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Posted: 17th of May 2016 by Ceri Priddle

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Is Britain Set For A New Workplace Gender Revolution?

Is Britain Set For A New Workplace Gender Revolution?

Posted: 26th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

It is around one hundred years ago that Britain began to undergo its last real shake-up in gender and the workplace. With so many men away fighting in the First World War, women began to work in a variety of jobs that were previously held by men. These roles included service jobs such as ticket conductors and milk-delivering, although many of the women also worked dangerous jobs in the munitions factories to support the war effort. Whatever the work that was being done, it sparked a revolution among gender roles as more women found that they wanted to keep working after the end of the war itself. Now, one hundred years later we could be on the verge of a new gender revolution in the workplace – and it is one that actually looks set to bring the working patterns of men and women closer together.

Is There A Difference Between ‘School-Smart’ & ‘Career Smart?’

Is There A Difference Between ‘School-Smart’ & ‘Career Smart?’

Posted: 25th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

We are all trained to see being good at school (i.e. academically smart) as being an indicator of how bright or clever we are. This is reinforced through exam results and tests right through our school years, but is academic intelligence really the be-all and end-all of intelligence? It seems not, as shown by the many successful people who, for one reason or another, didn’t excel at school or may not have had the chance or the opportunity to go on to higher education. There are plenty of millionaires out there who didn’t do well in school, which shows that exam success isn’t always the best indicator of career success. Equally, there are plenty of people who have achieved fantastic qualifications, and yet have not managed to turn this success into a great career. Could it be that there is a difference between being academic and being career-minded?

Unconditional Offers - University places

Unconditional Offers - University places

Posted: 25th of May 2016 by Lynette Daly

An unconditional offer is when a university offers you a place on a course and this is not conditional on you getting the grades - find out why these are offered and the benefits and drawbacks of accepting one.

The Future Of Work, Education, and Employment?

The Future Of Work, Education, and Employment?

Posted: 24th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

The future of work is on its way. The World Economic Forum have said that by 2020 more than a third of the core skills required for a job will be those that are not considered crucial today. These skills will include a greater focus on social and collaborative skills alongside technical know-how. Emotional intelligence and the ability to influence and teach others have both been identified and important future work skills. Added to this are the technological advances with the potential impact of robotics and artificial intelligence yet to be fully understood. The future also looks set to see employees facing a need for frequent retraining as new technology arrives. But what does this mean for the future of career training and education?

A Modern Look At Modern Apprenticeships

A Modern Look At Modern Apprenticeships

Posted: 23rd of May 2016 by Tom Clover

For many young people and their parents there is still a belief that apprenticeships are just for those students who want to get into some form of traditional manual work or those who were ‘not smart enough’ to go to university. These beliefs see thousands of sixth form students apply to university without ever fully investigating or understanding the options that are available to them. This outdated view of apprenticeships is something that the government is keen to change as they continue to push towards their goal of 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020. There is a very real need for a new look at apprenticeships for the modern world – so what do they really offer?

Make sure your CV gets past the machines

Make sure your CV gets past the machines

Posted: 20th of May 2016 by Lynette Daly

Many people don’t realise that large employers and recruitment agencies make use of software to scan and filter applications and CVs.  Modern times mean modern methods – make sure that your CV gets past the machines.

Why Hanging Out With Your Parents May Improve Your Studies

Why Hanging Out With Your Parents May Improve Your Studies

Posted: 20th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

For many teenagers, the idea of spending time hanging out with their parents is, well, just a little bit embarrassing. However, a recent study has shown that spending time with your mum or dad may actually improve your studies – or at least your desire to do well – especially at GCSE level. Those without a close emotional bond to their parents were twice as likely to feel their GCSEs were unimportant, and therefore we can only presume, are less likely to put in the effort and get the grades they could. The findings came from a study done by the University of Warwick, but it wasn’t just the amount of time spent with parents, but what you do together that is important…

