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With the government cutting 270,000 public sector jobs last year, more people than ever are looking to the commercial world for employment. If you're one of them, here's what to expect and how to make the most of your transferable skills.
8:37am Monday 6th August 2012
10:59am Wednesday 11th April 2012
Gaining professional qualifications as an adult delivers a wide range of benefits, as revealed by research from our training partner Home Learning College. The distance learning specialist asked a range of past students to outline how their life has changed as a result of their studies. The most commonly reported change is greater confidence when applying for jobs, as mentioned by almost half (43 per cent).
9:54am Wednesday 9th November 2011
Continued uncertainty in the job market means that many people are choosing to stay put in unsatisfying jobs rather than risk being out of work. While it certainly makes logical and financial sense to hang on to your current position at the present time, there is nothing to stop you taking steps to bring about positive change, without making any drastic moves.
3:12pm Friday 23rd September 2011
The thought of returning to the classroom can be daunting if you’ve been out of education for a while. You might have questions around your ability to understand and retain information at an older age, or you may be concerned about finding the time and money for further study. These are all valid points to consider, but there are also plenty of reasons why going back to school could be the right move at this stage in your life.
1:01pm Monday 8th August 2011
Securing a new job relies on your ability to show an employer why you can fulfil the role better than other candidates. This may sound challenging, but it’s actually easier than you think! In fact, the essence of successful job hunting can be boiled down into a few simple points, as outlined below:
12:37pm Tuesday 17th May 2011
Today’s competitive job market means people are in danger of becoming stuck in unfulfilling roles unless they have the right qualifications, according to research by Home Learning College. Three quarters of respondents say it is harder to move jobs nowadays without appropriate study credentials. This sentiment peaks among the over 45s at 87%.
3:39pm Friday 1st April 2011
A positive attitude and confidence are essential elements of successful career planning. However, self belief should be founded on a realistic understanding of your abilities and how these can be utilised to the best effect.
12:43pm Tuesday 22nd February 2011
Over a third of British adults have not yet found the right career, according to research from our training partner Home Learning College. The only place many people receive any formal occupational guidance is at school. However, despite three quarters reporting this to be the case, 66% say the information they received at that time was not appropriate. In fact, 40% say they have never benefited from useful vocational advice at any point in their life!
10:41am Tuesday 25th January 2011
Despite continued financial turbulence, and further job losses due to hit the public sector, workers are remaining positive and predicting that the coming year will bring greater fortune. Around half (49%) of adults in employment see their career prospects changing for the better in 2011, while only 20% think things will get worse, according to research by our training partner Home Learning College.
1:02pm Friday 14th January 2011
2:32pm Friday 3rd December 2010
Employers beware! Over a quarter of UK workers (27%) are actively looking for a new job but have chosen not to share this information with their boss or line manager. In fact, the number of people secretly seeking a new position represents 78% of all current jobseekers, according to research conducted by distance learning specialist Home Learning College. In total, over a third (34%) of those currently in work reported being on the hunt for a new position.
2:24pm Friday 3rd December 2010
As the candidates in series six of The Apprentice reveal their true colours, research from Home Learning College shows that 42% of viewers would not want them as colleagues. It seems that women are most turned off by such behaviour, with 44% saying they are glad not to work with people like that, compared to 37% of men.
1:06pm Wednesday 27th October 2010
If you’re one of the 2.5 million people currently out of work in the UK then you’re probably only too aware of how frustrating it can be to search for a job during the tail end of a recession. There’s no denying that this is a challenging time to be looking for work and you may feel that you’ve already tried everything to change your circumstances for the better.
4:34pm Friday 24th September 2010
It’s unlikely that any job will be 100% perfect, but if you live for the weekends and then spend Sunday in dreaded anticipation of the coming week then now might be the time to look for a more rewarding position.
12:38pm Monday 23rd August 2010
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4:19pm Tuesday 1st June 2010
Do you want to gain a new qualification but wonder where on earth you’d find the time? There is no doubt that studying as an adult can be challenging, particularly if you already have a job, family and social life. Having said that, many people find learning in later life far more enjoyable than they may have expected – largely because they can choose subjects in which they have a genuine interest.
12:38pm Friday 23rd April 2010
Social networking on websites like Facebook and Twitter is without doubt one of the biggest technological and cultural developments of the past decade. This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that Facebook now has 23 million users in the UK alone - around a third of the country’s population – with about 50% logging on every day.
10:40am Thursday 28th January 2010
10:32am Thursday 28th January 2010
Every week we hear about employers turning away hundreds, if not thousands of applicants for each role they have. Registering on job boards and applying to well publicised adverts is fine, but it has never been more important to be able to access the hidden job market.
10:11am Thursday 28th January 2010
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2:21pm Wednesday 27th January 2010
What appears a harmless ice-breaker is a critical component of your interview. Your answer to “Tell me about yourself” is often the first spoken opportunity (think body language) to create a positive impression…and you know what they say about first impressions.