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The Trailblazer’s Guide to Careers
August 12, 2019
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Trailblazers is a series of Careers Podcasts. It is an American website with numerous podcasts explaining a range of different jobs which your clients might be interested to hear.

Explore the different career paths you can unlock with Salesforce skills.

Hear real people talking about their jobs using Salesforce, what skills and qualities will make you successful, and what you can do to get started.

Follow the link below:

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/podcasts/the-trailblazers-guide-to-careers?dclid=CPforN2D-OMCFbIW0wodPn0AHw

ViewPoint: Understand Cognitive Science to Work Better by Art Markman
July 9, 2019
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Neuroscience can help people better understand themselves and colleagues, according to academic and author Art Markman

“The fundamental problem with work today is that we start by assuming that everyone else is going to do things in exactly the same way that we would do them. We think ‘how can this person possibly be productive if they are not working in the same way as me?’,” the professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin said.

Speaking at the launch of his book Bring Your Brain To Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do it Well, and Advance Your Career, Markman explained how by having an understanding of psychology individuals can improve their careers and work more effectively with others.

“Science tells us that there are some issues at work that have to be fixed, but if we can understand the underlying psychological issues behind them we’ll be more able to help, and understand how we can use people effectively and help them reach their goals,” he said.

Markman’s book explores how an understanding of neuroscience can help people get more out of work and better understand their motivations.

When people take a traditional approach to their careers they can often end up ignoring some of the complexities of working life, Markman said: “By looking at psychology in the workplace it allows us to manage our own jobs in a more effective way. It can help us think about how there isn’t always a seamless path from getting one job to moving to the next. It helps us to work a little better with people, because we understand why they work in certain ways and that they are different from us.”

One of the main reasons people feel stuck at work is that they feel unable to make mistakes, he explained. Learning how to improvise and move on from failures is key, he said: “The people who have the best ideas are the people who have the most ideas. A lot of them might be bad, but you have to be willing to throw a bunch of stuff out there – even if a lot of it is bad – before you can get to the good stuff. This has emerged from my experience of learning to play the saxophone.

“I would pick it up, play a wrong note, and would get annoyed at myself and stop. My teacher would say ‘why did you stop? That note has gone, why are you getting worried about it? You did something, it was wrong, but stop worrying about it and try something else’.

“The ability to have an idea, figure out it’s a bad idea, and then have another idea is an incredibly powerful way to learn how to improvise.”

Employers can play an important role in allowing people to grow and continue learning, Markman added: “Success in your job should be about your ability to do that job rather than being able to know everything from day one. It should be organisations’ jobs to help you do that.”

60% of Gen Z Know What Career They Want Before They Are 20

New research has identified that over half (53%) of 16-20-year-olds wouldn’t consider a career in hospitality.

The top reasons for this are it’s seen as ‘a stepping stone to another career’, as having ‘limited career prospects’ and viewed as ‘a part-time job while studying’ – posing the question, do hospitality careers need a re-brand?

The results, which are from a new study by HIT Training and Get My First Job, highlight the worrying perceptions the younger generation have of hospitality careers and the need for the sector to address these and open the door to future talent. Read more

Article in FENews: College Careers Provision Given the Thumps Up
June 3, 2019
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Waltham Forest College has recently been assessed under the matrix Standard, which is a unique quality standard used to assess and measure the delivery and impact of the overall careers service.

The two-and-a-half-day assessment involved a matrix assessor interviewing key stakeholders such as staff who lead and deliver the careers service, to students, partner schools and employers who all receive the careers service as end users.

Student Services and the Business Development departments underwent the review and were able to demonstrate the careers service in practice and articulate key strategies used by the College to show effectiveness in improving its key outcomes.

The assessment report outlined clear leadership and direction for staff who deliver the service and further highlighted how staff are being developed to ensure that the College is able to meet and respond to the demands within the sector. Read more

Guide to Spotting the Stresses of Climbing the Career Ladder
May 30, 2019
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Landing a promotion, getting your first full-time job or returning to work after having a baby are all meant to be exciting milestonesgrayscale photography of hands under body of water in a person’s life. However, expectations of these events may leave employees feeling underwhelmed when they occur.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19th May), Bupa Health Clinics1 has released a new report which reveals Britons admit to feeling upset or down after comparing their experience of a milestone to someone else’s on social media. Eighty-five per cent of people said they felt this way when returning to work after having a baby; 70% said it happened when starting their first job and 64% said they felt low after getting a promotion and seeing someone celebrate the same occasion on social media. 

