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The Importance of Sport (and Careers!)

The Importance of Sport (and Careers!)

Posted: 26th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

With the European Football Cup just behind us and the next Olympic games due to start next week, it is fair to say that 2016 is shaping up as another big summer of sport. Whatever sport you choose, it is clear that it brings people together either as participants or spectators. But why is sport so important to so many people, and have you ever considered a career in sport? For many of us, when we think of playing sport we are transported right back to school P.E. lessons. These may not be the happiest of memories – from being forced out onto a playing field wearing shorts or a skirt on a cold winter morning to the horror that could be brought on by the prospect of the school showers. It is fair to say that, unless you were particularly good at sport, it is not something you ever really took seriously as a career option.

Why Impartial Careers Advice Is Important

Why Impartial Careers Advice Is Important

Posted: 25th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

Many people have said that vocational, or Technical and Professional Education (TPE), routes into work were second-best compared to an academic pathway. Many schools, colleges and teachers also towed this line – often unwittingly – passing on the notion that university was the best place to go, and failing that you would be consigned to some sort of vocational scrap-heap. Add to this the many universities who are happy to promote themselves as the place to go in their glossy prospectuses, and it is no wonder that many GCSE and A level students see university as a necessary step in their progression towards getting a good job.

Kick-start a New Career After School!

Kick-start a New Career After School!

Posted: 25th of July 2016 by Tamara Hassan

Whether you want to kick-start a new career, land that promotion or simply study a subject you’re passionate about – you’ve come to the right place. We’re a unique university that moves away from a traditional way of teaching, by working around you and the way you want to live your life. The Open University can help you gain the confidence you need to reach your potential.

Finding It Hard To Choose A Career?

Finding It Hard To Choose A Career?

Posted: 22nd of July 2016 by Tom Clover

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question may have seemed so easy to answer when you were 4 – maybe an astronaut, a doctor, nurse, teacher, police officer or any number of other professions. Sure, there are some who will have wanted to be a super-hero too, but let’s stick to reality a little bit here. I can clearly remember once deciding that I wanted to be a bin-man – I just liked the idea of being able to cheerily say ‘good morning’ to people and drive about in the lorry. Like me, as you got older, you have probably changed your mind on what career you wanted – possibly several times over. It might be the realisation that there is more out there than you imagined, or perhaps, like me, you decided that actually the job you originally liked wasn’t quite what you imagined when you were small.

Could ‘Try Before You Buy’ Be The Future Of Higher Education?

Could ‘Try Before You Buy’ Be The Future Of Higher Education?

Posted: 21st of July 2016 by Tom Clover

With the cost of university being so high, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see what you were letting yourself in for before committing? This is exactly what is being offered by the Open University and the University of Leeds in association with the online learning platform FutureLearn. Using the system of massive open online courses (MOOCs) potential students will be able to study for part of a degree or MBA course before progressing further. The system will let people try out programs for free, allowing them the chance to see what they think before deciding to pay for a certificate and final assessment that can go on towards their actual degree.

Top Tips For Results Day 2016

Top Tips For Results Day 2016

Posted: 21st of July 2016 by Lynette Daly

Student Melissa tells us from her own experience of what the most important things to remember when you're collecting results with her top tips for results day 2016.

Start a high-flying career straight from school

Start a high-flying career straight from school

Posted: 21st of July 2016 by Martha Witcomb

Are you interested in a rewarding and successful career in business or finance? You don’t need a degree to start a successful career after school or college. By training with CIMA you can skip university and head straight for the world of business.

The Changing Face Of Apprenticeships

The Changing Face Of Apprenticeships

Posted: 20th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

Apprenticeships are changing fast. This is partly due to the Apprenticeship Levy, which has caused many businesses look at apprenticeships for the first time. Also, a new law telling schools that they must promote apprenticeships and other vocational routes equally to academic career paths is set to see more young people exposed to the very real possibilities of apprenticeships. But these are not the only changes that look to overturn the stereotypical idea of what an apprenticeship is.

