Alumni Stories

Month: December 2016

Fakhri Jafari: Mature student leaves her career to pursue Law

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Fakhri studied for her level 3 Diploma in Legal Studies at Lewisham Southwark College. The mature student spoke to our Alumni team about her decision to return to education and change her career. “I started to study Law at Lewisham Southwark College and it became an immediate hit with me,” said Fakhri. “This year I [Read more…]

Which type of learner are you and how to use it to your advantage?

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

If you’ve ever found a particular subject difficult at college, or struggled to learn how to do something at work, it’s likely that it’s not what you’re learning that is the obstacle, but how you’re learning it. There are 8 different types of learning styles which most people fall into. Your learning style determines how [Read more…]

Running out of jobs you want to apply for? Make your own

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Have you found yourself scrolling unenthusiastically through endless job listings time and time again? Or applied for so many jobs you’ve lost count, but failed to get past the interview stage? Perhaps you’re looking for a change of career but just can’t see anything out there that excites you? It could be time to try [Read more…]

How tech can help you with your job search

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Advances in technology have changed almost every aspect of our everyday lives, from shopping and banking to dating and education. Finding and securing a job is certainly one of these aspects. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the new ways in which we use technology to find work, especially if you’ve only recently qualified, [Read more…]

How to job hunt over the Christmas period

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is actually a great time to look for a new job. So before you ease off your efforts and reach for the mince pies and mulled wine (although you should leave time for that too), read on to find out how you can use the festive period to your advantage. [Read more…]

Interview advice you should ignore

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Being prepared for an interview is extremely important. There’s plenty of interview advice out there, but you shouldn’t necessarily follow all of it. We scoured the internet for the interview tips it’s probably best to ignore – and the advice you should always take. Wear a suit Yes, you want to look smart, but it’s [Read more…]

Time-saving LinkedIn hacks that will make you more effective

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Are you leveraging your LinkedIn use as much as you could be? If you’ve created your profile, started gathering connections, joining groups and posting interesting content and updates, that’s all you need to expand your network or land your dream job, right? Well, wrong. There’s plenty more you could be doing to get the most [Read more…]

Tips for a work/life balance

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Daily grind getting you down? Are you struggling to balance your working hours with time for family, exercise and relaxation and holidays? According to the OECD, “the ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the well-being of all members in a household.” What’s more, the organisation says “evidence suggests [Read more…]

Nona Smadu: Mature student expands her management skills

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Nona Smadu took a Management and Leadership NVQ Level 3 Course at Lewisham Southwark College in order to develop useful skills in her current role as Domestic and Catering Supervisor for Aramark UK, a company which provides food services to hospitals, universities, stadiums and other big business around the world. The mature student spoke to [Read more…]