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Monday, 28 July 2014

Nurture High Effectiveness in Your Teenager

supporting your teenage child in making crucial life decisions

For teenagers life can often feel like finding their path through a jungle.  And it’s no walk in the park for the parents of teenagers either.

In his book, 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens', author Sean Covey attempts to provide "a compass to help teens and their parents navigate the problems they encounter daily."

How to handle peer pressure? Maintain motivation?  Deal with success and failure? The life of a teenager is full of tough issues and life-changing decisions. As a parent, you want to help them learn the habits, principles and ethics that will help them attain their goals and live a happy, successful life.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

What do Clinical Psychologists do?

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. They work with people who have a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, addictive or behavioural disorders, relationship problems, child and family problems, learning disabilities or serious mental illness. They aim to help clients to cope with their problems and to make positive changes.

A clinical psychologist will start work with a client by assessing the individual to define their difficulties. The psychologist may do this through:

  • discussion with the client
  • observing the client's behaviour
  • using a range of psychometric tests.

The psychologist and client then agree a programme of individually-tailored intervention or treatment. This can include:

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Careers Advice for Parents ~ Partner Organisations

Career Planning Advice for Parents

Organisations That Recommend This Site to Parents

Access Southampton

Alderman Peel High School, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk

Al Yasmina School, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Allerton Grange High School, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Allerton High School, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

Ark William Parker Academy, Hastings, East Sussex

Armthorpe Academy, Doncaster

Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Bloxham School, Oxfordshire

Bodmin College

Boroughbridge High School, Boroughbridge, Yorkshire

Bradford Council

Caedmon College, Whitby, North Yorkshire

The Campion School, Hornchurch, Essex

Canon Slade School, Bolton

Career Comp@nion (careers website)

Careers Guidance and Training Limited

Career Nav Guidance Services (careers website)

CareersInc, Doncaster

The Career Development Institute

Monday, 14 July 2014

New Approach to SEN from September 2014

The government have introduced major changes to the provision of support for young people with special educational needs (SEN).  The new arrangements will be phased in from this September.  These include a new Code of Practice for SEN to replace the previous (2001) code.

The main changes from the previous code of practice reflect the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014. These are:

Friday, 11 July 2014

Young Unemployed Would Overflow Wembley

Youth Unemployment ; young unemployed ; NEET

A press release was issued by the UK government on 4 July 2014 under the heading “New statistics show thousands more 16- and 17-year-olds embarking on apprenticeships than last year.”

The tone of the document is upbeat and positive:

The figures, collected from local authorities, reveal that in March this year compared to March 2013:
• more than 15% more 16- and 17-year-olds are in apprenticeships - up from 41,738 last year to 49,228 this year
• 27,832 more 16- and 17-year-olds are participating in education or training - up from 1,030,689 last year to 1,058,521 this year
• 8 out of 9 regions in England reported higher rates of young people in education or training compared to last year

Here are some findings of my own from the data that should give rise to concern:

Thursday, 10 July 2014

how to get online careers advice

careers advice online ; careers advice forum

For young people in England there are two main places you can go to get expert advice online.

  • the Not Going To Uni (NGTU) web site provides an online Advice Centre.  Parents are also welcome to use this service.
  • the National Careers Service offers web chat, email and an online forum.  If you are 19 or over you can also request a face to face discussion with an adviser.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Generic Skills Checklist

employability skills are important to employers

Although qualifications are important in getting a job, employers also want to recruit young people who have employability skills such as communication skills, problem solving, creativity, honesty and integrity, being punctual, taking responsibility, team working, being self motivated and having a good work attitude.

Young people can improve their chances of impressing employers by being clear about the skills they have to offer. It’s up to you to confidently list and describe your skills during the various stages of the recruitment process.

Don’t expect the employer to figure out your skills from the job history on your CV. It’s important to highlight your skills list and to ensure there is a reasonable match between what you are offering the employer and the requirements of the job you are going for.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Understanding Accountancy Qualifications

If you are considering a career in accountancy it can be  confusing that there are various qualifications and professional bodies vying for your attention. All the accountancy qualifications cover some of the same subject matter (accountancy strangely enough!) but there are some subtle differences that can make all the difference to your longer term career path. The four main qualifications are outlined below.

                                         The AAT Accounting Qualification

Association of Accounting Technicians AAT ApprenticeshipAAT stands for Association of Accounting Technicians.  This is an entry level qualification ideal for those just starting out in accountancy (perhaps through an apprenticeship) or school leavers without or with low A level grades. Or you might have been working in an accountancy role for several years but don't have any formal training and are looking to obtain the qualification to give your career prospects a boost. If you are aged 16-24 and not in full time education you might be eligible for government funding to support your studies under the Accountancy Apprenticeship scheme.