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Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the graduate wasteland jobless and £30,000 in debt, this bi-weekly show will offer practical advice and comforting stories to help ease your stress. Covering topics such as mental health, job applications, CV and cover letter tips, budgeting, and finding your passion – nothing is off limits! So, tune in every other week to hear us chat to graduates, students and experts about everything it takes to help you Grad Life by the Horns!

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Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the graduate wasteland jobless and £30,000 in debt, this bi-weekly show will offer practical advice and comforting stories to help ease your stress. Covering topics such as mental health, job applications, CV and cover letter tips, budgeting, and finding your passion – nothing is off limits! So, tune in every other week to hear us chat to graduates, students and experts about everything it takes to help you Grad Life by the Horns!

    25: "To What Degree..." Graduate Takeover!

    25: "To What Degree..." Graduate Takeover!

    Our Season 3 Finale! With, of course, another takeover (how could we resist?) This time, we ask graduates to discuss 'To What Degree...' do they actually use their degree? Be it book-to-book or not at all, we are here to challenge some limiting mindsets! Thank you to Sunny, Molly, Sophie, Jameel, Leanne, Oliver, Lucy, Livi, Sam, Cecilie & Claudia. 

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    In graduate world, there are often conversations surrounding how, why and when our degree shows up. Although many believe studying was a highly beneficial experience, there are often circulating phrases such as 'I paid £30,000 for a piece of paper' or 'I can't remember anything from my lectures'...! It is also tough when you don't have a clear career trajectory, have a interest or career change since being 18 or even feel like you have to pursue something specific due to stereotypes stereotypes. From these 11 wonderful people, we hear so many stories, ideas and insights which we sure will resonate with you as listeners! An English student who now teaches in STEM, music and events enthusiasts, vocational degree seekers, joint honours grads...and many more. These inspirational contributors explore links between their day-to-day and studies and give great advice on how to look back on your degree with a positive attitude, and take steps using it. 

    Stay up to date on our socials for our 1 year anniversary celebrations and surprises, and we'll be back in a few weeks with Season 4!

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    Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the post-education world jobless and £30,000 in debt, this fortnightly show is dedicated to helping and celebrating those navigating the 'graduate wasteland'.

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    Social Media:

    Co-host: Becki Hills @beckihills

    Co-host: Sophie Scully @sophsculz

    Instagram: @gradlifebythehorns

    Twitter: @gradlifebth

    Artwork: Livi Arnold @livcreatively_

    Producer: Pulama Kaufman @pulam.a

    Music composer: Julian Schoming @brotherjuju

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    Want to get in touch? Email us here: gradlifebythehorns@gmail.com

    • 56 min
    24: One Year On! A Chat with Becki and Sophie

    24: One Year On! A Chat with Becki and Sophie

    We are nearing the end of Season 3, and also approaching our one year anniversary! So, hosts and graduates Becki and Sophie decided to have a catch up, reflect on the past year (and what a rollercoaster it's been) in the hopes that listeners can resonate and enjoy!

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    In this episode, Becki and Sophie talk about everything that has happened over the past year and the aspects they have learnt about grad life. Through experiences, highs and lows and the conversations they have had with their wonderful guests - a lot has changed. In the format of asking each other 3 questions (much like waaay back to Episode 2) they managed to keep to some kind of structure! Becki is living in London, working in social media in the real estate industry and rolling out Knight Frank podcasts and freelance journalism. Sophie is working with management consultants as a freelancer, applying for jobs and just started renting with her partner. It's hard for Becki and Sophie to not natter on about grad life (as it is a passion topic after all). However, to give you a bit of a summary, they discuss the value of your degree, work environments, job applications, different kinds of relationships, moving house and to the big city, being bold, finances, and how to manage those good and bad weeks. A lot of this is filtered through the difficult time we are in now, but it also routes back to last year and what we hope for in the future. If you feel the same way or want to chat about anything that was discussed, Becki and Sophie's inboxes are always open! 

    Tune in for our Season 3 finale with another graduate takeover, and stay up to date on our socials with what we have in store to celebrate our 1 year in September! 

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    Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the post-education world jobless and £30,000 in debt, this fortnightly show is dedicated to helping and celebrating those navigating the 'graduate wasteland'.

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    Social Media:

    Co-host: Becki Hills @beckihills

    Co-host: Sophie Scully @sophsculz

    Instagram: @gradlifebythehorns

    Twitter: @gradlifebth

    Artwork: Livi Arnold @livcreatively_

    Producer: Pulama Kaufman @pulam.a

    Music composer: Julian Schoming @brotherjuju

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    Want to get in touch? Email us here: gradlifebythehorns@gmail.com

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    23: Radio, Confidence and Representation with Kaylee Golding

    23: Radio, Confidence and Representation with Kaylee Golding

    This week, we talk to the wonderful Kaylee Golding - or in other words 'your favourite gyal from Brum'. To give you a glimmer of context, Kaylee is an award winning Radio Presenter and DJ, podcast host, LGBTQ+ rights and Black Lives Matter activist, body positivity influencer and so much more. We are so grateful for her coming on and talking about being your true authentic self, representation in broadcasting, and getting into the competitive industry. We hope you, as graduates, get as much out of this as we did. 

