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Month: March 2021

The dreaded interview question: Sell me this pen / apple / water bottle

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Chances are if you’ve ever applied for a sales role, or are planning to, you’ll have come across this question. And hated it! “Sell me this pen” is the interview question perhaps most-famous for being featured in the film Wolf of Wall Street. It’s an age-old request, but often comes as a surprise and is [Read more…]

Our Alumni’s real-life public speaking advice

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Public speaking is a subject that can strike fear into people’s hearts – so we thought we would ask some members of the alumni group for their own pearls of wisdom on the topic. If you have a fear of speaking in front of people or need help perfecting your elevator pitch you can learn a [Read more…]

How to be more assertive at work

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Being assertive is not about being overly aggressive and forceful. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. Assertiveness is the ability to get your point across in a clear, confident, diplomatic manner that makes people want to listen to you, rather than forcing them to.   “Assertiveness involves advocating for yourself in a way that is [Read more…]

Interview advice you should ignore

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Being prepared for an interview is extremely important. Almost everyone has a different opinion on how to interview well. However, whilst there’s plenty of advice out there, it pays to be discerning as to which bits you follow and which bits you don’t. We scoured the internet for the ‘classic’ interview tips it’s probably best [Read more…]

Successful women give their tips for balancing a family and a career

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Plenty of former students of Derby College have shown how to get a qualification and have a career alongside having a family. With the growth in the number of employers offering flexible working patterns, part-time opportunities, plus greater support, it’s possible to balance the needs of a family with your career and learning ambitions. We [Read more…]