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  • This year CDS are proud to be supporting local heroes Gerald and Penny Rutter as they take part in Ride Africa an exciting and challenging adventure cycling across Africa in aid of
    Posted: Saturday 15 September 2018
  • To make a good impression at interview, you need to describe situations that showcase your:
    • Work-specific / technical skills
    • Employability / transferable skills
    Posted: Thursday 6 September 2018
  • If you want your job application to have the best possible chance then you need to match your skills, experience and qualities to those relevant to the job.
    Posted: Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Research for Guardian Money by the Start Up Loans Company and YouGov says that 28 per cent of British adults have considered turning their hobby into a business. However, fewer than one third have gone on to try, the poll of more than 4,000 people found. For those who did start a new hobby-based venture 86 per cent of those surveyed said it gave them greater job satisfaction.
    Posted: Thursday 16 August 2018
  • If you are thinking of making a change in a direction, a complete career change, it’s important to think about some key questions to clarify reasons for making a change
    Posted: Friday 3 August 2018
  • The world of work is changing fast and a career today may involve moving between a number of different functions and employers. Employers seek people who are enterprising, resourceful and adaptable and who can demonstrate a range of skills that can be used in a variety of settings. These are known as employability skills.
    Posted: Wednesday 25 July 2018
  • Many people assume that the more highly qualified they are, the more attractive they are to an employer. This depends, however, on how relevant those qualifications are to the post for which you apply. A masters degree may aid a career change, or help you to gain chartership status and provide useful industry contacts.

    However, masters level study is intense and often expensive. In most cases, you'll need some relevant work experience for registration on a programme. To make the most of postgraduate study it's important to have a solid reason for committing to a course.
    Posted: Friday 20 July 2018
  • A lot of people think they’d “like to do something more creative”. The first piece of advice is: go right ahead and create, this is absolutely an area where actions speak louder than words.
    Posted: Wednesday 18 July 2018
  • People undertake voluntary work for many different reasons, from helping their local community to gaining work experience. From a career perspective, volunteering can help you:
    • develop skills and gain new skills; which may be part of supporting a change of career direction, developing a career or finding a new sense of purpose;
    • bridge the transition back into a work environment after a break or redundancy;
    • learn about yourself and your capabilities, and enhance self-confidence;
    • make new contacts and improve networking skills;

    To get the most from volunteering, it is important to think ahead.
    Posted: Monday 9 July 2018
  • Building and managing your career is an ongoing project, not just something you do when circumstances change. Your career is your responsibility and we offer here some practical advice on taking charge of your career progression whatever stage you've reached.
    Posted: Tuesday 19 June 2018

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