Monthly Archives: December 2016

  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Work in Health & Social Care

    So, you're tired of your current career – or the lack thereof – and you want to change your profession. The only problem is, you have no idea what you want to do.

    There are several areas you could study but there is  one in particular worth mentioning; the Health & Social Care industry.

    There are a lot of misconceptions about pursuing a career in the health and social care professions. Many people believe that to be a health or social care worker you must be a doctor or a nurse, and if you aren't then you simply will not make enough money to justify a difficult and stressful job.

    Others believe that there's no sense of satisfaction that comes with working in theses fields.

    These people are wrong on both accounts.

  • How to Decide on a Career Path You’ll Love

    Deciding a career path can be terribly daunting. As we grow up, our parents, teachers, and in some cases our peers ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

    This very question though, is flawed from the start.

    It makes it seem as though deciding a career path has to be a terminal thing. However, it doesn't. You might decide you want to be a doctor then turn right around after ten years of doing that and decide you want to teach medical students.

    Rather than looking at your career choice as a linear path that constricts as time goes on, look at it as a corridor along which many doors can be opened.

    With that in mind, here are a few ways to decide on a career path that you'll love whether it's your first career, or your fif

  • 9 Qualifications You Can Earn In a Year Or Less

    When you're looking for a job, you're applying left, right, and centre for jobs in your field, and every time you submit a new application you wonder to yourself, “Is my CV strong enough?"

    Unfortunately in the competitive markets college graduates enter, their high marks and extracurricular activities may not be enough to set them above the rest.

    So, is the solution a higher degree? No, that would take too long, besides you've done your time.

    Instead I suggest seeking out technical certificates that can add value to your résumé in a year's time or less. Technical certificates can range from a variety of different skill sets, all of which would be considered valuable to employers.

    Due to this variety, it isn't always easy knowing what

  • 5 Ways to Impress at Any Job Interview

    Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially when they're for your dream job. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to just show up on time, do some quick googling, and throw on a tie (though that is a start). You have to be able to make a great impression visually by being well dressed and well groomed. You also have to impress on a deeper level by researching the company thoroughly and showing some charisma. Sounds hard, right? Well, it doesn't have to be. By following the tips that I have compiled below, you will be prepared to take on the interview with undeniable confidence so you can land the job you want. Let's get started.

    1. Look Your Best

    You may think that you can dress casually because you're applying for a startup that has a laid back reputation, but you'd be wrong. Every company worth working for values presentation. They want your work to be well presented, and the best way to assure them of your commitment to that, is to present yourself well at your interview. Use your upcoming interview as an excuse to pamper yourself. Get a new haircut, a new suit, and even some new shoes. Whatever makes you look and feel confident will be a worthwhile investment.

    2. Research, Research, Research

    If you want your future employer to take you seriously, you need to show them that you take them seriously. First, go to the company's website and check out things like their mission statement and their frequently asked questions page. Make sure you know what the company is all about. Next, scour Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter to learn personal things about your co-workers. Especially pay attention to management because they will be the ones interviewing you. Doing this can prevent awkward moments like accidentally insulting your interviewers favourite sports team. Lastly, research job reviews on sites like glassdoorDon't take every interview to heart but if you read enough job interviews you'll be able to notice patterns which will help you better prepare questions for your interviewer.

    3. Practice Makes Perfect

    There are two ways you can do this and I suggest you do both. Firstly, look over this list of the most common interview questionsYou don't need to prepare a bunch of canned answers but give each question some thought. Secondly, do some mock interviewing. It would be best to make an appointment with a career specialist at your local school if they offer free mock job interviews. However, if this is not something you can do then ask a friend or at the very least practice in front of a mirror.

    4. Prepare for, "Tell me about yourself"

    You will almost certainly be asked this tried and tested interview question, so it's best to prepare for it thoroughly. If you can nail it, you'll be off to a great start. But be sure to show off your best (and most relevant) dimensions.  The interviewer doesn't want to hear about your favourite baseball team or if you're a dog or cat person. They want to know who you are professionally. Think about your career path up until this point chronologically and leave out anything you can't make relevant to the job you are interviewing for.