Shocking Statistics Show A Degree Was A Waste Of Money For Most Graduates

Shocking Statistics Show A Degree Was A Waste Of Money For Most Graduates

Posted: 19th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

Shocking new research shows that graduates have wasted tens of billions of pounds paying for degrees that they didn’t need for their current jobs. A study carried out by the training company, the Knowledge Academy recently found that 64% of graduates believed that their degree was not relevant to their current job or career. When percentage is aligned with the £13,292 in average debts carried by the 12 million graduates in the UK it shows that over £65 billion has been spent on unused degrees. What’s more, with the rise in tuition fees back in 2012, and the resulting increase in debt carried by the average graduate, this figure looks set to keep going up over the next few years. This raises the question of why so many young people are being persuaded to take degrees that will likely prove to be worthless in their later job roles?

Calling all engineers of the future

Calling all engineers of the future

Posted: 19th of May 2016 by Lynette Daly

The engineering industry employs around 5 million people in the UK.  Nevertheless, engineering is a discipline which needs more people working in it, and not just in industry.

How To Deal With Unwanted Career Advice

How To Deal With Unwanted Career Advice

Posted: 18th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

If you are currently considering what options to take or which route to go in after school or college, you probably feel overwhelmed with advice. It can seem like everyone from your parents, friends and your teacher to your grandparents have advice as to what is best for you, Chances are that they mean well with their advice – but sometimes it can be hard to cope with it all without getting fed up, feeling like you are being told what to do, or even maybe upsetting a few people close to you by arguing. Of course not all of the advice you get will be useless, and so it is worth knowing what to listen to and when to politely ignore it! Check out these possible situations and how to deal with them (without upsetting everybody):

Apprenticeship or university, what’s the right choice for me?

Apprenticeship or university, what’s the right choice for me?

Posted: 17th of May 2016 by Elizabeth Edwards

For some the decision of what to do after school is an easy one, they know exactly what they want to do and the route they need to get there is clear. Some careers only have one route, limiting any decisions that need to be made. However if you don’t know exactly what you want to do, or there are different options to get there then the decision can seem daunting and what might be the best decision for someone else might not be the best for you. We’ve listed a few things that you might want to think about to help you choose the right path.

Could Mindfulness Improve Your Studies?

Could Mindfulness Improve Your Studies?

Posted: 17th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

You may have heard the word ‘mindfulness’ before but not be too sure what it actually means. As a term it has become increasingly popular over recent years and is defined in the dictionary as a “quality or state of being conscious or aware of something." Based on Buddhist philosophies, mindfulness is all about being consciously ‘in the moment.’ It uses meditative techniques to relax you and focus on yourself, and has become a popular way of reducing stress, anxiety and depression. With the Wellcome Trust launching a research programme last year to see if mindfulness in schools could improve the mental health of teenagers, and the NHS listing it as one of their five steps to mental wellbeing, some are starting to wonder if mindfulness might also be good for your studies?

One more reason not to go to uni

One more reason not to go to uni

Posted: 17th of May 2016 by Lynette Daly

The government has announced that universities that can show that the quality of their teaching is good will be allowed to increase their tuition fees.

Why You Must Fail In Order To Succeed

Why You Must Fail In Order To Succeed

Posted: 16th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

Nobody likes to fail. Failure means you did not do well enough, it means that you are not yet ready, and it means that you have to try again. However, it is the ability to pick yourself up and try again that will make you stand out. In fact, it could be said that failing is just part of the process of being successful. Like with riding a bicycle, you need to fall off a few times before you get your balance. Worse than trying and failing is failing to try since that is the only true failure.

Positive Procrastination: The Power Of Doing It Later

Positive Procrastination: The Power Of Doing It Later

Posted: 13th of May 2016 by Tom Clover

Procrastination, or putting things off, is often seen as a negative trait for students. Waiting until the last minute to do that revision or burning the candle at both ends to try and complete an essay rarely gives the best results, but procrastination is not always a bad thing, and may actually be good in some circumstances. This is especially true when it comes to creativity, where giving yourself some extra time can actually reap rewards. However, to make your procrastination positive you will need to have a little bit of get-up-and-go to get things started as soon as possible. So how does it work – we’ll show you here…

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