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Why you should continue learning as an adult

Friday, January 10th, 2020

A study undertaken by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills suggests that engaging in continued education can have multiple benefits, impacting many different areas of life. Continuing learning into your adult life doesn’t necessarily have to lead to a formal qualification to be valuable – in some cases, removing the ‘pressure to achieve’ can [Read more…]

Network your way to your dream job

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Nearly two thirds of us believe that who you know still matters more than what you know when it comes to career success. But just because you don’t have the right old school tie, that doesn’t necessarily mean your career path is blocked – after all, we can meet people and make connections throughout our [Read more…]

Should you KonMari your messy office?

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Tidying up has become a craze, thanks to the Japanese guru of de-cluttering, Marie Kondo, and her KonMari method. Her Netflix show and best-selling book have encouraged millions of people to chuck out the old and settle into a calmer, more organised way of life.  If you’re reading this surrounded by mounds of paper at [Read more…]

Dreaming of freedom as a freelancer?

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Ever wondered if you could escape the monotony of the same desk, the same coffee mug and the same old faces every day? A lot of people like the security of a permanent job, and there are many advantages, but if you’ve found yourself daydreaming of working from the Bahamas, you may well be after [Read more…]

How to ask for time off for training

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Gaining new skills is a boon for both you and your employer: it helps the company you work for stay up-to-date and develops their talent, while it gives you a chance to climb the career ladder. But no resource in business is quite as scarce as time. Combining full-time work with study isn’t always practical, [Read more…]

Your guide to coping with appraisals

Friday, November 29th, 2019

They can seem like a chore for bosses and employees, but if you want to climb the career ladder, it’s vital to take appraisals seriously. For your employer, they’re an opportunity to communicate their priorities and set targets. And for you, they’re a chance to talk about the actions you need to take to develop [Read more…]

Thinking about marketing your new business idea?

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Many of our students go on to start their own businesses, perhaps no surprise when you consider that small businesses now account for about 60% of the employment in the UK private sector (and around half of the turnover). The internet has significantly opened up the possibilities of starting your own business and marketing it [Read more…]

How to make sure you have the perfect references

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Personal recommendations are one of the most powerful influences on employers’ hiring decisions. One survey found that after the interview and your CV, references have the biggest impact on whether you get the job. But many of us treat references as an afterthought, perhaps assuming that they rarely get checked. In some cases, your past [Read more…]

Five reasons to change career after 50

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Middle age may once have been a time for coasting into retirement, but no longer: workers are increasingly looking for work that stimulates and stretches them throughout their careers. This is likely to be one of the reasons why thousands of apprenticeship starts in the UK come from over-50s, and why research shows that 40% [Read more…]

Are you a workaholic? How to spot the signs and regain control

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Many addictions feel like a badge of shame, but for workaholics it can feel like a source of pride. After all, our work culture prizes people who can put in the hours. But our jobs are a marathon, not a sprint: in the long run, overwork takes its toll on our health and our productivity, [Read more…]

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