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 which will increase your travel costs. This should be taken in to account when you are working out your salary as you may be better off to take a lower-paid job that is more local. It’s not only the extra fuel that will have to fork out for too, wear and tear on your car e.g. tyres and brakes, can all very quickly add up.

Having to travel a distance for work is going to increase the time you are out of the house every day and this can have an effect on your personal life. If you are having to leave very early in the morning and not getting back until late you may feel like you are getting little time to do anything else and your quality of life is suffering.

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 displays and sorting out cupboards so when the time come to move your stuff, it is relatively easy.

If you are going in during the holidays, you may want to time it when other members of staff are mostly off site. This will allow you to get on with your tasks without disruption and you will probably find that you get much more done this way.

It may be a good idea to have two or three days in school at the start of the holiday and then go back in for a day or two at the end just to finish off. Teachers often say that they can relax more when they know the majority of their work has been done.

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, meet deadlines, revise and research. You will not be pushed as much as at school to attend, so if you do not put the effort in the chances are you will not be successful. Without drive and determination you’ll likely to struggle with the university workload and timetable.

You are paying for your lecturer’s time (unlike schools where education is mandatory for younger pupils) and if you decide to reject their advice and wisdom then they do not necessarily have the obligation to chase you up and demand attention

Jobs to suit your personality

Although many of us end up in jobs that we do not really enjoy, it’s never too late to start thinking about what career you would like to do. It may be that you have gone in to the family business or been forced to take a job purely because it offers a better pay than one that you would enjoy more. Although money is often a massive factor for people, your enjoyment in the role should be taken in to account as you will often perform better at work if you take an interest in what you do.

When thinking about job roles, try and think what your personality is like as this will help you find jobs that may be suited to you. If for example you like being outdoors and active, then a desk job is probably not right for you. You may be happier doing a job that has variety, possibly involves a bit of travelling and being physical rather than working on a computer. If you like a job that is very mentally challenging then accountancy, consultancy or any problem solving job may be perfect.

There are websites that you can visit and answer a number of questions to find out possible careers that may fit in with your personality. You can often also include any experience or qualifications you have to see jobs you may already be qualified to do as well as jobs that may require you to return to education to complete a course.  

Preparing students for SAT’s

With Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATS fast approaching many teachers are working hard to ensure that their students know all they need to in readiness for the exams. Key Stage One SATS are fairly low key and little pressure is put on to the children. The SATS at this stage are more for the teachers to gauge how much progress is being made an areas that individual or majorities are struggling with.
Key Stage Two SATS are undertaken in exam conditions and the rules and regulations are stricter.
You may need to revisit topics that you have covered early on in the year to ensure that the children still remember how to do something. It is often a good idea to print off some previous years’ exam papers so not only do the children have chance to practise the type of questions they may be asked but also to get used to how exam papers are laid out.
One vital point to make to students is to read the questions carefully. Often the exam papers are worded in a way that can trick the students if they mis-read it or scan read it. This can often cause children who are very intelligent to miss out on a number of points simply because they didn’t answer the question that was being asked.