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Careers, Training, & Unexpected Job Openings

Careers, Training, & Unexpected Job Openings

Posted: 25th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

Many careers have set paths when it comes to education and training. For example, if you study history you may well hope to one day get a job at a museum or archives office. Maybe you would hope to work in the heritage industry, but if you look past the history there are plenty of people at all of these places who aren’t historians, yet their input is equally important. They will include everyone from the cleaners to the accountants and managers, and from the person who serves tea in the café to the person who manages or handles the marketing and advertising budgets. This is just one example of how unexpected work opportunities can appear in different job sectors. However, to find these you may need to take your skills and think outside the box.

Cabin Crew Jobs

Cabin Crew Jobs

Posted: 25th of November 2014 by Lynette Daly

Cabin crew members have a customer service role. They make sure that passengers are safe and comfortable during their flight. Find out what you need about getting a job as a cabin crew member here.

Apprenticeships: A View From The Other Side

Apprenticeships: A View From The Other Side

Posted: 24th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

If you are looking into taking an apprenticeship you will most likely come across some of the good reasons why it is a career step worth considering. For example, the prospect of earning some money while you train for a career is certainly a plus, while the chance to earn a qualification alongside some genuine on-the-job training is another. However, it is sometimes interesting to take a look at things from a different perspective. With the increasing focus on apprenticeships in the news and among politicians, have you ever wondered how businesses are attracted to offer apprenticeships, and more importantly, what’s in it for them?

Girls in engineering - Barbie hits the wrong note

Girls in engineering - Barbie hits the wrong note

Posted: 23rd of November 2014 by Lynette Daly

In a book published by Random House, Barbie is supposed to inspire and encourage young girls to take on roles traditionally perceived as being male. However, Barbie seems to have hit the wrong note and it has been pointed out that the text on one of the pages (below) points instead to Barbie only being capable of design work, needing the help of two male counterparts for the coding and development element...well, we certainly don’t agree.

Clean Your Brain – Why You Need To Sleep

Clean Your Brain – Why You Need To Sleep

Posted: 21st of November 2014 by Tom Clover

There have been a lot of studies into sleep recently, including research into why we dream and how our sleep patterns work. Studies have shown, for example, that we tend to sleep in cycles that last around an hour and a half – meaning that we are more likely to have a good night’s sleep if we plan it to last a duration that divides into 90 minute segments. So three hours of sleep (180 minutes or 2 X 90 minutes), is likely to be better than four hours. This allows us to go through the different phases of sleep and wake up when we are not in the deepest part of our sleep, which can leave us feeling grouchy and irritable. Of course, how much sleep we need varies from person to person and also changes as we get older, or depending on what we have been doing during the day. However, there is also another, more physical function of sleep that has a direct effect on your brain, and shows that a good night’s sleep won’t just rest your body, but could also help maintain your mental health!

Beyond Tuition Fees: Counting The Cost of University

Beyond Tuition Fees: Counting The Cost of University

Posted: 20th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

With university tuition fees costing as much as £9,000 per year, it is little surprise that they have garnered the most headlines when it comes to the cost of going to university. While some students have parents that are able and willing to pay, many more are getting themselves into debt in the hope that a university degree will lead to a better life once they graduate. They point to the fact that they will not have to repay their loans until they are earning a certain amount, and speak of how university provides opportunities and experiences that are hard to find elsewhere. However, while university is the right choice for many, the idea of the ‘university lifestyle’ is also feeling the financial strain, as statistics show students are being squeezed by increasing costs for rent and transport.

Behind All Good Trainees

Behind All Good Trainees

Posted: 20th of November 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Are you a school leaver looking to forge a career within Engineering? Are you looking for experience in designing engineering systems? We are a successful, international firm of mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) consulting engineers and are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join us as Trainee Engineers.

Sparks fly as Amma and Jonathan win the race to join The Lab

Sparks fly as Amma and Jonathan win the race to join The Lab

Posted: 20th of November 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Publicis Healthcare today announces that Amma Osei-Owusu and Jonathan Webb have won the right to be part of its unique agency experience initiative, The Lab: A Place for Bright Sparks. Over 250 candidates including non-graduates, apprentices, school and college leavers applied for the chance to join the initiative. 19 finalists then took part in a challenging assessment process, which helped raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

Staying Sharp: Interview & Work Fashion For Men

Staying Sharp: Interview & Work Fashion For Men

Posted: 19th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

Interview and workplace style for men has traditionally been all about the suit – and very little has changed in that regard. While fashion-conscious men may look on with some envy at the range of clothes deemed to be acceptable for women at work, the fact remains – the suit is king. However, not every suit was created equal – so don’t be fooled into thinking any suit will do. Ditch that crumpled, old, worn-out suit that doesn’t quite fit you anymore, and head out to get a new one before your interview. Even if you are applying for a job that won’t require you to wear a suit, it never hurts to get yourself dressed up for the interview, so don’t take any chances.

