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Leaving College? Should You Take Time To Relax or Get Straight Down To Work?

Leaving College? Should You Take Time To Relax or Get Straight Down To Work?

Posted: 29th of July 2014 by Tom Clover

Leaving school or college is an experience that draws a line under a part of your life and brings a new time into being. You are moving forward with your life and embarking on something new, whether it is work, college, university, or wherever else you end up. For those who have already organised a course to start in the Autumn it can seem just like a regular summer holiday. However, if you are planning on starting work you may be left feeling that you want to take some time to relax before heading out to find a job. This is perfectly normal, and you may feel that you deserve a break after your exams. However, you have to decide how long you are going to take off – or decide if you will go straight out to work instead.

Planning On Going Straight Out To Work? Read This First

Planning On Going Straight Out To Work? Read This First

Posted: 28th of July 2014 by Tom Clover

Before we get started, I want to make sure it is clear that we are not telling you what to do. It wouldn’t make sense to, considering we can’t know your circumstances, your dreams, aspirations, or situation. That said, if you are planning on heading straight out to work from school or college, it is worth taking a few moments to consider the other options that are available to you – and for good reason. Earning some real money right away may seem like a great option (let’s face it, who doesn’t like having some money in their pocket?), but it is worth looking at the long or even medium-term situation, and giving it some thought before you commit.

All My Friends Know What They Want To Do Next, Why Don’t I?

All My Friends Know What They Want To Do Next, Why Don’t I?

Posted: 25th of July 2014 by Tom Clover

Looking around it can seem like all of your friends know exactly what they are going to do with their lives – whether it is going out to work, heading off to university, or doing some vocational training. However, if you don’t really know what direction to take next, it can feel like you are the odd one out. You may wonder why you can’t decide what to do, and even feel yourself pressured to do something just to fit in. This is not an uncommon feeling or situation to be in, and there are thousands of people in the same position as you, unsure what to do next.

What To Do If You Fail In Your Exams

What To Do If You Fail In Your Exams

Posted: 24th of July 2014 by Tom Clover

You might not like to think about it too much, but there is a good chance that you have had the odd nightmare about not getting the grades you want in your exams. While this can mean retakes for some, the prospect of failing may haunt you with repercussions. Your parents may get on at you for not working hard enough, and you may be forced to watch your friends move on to new things, while you are stuck back trying to decide what to do next. There is no doubt that this could seem like a terrible moment for you, but you should try not to compare yourself to others, and instead refocus and deal with the situation.

Hair & Beauty – A Real Growth Industry!

Hair & Beauty – A Real Growth Industry!

Posted: 23rd of July 2014 by Tom Clover

There is no doubt that hairdressing is a real growth industry, but poor-quality jokes aside, studying hair and beauty could offer much more than you may imagine. With a number of places offering training in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy you could set yourself up with some real skills for the future. These studies could see you working with others in a salon, setting up your own business, or even heading to the glamorous world of media and show-business! When you think of hairdressing, your thoughts probably go straight to your local hair salon, and it’s true that this line of work is something of a constant in life – after all people will always want their hair cut, dyed, or styled. Added to this is the ever-increasing demand for beauty therapy treatments – with everything from tanning, to nail art, and make-up. However, hair and beauty is an important part of life beyond the high-street too.

The End Of An Era? How To Cope With Leaving School

The End Of An Era? How To Cope With Leaving School

Posted: 22nd of July 2014 by Tom Clover

Leaving school or college and moving forward to the next stage of your life can be an exciting time. You may be planning to head off to university, or perhaps you are going to start an apprenticeship, traineeship, or other course. Alternatively, you may be heading straight into the work-place, but whatever you are doing, chances are things are going to change. With friends also heading off in different directions, it can seem like a strange time – the end of an era – and it can be difficult to come to terms with.

Dispelling some myths about University

Dispelling some myths about University

Posted: 21st of July 2014 by Zara Hutchins

There are a few myths about going to university which we want to dispel. Lots of people tell us that they don’t want to go to university because they don’t want the debt, that they don’t want to spend another 3 years in a classroom, or they want to start their working career straight away.

Disagreeing With Your Parents About What To Do Next?

Disagreeing With Your Parents About What To Do Next?

Posted: 21st of July 2014 by Tom Clover

When it comes to your future, your parents will have their own ideas – and they may not match up to your own. Whether you are clashing about going to university (or not), or about what you will study, or if you even move away from home at all, these disagreements can be hard to handle. You may feel like your ideas are not being considered and that your parents are just telling you what to do with your life. In order to solve this problem you will need to have a sensible discussion with them – which means staying calm and listening to their opinions too. Ultimately, your parents want what is best for you, or at least what they think is best for you, and they may just be worried. You should also remember that they are working from what they know, so you may need to explain a few things to them too!

Why Not Train As A Plumber?

Why Not Train As A Plumber?

Posted: 18th of July 2014 by Tom Clover

Plumbing may not be the most glamorous of professions that you can think of, but there is no doubting the importance of the job. If you have ever had a problem with a plumbing leak or a blockage you will know how important a good plumber suddenly becomes. As a career, plumbing may mean getting your hands dirty and doing some of the jobs that others may not like, but the financial and career benefits are clear, as you will be able to work as part of a company or even set up your own business once you are qualified.

Belize Marine Conservation Volunteer Blog

Belize Marine Conservation Volunteer Blog

Posted: 18th of July 2014 by David Fairley

As the four volunteers for July we have just survived our first week! This week has been an adventure for us all from the off, from completing our advanced open water diving qualifications to partying with the locals.

Coping With Trouble At Home

Coping With Trouble At Home

Posted: 17th of July 2014 by Tom Clover

Living at home with your parents can be difficult from time to time, and you may feel that you are misunderstood, treated like a child, or not given the freedoms you feel you deserve or want. These feelings are fairly normal from time to time, and disagreements can make you feel like you need to get away. There is nothing wrong with seeking some solace with your friends now and again, or perhaps trying to find some time to be on your own and let yourself calm down. However, this need to escape can become self-destructive if you are not careful, and so you should be careful not to let your emotions get the better of you. Of course, if you feel you are suffering some form of abuse, you should seek help by speaking to someone you trust about the situation – perhaps a teacher or a parent of a friend may be able to help?

National Apprenticeship Awards 2014

National Apprenticeship Awards 2014

Posted: 17th of July 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Dale Power Solutions and one of our higher apprentices have beaten off competition from hundreds of entrants to be short-listed for the Yorkshire and the Humber final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

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