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7 Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Tips

7 Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Tips

Posted: 17th of December 2014 by Tom Clover

You’ve done it again! Every year you make a pact to get your Christmas shopping sorted early, yet each year you find yourself scrambling to finish all your gift-buying before Christmas Day. Maybe you have already got a few items, or perhaps you are yet to make a start on shopping at all. But don’t start panicking and end up in a frenzy of desperate shopping. Instead, take a look at our tips for last-minute shoppers and nobody need know that you left things until the last minute (again!).

How do I become a barrister?

How do I become a barrister?

Posted: 16th of December 2014 by Lynette Daly

A barrister is a lawyer, as is a solicitor and a chartered legal executive. A barrister’s job is to provide legal advice to clients and to represent those clients in court, producing effective legal arguments that support their client’s view, presenting cases, examining and cross-examining witnesses, summing up and negotiating settlements. Find out how to become a barrister here.

How About A ‘Business’ Gap Year?

How About A ‘Business’ Gap Year?

Posted: 16th of December 2014 by Tom Clover

When someone says ‘Gap Year,’ you probably think of exotic locations, travelling, and quite possibly some sort of conservation work. While this is the typical view of the post-college gap year, it is not the whole story when it comes to your options for spending your time on a year out. If you fancy a career in business, but also want to take some time out on a gap year, you can get the best of both worlds by exploring options for getting some business-related work experience while abroad.

Think you know Tesco? Think again…

Think you know Tesco? Think again…

Posted: 15th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

University isn't the only option, and we know that. If you want to start your career straight out of school, we’re a great choice. We run programmes and apprenticeships in Stores, Commercial, Technology, and even in F&F, which is in partnership with the Fashion Retail Academy. If you think you know Tesco… think again.

Home for the Holidays 2: When Arguments Happen!

Home for the Holidays 2: When Arguments Happen!

Posted: 15th of December 2014 by Tom Clover

Last Friday we gave you some advice on how you might avoid arguing with your parents while back ‘home’ for the holidays (see ‘Blog’ tab). However, even the best plans can fail from time to time, and you may end up involved in an argument anyway. Don’t let arguments with your parents ruin Christmas, but instead see if you can make the best of a bad situation with our tips for negotiating disagreements over the next few weeks!

Stress busting at mock exam time

Stress busting at mock exam time

Posted: 15th of December 2014 by Lynette Daly

Doing mock exams can be really stressful no matter how much revision you’ve done to prepare for them. It’s especially hard if you’ve been working really hard and love the subject and then you go into the exam room and it all goes wrong. Discover stress- busting tips here and keep going.

Looking for a challenging and rewarding higher apprenticeship?

Looking for a challenging and rewarding higher apprenticeship?

Posted: 15th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Smith & Williamson is a leading independently owned financial services firm combining an accountancy practice, investment management arm and a private bank. We provide award-winning services to individuals, corporates, professional practices and non-profit organisations. The breadth of services we offer as a firm is unparalleled and makes us unique in the industry. However, our hallmark is the integrity and the commitment we give to our client relationships.

It’s not just construction, it’s about reaching your potential

It’s not just construction, it’s about reaching your potential

Posted: 15th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

There are fantastic opportunities at Skanska, one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups. We’re looking for people with the drive to succeed, who share our ethical values and want to make a positive difference to society. We know that everyone has to start somewhere, so we have a range of programmes to help make the move from education to work that little bit easier.

College’s Football Academy is taking the league by storm

College’s Football Academy is taking the league by storm

Posted: 15th of December 2014 by Karen O'Connor

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Football Academy First Team has made it through to the next round of the AoC Sports Premier Cup after winning against the previously unbeaten Waltham Forest First Eleven, 3 – 1 on penalties, in November (26 November). Run in partnership with Leyton Orient Football Club, the official title of the Football Academy is the Leyton Orient Football Development Squad.

Business, finance and law apprenticeship vacancies

Business, finance and law apprenticeship vacancies

Posted: 15th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Get your career off to the best possible start with one of our amazing apprenticeship opportunities available with employers across the UK. If you’re ready for the real world, search and apply today. Find out more

Revision techniques

Revision techniques

Posted: 13th of December 2014 by Lynette Daly

It’s that time of year … whether you’re doing GCSEs or A-levels your teachers will have you doing mock exams either before the Christmas break or straight afterwards. It’s a source of great worry for many of you and not doing well in mocks can make you feel deflated and like giving up. It’s a silly old saying but it’s true - ‘If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ or at least not do very well. So, revising for your mocks is important…for you! Here’s a quick guide to the dos and do nots of exam revision.

Win £500 to splash out on the sales when you buy your Apprentice extra card

Win £500 to splash out on the sales when you buy your Apprentice extra card

Posted: 12th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Simply buy your Apprentice extra card and you’re automatically entered into our £500 prize draw. Save even more with over 150 discounts on your favourite brands We’re all a little short of money after the Christmas festivities, but who can resist the sales?! Spend a little less with our amazing apprentice discounts.

Home for the Holidays? Avoiding Arguments This Christmas

Home for the Holidays? Avoiding Arguments This Christmas

Posted: 12th of December 2014 by Tom Clover

Whether you are a student returning to your parent’s house for Christmas, visiting for a few hours, or even just spending more time with your family now that college or school has broken up, there is a chance that things will get tense at some point or another. As a teen you are looking at how you can get more responsibility as you mature into adulthood, while your parents will be used to looking after you and may struggle to see that you are growing up. Of course, they may also be right in trying to protect you a little still, but whatever the reasoning, chances are there will be disagreements.

Why Raleigh International is more than your average adventure

Why Raleigh International is more than your average adventure

Posted: 12th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Adventures can come in all manners of forms. From exhilarating skydives to tropical beach parties to experiencing new cultures and remote parts of the world. Raleigh International’s long standing expeditions are, by their nature, adventurous to their core. But they’re so much more than that. And we want to ask you, why settle for the average when you could have the extraordinary?

Ryan - Smart Energy Expert at British Gas

Ryan - Smart Energy Expert at British Gas

Posted: 12th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Tell us about your job… I work within British Gas Metering Operations, and I exchange both gas and electric smart meters for our customers. Sometimes I am called out to ‘no gas’ situations, where customers are without power, and it’s great when I can get their supply back on for them, especially when it’s cold weather outside. I also do new meter installations on new build properties, so there is lots of variety in the role. You also have to take the job seriously as you are dealing with both gas and electricity, so we are always safety conscious.

Fancy an explosive career?

Fancy an explosive career?

Posted: 11th of December 2014 by Lynette Daly

Blowing things up isn’t for the faint-hearted and it isn’t limited to working in the Armed Forces, although this certainly is a career option available. Find out all about it here.

Stay Safe This Christmas: 5 Tips for Going Out & Getting Home Again!

Stay Safe This Christmas: 5 Tips for Going Out & Getting Home Again!

Posted: 11th of December 2014 by Tom Clover

December is a time for enjoying yourself, whether it is a Christmas work party, end of term celebration, or just a good old fashioned get-together with friends or family. While it is great to let your hair down during the festive period you should make sure you look after yourself. So, before you head out for the night, make sure you check out our five tips for staying safe this Christmas.

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announces new Careers & Enterprise Company

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announces new Careers & Enterprise Company

Posted: 10th of December 2014 by Lynette Daly

The government has declared a commitment to making sure every young person leaves school or college prepared for life, including in the workplace. As part of this, they want to inspire young people to seek out fulfilling careers, make them ready for work, and give them the skills and knowledge to pursue the full range of options that are open to them. As part of this, careers guidance is seen as important for all children, regardless of background.

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