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Next Apprenticeships... The Future of Fashion Retail...

Next Apprenticeships... The Future of Fashion Retail...

Posted: 29th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Are you friendly, enthusiastic and helpful? Do you have a passion for fashion and outstanding service? The Next Intermediate Apprenticeship in Retail could be your first step into the future of fashion retail and career success!

Is TXT TLK Ruining Your Prospects?

Is TXT TLK Ruining Your Prospects?

Posted: 29th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

When it comes to sending text messages or updating social media, a lot of us use abbreviations and slang. It makes sense to do so, as it is faster and allows you to say what you want in as few characters as possible – which is handy if you are on Twitter or typing out a quick message to your friends. Such is the proliferation of this type of text talk in today’s society that abbreviations like ‘LOL’ and OMG’ have become everyday terms recognised by even the most tech-ignorant people. But could you use of text talk actually hurt your chances of getting a job? Some employers certainly think so!

Study Skills: Are You Ready For Next Year?

Study Skills: Are You Ready For Next Year?

Posted: 28th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Heading back to school or college after the long summer holiday break may seem like a bit of a nightmare. Having got used to spending your days relaxing, you may be slightly dreading the thought of going back to full-time study. Of course, you should have made sure to do any assignments or homework that was set during the holidays, but there is more to getting ready for your next year than just this. Of course, if you are about to begin a new course or head to a new college then you will also want to make sure you get off on the right foot and make the best possible start. Getting ready for the new term doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, but the benefits to you and your studies are hard to ignore.

Top 10 Feel Good Tunes

Top 10 Feel Good Tunes

Posted: 28th of August 2014 by Lynette Daly

Some days it's really hard to drum up an enthusiasm for the day ahead - here are some top tunes that are guaranteed to put a spring in your step and make you smile.....or dance

Top Apps for students

Top Apps for students

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Lynette Daly

There's an app for almost everything now, but here are five of the best apps for students.

Dream Your Troubles Away: Late-Night Problem-Solving & Learning

Dream Your Troubles Away: Late-Night Problem-Solving & Learning

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Every night, when you go to sleep, you have dreams. Rather than just being flights of fancy, research has shown that these dreams are an important part of how we work our way through life. Sleeping isn’t just about resting your body, but also helps your mind to process things that have happened through the day, working out problems, sifting through new information, and discarding the useless information you have taken in while keeping the important lessons from the day. Scientists who have looked into people’s dreams even believe that your dreams may be a way for you to work out what is going on in your life, while the idea of sleeping on a problem is far from just a clichéd idea.

GCSEs Done, What Next?

GCSEs Done, What Next?

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

So you’ve finished your GCSEs – but what next? IT apprentice Stevie Stewart blogs about how he felt after GCSE results day, and why school leavers should choose IT apprenticeships with QA.

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Over University

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Over University

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

In 2012 I finished Secondary School and like most other people my age, I decided to go to Sixth Form as it was the standard route to take. I took four subjects: Computing, Maths, Physics and French but after a year, I wasn't sure if this was really the best option for me. Do I really want to keep learning these subjects for another year, when I know I just want to do Computing?

Get a degree – without the debt.

Get a degree – without the debt.

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Pallavi Boppana – On my way to gaining a degree, without the debt. QA Apprentice Pallavi as seen on the National Apprenticeship Service advertisements talks about how she decided against university.

Top tips for a successful year

Top tips for a successful year

Posted: 26th of August 2014 by Lynette Daly

It’s the start of a new year and whether you’re beginning an apprenticeship, starting college or moving into sixth form now is the time to put your mind to having a successful year. Here are a few ideas to get you on the right track.

Are You Employable? (It Takes More Than Just Grades!)

Are You Employable? (It Takes More Than Just Grades!)

Posted: 26th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

While you may have the required grades to get a job, there is a fear among employers that young people lack the right attitude for the workplace. A recent report, culled from responses from 291 companies who employ nearly 1.5 million people in the UK, also shows that many employers are concerned that young people lack the necessary resilience and self-management skills needed in the workplace. In fact, many employers feel that your mindset and general attitude to work is more important than academic results for school leavers. Of course, having the grades and any other important qualifications will help you, but this is not the be-all and end-all of getting your dream career underway. So, the question is, what exactly do these employers want from you?

How to Cope If You Are Not Treated Like an Adult At Home

How to Cope If You Are Not Treated Like an Adult At Home

Posted: 25th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Do you ever feel that your parents don’t treat you like an adult? You may be going out to work and earning a wage, paying them money for your rent and board, and yet you find that you are not being treated as an equal. Do your parents still tell you what to do, and not take your views into consideration? It can be a tricky situation to deal with, as you might not want to upset your parents, yet at the same time, you don’t want to be treated like a little kid anymore. Maybe you don’t even live with your parents anymore, but when you see them they still treat you like a child – as if they have not quite come to terms with the fact that you are now a grown-up.

“Apprenticeships are just as good as uni” says Vince Cable

“Apprenticeships are just as good as uni” says Vince Cable

Posted: 22nd of August 2014 by Lynette Daly

August 20 saw the launch of 40 new employer designed apprenticeships in sectors such as engineering, hospitality and the legal profession which is supported by the high profile government campaign Get In, Go Far. The aim of the campaign is to ensure that all apprentices in England are enrolled on a scheme designed and approved by employers and to improve the perception of apprenticeships, putting apprentices on a par with students.

Effective Saving – On A Budget!

Effective Saving – On A Budget!

Posted: 22nd of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Saving money can be tough, especially when you don’t have much to start with. If you are living with a tight budget, it may feel that you don’t have any space to put some money aside regularly. But, ironically, it is when you are on a tight budget that you need to save most. Without much flexibility in your finances you leave yourself open when problems hit. Could you, for example, replace your mobile phone if you lost it, or buy a new computer or TV if yours stopped working? If you drive, there is the possibility that your car might break down, or need some work doing on it – could you afford to cover such an unexpected drain on your money? This is where savings can come in handy, giving you some financial back-up when you need it most.

How will a HND help me?

How will a HND help me?

Posted: 22nd of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Is a HND and Foundation Degree the same? Rather similar, actually, in terms of the number of credits and the eventual value. Although it’s the first stages of a degree, a HND is perceived to offer you more benefits for your career – especially if you study by distance learning and can put what you learn directly into your job. There is also the benefit of gaining a full degree, through a degree top-up which can be completed after a HND.

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