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Interview Tips: Watch Your Voice

Interview Tips: Watch Your Voice

Posted: 20th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Going for an interview can be stressful, whether it is for a job or to get into a particular college, or on a course. In order to give yourself the best chance of success you may well have spent time preparing by working out what you will wear, making sure you know where you need to be and when, and even doing some extra research before you go. This type of preparation will certainly help when it comes to the interview, but there are other things you can do in the actual interview to offer yourself an extra edge. Making sure you are well presented and on time will certainly help, as will preparing a few questions to ask the interviewer, and thinking about answers to the types of questions you are likely to face. Of course, it is best to avoid any slang terms during the interview - you are not chatting with your friends, and so you should try your best to speak properly and be polite. But it is not just about what you say, but also how you say it.

Know What You Want To Do? Get A Degree – Without The Debt!

Know What You Want To Do? Get A Degree – Without The Debt!

Posted: 19th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

There is no way to avoid the fact that you need to get a degree to get certain jobs or enter particular careers. Where a job requires you to get a degree, you may feel that you have no choice but to bite the bullet and head off to university. As you will be aware, university is not cheap, with fees to pay, many graduate students are leaving university with thousands of pounds of debt. Sure, there are things you can do to lower the debts you come out with – working part-time as you study to bolster your cash is one option. But what if you could get your degree without getting into debt? What if you could get someone else to pay your fees, leaving you to get on with getting your qualification without worrying about the money? It may sound too good to be true, but there are ways in which you can get your degree without paying for it. The answer lies in what you want to do, and where you want to work once you have graduated. If you know what you want to do, you may be able to get sponsored to get your qualification, but first let’s look at why you want a degree in the first place…

Kick-start your career at O2

Kick-start your career at O2

Posted: 19th of August 2014 by Tracey Wallis

Do you love digital and are you always telling your friends about the latest apps and devices?

Business Travel Infographic

Business Travel Infographic

Posted: 18th of August 2014 by John Pawson

The Business Travel industry is an amazing, but extremely under-represented sector; in fact, many people don’t even know that it exists. Below is an infographic that we’ve put together to give you just a taste of the industry, it’s economical impact on a global scale, and just how important it really is…

Reinvent Yourself!

Reinvent Yourself!

Posted: 18th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

While moving on to college, university, or work can seem like a big change, it is also a big opportunity for you to start again with a clean slate. You may have spent years going through school with the same faces; friends and acquaintances that you have known for much of your life. While they may have given you a sense of stability over the years, they can also make it tough for you to grow up – to be who you are now. Having known people for years, you most-likely have ideas as to who they are, ideas that have been built up over the years regardless of how relevant they are today. You may recall that a particular class-mate wet themselves or once fell from a climbing-frame, for example, and these memories will all be logged when you think of them. While this familiarity can be comforting it can also be stifling – so why not take the opportunity to reinvent yourself?

Want to enhance your career experiences?

Want to enhance your career experiences?

Posted: 15th of August 2014 by Tracey Wallis

Unilever are looking to recruit hard-working, talented individuals who want to experience the world of businessUnilever are looking to recruit hard-working, talented individuals who want to experience the world of business.

How To Make Tough Choices

How To Make Tough Choices

Posted: 15th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Life is full of tough choices, whether it is deciding what college course to take, where to live, or who to go out with from a number of potential boy / girlfriends. There is no getting around the fact that we will all have to make tough choices in our lives, but how can we make the right choices? People will often advise that we weigh up the pros and cons of any choice, and then make our decisions based on that. However, that doesn’t always work out as well as we might hope – especially where the options on offer don’t match up neatly. It is one thing to compare two bags of sweets to decide which has more, but it becomes much more complicated when factors other than simple measurements come into play. How do you compare things that don’t match – such as the choice between two colleges, for example?

Top Tips for Clearing

Top Tips for Clearing

Posted: 14th of August 2014 by Zoe Pereira

It’s often thought that Clearing is only for people who haven’t got the grades they needed for their original choice. Actually, Clearing is for anyone who hasn’t got a place after receiving their exam results. You might have not wanted to go to university before and getting your results has changed your mind, or you might find a course or institution that you never realised existed. With around 12% of students gaining their university place through Clearing in 2013, it’s worth being prepared.

Can’t Find Work? Get Qualified!

