Category: Careers Advice

The Day in the Life of a 999 Fire Control Operator

The Day in the Life of a 999 Fire Control Operator Within Emergency Fire Control there are four Watches. These are usually named as Red, Green, Blue or White Watch. They run in line with Station Watches, this enables a good relation to be struck with Stations resulting in consistency between Station’s and Control. The shift pattern can consist of i.e: two 9 hour day shifts, 0900 to 1800hrs and two 15 hour night shifts, 1800 to 0900hrs or in …

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Video Game Development Process

The Pipeline for Making a Game – Who makes video games? What is the video game development process? Video games are traditionally made by a whole team of people known as ‘developers’. Most developers have a specific skillset and knowledge that they bring to the games production such as programming, art or story-telling. However with the modern games industry thriving on the internet, global connectivity and access to more and more tools and knowledge independent or ‘indie’ developers are breaking through …

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Student Advice: When University is Not Right for You

Student Advice: When University is Not Right for You University is a huge step. Most people from parents to teachers push for you, as a student, to further your education by attending university. However, there are some cases when university just is not right. What happens when you find out that University may not be the right fit for you? The first thing to know is that university is not for everyone. There are many people who do not have …

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Hiring Employees – Making the Best Use of Psychometric Testing

Hiring Employees – Making the Best Use of Psychometric Testing Personality or psychometric testing has become a large part of the HR process. In fact, a recent study produced by the Society for Human Resource Management concluded that approximately 18% of companies currently use personality tests as part of their hiring process. Cognitive and personality tests can, when used correctly, provide an increased level of success among new hires. Financially, a bad hire equates to an approximate loss of a …

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Back to Old School Discipline for Teachers

Back to Old School Discipline for Teachers  Right about the time ridiculous cases hit courts for suing anyone for the littlest thing, discipline in schools starting disappearing. If someone could be sued for the use of a wrong word, stating that someone might need a larger size in a piece of clothing or a company for selling hot coffee then teachers could fear being sued for invoking school policies for disciplinary action. Fear has been reigning in the United Kingdom …

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Key Exam Dates for SATs, GCSEs and A-levels in 2014

Key Exam Dates for SATs, GCSEs and A levels in 2014  Dates may vary depending on the institution a student takes their test through. There are different exam boards which are detailed below that may be chosen based on the availability of the exam needed. The most common choices and dates are provided below to show the possibilities for taking different exams, re-sits, and results days. Application information for UCAS is also provided for those looking to enter university in …

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Why Are More and More Experienced Teachers Leaving the Profession?

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Why Are More and More Experienced Teachers Leaving the Profession? It has been an ongoing debate, perhaps ever since education was first established as an essential pillar of society – teacher’s pay. When you discuss the role that teacher’s play in all of our lives, it is hard to think of a more important profession. Our children spend a large proportion of their time at school being influenced by what they are taught and, more importantly, how they are taught. …

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Game Designer Courses in the UK

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Game Designer Courses in the UK The game industry is a fast expanding modern industry that is becoming ever more fruitful in the United Kingdom. There are plenty of jobs out there but there is also a lot of competition. So if you are thinking of breaking into the game industry how do you go about it? One of the best ways to of breaking into the game industry is through a game designer courses in the UK. The reason …

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Should Estate Agents Acquire Formal Qualifications?

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Should Estate Agents Acquire Formal Qualifications? Hiring the right estate agent is almost as important as the process of acquiring a piece of real estate. There are many kinds of agents who can profess to represent you in your quest to buy or lease real estate, but the question you should really be asking yourself is – “Is this person going to represent my best interests all through the process or not?” Estate Agents – Friend or Foe? Acquiring real estate, …

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Preparing For Life at University – The Next Step

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Preparing For Life at University – The Next Step As you get ready to finish secondary school, the thought on most students’ minds is what do I need to do to prepare for University? How am I going to pick the right university for what I want to do? What do I need to do to ensure I have a good chance of being accepted? The first step to this is to start looking early. Some people start looking when …

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New Year, New Career – When Is It Time to Change Jobs?

