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Month: August 2018

Zishan Fazel: Former student talks about his IT career and setting up an award-winning community project to help the homeless

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Zishan studied for his BTEC National Diploma in Systems Support at Derby College. He spoke to our Alumni Team not only about his resulting successful career in IT and Computing, but about how he set up his own community project, Project TouchDown, which was featured in The Telegraph and awarded ‘Volunteering Project of the Year.’ [Read more…]

Lauren Bamford: “Derby College has provided me with the foundations I needed to succeed,” says Psychological Research Assistant for Centre for Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Lauren discovered a passion for Psychology when she studied it as an A level subject at Derby College. Now a Psychological Research Assistant for the Derbyshire NHS Foundation Trust at the Centre for Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention, Lauren spoke to our Alumni team about her experiences at college, getting into university and where her career [Read more…]

Which UK cities are best for these popular career choices?

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

If you live in the capital and are considering a move, or are one of the 57million people living outside of London who want to work in some of the most exciting industries the UK has to offer, here are some of the best UK cities to live and work in.   City: Bristol Industry: [Read more…]

Which of these popular productivity hacks will work for you?

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Different productivity techniques work for different people. Here are some of the most effective ways to tick things off your to-do list and find some time in your busy schedule – which one works best for you?   Use an app   Using technology in the right way can help you to organise your busy [Read more…]

What is a ‘side hustle?’ And why you should have one

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Do you want to make some extra money in addition to your regular income? A side hustle is a term used to describe turning your passion into a part-time business alongside your day job.   According to, around 35% of millennials have some sort of side business.   There are several great reasons [Read more…]

Three tips for writing your speculative job application

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

A speculative job application is where a person looking for a job sends an application to a company without a job actually being advertised. It can be a highly effective way of getting jobs, internships and work experience placements that either haven’t been advertised yet, or won’t ever be advertised.   Why would a company [Read more…]

Best short courses for your career

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Gaining new skills and qualifications throughout your career can bring huge benefits, such as career progression, a higher salary and improvements in your general job satisfaction. Here is a round up of the best short professional courses you can take at Derby College to benefit your career, no matter what stage you’re at.   E-learning [Read more…]

How to spot an email phishing scam

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Phishing is an online attack with the goal of tricking people into giving up their personal information via deceptive emails and websites. The most common ways in which hackers try to do this are:   1. Encourage the target to click on a link or download an attachment containing malicious software that can infect your [Read more…]

A to Z of Tech (Q-S)

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The world of tech can be a confusing place full of complicated terms and theories. Are you new to the world of tech? Or do you just want to be informed about what’s going on? After all, advances in technology affect all of us.   This is the latest article in a series where we [Read more…]