Can’t Find Work? Get Qualified!

Posted: 14th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Finding work can be tough, and even more so if you are looking for something fulfilling and in line with your dreams. You may have desires to enter a particular profession, and even applied for a number of jobs to try and get yourself involved in your desired area. Maybe you have tried to apply for jobs on the bottom of the career ladder in the hope of getting in the door and progressing, but even here you may have been foiled. You may be wondering why you haven’t been given a chance. Perhaps it is a lack of relevant experience in the job, but how are you supposed to get that experience if nobody will give you a chance? It may seem like you are running around in circles – needing experience to get the job, but needing the job to get experience! So, what can you do? You might want to consider getting qualified!

IT Apprentices More Employable than First Class Oxford Graduates

IT Apprentices More Employable than First Class Oxford Graduates

Posted: 14th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Based on recent figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), IT apprenticeships business QA reported that their IT apprentices have higher employment rates than graduates leaving with a First degree from ¾ of UK universities, including University of Oxford. Amongst the institutes with lower employment rates were 20 out of the 24 Russell Group universities including Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, and Bristol.

Number of school leavers demanding IT apprenticeships doubles

Number of school leavers demanding IT apprenticeships doubles

Posted: 14th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Not going to uni - applications for IT apprenticeships are at an all-time high in the lead-up to A Level results day 2014 Leading IT apprenticeships business QA Apprenticeships has today published statistics showing a 108% increase in demand for IT apprenticeships from school leavers seeking an effective route into tech careers, aside from the traditional university route.

3 Reasons Why IT A Levels Aren’t Enough for a Job in IT

3 Reasons Why IT A Levels Aren’t Enough for a Job in IT

Posted: 13th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Education is great. Being an IT apprenticeshipsbusiness we’re obviously big fans of learning at QA, but we also live in the real world and know that learning about IT and actually being able to apply what you know in a busy, fast-paced work environment is something different altogether. If you’re getting the results for your IT A Levels this August (good luck!) then be warned that great grades won’t necessarily open doors to the job of your dreams; you need more.

IT apprenticeships – not just for men

IT apprenticeships – not just for men

Posted: 13th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Louise Mills, IT apprentice at Cisco, talks about the importance of women in the IT industry, and why she thinks more women should apply for IT apprenticeships.

Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2014 – Alex Small, QA Apprentice

Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2014 – Alex Small, QA Apprentice

Posted: 13th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

QA Apprentice Alex Small talks about how he became Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2014 with special thanks to his employer Penman IT as well as IT training provider QA Apprenticeships. I remember very clearly the week prior to starting my QA Apprenticeship; I spent my evenings reading the QA Blog and researching what was going to be covered in the first weeks at C# Boot-camp as part of my Software & Web Development apprenticeship. It was then when I first acknowledged the award, wondering what I had to do to ‘win’. 18 months down the line, out of the blue, I receive an email from Microsoft inviting me to the awards ceremony.

UCAS Clearing? You’re better off with an apprenticeship

UCAS Clearing? You’re better off with an apprenticeship

Posted: 13th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

UCAS clearing – don’t settle for 6th choice When the results are out and the designated placements are announced – there are mixed emotions all round. Some of you will know exactly where you’re going, but some will still be stuck in the black hole of UCAS clearing feeling obliged to settle for a university you never wanted to go to in the first place. It’s easy to feel like a failure but remember – almost 1 in 3 applicants know exactly what you are going through.

Exam Results Day – Keep Calm and Do a QA Apprenticeship

Exam Results Day – Keep Calm and Do a QA Apprenticeship

Posted: 13th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

The results are in… So results day is finally here and it’s time to get your exam grades, how are you feeling? Students up and down the country are anxious about the same things right now; what grades will I get? What if I fail? What if I pass? And most importantly – what will I do next?

What Are You Doing This Summer?

What Are You Doing This Summer?

Posted: 13th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Summer is well-and-truly underway, but what are you doing with your free time this summer? Perhaps you are biding your time before you head off to college, or start another year of study, and of course, you will want to take some time to relax after the exertions of the last 12 months. However, could you be using the time productively to get yourself a head start on your dream career? There is, of course, lots to be said for taking some time to relax and enjoy the break, but in between kicking back and spending time with your friends, you could also use the opportunity to get yourself some valuable experience, and also maybe make some money at the same time!

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