There are so many different things about the schooling and education system in Scotland. A far firmer approach seemed to be evident when my family lived up there at once time. My elder sister had to be very well behaved, polite and respectful. I’m quite sure if she’d been placed in an equivalent English school, it would at that time have been very similar. There was a great emphasis on reading, writing and arithmetic, which stood her, and us as sblings, in very good stead.
There are changes these days in higher education too. Currently the Scottish government doesn’t charge university fees in many if not all cases. The English students seem to benefit from this also. With so much cost associaed with university, there is a move towards making the choice of extending education in a more vocational direction.
Here I sit, a fantastically warm day with the tv on and Scottish interests are to the fore. The tennis is on the first day of the most important fortnight for fans. It matters not about the other Open championships worldwide – we love our Wimbledon and this fortnight will offer thrills and spills as ever.
The funny thing is of course that until a certain pair of brothers with a very Scottish name came into our world, the Scottish element never featured – it was as though there had never been any tennis north of Glasgow, and possibly there had not been much done with such interest or comittment.
The same goes for training skills supply in Scotland – only a few very select outfits were available until a recent explotion of talent and interest emerged. Supported by online prescence – the world is our oyster and we need to grab opportunities as they present themselves.
When anyone is about to take up a new job, or is in one but needs to take further training, there is usually just one type of training course offered. The company requiring the training to be carried out will have discussed their needs with a training provider and much discussion back and forth, a suitable course will be agreed on. Next will be the means of delivering that course. Will there be a need for the student or candidate to attend a third party establishment, or can it be delivered in-house by one external training professional to however many candidates need it. Can it be achieved by an online training module. These are vital questions and worthy of a great deal of discussion and the expenditure that will become necessary.
Other factors to be taken into consideration will be the cost of getting the candidates to the third party venue; how much time will the travel take. A great deal of thought goes in to the provision of training courses.
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.
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.