Self employed? Don’t forget about your training

Being self employed can have many perks and advantages but it also often comes with a lot of responsibility. Depending on what industry you are in, you may need to ensure you are kept up to date with latest advances in technology or legal / safety procedures. It is all too easy to get a little complacent when you are self employed and not really realise the important of keeping up to date with advances in your industry. This can lead to legal issues if you advise someone incorrectly or simply make people lose faith in who you are wand what you can do. Many companies offer courses to business...

Should you be asking questions in an interview?

An interview for a job gives the employer the opportunity to find out more about you and to see if they think you have the skills and personality to fit into their business. But an interview should also be an opportunity for you to find out if the job is right for you. Often the advert for a job posting only has very limited details and you will usually have a number of questions which you need to know the answer to before you can accept a position, should it be offered to you. Although an interview is predominantly for the employer to find out about you and your skills/experience...

Commuting for a job

Finding work can be stressful and if you have been looking for a long time or are in desperate need of an income you may find yourself applying for jobs that are not really what you want or may not be practical for you. If you are looking at taking a job that involves a long commute to work then you will need to be aware of the complications this may have and if you are willing to accept them. Communing to work can have an effect on your life in many different ways. Firstly it will mean that you either have to get public transport or use a car...

Getting your classroom ready for the new school year

As the summer holidays approach lots of teachers are looking forward to a well earned rest, but before they can completely switch off, they need to think about preparing for the new term. Some teachers prefer to get everything done at the start of the holiday where as others like to have a good few weeks where they don’t have to think about work and go in at the end of the holidays. If you are moving classrooms then you will probably have even more work to do than others. Ideally you want to start preparing for this during the last week or so of school. Start by taking down...

Managing the transition from school to university

The majority of A level exams have now been completed and many students are taking a well earned break to recoup and have a much needed rest. If a student is wanting to go to university they will need to wait until they have got their A level results to check if they have been accepted on to the course and university of their choice. It can be a big change when you make the switch from a school or college to university and you may find it hard to adapt initially. University is quite often about independent learning, and you have to be motivated to work on your own,...