Alumni Stories

Month: November 2016

Anne-Marie Chase: Teacher Training graduate works with disadvantaged job seekers

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Anne-Marie took a Teacher Training course at Lewisham Southwark College in 2014. She told the Alumni Team recently about her journey at college, and where her new qualification took her next. Before starting her college course, Anne-Marie had worked for several years as an advisor and trainer for the unemployed. This involved helping them find [Read more…]

Why interviews are about to get tougher – and how to deal with it

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Things can get pretty competitive on the job market these days. Only the top 2% of job applicants even get an interview, according to the President of Job Market Experts. Gone are the days when hiring managers were looking simply for the right qualifications, a decent amount of relevant work experience, glowing references from previous [Read more…]

Don’t be scared of languages

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Us Brits have it easy. Almost 400 million people speak English as their first language, with over 1 billion speaking it as a second language. Yet we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. Being multilingual comes with huge benefits, especially in business. A language can add between 10% and 15% to your wage, according to recruitment [Read more…]

The new social media trend? Not using social media

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Are we finally fed up with Twitter feuds and Instagram celebrities? Or finding ourselves stuck in a social media hole at 1am? It seems like the world is getting tired of the constant onslaught of Facebook updates and inane Snapchat stories and is ready to step away from seeing the world through a screen. Or [Read more…]

LinkedIn Masterclass: Writing your summary on LinkedIn

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Your first impression speaks volumes on LinkedIn. You should use your summary to get the right people’s attention, sell yourself and get across all the key information about yourself in a concise way. Your LinkedIn profile is also likely to show up in the first few results if people research you online (and they will). [Read more…]

Is your commute making you unhealthy?

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Commuters are more likely to be anxious, dissatisfied and have the sense that their daily activities lack meaning than those who don’t have to travel to work, even if they are paid more,’ say The Guardian. But we bet you already knew that. Few people enjoy commuting, but here’s the worse news: did you know [Read more…]

Are you wasting your time?

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

There aren’t enough hours in the day already. What with your deadlines looming, work and social commitments and the latest Netflix box set to watch. Don’t worry, we’re about to save you hours in your day. Here’s some time-wasting habits you should kick right now. Stop hitting snooze Ever woken up feeling perky, but then [Read more…]