When traveling abroad, there can be so many options on how to get where you want to go. During my six month study abroad, I always liked to weigh my options. This is what I found:
Bus: Flixbus, a German bus company, is generally the cheapest option to get from point A to point B. You can take 13-hour overnight buses, as I did for my trip to Berlin, which save you what we travel enthusiasts usually call a "travel day". Or, you could be taking a 2 hour Flixbus to a closeby airport if that airport had cheaper flights than the local airport. Over my six months, my Flixbus adventures ranged from 20 euros for a roundtrip to Berlin, Germany from Strasbourg, France to 60 euro roundtrips to Brussels, Belgium. It was reliable 7/10 times, and generally pretty clean. However, one does have to keep in mind that 50 people sitting on a bus for 12 hours is not always a pretty sight....or smell....
Train: The trains in Europe are super speedy, waaaay faster than the Flixbus. However, I was dissappointed at the prices. They were most likely way more expensive than I imagined they would be. Of course, the more flexible with timing you are the cheaper you can find. I also registered for a student pass with my student visa, so if you are there on a long-term stay this is a possibility to cut off some euros. Trains that I took were always very clean and nice, generally quiet, and super easy. A tip: Download the OuiGo app if traveling in France—there is usually a very cheap one-time-a-day ticket to France from other locations that will only be about 25 euros, compared to 40-80 euros.
Plane: If you don't have much time in a place, I would say that traveling by plane is the way to go. If you're on a budget, you can look for cheap flights on kiwi.com and compare different places, times, and airlines. The "cheap" ones are EasyJet, RyanAir, Wiz, and a few others. Be very careful about the carry-on+personal item fine print for these airlines, because you may end up having to pay to check a bag if you make a mistake. The good thing about flying in Europe is that it's not like flying state to state in America—you can get to another country for as low as 40 euros if you're lucky. A lot of airlines have deals to places for specific days. For instance my flight on RyanAir from Strasbourg to Mykonos was 70 euros roundtrip as long as you go from a Monday to a Monday or a Friday to a Monday.
All in all, it takes some research. There will always be different options and what's best is based on your time, your finances, and your preferences!
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Where is the best place to look for a job, in your opinion?
I have been using all the job boards and going directly through company sites and I am still having trouble getting someone to actually read my resume/application. I am constantly getting ghosted or rejected for jobs I am qualified for.
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I just had a Monthly Review Meeting with my Director at the company I've been working at as a Contract employee for almost 6 months and she said she wants to extend my contract for another month but in the meantime she will be posting my position as a Full time, permanent position (which consists of helping out 5-6 different departments) as soon as it is approved.
I did ask her if it would be possible for me to telework 1-2 days a week on the days that everyone is in the office since there is an online software to answer the phones for the front desk and she told me the position im doing temporary work for is not eligible for telework & that the phone software is "for emergency use only." Also, i mentioned to her that the staffing agency i work for initially told me that i would be able to telework TWICE A WEEK. Its funny how everyone can telework besides me.
I know I'm going to get a phone call from the Recruiter at my staffing agency tomorrow asking me if I want to renew my contract and I really don't want to because I have NO work life balance, suffer from anxiety, am extremely burnt out and am tired of having to drop everything I'm doing at work to cover the phones at the front desk EVERYDAY while everyone else at my job gets to telework 2-3 days a week and I'm forbidden to do so. In addition, the company I'm working for REFUSES to give me an increase in pay ever since I took on multiple duties in different departments. Would it be wrong if I told my Recruiter/Contact person at the agency I work for that "I am no longer Interested in working where I work at now and that I would like to be reassigned to work someone else thT is a better fit for me?" I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!?????
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I got laid off and now they want me to train my replacement.
How insensitive can companies get? Getting laid off is tough as it is. Now I have to train my replacement who will do my job for less money. I would love to just leave. How should I handle this?
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Interview Questions | Would the same question come up again in the 3rd round of interviews?
I am in the last round of interviews! Exciting but can't put my hopes up quite yet. My first two interviews had pretty standard questions and I was able to answer them very comfortably and even felt confident (which is rare bc normally i am shaking in my boots).
The second round, they barely asked 3 questions and were basically selling me the role (which I think is a good sign). One of the questions were, "Tell me a time you failed". I answered this as honest as I could and it was well received. However, I don't really have many failure stories as I try not to fail significantly. Maybe small mistakes (as i am writing this, i am thinking small mistakes might be a story I can share, but not sure.)
Next Interview is a Panel interview, do you think I will be asked the "tell me about a time you failed" question again?
Lastly, what are some Panel questions, you've received in the past? Just want to over prep.
Thank you in advance!
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Last week we celebrated World Gratitude Day, and this week is kicked off with World Dream Day.
These aren't fluffy, feel-good days.
Well, they don't need to be, if we give them their proper attention.
Gratitude contributes to our well-being, joy and success. Cultivating more of it on a regular basis has dramatic, positive impacts on our work and life, and it's free and easy to access. If you missed my post about it and how to add more of it to your life -- and why you career will love you for it -- you can read it here: https://lnkd.in/esH9v5qX
In a similar spirit, we have all the power within us to dream big, act on these dreams and support others as they pursue their biggest aspirations.
While this is another free and easy tool to access, how many of our dreams have we accomplished? How many have we forgotten? Dismissed? How many of us have what we consider our dream job? According to research, 90% of us don't!
In today's post on my blog "Reimagine," I share 11 ways to bring your dreams to life and the transformative implications that can have on your work life: https://lnkd.in/eTFFma7w
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I recently posted on here three weeks ago about getting a job offer at my local hospital as a customer service representative in patient financial services. I passed my background check went for my pre employment physical at their occupational health facility and while there took my drug test, eye exam etc. when the actual nurse practitioner came into my room she did my vitals and my blood pressure was high. Well I have a history of that since 2006 and she put me on a different dose of medication. Since a week ago I have been monitoring my readings at home for about a week and have to go tomorrow to get it checked by her since she has to have paperwork to HR by 3:00 on Wednesday. She said if BP is normal then she would clear me and I am supposed to start orientation on Oct 2nd. I really want this position but seems to be a little hindrance due to the fact just because of my blood pressure. Just debating if it is worth it or not feels like a runaround.