Focus on engineering apprenticeships

Focus on engineering apprenticeships

Posted: 19th of November 2014 by Lynette Daly

The engineering industry is one of Britain’s largest, employing around 737,000 people and it is only set to grow. Routes into jobs in the industry vary from engineering apprenticeships to academic degrees, with UCAS listing over a hundred courses that offer automotive modules. Engineering itself is hugely diverse and jobs exist in many different areas of work, including automotive, acoustics, aviation, manufacturing, energy and defence and the number of different apprenticeships in engineering reflect the range of jobs within the industry - find out all about the variety of apprenticeships in engineering here.

College teams up with awarding winning architecture firm for new apprenticeship scheme

College teams up with awarding winning architecture firm for new apprenticeship scheme

Posted: 19th of November 2014 by Karen O'Connor

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and Haringey Council has teamed up with John McAslan + Partners to launch a 12-month pilot project for 5 apprentices at their new office opening on Tottenham High Road shortly. The first apprentices signed by the award-winning architecture firm were given a tour of their new premises.

New Call Telecom Apprentice Open Evening

New Call Telecom Apprentice Open Evening

Posted: 18th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

Do you want to get involved in the fast-moving world of telecommunications? New Call Telecom are hosting their own Apprenticeship open evening. Highlighting the apprenticeships offered by New Call, the open evening will take place on 27th November from 18:30 at Lindred Road Business Park in Nelson, Lancashire.

Strike A Pose: Interview & Work Fashion For Ladies

Strike A Pose: Interview & Work Fashion For Ladies

Posted: 18th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

What you wear at work has a big impact on how you are seen by your colleagues and clients, and so it may seem easy to reach for the safety of a suit. However, times have changed, and so have the requirements for what you wear at work. Of course, this depends on your employment – as some jobs will require you to wear a uniform – in which case your mind is made up for you. However, if you work in the sort of environment where you can pick and choose your wardrobe, the sartorial decisions may be confusing. You may well want to add a little extra personality to your outfit rather than playing things totally safely (read: boring), but how far can you go without compromising your professional appearance?

Top Subjects to Study to get a Job

Top Subjects to Study to get a Job

Posted: 18th of November 2014 by Lynette Daly

It can be tough, deciding what to study. The evidence from reports produced by the Office of National Statistics into employment rates for graduates suggests that there are some subjects that are more likely to lead to relevant employment than others. According to the reports, graduates of STEM subjects (Science, technology, engineering and maths) are more likely to be employed within six months of graduating than others, with 95% of graduates of medicine and 92% of graduates of technology being employed in the field.

The final countdown.

The final countdown.

Posted: 17th of November 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Perhaps you have just finished school and you’re eager to “get started with your life” and move on to bigger and better things – to finally do something. It may seem like the time to start is now or never, and that if you don’t get a head start then you’ll forever be stuck in some sort of vague undefined vicious circle… you don’t quite know what it is yet, but you know it’s bad, and you know you need to do something, anything, to avoid it.

Designing For Your Future

Designing For Your Future

Posted: 17th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

When someone says the word ‘design,’ you may immediately think of things like designer labels in fashion, or interior design. These areas of design are highlighted on TV and in the media, but there are so many other areas where design skills are needed. In fact, everything around you was designed in some way, from the computer or device you are looking at now, to the clothes you are wearing, and this website itself. Outside of this are other specialist areas, such as vehicle or garden design, where you will need some special knowledge (or cars or plants!) in order to compete. With so much design around, it may make sense to get involved, but how do you go about doing that?

Food For Thought: How What You Eat May Change Who You Are

Food For Thought: How What You Eat May Change Who You Are

Posted: 14th of November 2014 by Tom Clover

Have you ever felt irritable when you were hungry? Or perhaps you find that your concentration levels drop as you start to feel like you need something to eat? This is a direct way in which our hunger can change how we act, but new studies show that it’s not just about how much we eat. It seems that what we eat can also have an impact on our personalities!

Why do distance learning?

Why do distance learning?

Posted: 14th of November 2014 by Lynette Daly

Distance learning offers great flexibility. You can study from the comfort of your armchair, using a tablet or smart phone on public transport and you can study at a time that suits you without being controlled by class times. You can also study subjects and courses that are not available through local providers, so it can give you more choice. Lots of qualifications are available through distance learning courses too, from short qualifications right up to post grad qualifications – check out the full range available here.

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