The beauty about engineering is it's always relevant at some level. At least you're not in a super specialised engineering stream. I'm in laser/fibre optics/photonics and during the tech crash I had just completed my first year of work in fibre optics and telecommunications engineering. Wound up going back to uni during the doldrums to do a Master of Science, which was luckily fee exempt. Just gotta stick with something at least partly relevant to your studies before branching out. I'm into my 5th job in the photonics field but instead of engineering I'm now in operations management, systems/process development, logistics and customer service. Company is a multinational telecommunications components supplier. Sometimes, luck plays a big part in things
London is totally overrated, I spent 6 years in the UK and for the first year I went every month, then stopped going unless I was meeting friends. Edinburgh is worth a stop, but probably only for a brief one. The Scottish countryside is absolutely not to be missed. Aziraphale and I took a road trip out through the countryside a few years back and drove all the way to the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh. Instead of Amsterdam, where everyone and their dog seems to want to go, I recommend Utrecht or Rotterdam. If you're there in summer, then Norway is an absolute must. Make sure to do the Blue Lagoon about half an hour out of Reykjavik airport. If you like hot springs, you will thank me. If possible, do at least a small part of the Castle road that runs from Mannheim in Germany 600 odd kilometers to the east to Prague. The towns and villages out there along the Danube are real sight to see. Heidelberg is worth a stop. If France is an option, instead of Paris, I suggest Lyon. Good food, an ancient Roman quarter that has so much charm,...and good food.
For a few months when I was working in another state, my gf lived with me and we shared most tasks. When it was dinner time, we did stuff together, prepping, cooking some things, then we'd take turns doing the washing. I tend not to mind doing chores. I lived alone for a long time so I'm used to doing most things.
Pretty much the only Cpop singer whose songs I like most is Jacky Cheung. Maybe it's because I could actually follow his songs at karaoke.... Whats weird these days is I've taken a liking to the songs that get played and rearranged on the Korean singing show Immortal song. Most of the singers on that show aren't the run of the mill pop idols that are getting churned out like bagels. Some are really damned good singers and the audience are much more mature with a big predominance of the people who are of my parents' generation although there are usually a healthy representation of the younger generation. Most importantly of all, they don't scream or randomly sing along or profess their undying love or pass out, etc
Hmmm, at your age that's pretty tricky as most companies would expect at least something. Still you're not without hope. The number one rule of all interviews is preparation. 1. Know what the company does. Do your research about the company, its products, prospects for growth, anything you can find on the internet. 2. Prepare yourself. Mental preparation for an interview is key. I've found that how you present yourself can set the tone so being well dressed is more important than you would think. A well fitting suit is like a suit of armour. An ill fitting suit leads you to fidget and fidgeting leads to nervousness or the impression of nervousness. 3. How you present yourself to your interviewers is super important. Don't: fidget, knead your hands, rock in your seat, touch your face, dart your eyes, lean forward onto the desk (if there is one), lean too far away, laugh out loud, constantly wave your hands around when your describing things Do: sit relatively still, cross your legs if you feel comfortable doing so, fold your hands in your lap (this keeps your hands warm and you won't feel quite so scared), lean a little bit into your chair as if you're quite comfortable, make eye contact but don't stare into your interviewers eyes, look at the person talking to you even if they make you nervous, use hand gestures sparingly and only to make a very important point 4. When answering questions, don't rush. Take a few seconds to gather your thoughts before answering. Speak slowly and clearly, stay on point and don't run off onto tangents, If you feel your voice start to get shaky, bring your sentence to a stop, take a deepish breath and slowly exhale before continuing. 5. When leaving the interview, always thank the interviewer, shake hands with a firm grip. If you fear that your hands might be sweaty, you can use the opportunity you have when you get up to rub your hands on your trousers or on your suit jacket when you close it up. If you've managed to keep your hands warm throughout the interview, it will make for a stronger, surer hand shake. Look them in the eyes when you shake.
These are things that I've done at interviews. I won't say they're guarantees of succeeding an interview but they're little tricks that I use to stay calm during one. The best you can do is keep striving for interviews and as you get more practice you'll figure out a system that works for you. Good luck!
Sorry, if I were him, I'd refuse too and my girlfriend wouldn't even think of asking if I worked evenings. Wanting to "see him in the morning" is such a thin reason that it makes me want to snort with cynical laughter.
Approach it like you would any other friend. He is the one with the resource, when you ask him, if it is convenient for him to be sharing that resource whenever he can then you just need to provide appropriate compensation, usually in the form of contributing to his fuel costs, or food, or something. No matter how much two people share things, the important point to remember is you are friends and it is never wise nor fair for one party to be seen to be taking advantage of the other.