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    Moving from Birmingham to London to study Radio and Digital Production at the University of Westminster, Kaylee's love for radio grew and has come on leaps and bounds. Being resourceful and determined enough to accumulate lots of experience in community and university radio, she has managed to explore the avenues of producing, presenting and DJing at Radar Radio, Bauer Media Group, and The Beat London. Alongside her busy schedule, she DJs and presents in The Beat London Saturday's 4 - 7pm which celebrates Urban Music and R&B, HipHop, Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats and much more. As well as this, Kaylee is the host of the podcast 'On Your Gaydar' which opens up voices from the LGBTQ+ community a combines comedy, stories ("The T") and education. In this episode, the topic of diversity in the radio industry is discussed at length and just how much needs to be done to improve representation. Kaylee, alongside Grad Life by the Horns producer Pulama Kaufman and Sara Hebil-Motie, founded and developed the Radio Silence Movement to bring the statistics to the surface and pledge to put pressure on the industry to diversify. She has gained so much experience on the music scene, interviewed tonnes of well-known and up-and-coming artists and has learnt to fully embrace herself and have full confidence in her abilities. She offers countless tips and anecdotes on how to best access and navigate radio and broadcasting, especially as a minority. On her social media, she conveys a wonderful message to be unapologetically yourself and actively stop comparing yourself to others - learning to focus on what you do have and not on what you don't. You want a pep talk? We highly recommend you give this a listen and give her a follow. 

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    Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the post-education world jobless and £30,000 in debt, this fortnightly show is dedicated to helping and celebrating those navigating the 'graduate wasteland'.

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    Social Media:

    Co-host: Becki Hills @beckihills

    Co-host: Sophie Scully @sophsculz

    Instagram: @gradlifebythehorns

    Twitter: @gradlifebth

    Guest: Kaylee Golding @kayleegolding

    Artwork: Livi Arnold @livcreatively_

    Producer: Pulama Kaufman @pulam.a

    Music composer: Julian Schoming @brotherjuju

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    Want to get in touch? Email us here: gradlifebythehorns@gmail.com

    • 52 min
    22: Changing Careers, Public Speaking and STEM with Sonya Barlow

    22: Changing Careers, Public Speaking and STEM with Sonya Barlow

    This week, we had our second virtual catch up with the wonderful, Sonya Barlow. It is too hard to summarise what Sonya does in a line, so we felt it was needed to pinch her LinkedIn title: an Award Winning Entrepreneur, TEDxSpeaker, Podcast Host & Diversity Consultant. It was an absolute pleasure having Sonya on the podcast and she is a huge inspiration to so many. As we talk in this episode about topics ranging from failure, diversity, studying abroad, STEM jobs and public speaking, we hope you resonate with something and that it helps you find your own way to Grad Life by the Horns.

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    Studying in London’s Cass Business School with a sandwich communications degree in Italy, Sonya knew she wanted to make a difference for women in business. Not only does her day-to-day work impact women in transformative ways, but her success and commitment to the cause lead her to becoming the Winner of the Most Influential Women in Tech UK 2020 & Women in Software Changemaker 2020. After years of working in tech consultancy, Sonya transitioned to running her own diversity & inclusion consultancy in May 2018. She has grown the LikeMindedFemales Network to 17K + followers internationally and has facilitated important conversations in hundreds of workshops, community projects and corporate coaching. She is the first South Asian Woman to have delivered 2 TED Talks within one year - we can not recommend enough that graduates watch these talks: their titled “Failure Comes Before Resilience” and “Please, Come Online” and they can be found on YouTube or the TED site. Sonya enables and empowers women and underrepresented groups into tech, business & entrepreneurship. Her online presence offers skills and advice in LinkedIn profiling and networking, public speaking and mindsets. And, just when you thought she couldn’t do any more, she joined the podcasting world in June with her channel “Strategically Winging It”, sharing stories from founders, side hustlers and leaders.

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    Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the post-education world jobless and £30,000 in debt, this fortnightly show is dedicated to helping and celebrating those navigating the 'graduate wasteland'.

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    Social Media:

    Co-host: Becki Hills @beckihills

    Co-host: Sophie Scully @sophsculz

    Instagram: @gradlifebythehorns

    Twitter: @gradlifebth

    Guest: Sonya Barlow @sonyabarlowuk

    Artwork: Livi Arnold @livcreatively_

    Producer: Pulama Kaufman @pulam.a

    Music composer: Julian Schoming @brotherjuju

    Sonya Ted X Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok-WTMCSX7I&feature=youtu.be 

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    Want to get in touch? Email us here: gradlifebythehorns@gmail.com

    • 48 min
    21: Marriage, Movies and Moving Abroad with Luke Birch

    21: Marriage, Movies and Moving Abroad with Luke Birch

    This week, we had a virtual catch up with the wonderful, Luke Birch - all the way from LA! We chat about many topics; Luke's experiences in the television industry, long-distance relationships, YouTube and tonnes more. Not to mention he's recently smashed university and graduated like many of our listeners - massive congrats! 

