National Careers Week: Become a Social Media Manager

In honour of National Careers Week 2016, we’re profiling some of the new job profiles from Careers 2016. Kicking off the list of new roles for the 12th edition is Social Media Manager. Social Media Manager Qualifications and courses There are a number of routes into this profession. Whilst some employers may like you to… Read more »

The value of ELT qualifications

Considering teaching English abroad? Here’s a look at the benefits of getting an ELT qualification first. Training in teaching English as a foreign language is not absolutely essential for successful job-hunting; but it makes the task easier by an order of magnitude. Anyone with the Cambridge Certificate (CELTA) or the Trinity Certificate in TESOL is in a much… Read more »

What does the future hold?

In January, thoughts naturally turn to the year ahead. What will the year bring? What kinds of resolutions will be made? Anyone who supports young people to make career choices has to spend a lot of time looking forwards. We might be supporting teenagers to apply to university or apprenticeships, or trying to anticipate what… Read more »

Submitted your UCAS application? Here’s what happens next

UCAS will send you a welcome email acknowledging receipt of your application and confirming your personal details and the courses you have applied for. You must check that this information is correct, and contact the UCAS Customer Contact Centre immediately if it is not (0371 486 0468, between 8.30a.m. and 6p.m., Monday to Friday, or… Read more »

How to get the insight that employers demand

It’s hard to secure an apprenticeship, school-leaver scheme or certain university courses without insight into work, but there are plenty of programmes out there to help. Along the way, these experiences might just inspire, raise aspirations and broaden a young person’s outlook. If your students hope to work with some of the UK’s most well-known… Read more »

Apprenticeships for school leavers: the big solution or a risky choice?

Not a month goes by without a host of (often contradictory) headlines about apprenticeships. News from October included the dramatic jump in the apprenticeship wage to £3.30 per hour, just as Ofsted shared their concerns about a proliferation of poor-quality, low-level apprenticeships. The Sutton Trust told us that apprentices with level 5 qualifications will earn… Read more »

Considering a sandwich course or professional placement?

One variation on Single Honours courses is that of the sandwich course, in which students will spend part of their degree course on professional, industrial or commercial placements. Media coverage on student debt and the introduction of higher tuition fees highlight the importance of sandwich courses. Many sandwich and placement courses are on offer, in… Read more »

Last minute tips for students applying for medical, veterinary or dental school

With the closing date for applications for medicine, veterinary medicine, veterinary science and dentistry degrees fast approaching, here are some last minute tips to bear in mind: The all-important UCAS application A typical medical, veterinary or dental school could receive well over a thousand applications for a relatively small number of places. Your application therefore needs to… Read more »

How to talk academic when working with Universities

I spend my life writing about how to grow ideas, build a business and compete internationally. For several months, I had the chance to talk to universities and entrepreneurs all over the country about the possibilities and limitations in their relationships. Here are a few thoughts on some key words in lining up projects and… Read more »