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10 Skills You Can Learn From Taking A Gap Year

10 Skills You Can Learn From Taking A Gap Year

Posted: 19th of December 2014 by Zara Hutchins

If you think gap years are all about drinking and killing brain cells you might have to rethink your whole understanding of the concept. The truth is that you can learn loads of new skills by taking some time off studying and exploring the world lurking outside the classrooms, a place most of us, sadly enough, don’t dedicate enough time to. But we should.

Fear Or Love? Machiavelli & the Modern Workplace

Fear Or Love? Machiavelli & the Modern Workplace

Posted: 19th of December 2014 by Tom Clover

“If one of them has to be lacking, it is much better to be feared than loved” – Machiavelli ‘The Prince’ (1513) Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence in 1469, where he went on to hold office as diplomat for the city state where he was able to meet many of the great leaders of his time, including Louis XII of France, Cesare Borgia, Pope Julius II, and the Emperor Maximilian. However, things went bad for him when he lost his position and was later accused of conspiring against his leaders. Machiavelli was imprisoned and tortured but later released and allowed to go and live on his farm. It was then that he wrote the book that has become associated with his name, ‘The Prince.’ The book was advice for aspiring rulers on how to manage their affairs, and includes the infamous idea that it is better to be feared than to be loved. Many people have admired and followed this and other traits of Machiavellian thought over the centuries, both in business and politics, but how do they hold up today?

Sixth form and college open events

Sixth form and college open events

Posted: 18th of December 2014 by Lynette Daly

It’s that time of year … you’ll be going to open evenings at school or at your local colleges to find out about the courses and subjects that they offer and decide what you want to do after your GCSEs. If you’re not careful though, attending these events can turn into a waste of time. Find out here how to get the best out of these by asking all the important questions.

Not all degrees are created equal

Not all degrees are created equal

Posted: 18th of December 2014 by Lynette Daly

Are apprenticeships best? Graduates faced with high student debt and poor earning prospects would be better off skipping university, report says - In the news.

Living Life Through Your Phone?

Living Life Through Your Phone?

Posted: 18th of December 2014 by Tom Clover

Sometimes we all need to look up. Not necessarily up into the sky, but up from our mobile phones. If you are the sort of person who checks their phone just before they go to bed, and again first thing in the morning you probably already know what I mean. Whether you are texting friends, checking social media and emails, or just playing a game to kill a few minutes, we are all more tied to our phones than ever before. Just take a look around you the next time you are out in public – it won’t take long for you to see someone using their mobile phone in some capacity. It has become an everyday part of normal life, and that is fine. Technology is a great tool, and the mobile phone has revolutionised how people around the world live their lives. However, there is a dark side to this constant connectivity.

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.

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