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The new solicitor super-exam

SQE
In April 2017, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) confirmed it will be rolling out an independent, centralised assessment, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), or the ‘super-exam,’ by September 2020. This single exam will spell the end of the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course.
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COMMENTS  |  NOVEMBER 2017


Cyber Careers

Cyber careers
To find out and understand more about all the brilliant job title descriptions that are on offer to those in cyber careers and also the paths you can follow the best site we have found is an American website called Cyber Degrees, but remember that they may use different job titles in the UK.
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COMMENTS  |  OCTOBER 2017


The soft side of your CV

Curriculum vitae
“being smart will mean something completely different” Harvard Business Review. Don’t get me wrong, it will be a long time (if ever) that a double first from Oxbridge fails to be a “stand-out” on the CV but the new world won’t just judge you on your educational grades but also on your ability to prove that you can adapt your current skills to any situation.
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COMMENTS  |  OCTOBER 2017


Careers in catering and hospitality

It’s a popular career choice for many young people (more than a third of employees are under the age of 25), especially since the likes of Masterchef and Bake Off have taken over our screens. But it’s not just about soggy pastry bottoms and wobbly Panna cottas.
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COMMENTS  |  OCTOBER 2017


The rise of the gig economy

Gig economy
The rapid growth of the so-called gig economy in the UK suggests that it may be shaping the future of work. Many are drawn by the flexibility, enabling us to multi-task, juggling other priorities and passions. We love the idea that we are taking charge of our lives, are in control of our own time, but we also know that nothing comes for free.
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COMMENTS  |  SEPTEMBER 2017


Guide to clearing

It’s the day teenagers love and loathe in equal measures. This year’s A level results will be out on Thursday August 17 and youngsters up and down the country are gearing themselves up to discover how they fared in their exams. On the day itself, some will be celebrating stellar results but others may have missed their grades.
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COMMENTS  |  AUGUST 2017


Educational acronyms

Acronyms may make communication speedier for insiders but they confuse, irritate and deter the uninitiated. Sometimes they are an obvious abbreviation (helpful) but often they are vain and pompous “e-CAF – Electronic Common Assessment Framework” or downright ludicrous “CTPS – Classroom Teachers Pay Spine”
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COMMENTS  |  MAY 2017


Careers at the bar

Dream sequence: eloquent, glamorous (a wig works equally well for both sexes) young barrister convinces jury and stuns famous judge with previously undiscovered legal precedent. Courtroom silenced, innocent party acquitted and said barrister firmly on legal ladder. Unfortunately, the scenario above belongs on the silver screen
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COMMENTS  |  MAY 2017


Coping with stress

Whether you have been a boarder since the age of eight, a fearless and fragrant backpacker for the preceding year or about to experience your first time away from the home-cooked meals, free-flowing laundry services and the bill-less existence of home, making the transition from school to university will be one of the hardest things for a teenager to face.
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COMMENTS  |  MAY 2017


Tips for telephone interviews

''Over 50% of all job interviews are now conducted via the phone or an online platform'' The ISE January 2017. So there you are, about to have a telephone job interview, cosy at home in your Lion King onesie, keeping your energy up with a snack and the footie on (quietly of course) in the background.
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COMMENTS  |  MAY 2017


Interview top tips

Congratulations! You have been shortlisted for an interview. Whether this is your first ever job interview or not, there is one word that sums up the best approach to getting that job: PREPARE! A week before the interview: Research: look at the company’s website, find any recent news stories about them.
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COMMENTS  |  APRIL 2017


Getting a job top tips

Consider finding your first job as a full-time occupation. It will occupy you every day and take up a large part of each day. The experience can be exciting, worrying, uplifting, exhausting, invigorating and challenging. We can also help you; further our expert advisory team are on hand to advise you on how to write a CV, interview techniques, and other application processes.
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COMMENTS  |  JANUARY 2017


CV top tips

Having spoken to numerous employers about how they filter through the mountain of CVs they receive we have come up with some useful tips that are worth bearing in mind when creating this important document. You will not be surprised to hear that in this technological world there are now machines that read CVs, scanning for selected keywords
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COMMENTS  |  JANUARY 2017


 

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A new level, from A to T

A new level, from A to T
Tony Blair may not be exactly everyone’s flavour of the month these days, but his attempt to put “education, education, education” at the top of the political agenda was manna from heaven for all us passionate believers. However, like some of his other enterprises, this has not been an easy ride.
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COMMENTS  |  DECEMBER 2017


Work Experience: a level playing field

Work experience
One of the things we quiz students about when we’re reviewing schools and colleges is whether the careers advice they get is any good and, digging deeper still, whether they’re encouraged or supported to get work experience. ‘Work experience?’ many youngsters retort aghast while even those that have secured a corker
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COMMENTS  |  DECEMBER 2017


Parental influence on their offpsring's career choices

Career choices
Any parent who doubts their influence on their child’s career choices need only turn to Google to discover just how wrong they are. Report after report reveals that parents play a major role in their offspring’s decision-making about careers and even more so about their choice of university.
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COMMENTS  |  DECEMBER 2017


STEM to STEAM

STEM to STEAM
Most parents will be familiar with the acronym STEM and the move towards schools bringing these subjects – science, technology, engineering, and maths – together to give young people the skills they need in the modern economy. What fewer parents will have heard of is STEAM, in which the arts are added to the mix.
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COMMENTS  |  NOVEMBER 2017


Gatsby - a novel idea

Gatsby - a novel idea
Good career guidance for all has never been more important as no loving parent wants their child to be kept in the dark about the opportunities available to them when they leave school. Despite tinkering, by every hue of government, over the last 30 years a golden age of clear advice has never been reached.
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COMMENTS  |  NOVEMBER 2017


The future of work

 

'65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.' McLeod, Scott and Karl Fisch, ‘Shift Happens.' Not a surprising stat when you look at social media as an example. It’s transformed the world of marketing and produced job opportunities that were non-existent 10 years ago.
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COMMENTS  |  JULY 2017


Gender bias

 

At a time when female politicians are rising more reliably than the dough in “Bake-Off” and a female King Lear is up for an Olivier Award, the glass ceiling gender barrier looks increasingly fragile. It may not have shattered but there are large cracks.
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COMMENTS  |  MARCH 2017

What should good careers advice look like?

Less than half of school leavers receive information and guidance from a careers adviser at their school or college, a new survey has found. So what should good careers advice look like? And is it likely to become a reality following the Skills Minister’s recent promises in this area? It seems that every time the word "apprenticeship" is mentioned, so is a statistic from last year showing that apprenticeship numbers fell despite the introduction of a levy meant to encourage employers to increase them. 
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COMMENTS  |  MARCH 2018


Under pressure - mental health at school

‘Issues of potential teen angst like eating disorders and cyberbullying just don’t happen at this school.’ ‘I honestly don’t think pupils at our school feel under undue pressure.’ ‘I’ve never known of a young person at this school to self-harm.
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COMMENTS  |  FEBRUARY 2018


Going up, going down? Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships
Our thoughts on why apprenticeship numbers fell after the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. It seems that every time the word "apprenticeship" is mentioned, so is a statistic from last year showing that apprenticeship numbers fell despite the introduction of a levy meant to encourage employers to increase them. 
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COMMENTS  |  JANUARY 2018

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