We get the scoop from Take Note’s former interns, on what it’s really like to be on board at TN HQ!
Going to uni is a challenge, but one unlike any other. For starters, it has a good deal more free time and probably a lot more partying than your average challenge.
The work comes in periodic bursts. Nothing for two months and then BOOM, 3,000 beautifully presented, coherent, intelligent and insightful words are due next week and it’s heads down, fun over until the deadline.
You probably need to get a job. Well, if you’re anything like me, you definitely need to be earning some cash, but you don’t want to spend these precious years, which everyone has been telling you for so long are ‘the best of your life’, working away for the man while you’re getting the qualifications to do just that for the foreseeable, post-uni, future.
Inevitably, twice a year, you have 4 deadlines on the same day, or 4 exams within 5 days, and you need to dedicate nearly all of your time to getting those right. A workload that changes so much throughout the year can be a stumbling block when committing to a job. For the first weeks of term you might have more time than you know what to do with, and for the last few weeks, barely any time to come up for air.
Uni is also a breeding ground of new friendships and impromptu events. You might be put off committing to a job which means you don’t have control over your own time management, otherwise you invite the dreaded FOMO into your life.
Maybe you didn’t go to uni to socialise, or maybe you’ve found it a bit overwhelming. Maybe you’re finding yourself with a lot of free time you’re spending worrying or watching the Gavin & Stacey box set twice in a day (personal experience), for a lack of anything better to do.
Your uni’s probably in a small town with a lot of students, or a big town with a lot of students. Wherever you go, there are usually A LOT of students, and fighting for that handful of student-suiting jobs can be tough. Once the jobs at the campus Co-op have all been snapped up, that leaves a few call centres and cafes with either too many hours or not enough, either too far away or too soul-destroying.
As a Take Note Transcriber, you work on a freelance basis. You only work when YOU want to. If your loan is drying up or everyone’s gone home for the weekend, you can take on more. If you’re overloaded with deadlines or it’s everyone’s birthday all at once, you can take on less. If you’re heading home on a 3 hour train, that journey will pay for itself if you bring your laptop for the ride. Not to mention the sprawling three month summer holiday where you’re stuck back at home, penniless, friendless, and with nothing to do…
Working for Take Note really lets your inner student shine. Your bed becomes ‘the office’, as well as quite possibly the library and the dining table. You can work in your PJs, pants or clothes from the night before. You can make money if you haven’t showered for three days and don’t intend to for another three. As long as you send back a top-notch transcript, nobody cares!
You probably haven’t had a proper lesson in spelling and grammar for a looong time before sitting down to write your first essay. Suddenly MS Word throws up a wiggly blue line and you’ve got no idea whether it’s right, or you’re right. Its right? Your right? It can all take a backseat when you’re trying to work out whether Kant was right to think there’s a synthetic a priori.
When you work for Take Note, you get a refresher course on spelling and grammar and formatting like no other. You’re given all the rules, all the practice, and all the feedback to get your skills in tip-top shape and NEVER again drop marks in the ‘presentation, spelling and grammar’ section of your essay feedback.
Think it might be dull? Think again! Not only will you be transcribing a huge variety of actually-quite-interesting topics and finding out about loads of stuff you never knew, there are also heaps of training opportunities once you’re on the books. By the time you’ve finished uni you could be trained in every service (8 and counting), proofreading, live notetaking and more which means that you’re always doing something different, making money from a variety of typing-related avenues, and completely on your own terms. Hooray!
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