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    Despite only finishing university this year, Luke has achieved so much and can speak for the graduate community on so many levels. Beginning his Youtube channel back in 2013, he has gone on to amass over 250,000 subscribers. He was acknowledged by YouTube and Google as the UK's number 1 'Content Creator on the Rise' and has featured in the Telegraph, Gay Times Magazine and in The Sunday Times as one of the UK's leading Study YouTubers. Alongside his hugely successful YouTube career, Luke has also worked for the BBC as a digital content creator and consultant, producing three viral videos for BBC 3. And just when you thought that was enough... Luke also spent a summer interning at 20th Century Fox in LA, during which time he aided the screenings, focus groups and QC's for films such as 'Love Simon', 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'The Hate You Give'.

    As well as studying for a degree in Film & Television Studies at the University of Lincoln, Luke was committed to building a platform of creative comedy and helping to empower students and promote great resources for learning. He's also a vocal spokesperson and activist for the LGBTQ+ community and talks openly about coming out and the important of being unapologetically yourself. 

    Luke is one of the most open and compassionate people we've ever had the pleasure to interview and his zest for life shines through... if only you could hear our laughs behind those mute buttons! We spoke about relationships, positive mindsets and prioritising goals, such as toning down his presence on YouTube to focus on his career. This episode is sprinkled with some great tips on internships, work experience and following your dreams - no one personifies chasing goals quite like Luke. 

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    Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the post-education world jobless and £30,000 in debt, this fortnightly show is dedicated to helping and celebrating those navigating the 'graduate wasteland'. 

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    Social Media:

    Co-host: Becki Hills @beckihills

    Co-host: Sophie Scully @sophsculz

    Instagram: @gradlifebythehorns

    Twitter: @gradlifebth

    Guest: Luke Birch @lukebirch_

    Artwork: Livi Arnold @livcreatively_

    Producer: Pulama Kaufman @pulam.a

    Music composer: Julian Schoming @brotherjuju

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    Want to get in touch? Email us here: gradlifebythehorns@gmail.com

    • 55 min
    20: Socialising, Languages and Fitness with Rachel Hosie

    20: Socialising, Languages and Fitness with Rachel Hosie

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    It's Episode 20! We visited the lovely Rachel Hosie before lockdown in her city apartment. We spoke about her life post-graduation and her adventures as a lover of languages, senior lifestyle reporter, video presenter and fitness columnist for Insider. To name a few, she discussed the importance of learning languages, being a fitness influencer and socialising as a young adult and being 'sober-curious'. 
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    Our guest this week is the positively lovely, Rachel Hosie. She studied for a degree in French and German at the University of Bristol, during which time she spent a year abroad, teaching English to German children and teenagers in Bavaria for six months. This was followed by a six-month internship with BBC News in their Brussels bureau. After university, Rachel worked for The Telegraph as a lifestyle assistant on Stella Magazine, before moving to The Independent in 2016 to become a lifestyle writer. She quickly moved up the ranks to become a Assistant Lifestyle Editor and, alongside Olivia Petter, hosted the chart topping 'Millennial Love' podcast for The Independent. On the podcast, she interviewed a multitude of people, including Jamie Laing, Elizabeth Day and Dolly Alderton, on their stories of love and relationships. In 2018, Rachel decided to move on from The Independent and took on a new role as a Senior Lifestyle Reporter at Insider where she now writes a regular fitness column and (pre-Covid) travelled around the world for stories. Since lockdown, she decided to stay with her family and shares nothing but positivity and gratitude online. Rachel is one of the warmest people we’ve ever met and her boundless enthusiasm really comes across in this episode. We discussed everything from dating in your twenties to health fitness and body confidence, as she so brilliantly quotes 'comparison is the thief of joy'. This episode is perfect for you if you’re passionate about improving your relationship with yourself and your body, considering getting into journalism or passionate about travel and languages. She opens up so brilliantly about socialising as a young adult, drinking culture and offers awesome tips for internship navigation. Even if these specific topics don't resonate with you, Rachel’s candidness and excitement for life can’t help but rub off on you and improve your mood!
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    Grad Life by the Horns is a podcast covering every element of graduate life. From the existential dread that accompanies the last few months of university, to entering the post-education world jobless and £30,000 in debt, this fortnightly show is dedicated to helping and celebrating those navigating the 'graduate wasteland'.
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    Social Media:
    Co-host: Becki Hills @beckihills
    Co-host: Sophie Scully @sophsculz
    Instagram: @gradlifebythehorns
    Twitter: @gradlifebth
    Guest: Rachel Hosie @rachel_hosie
    Artwork: Livi Arnold @livcreatively_
    Producer: Pulama Kaufman @pulam.a
    Music composer: Julian Schoming @brotherjuju
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    Want to get in touch? Email us here: gradlifebythehorns@gmail.com

    • 54 min

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