As many of us who had less opportunities offered to them whilst at ‘secondary school’, there is always a need to get the very best education and training available to us. When we were doing our final exams, not many of the older generation around today would have had any idea that IT training would be so critical in the beginning of the next century! The advent of the office computer was just a mad thing from sci-fi programmes and it was only in the 1980s that the concept of working on computers actually became a reality.
The importance of having the right kind of training for this new threat was all the more important at that time. The chance of having our long established working practices taken away and replaced by computerisation was not seriously taken on board. But with the right approach, this could be encompassed and many a career flourished.
There are thought to be three main learning styles in education, the visual learners, the auditory learners and the kinesthetic learners. It is important to have an understanding of which learning style suits you best so that you can maximise your study power from day one! Here are some characteristics for each learning style. See if you can fit yourself into any of these categories!
Visual Learning: you prefer watching a demonstration and seeing pictures, images, videos and graphs. You often colour code your study notes and use coloured note paper to help you organise your thoughts. You like to sit near the front of the class so you always have a good view of the teacher and the board!
Auditory Learning: you like to sit back and listen to explanations, discussions and debates. You often record your lessons so you can listen back to them. Sometimes you seem to be zoned out during class, when in fact you are listening carefully! You should discuss your learning with your peers to get the most from your lessons.
Kinesthetic Learning: you prefer to get on and do a task, anything using your hands is good! Instead of watching and listening, you like to experiment and find solutions to problems yourself. Good activities for you to learn involve making things, role play and acting out scenarios.
A cover letter is sent along with a CV in order to hopefully be accepted for an interview. The cover letter is the single most important document which will help or hinder your progress for an interview.
The cover letter needs to clearly explain why you are the right candidate for the job. You should clearly answer any questions included in their job description or advert. Try to refer to specific parts of your CV if you can too.
The cover letter should be typed on A4 sheets of paper, no longer than 2 pages in a sensible font. Size 12 Times New Roman is a good choice as although a little boring, it is easy to read and looks professional.
Make sure you tailor your letter to each company. You can use a template, however, make sure you include specific details about the job you are applying for – and really make sure all the names and addresses for the job are correct! Nothing more embarassing than putting the wrong name into the letter!
Job interviews can be really stressful, and often seem like the biggest hurdle when applying for a new job. With our tips, you will be confident and ready to attack the interview and score a great new job!
- Check all the details – when you are invited for interview, make sure you triple check the details such as the time, location and any other important things about the interview. Check if the company require you to bring anything with you, such as evidence of your education, career specific courses or a portfolio of your work. If you forget to bring something or arrive at the wrong time, you will quite possibly jeopardise your whole interview!
- Dress smartly – it is true that we really do rely on a first impression when making decisions, so if you dress smartly (even if it seems too smart!) your interviewer will assume you are confident and prepared. If you look scruffy, wear inappropriate clothes like jeans or trainers, you are unlikely to be taken seriously.
- Research – make sure you know some key facts about the company you are interviewing with. They may throw in some questions which rely on you knowing a bit about them. Knowing a few key stats such as their purpose and aims, what the history of the company is and who the main names are will stand you in good stead.
There are a plethora of courses available online these days, from basic first aid through to full degree level and even PhDs! How on Earth can we decide which topic to study? It is a very personal decision, which can lead to employment opportunities as well as interesting course content and opportunities to explore new ideas.
The first thing to do when searching for course is to read up on several different course providers – although they may offer the same course topic, they may well be written and delivered in different ways. Depending on your preferred method of study, some courses will suit you more than others. By checking out a whole range of providers, you can get a sense of what is available.
Next up is to think about what you want to get from the course – are you looking for career specific education? Or are you looking for an interesting side hobby? The purpose of the course is an important factor when choosing the right one for you – if you need a career specific course, it is worth checking if you need a particular level of study, or an accredited course. Not all course providers can offer accreditation, so this is an important step if you want to get a course to match your aspirations.
In today’s world, it is increasingly difficult to gain employment – the vast majority of young people now attend university and hold good degrees, meaning we are all on a level playing field when it comes to qualifications. This is where employers are now struggling to select the best candidates – if EVERYONE holds a degree, how to separate the best candidates from the rest? It now comes down to life experience.
Work experience is often seen as a waste of time by young people, seeming to be a hassle to get set up and taking valuable time away from studying (which you need to do to get into a good university!). This means that fewer people are finishing their education with working experience – leaving company bosses with little to work with when it comes to employment. It is important that students today realise the value in gaining real life experience. Now we are all so over qualified for work, it is a great way to show that you have the upper edge compared to the next candidate.
Online learning is a booming industry around the world, offering students a fantastic way to learn in their own time and at their own pace. Each company offering online training will use some form of learning management system in order to monitor the learning of students, provide access to the training materials and often assess students’ learning. But what exactly is a learning management system?
LMS or learning management systems are often the main interface the student logs into when they wish to complete their course. This gives them a virtual portal where they can access the course materials, training notes, tests and assessments. These learning management systems often offer the user a chance to interact with the other students taking the course, with chat facilities and sometimes video interaction with expert tutors.
The main benefits of having a user friendly learning management system means that the student can easily access the course and learn more effectively. It is important that the LMS serves the user as well as the course provider, as it is the first port of call for accessing the course.
These days, it is becoming more and more popular to take on our education using online means. There are numerous benefits to studying online, the main benefit being flexibility for the student. With traditional college courses, it is expected that the student will attend lectures, seminars and training events in order to complete the course. This is often alongside additional reading, essays and exams. The time pressures for college courses mean many people cannot take the course at the same time as working a full or part time job – there simply aren’t enough hours in a day!
Online training gives the time back to the student – it is much easier to complete an online course while working and raising a family, allowing the student to complete the course as and when suits them. This means they can access the learning materials at any hour of the day or night, and spend as much or little time doing each part of the course as they wish. Studying in your own time is great for those who like to spend a little longer reading into topics, but equally good for those who wish to get through the course content in record time!