Karma At Work – At Work!

Karma At Work – At Work!

Posted: 19th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

A lot of people in the West see karma as being all about ‘what goes around comes around’ – and while there is an element of this in the idea of karma, it also involves deeds, work, destiny, and action (among other things). Tied in with belief systems like Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism, the idea of karma involves how your past actions impact your present and future. It is a cause-and-effect between the energy you put out into the world (positive or negative) and what you get back. It may seem a bit mystical and quite removed from the realities of the world of work, but actually there is a lot of karma at play in the workplace too.

Why You Still Need Someone To Look Up To

Why You Still Need Someone To Look Up To

Posted: 18th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

You may feel that you have moved beyond make-believe or pretending to be someone else (a superhero, pop-star, or even just a mum), but could this sort of play still be useful to you today? Could it actually improve your career prospects and even your relationships? Amazingly, it could - but we don’t mean it’s time to wear your pants over your trousers and look for a cape. No, you will need to adapt what you did as a child to suit a more grown-up adult life (unless you want to get a not-so-nice name for yourself!). In order to explain this, let’s first take a look back at the make-believe play you most-likely played as a child…

A short review of Brexit and apprenticeships

A short review of Brexit and apprenticeships

Posted: 15th of July 2016 by Ceri Priddle

British apprenticeships are already going through a period of heavy change with the introduction of Trailblazers and the Apprenticeship Levy, so what does Brexit mean for the wonderful world of apprenticeships in print? A short review from BPIF Apprentice, Ceri Priddle

Good News For Apprenticeships!

Good News For Apprenticeships!

Posted: 15th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

A lot of changes have been announced in education – including changes to the way that GCSE and A levels are graded. While these changes may be some way off, there is one that we simply couldn’t ignore – and it is good news for apprenticeships and other vocational routes into work, as well as for school and college students!

Making The ‘Skills Gap’ Work For You

Making The ‘Skills Gap’ Work For You

Posted: 14th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

Work, much like business, is a matter of supply and demand. Just like a shop needs to stock items that people want to buy, so you might want to think about getting skills that employers want in order to give yourself the best chance of getting your career started. The alternative is to go along with the crowd and take a course or follow a path that is well-worn and possibly overcrowded before taking your chances to compete for a job that is already oversubscribed. Of course, within all of this is the need to find a career that you will want to do and a route that suits you. It may sound like a minefield of potential problems, but it needn’t be as tricky as it sounds, so long as you do a little bit of research.

Apprenticeships Options After GCSEs

Apprenticeships Options After GCSEs

Posted: 14th of July 2016 by Lynette Daly

Lots of young people don’t realise that having to stay in some form or education or training until they are 18 years old does not mean that you have to stay at school and study full time for either a vocational qualification or A Levels.  Find out about apprenticeship options after GCSEs.

Why You Should Consider An Apprenticeship

Why You Should Consider An Apprenticeship

Posted: 13th of July 2016 by Tom Clover

If you are thinking about what to do when you leave school or college you may be weighing up whether to go on to do more study at university, or whether to opt to take an apprenticeship. While many will consider university, others may be slightly put off by the level of debt involved with paying for tuition as well as any living costs. Such money worries can be off-putting, although many A level students will accept the debts involved as part of the process, as if it was an unavoidable situation if you want a good career. But does a degree automatically lead to a good career? And how sure can you be that you will get a good enough job to repay the debts? As you can tell, money is certainly one of the big factors when it comes to deciding what to do next, but even if money was no object, there are other very compelling reasons to choose an apprenticeship…

Ready for your results?

Ready for your results?

Posted: 13th of July 2016 by Nerys Montana

GCSE results day is fast approaching! Are you unsure of what to do next? Waiting for your results can be a daunting time, especially if you are confused about your next steps. The motor industry has something for everyone; whether you’ve got a passion for hands-on activities working on cars, interacting with customers in a client-facing environment or managing an automotive business.

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