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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Distance learning degrees are on the up!

careers guidance for young people

Because distance learning is normally done part-time, acquiring an honours degree is going to take longer than attending a standard university - six years instead of three years, perhaps. But the opportunity to combine part-time study with work can be a godsend.

For one 23-year-old international skier, travelling the world while competing for Team GB, full-time attendance at university was not an option. But thanks to distance learning, she has acquired a psychology degree through the Open University, mugging up on Freud and Jung in ski resorts across the world.

Distance learning as an option for young people, and not just those of more advanced years, is clearly taking off. There are now 29,000 OU students under the age of 25. The majority work part or full-time while they study.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

What does a Web Designer/Developer do?

career in web design

Web designers or developers are responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website. They are involved with the technical and graphic aspects of a website, how the site works and how it looks. They can also be involved with the maintenance and updating of an existing site.

Their role is a combination of computing expertise and creativity.

A business may rely on its site to sell products and services, to provide information or to get viewers to respond, so the job of the web designer/developer involves making the site as attractive, clear and easy to use as possible.

Monday, 12 August 2013

What does a chef do?

what does a chef do?

Chefs prepare food in restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. Some work for a catering company.
The work varies depending on the level of experience and responsibility, and also the type of operation and style of food offered:

· commis chefs (trainees or apprentice) spend time learning skills in each section of the kitchen
· chefs de partie run a section of the kitchen, such as sauces, pastries, the larder or grill
· sous chefs may deputise in the absence of the head chef
· head chefs are responsible for the whole kitchen

Sunday, 11 August 2013

What does a Civil Engineering Technician do?

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians provide technical support to civil engineers in the design, construction and management of a variety of projects, from widening a motorway to building the world's tallest structure.

A technician could be involved in:

• surveying a chosen site and arranging for soil and rock samples to be analysed
• preparing estimates for the amount and type of materials to be used
• ensuring each stage of construction is completed within timescales and to standard
• preparing detailed plans of the project
• minimising any impact on the surrounding environment.

What does a PA do?

Personal Assistant, PA

Personal assistants (PAs), also known as senior or executive secretaries or executive assistants, provide administrative support to senior members of staff, usually a manager or director. Their main aim is to help reduce their manager's workload, implementing systems and procedures that make business operations more efficient.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Stay calm and focused – advice from the experts on A level results

A level results UCAS Clearing and Adjustment

As A Level results day approaches the advice from experienced teachers is that its time for you as a parent to step back and allow your daughter/son to take control of their future.

Clare Reseigh, head of sixth form at St Gabriel’s School near Newbury , says: “If you have to ring universities to confirm or re-negotiate your place, it goes without saying that it must be you who calls. Under no circumstances allow your parents to call on your behalf because that will send entirely the wrong message about your maturity and commitment.”

Hilary French, president of the Girls’ Schools Association agrees: “Now is not the time to be nervous on the telephone and it’s certainly not the day for letting your parents fight your battles for you. By all means discuss your options with them, but if you have to talk to universities, you’re on your own.”