Careers advice

  • Contracting vs. Being Employed: The Pros and Cons

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    The UK's gig economy has boomed in recent years, with over 5 million being self-employed or freelancing. And we're seeing this in pretty much every sector including child care, construction and health and social care. Some employers provide the option to work with them on a freelance basis as we see in assessor professions.

    Plus, the thought of becoming your boss and having the flexibility to work when you want is very tempting. According to a blog post written by Caunce O'Hara, 63% of UK employees say th

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  • The Importance of Health and Safety Training at Work

    an image of women practising health and safety This is a guest post from Croner. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 200 people are killed each year as a result of accidents in the workplace. They estimate that over two million employees also suffer illnesses caused by or made worse by work. The HSE suggests the costs to the UK economy of injuries and ill health as a result of working conditions was £15 billion for the yea All this is to say, investing in health and safety training for your s ...
  • How to Stay Confident During Your Job Search

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    Sometimes, when you are unemployed and looking for a job, it can feel demoralising. It's daunting looking for a job, plus there's so much pressure these days to try and “stand out from the crowd” because pretty much everyone in your position is doing the exact same thing.

    No matter how you became unemployed in the first place, whether you were dismissed, made redundant, or just finished a course, it is really important that you stay positive during your job search because you are bound to get rejected. 

    And while having a glittering CV can be advantageous, employers want to employ

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  • How to Manage Your Online Reputation

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    With over 2.27 billion users on Facebook, it is easy for employers to run a quick background check on you before they invite you to interview. And while everyone has an online life and an actual life, it is what you put on social media that can really hamper your job prospects. 

    According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 70% of employers turn to social media to research potential job c

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  • Education vs. Experience: What is More Important in the Job Hunt

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    There's a never-ending debate on deciding whether education is better than experience, or vice versa. 

    A recent survey by recruitment firm Universum revealed that 58% of leading graduate employers value work experience more than grades or where their prospective employee went to university. From that statistic alone, you could say experience clearly trumps education, but only by a margin.

    The truth is there is no clear winner, and depending on what career path you w

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  • What Personality Types Suit Which Career

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    Ever wondered why certain jobs weren't meant for you? 

    It might be worth looking into finding out what your personality type is to find how your interests, skills and your natural thought process can be best used in a workplace environment.

    In this article, we take a look at the famous Myers-Brigger Personality Types, and share which type of jobs is best suited for each personality type. 

    What is the Myers-Briggs Personality Type

    The Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and

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  • What are Distance Learning Courses?

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    Distance learning is fast becoming a popular learning route for those looking to have flexibility and more control over their study schedule so it can fit it in with their work and home life.

    In this article, we take a further look into what a distance course is, how they work and the benefits of distance learning.

    What is a Distance Learning Course?

    A distance learning course is a type of course where students learn the course material remotely without having any face-to-face contact with a teacher in a classroom setting.

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  • 9 Ways to Engage and Encourage The Millennial Workforce

    Millennial Workforce The millennial workforce now forms a significant section of the workforce and the number is just increasing by the day. Some adjustment must be made in the work culture to accommodate this highly demanding yet very efficient and productive generation in the workforce.
    1. Employee Engagement

      Employee engagement must become the motto of every organization in order to keep up with the millennials. They are raised in a manner that they always consider themselves special, v
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  • 5 Ways Millennials are Transforming the Workforce

    millennial workforce Millennials: Probably the most over-scrutinized, over analyzed generation of all times. Wikipedia defines millennials as individuals reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century. The exact time period, however, is not very well defined. According to Newsweek magazine, the Millennial generation was born between 1977 and 1994. The New York Times placed the Millennials at 1976-1990 and 1978-1998, while an article in Time magazine claimed millennials were born between 1980-2000. Considering the endpoints, the range 1977 to 2000 can be taken as the broader age group of millennials.

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  • What Would The World Look Like If Everyone Worked From Home?

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    Have you ever wanted to work from home? The idea of rolling out of bed whenever you want and working from home can seem like a dream come true. This is a thought many of us share when we see people working from home.

    As someone who does work from home, I can reassure you that I do not simply get up whenever I want and start work in my pyjamas. So please do put that thought to bed.

    Anyway I digress, it seems as if we'll see more people working from home in the near future. In a recent survey of business leaders at the Gl

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