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    The Humanities & Linguistics Kit

    Perfect if you're studying: English, History, Law, Philosophy, Languages

    We’ve put together the perfect starter kit for all the humanities and linguistics students starting university this year. We also sit down with our Commercial Solicitor, Charlotte, as she talks us through her best tips and tricks to schooling your degree.

    Here's what you need...

    Lenovo IdeaPad

    Up to 10 hours of battery life and a large SSD to help maintain speeds – what’s not to like? You’ll have a much smoother ride loading any files and completing theory work. This is a brilliant all-rounder for those subjects that don’t require specific software or apps.

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    Smart Speaker

    A smart speaker will be your new best friend when studying something word heavy. If you come across a word you’ve not seen before, just ask your speaker for a definition without having to scramble for a dictionary or open another tab!

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    Amazon Kindle

    These subjects often have reading lists as long as your arm, so save your energy (and money in the long run) by storing all your books in one place. Not only will this make your bag a lot lighter, but it means you don’t need to keep track of a hard copy.

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    Microsoft 365 Home and Student

    The Microsoft 365 Home and Student bundle is an absolute must for anyone starting university, regardless of the degree. It includes all the classics - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – so you can complete all kinds of assignments, take lecture notes and so much more!

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    McAfee

    The last thing you want is a security threat when you’ve got deadlines to hit. McAfee is super-efficient anti-virus software that offers total protection for PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets. No matter what you’re studying, it’s important to keep your tech safe from viruses.

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    Meet Charlotte, Solicitor for AO

    I’m Charlotte and a solicitor for AO World plc. I studied law at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and then completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in York. Following my studies and after experience as a paralegal, I qualified as a solicitor at a regional law firm in Manchester and then moved in-house.

    As an in-house lawyer, I particularly enjoy contract law, intellectual property law and data protection. If ever you do decide to be an in-house lawyer, it is great to have experience in these areas.

    If you are studying law, you will also probably hear the words ‘commercial awareness’ quite a lot. This is a very broad term but involves understanding business and the wider business world…you can get a good start to having commercial awareness by keeping up with general business news and understanding what the current issues are which businesses face.

    Charlotte's Tips

    Build on your commercial awareness. Start building on this as soon as you can, because it’s always valuable.

    Pursue other interests and hobbies. Do well in your studies, but also make sure you discover other things you enjoy; this will show potential employers you’re a well-rounded individual who is both passionate and committed.

    Try not to worry too much about what the future holds (I know that is easier said than done). Live for the now and just make sure you do your best in whatever you set out to achieve.

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