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New Year, New Career – When Is It Time to Change Jobs? When you have a job, it is better than not having one. That being said, there are times when it is truly time to find another job. There are many indicators that will tell you when it is time but even though they are mostly common sense, change can be intimidating enough to make you just stay where you are and stagnate. This is not good and can …

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How To Prepare for the Job Market in 2014

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How To Prepare for the Job Market in 2014 The job market is getting ready to experience an explosion. It is important as a job seeker that you are prepared to storm the market and make the most of the available opportunities. Putting yourself ahead of the other job applicants does not have to be difficult. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and you can take advantage of increasing your chances of landing your dream …

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Understanding Corporate Speak Before Starting Your New Job

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Understanding Corporate Speak Before Starting Your New Job Corporate Speak has become a new middle-class language for the 21st century version of the 1980s yuppies. You’ve heard the terms and they are cringe worthy to say the least. The same corporate drivel is written on documents, CVs and is heard as young get up and go “driven and motivated” people are hunting that elusive version of the corner office; to make it in the corporate world. Before you all begin …

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Does the Modern Boss Expect Too Much?

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Does the Modern Boss Expect Too Much? More and more people are getting tired of being exploited by their employers. The fact is, the modern boss DOES expect far too much from their employees. One of the major reasons for complaints has to do with tight deadlines and unreasonable long-hour expectations. Many people with reasonably well paid jobs do not find it bothering to put on some extra time for free if a job needs to be finished on time. …

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Consider a Career in the “Booming” Care Industry

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A Career in the “Booming” Care Industry There is a real shortage of workers in the care industry. It may not be the most glamorous of professions, and the bad press surrounding the field recently could be putting you off. There has been no end to the stories placing blame on care workers for negligence and other crimes against people in their care. But it can be an extremely rewarding area to work in. You are able to make a …

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Considering A Change in Career 40+?

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A Change in Career 40+ Whatever your reasons, it is never too late for a change in career. If you are not happy in your current area of employment, or if your previous job no longer suits your circumstances, then it is not too late to try something new. On average, people are retiring later and later, so you may have a lot longer left in your working life. A long time which will seem even longer if you are …

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How Easy is it for Graduates to Find Their Ideal Job?

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How Easy is it for Graduates to Find Their Ideal Job?   Nobody’s under any illusion that a degree alone is enough to get you the job of your dreams these days, and even a postgraduate degree is often not enough. While some sectors and industries are crying out for people with particular skills, other jobs will attract numerous applications for candidates with postgraduate qualifications. In June 2013 it was reported by the Higher Education Statistics Agency that nearly one …

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What’s it Really Like to Work in the London Fashion Industry?

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What’s it Really Like to Work in the London Fashion Industry? Can the London fashion industry really destroy lives? Can it really turn someone into Cinderella? How true to life is the “Devil Wears Prada?” Yes, yes, very true and not even close to showing the reality of what it is really like to work in the fashion industry. In London, there is a particular intensity to this career path as it is home to one of the 5 major …

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Legal Firm Staff: Valuable Experience or Outright Exploitation?

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Legal Admin Staff: Valuable Experience or Outright Exploitation? Law has often been called one of the most socially exclusive of professions – where contacts and connections account for more than just qualifications or academic ability. Indeed, it can be very difficult for newly qualified or non-qualified candidates to gain entry into the profession without a connection or personal recommendation. At a time like this, somehow getting a foot in the door becomes the most important thing and obtaining work experience …

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Supermarkets Offering Employees Degree Programmes

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Supermarkets Offering Employees Degree Programmes People go to the supermarket to do their weekly shopping, but some could end up with more than they bargained for, thanks to a new scheme from Asda that allows staff to work towards BA honours degree programmes while continuing to work at the supermarket. Could company-funded degree courses become the norm as more students struggle with the rising price of education? Soaring cost of education Asda has become known for its ‘Rollback’ prices and …

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