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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Job Search ~ Strategies for Success

get a job

This brief guide will provide you with the formula for successful job search. Success is all about adopting a positive, organised and persistent approach.

Starting Points

You may have already identified some obvious places to look such as the internet, newspaper job ad pages and at careers fairs.  Less obvious job search strategies include applying for jobs speculatively, networking and using recruitment agencies.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Careers Advice: all about student finance

Careers Advice ; all about student finance

Since last year universities and colleges can now charge full-time students a maximum of £9,000 a year in tuition fees. Many courses will be cheaper than this (for example, when there are provided by local colleges) but the average is estimated to be £8,350.

The good news is that this doesn’t need to be paid by you! Students are able to take out a loan to cover the cost of fees and don’t need to pay this back until after they’ve graduated and are earning more than £21,000 a year.

If they live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales (or if the course is funded by the NHS) they may pay less or nothing at all.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

British Chambers of Commerce says Careers Education is UK's Top Skills and Employment Priority

Career Guidance for School Leavers

British Chambers of Commerce have issued a Skills and Employment Manifesto which addresses the major problems we face in supporting young people's transition from education to employment.

This document calls for the government to radically reform the current provision for careers education:

Friday, 7 February 2014

Career Development Activities in Schools Foster Success

In 2011 iCeGS at the University of Derby published a paper (for a North American audience) which summarised the research evidence pointing to the importance of CEIAG.

The authors (Tristram Hooley, John Marriott and James P. Sampson, Jr) focused on the positive impact of careers education and guidance on retention, achievement and successful transition.

Professionals working in the field of career development have an intuitive grasp of the value of their work, based on experience and common sense, but at a time when the profession is under direct attack from blinkered politicians it is very helpful to be able to refer to findings like these.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Mind the Gap ~ Future Skills for Growth

LMI; labour market information ; skills

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published the results of a major enquiry into future skills needs in 2010.  This was the first national Strategic Skills Audit for England.  It was intended to  provides “insight and foresight on skill needs and imbalances” and to identify “the sectors, occupations and skills that we need to prioritise to meet the changing needs of the economy and labour market.”

The Commission updated its findings in the 2013 Employer Skills Survey and found that the growth in vacancies that can’t be filled because people do not have the required skills has risen twice as quickly as the growth in overall vacancies.  More than one-in-five vacancies is proving difficult to fill for skills reasons, up from one-in-six in 2011.