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Month: November 2017

World Skills Triumph For Derby College Students

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Derby College students have been flying the flag for vocational careers at the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC – the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event. Firstly mature student Haralds Jonans (37) clinched the silver medal in the senior Plastering competition. Haralds, from Chaddesden, came to the UK from Latvia seven years ago and is [Read more…]

Derby College Apprentice Wins County Award

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

A trainee Quantity Surveyor who has recently completed an apprenticeship with Derby College has been hailed Apprentice of the Year in the Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2017. Matthew Hitchcock (19) from West Hallam works for Keyclad in Heage which is part of the Bowmer & Kirkland Group. He has attended Derby College on day release and [Read more…]

Healthcare Careers: Medical Research and Development

Friday, November 10th, 2017

The second in a series of guides about health and social care careers. Read our previous article: An overview of the health and social care industry. If you want to save lives and help people, you don’t have to be on the front lines of patient care to make a difference. It’s not just doctors, [Read more…]

The pros and cons of being a freelancer

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Could you use your skills to enter the world of self-employment? Whether you can write, build, design, teach, or you’re an accountant, marketer, project manager, web developer, or one of many more freelance professions, being a freelancer means you can work on your own terms. Freelancing can allow the flexibility to work when you want, [Read more…]

What tasks can you give to a work experience candidate?

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Work experience gives students the opportunity to experience what working life is all about, usually in an industry or occupation that they are considering joining in the future. It typically lasts from a few days to a few weeks, and although voluntary and unpaid, it has a lot of value for the young people taking [Read more…]

LinkedIn Masterclass: What we can learn from these famous LinkedIn profiles

Friday, November 10th, 2017

These famously successful people all have one thing in common – they curate their public personas in order to appear a certain way to the world. If you want to improve your job prospects, grow your reputation within your industry, or stand-out to potential employers, colleagues and business partners, you could learn a thing or [Read more…]

Advances in automation technology are changing the workplace

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Technology is advancing exponentially and this is causing dramatic changes in every aspect of our lives, including the workplace. Here we take a look at some of the main developments, and how they could affect your job now or in the not too distant future. Automation includes the use of robotics in industries like manufacturing, [Read more…]

5 tips to instantly boost your confidence

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Whether you’re about to sit an exam, interview for a job or give an important presentation at work, confidence is key to success. In our recent alumni survey, you asked us for guidance on feeling more confident, so here is our best advice. Self-confidence shouldn’t be confused with arrogance. It’s not the belief that you [Read more…]

Why lifelong learning is essential for the economy – and for you

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Lifelong learning benefits employees, benefits and governments, argues the World Economic Forum. Voluntarily pursuing new knowledge and skills throughout your life can not only bring about good health, wealth, quality of life and future prospects for yourself and your family, but it can have a hugely positive knock-on effects for companies who invest in the [Read more…]