2016 Annual Review: It was a good year. At least for me
December 31, 2016
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Me in Shanghai

Like last year, I would like to publish an annual review. I am going away from last year’s format to tell you about what happened to me in 2016.

A Year Of High Hopes

At the beginning of 2016, I was actively seeking for placement. I lost a count of how many applications were submitted, but I believe the number is around 50. As a result, I was invited to assessment centres and interviews. After one of the days full of different tasks, I even had a few deep thoughts when I published a blog post on how I felt after an assessment day with one of the companies. It wasn’t a big loss as even being invited to the assessment was a success itself as I found out the had at least two thousand applications.

Learning From Mistakes

One of the mistakes I made was genuinely regretting when I didn’t get one or another job offer. I felt like it changed the way I see my career. The whole experience of looking for a placement and still doing well at uni while balancing social life and occasional shifts I worked at a pharmacy made me stronger. At the same time, I feel like could have done more as I always try to analyse everything. It happened the way it did.

I managed to secure a placement with Direct Blinds that I started in September. I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t realise how much was done by such a small company to be on top of the competition. It’s interesting, and I believe that I’ve learnt a lot from it even if it sometimes doesn’t feel like it. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to tell much about my placement. At least for a while.

I LikeĀ Travelling

One of the highlights of the year was a trip to China with a group of students from British Unis. For me it was the first time in Asia, first long haul flight, the first time in the most the most populated city in the world – Shanghai.



Time spent in China was amazing, and it was an entirely new experience full of different memories. I was able to visit one of my best friends who lives in Shanghai. I’ve known her for over ten years. In 2008 we both went to London with a group from school. Meeting friends far from home is always exciting.

In August I went to Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the second year in a row. I’m hoping to visit the festival again in 2017. I’m in love with Edinburgh, but the festival makes the city even more atmospheric. It’s amazing and one of its kind festival full of music, comedy, theatre and many more performing arts. Many events are free of charge, so you have to visit it at least once.



August was full of travels as I went to Copenhagen. I had a fantastic time with one of my Ukrainian friends who lives there. Cycling in Copenhagen on one of the warmest days in August was great. Visiting all Nordic countries would be good.



Experiences Are The Way Forward

I talk a lot about experiences. I realised that positive experiences bring more joy to my life. That’s why the best investment for me would be a trip somewhere or tickets to see a good band or play. Fewer things and more meaningful experiences are the way forward.

Unfortunately, I didn’t create as much content for my blog as I wanted to, but placement inspired me to create a micro business that I’m working on at the moment. It will have a blog that needs lots of content. I’m excited about it and can’t wait for a launch date.

I’m looking forward to 2017! Let’s make it awesome!

About author


Hi! I'm Taras. I'm a keen traveller and would love to explore as much as I can. This blog is about life with a couple of main areas: marketing and travel.

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