    5. Be Confident & Charming (To Everyone)

    This final tip is for the day of the interview. Assuming you followed the first four tips you shouldn't have any trouble with your confidence. You look your best and you're well prepared. Now all you need to do is make sure you give everyone you meet a firm handshake, smile, and look them in the eye. The reason I say everyone is you never know if the secretary or anyone else has the ear of your interviewer. Impressing them can move you to the top of the candidacy list. Similarly, if you come off as rude to them it won't matter how well your interview goes when they tell your boss you seem like a jerk.

    Be You

    Having found and read this article says a lot about who you are as a person. It says that you put forth the effort for success – because you know putting in the work matters. Make sure that side of you shines through at your next interview, and you'll own it. Did I miss any other great interview preparation tips? If so help each other out by sharing with us in the comments below! ...
  • Health and Social Care Apprenticeships

    Health and Social Care Apprenticeships

    Health and social care apprenticeships are becoming increasing popular amongst care providers across the UK. And The Learning Station can help provide you with Health and Social Care Apprenticeships and courses. Apprenticeships are a valuable combination of training, skills development and applied workplace learning. Taking on a new apprentice to commence an Apprenticeship programme in health & social care can be a quick and easy way for your company to remain competitive and increase its revenue whilst improving the skills, motivation and flexibility of your staff. Not only will you be able to source & employ staff at reduced cost to yourselves, but you'll be in a better position when it comes to future employment, as you would have had previous experience with the apprentice whilst they worked for you. ...
  • 5 Tips For Teaching People With Learning Difficulties.

    5 Tips For Teaching People With Learning Difficulties.

    The Learning Station prides itself on offering training courses to all areas of society, including those with learning difficulties. Learning difficulties may be a result of various conditions, yet the methods to overcome the obstacles of teaching anybody who struggles to understand, are very similar. We have collected five great ways to make learning easier for those with learning difficulties. 1. Divide The Lesson Into Manageable Segments Ensure that the lesson is divided up into short, easy to complete tasks. Overloading the student with too many tasks and information can become confusing and difficult. Explain each individual task in detail, and help the students when needed. 2. Ensure The Student Understands What Is Expected Before beginning any task or module, make sure that the students understand
  • 5 Ways To Engage With Adult Students

    5 Ways To Engage With Adult Students

    We at The Learning Station know only too well of empowering learners to excel and gain independence  not just in life but in education too With the number of adult students growing, many training centres and educators have now realised that adult learners are fundamentally different than their younger counterparts in many ways. Thus, training methods must reflect the differences. With this being the case, how can teachers & tutors better accommodate and encourage adult student success in a classroom setting? Here at The Learning Station, we'd like to give you the tools to adapt and optimise your teaching strategies, to maximise engagement with adult learners.   1. Treat Them Like the Adults They Are: Adult students are generally more sophisticated a ...
  • Why Re-Training Your Staff Is Essential To Business Growth

    Why Re-Training Your Staff Is Essential To Business Growth

    Across all industries, sourcing adequately trained & capable staff can often be a nightmare. What is the solution to such a problem? According to the Learning and Skills Council, eight out of ten people felt happier and more confident after developing a new skill. Another 85 per cent of people in the study claimed they were more prepared to take on new challenges after they had started a training course. Thus, we can make the assertion that re-training current staff can be more beneficial to company growth, in contrast to sourcing newer, less experienced staff. Karen Price, who is the chief executive at the IT sector skills council, has said in an interview with ...
  • Courses for Special Educational Needs Students

    Courses for Special Educational Needs Students

    The Learning Station offers courses and training to young people & adults with Special Educational Needs (S.E.N). We support and provide vocational learning and life skills training for Young people and adults in order to empower independence so that they are able to live freely within their community as independently as possible.  Special Educational Needs ...
  • Why The Learning Station?

    Why The Learning Station?

    The Learning Station is focused on creating a skilled and motivated workforce who will adapt to innovation, increase productivity and maximise your company's profitability. We are a quality training centre that specialises in delivering professional courses in Health & Social Care, Information Technology, English, short Vocational Courses and Mandatory Training to meet our vision to help the UK Government and European Union create a skilled and motivated workforce. We also take into consideration your needs and ambitions by providing person centred assessments and innovative training and learning, and working ...