Bupa Health Clinics’ Medical Director, Dr Arun Thiyagarajan, says:

“This new research shows how important it is for business leaders to be aware of their employees’ highs, as well as lows. It is important for leaders to be aware of external pressure that employees can bring into work and not just recognising pressures of things at work. 

“It’s easy to assume that someone getting a promotion or returning to work after having a baby has good mental wellbeing, but that isn’t always the case.”

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Will Studying for a Masters Give me a Career Advantage?
May 28, 2019
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With so much competition in today’s job market, many students consider doing a Master’s Degree before launching themselves into their career. Those graduates who are already working may also consider obtaining a Master’s with a view to boosting their career prospects – and their salary

But do Master’s Degrees really help with you move up the career ladder?

How many people study for a master’s?

There were 566,555 students enrolled in post graduate programmes during 2017/2018, an increase from 551,595 the previous year.

Of these, 284,620 obtained a postgraduate qualification such as a Masters Degree or PhD (source: HESA). With the majority of students under 25, it would seem that most move directly from their undergraduate degree to a master’s.

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Top Tips for Inspiring Young People to Choose Engineering as a Career

EngineeringUK has released a new free guide to help STEM professionals and ambassadors to deliver exciting and varied activities to help encourage young people to consider engineering as a career choice

Getting the message across is a top tips guide for anyone who provides engineering outreach activities in schools.

It encourages STEM professionals and ambassadors to plan inspiring and impactful activities by providing real-world examples of engineering matched to what students might be learning in the classroom.

Engineering cuts across all life from addressing some of society’s pressing challenges like climate change to building and designing new technology like mobile phones or apps for improving health and wellbeing.

The guide suggests that making links between the skills involved in the subjects young people study – such as maths, science, D&T, computing, geography, art and languages – and exciting job roles in engineering can really help students realise the value of these subjects for the future and switch them on to the idea of a career in engineering. Read more

Only 5% of UK Train Drivers are Women
April 17, 2019
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Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express, has launched the UK’s biggest rail recruitment campaign to attract more women and young people to consider a rewarding career in rail.Image result for Govia Thameslink Railway

In the UK, just five percent of Britain’s 19,000 train drivers are women, but GTR is committed to changing this and has already taken steps to address the imbalance. Last year, 30 percent of Southern’s trainee driver roles were taken up by women, up from 18 percent in 2017. In addition, a class of new trainee drivers on both Great Northern and Southern had a 50:50 gender split in 2018. 

GTR now has over 2,000 qualified drivers across the Southern, Great Northern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express network, the first train operating company (TOC) ever to reach this milestone. 

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An Overview of the Employee Career Dynamics in the Digital Age

The following article is by Murad S. MirzAvatar

Professional careers have always had a tinge of uncertainty; however, the Digital Age has amplified it significantly with efficiency no longer being the mainstay of ‘human’ excellence as advanced automation and seamless autonomous functioning have steadily taken out the ‘committing of errors’ from the corporate equation.

Consequently, ‘excellence’ is being ‘commoditized’ with respect to job performance and the notion of being ‘relevant’ in the Digital world is gaining more traction.  More and more of the repetitive/physically demanding/minimally diverse jobs/roles/functions are being relegated to ‘smart’ machines while cerebrally-intensive skills, e.g., innovative thinking, astute strategizing, creative application, cohesive peer-to-peer engagement, etc., are being heralded as the ‘last bastion of ‘human relevance’ in the workplace.  Most of the respective impact is being felt by the mid-career professionals who are haunted by the notion of ’45 is the new 65’ as they brace for the groundbreaking technologies nullifying the need for large workforces.

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BAFTA Opens Applications for £12,000 UK Scholarships
March 25, 2019
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today opened applications to the BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which enables talented British citizens in need Home pageof financial support to take an industry-recognised course in film, games or television in the UK.

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

The scholarships are part of BAFTA’s charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career, regardless of their background or circumstances.
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