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5 Small Tips To Help Your Week Go Well

5 Small Tips To Help Your Week Go Well

Posted: 27th of January 2015 by Tom Clover

Whether you are at school, college, in an apprenticeship, at work, or studying for a degree there are some things that we all need to get right. These are the basic things – like where we need to be, and when. If we forget these small items it can mess up the whole day – if not have a negative impact over the next days or weeks! Fortunately, all it takes is a bit of preparation – so, we present 5 small things to make sure your week goes well.

Computing, coding, curriculum and cyber security

Computing, coding, curriculum and cyber security

Posted: 26th of January 2015 by Lynette Daly

Last September the new ICT curriculum began, which moves away from a focus on learning how to use computer software, such as spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software like PowerPoint, which has dominated IT classrooms over the last few years. Introduced to the curriculum are ethical issues surrounding computer use and coding.

Self-Belief & the Power of ‘Not Yet’

Self-Belief & the Power of ‘Not Yet’

Posted: 26th of January 2015 by Tom Clover

Have you ever failed at a test? Maybe it was a spelling or maths test at school, perhaps it was your driving test, or maybe your exam grades weren’t what you had hoped they would be. Whatever it was, can you remember how that fail made you feel? You may have felt disillusioned, like you weren’t good enough, or maybe even felt that you were no good at all! Such feelings are fairly normal, but it seems they aren’t much use when it comes to improving yourself and getting ahead. In fact, it is time that you rephrased these failings into a more positive light. But, you may ask, how can you turn this negative feeling into something positive?

Why Your Teacher May Not Always Know Best

Why Your Teacher May Not Always Know Best

Posted: 23rd of January 2015 by Tom Clover

At their best, a teacher is someone you can turn to for advice and support. As well as helping you learn a subject at school or college, a good teacher can be someone to turn to when you have a problem – either at school or at home. They can be a bit like an older family member with the advice and support they offer – and for many students, a decent teacher is a real bonus. This goes outside of the remit of just teaching you a particular subject, as they can call on their own life experiences to offer you support and guidance when you need it. This caring element of the profession is something that is hard to quantify in statistics and reports, but it can make a real difference to those in need of some extra support through school or college. However, there is a time when your teacher may not actually know best – and that is when it comes to choosing what to do with your life and career.

Another reason to choose an apprenticeship at 16?

Another reason to choose an apprenticeship at 16?

Posted: 22nd of January 2015 by Lynette Daly

For many young people the answer to the raised participation age and the necessity to remain in education or training will lie with an apprenticeship, where they will be able to earn whilst they learn - find out why...

5 Good Reasons To Switch Off Your Smartphone

5 Good Reasons To Switch Off Your Smartphone

Posted: 22nd of January 2015 by Tom Clover

There is no denying it, the smartphone has revolutionised the world of global communications and information. It is an amazing part of everyday life, and something that many of us take for granted. Being connected, not just to each other but also to the World Wide Web, whenever we need to, pretty much wherever we are, offers us a lifestyle that was simply unimaginable a few years ago. However, for all of the great things this has brought us, such technology can have drawbacks – especially if you are the sort of person who always seems to have their phone in their hand.

Your Own Personal Brand – And How To Use It

Your Own Personal Brand – And How To Use It

Posted: 21st of January 2015 by Tom Clover

You are your own personal brand. You may not realise it, but everywhere you go, your brand speaks for itself. Just like any company or business brand, your own personal brand can be damaged by a bad reputation, or improved with the right management. So, how do you build a good brand that will help, rather than hinder you in life.

Could online education give your career a healthy boost?

Could online education give your career a healthy boost?

Posted: 20th of January 2015 by Zara Hutchins

The start of any new year is traditionally a time for taking stock and considering change. For many, this involves a commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle. But what about a healthier career? Here too, it’s surprising what a difference a simple review of current work life ‘habits’ and new opportunities can make.

The Importance of Careers Advice

The Importance of Careers Advice

Posted: 20th of January 2015 by Tom Clover

You may think that careers advice is not for you – perhaps you have already decided what you want to do next, whether that is going to university, getting a job, or looking at other training – such as an apprenticeship? But could you be selling yourself short by not even looking at the full range of options? Careers advice has come along in leaps and bounds over the years, and with more resources than ever before, it is easier than ever to see what opportunities there are for you.

200 different careers to bring out the best in you.

200 different careers to bring out the best in you.

Posted: 20th of January 2015 by Zara Hutchins

Army careers reward and develop you in ways that no university ever could. On top of the excellent pay and benefits you’ll earn, there’s the satisfaction that comes from doing extraordinary things – from peacekeeping to providing humanitarian aid and enforcing anti-terrorism measures. It’s little wonder that we've over 200 roles in the Army, covering everything from Infantry to Intelligence, Logistics to Linguists.

Agricultural job roles – working the land

Agricultural job roles – working the land

Posted: 20th of January 2015 by Lynette Daly

For those who love to be outside rather than cooped up behind a desk in an office, staring at a computer screen all day, working in the agriculture industry can provide a great opportunity to fill your lungs with fresh air and experience the satisfaction of a physically hard day’s work.

Have a Productive Week: How to Cut Out the Distractions

Have a Productive Week: How to Cut Out the Distractions

Posted: 19th of January 2015 by Tom Clover

Did you know that being distracted can make you work less effectively? Of course you did – but you might not realise exactly how much! An article by The Journal of Experimental Psychology showed that s distraction of just 2.8 seconds can double you error rate, while a 4.1 second distraction from your work will triple you error rate. But that’s not all, distractions at work will ruin your work flow and mean that you take longer to get tasks done – as we have already seen, with more errors. To tackle this it would be great if you could just tell everyone to leave you alone while you get on with your work – but this is not always possible. So, how do you juggle the need to get your work done with managing those other calls on your working time?

Customer Service Jobs

Customer Service Jobs

Posted: 19th of January 2015 by Lynette Daly

Any company that deals with the public in any way needs a customer service department, whether they are selling products, offering financial services or providing hospitality. The jobs roles available in customer services are many and varied and there is always the opportunity for progression within the company too. Find out about the skills you need to work in customer services, the kind of jobs that you might choose from and the importance of customer service.

Going Clothes Shopping? How to Make Your Money Go Further

Going Clothes Shopping? How to Make Your Money Go Further

Posted: 16th of January 2015 by Tom Clover

Staying stylish season-to-season can be tough when you are working to a tight budget, and even if you are not too pushed for cash, it is always nice to get more for your money. With spring on the horizon, there will be those who are thinking about their next looks, while others will be wanting to take advantage of the changing seasons to find a bargain or two. To help everyone get their fashion fix for less, we present six quick ideas for before you hit the high street!

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