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Monday, 23 June 2014

young people need soft skills

young people need soft generic skills

Young people should play up their personal strengths and interests when applying for work, according to new research.

A survey of more than 900 managers conducted recently by ICM Research for the Brathay Trust found that  nearly two fifths (38%) want young people to highlight their personal achievements and work experience in job applications.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Different kinds of work experience

work experience placements and internships

Work Placements

The term ‘placement’ refers to any formal, structured work experience.  These programmes will often let you to gain knowledge of various departments and focus on a specific project.  Placements are quite common in the engineering and construction sectors.  Doing one can help you get your foot in the door as many companies recruit from work experience placements.  There are sometimes payments  although you will need to discuss with your company beforehand whether you will be paid and if so how much.

Working on a project will provide you with an opportunity to practice skills that you can use as evidence of your work readiness in future applications and interviews.  It is a good idea to keep a record of the project and your contribution to it so you don’t forget what happened.

The difference between Internships and Apprenticeships


  • Apprenticeships have traditionally been associated with blue-collar industries such as engineering and construction. This has changed in recent years and apprenticeships in professional services (like banking,  IT,  accountancy and law) are now common.
  • Apprenticeships are are a type of formal training which usually lasts for up to two years,  sometimes even longer.  They are overseen by the government.
  • Apprentices gain a qualification at the end of it (NVQ, BTEC etc.)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

London’s tech sector is taking on almost 2,000 new apprentices

London IT Apprenticeships

As part of London Technology Week, companies like Capgemini, British Airways, IBM and  Virgin Media,  have announced that they will take on up to 200 apprentices each.

Microsoft has pledged to involve its entire supply chain and committed to hiring more than 1,200 new apprentices itself and among companies with which it trades.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Top Tips on choosing science subjects

subject choice effect on future career

The Science Council has published this very sensible advice to help with choosing subjects.  Among the ideas are:
  • Visiting to see where your child’s subject choices could take them. Get them to have a go at the ‘What Might You Be?’ game.
  • Encouraging your child to talk to people they know (family, friends and neighbours) about their subject choices and career paths.
  • Encouraging your child to talk to teachers of the subjects they are interested in to get a feel for what the course content will be for particular subjects, particularly at A level standard. Teachers may also be able to advise on resources and sources of information out about Maths and Science related careers.
  • They might enjoy going to talks and events held by local societies or museums and galleries or  the big annual science festivals like the British Science Festival and The Big Bang Fair. Also, events throughout the UK during National Science & Engineering week.
  • Ensuring your child is making the most of the careers room at school, alongside other school resources, the web, and local library. Useful web sites include:

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Applying to US Universities – Advice from Fulbright

Check out USA College Day

This free event provides students, parents and advisors with the unique opportunity to meet representatives from over 150 American universities and educational service providers in London. It is the largest US university fair in the UK.

Date: Friday, 26 September 2014 (4:30 pm - 7:30 pm) & Saturday, 27 September 2014 (10:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Venue: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX (Map)

Cost: Free to attend if you register in advance