since December and secured a business based internship in a Hospital for Special Surgery where she’s applying the business based subjects that she studied througout her degree.
What made you decide to go for the 1 Year USA Programme?
I chose to do the programme because I’m a strong believer in going out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself; these things are character building. I was lucky enough to get offered a job about a month before I went over, but it wouldn’t have changed my mind about going if I hadn’t. However, I probably wouldn’t have moved to NYC if I hadn’t been offered a job there because it’s so hard to get by here! I was really looking forward to moving to a place I had never lived before and just seeing how people live outside of Ireland. I think it’s really important to experience living outside of your home country for a period of time regardless of where you go.
What kind of internship did you find and what kind of projects did you/are you working on?
I got offered an internship in the business end of an orthopaedic surgery in the Hospital for Special Surgery. The surgeon that I work for is Irish and specializes in sports injuries of the foot and ankle. Every month we have about 5 ‘surgery days’. Those days are quiet in the office where I work so I spend my time preparing for patient days (preparing consent forms, working on the schedule and answering phones). I call up the patients every ‘Patient days’ are more interesting because we get to meet the patients and hear about all of their gross foot problems. I know that does not sound remotely appealing to the majority of the population, but Google ‘hammer toe’ and you’ll see what I’m talking about. We also meet some cool patients because the doctor is so well known!