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  • 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
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) is the learning and development that you undertake that contributes to being effective in your profession. If you are a member of a professional association you are almost certainly required to commit to completing a CPD record each year documenting activities you have undertaken to maintain your professional status within your chosen discipline. CPD is a tool for self-management of your development.
    Posted: Monday 11 June 2018
  • 25 May 2018 was, as we know, the day that the new law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was enforced, but what will be the impact on businesses after that date?
    Posted: Wednesday 6 June 2018
  • 25 May 2018 was, as we know, the day that the new law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was enforced, but what will be the impact on businesses after that date?
    Posted: Wednesday 6 June 2018
  • The ‘job for life’ is extinct and most of us will experience at least one career change. In the modern workplace we need to think in terms of lifetime employability and that requires versatility, flexibility and adaptability as you pursue lifelong learning while developing your skills and building your network.
    Posted: Wednesday 30 May 2018
  • The preparation you do for an interview can be the key to landing the job. There are three key things to do when preparing for an interview:
    Posted: Monday 21 May 2018
  • It is Learning at Work week from 14th May which aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work. Whether in work, seeking work, self-employed or retired the benefits of lifelong learning are well known.
    Posted: Wednesday 16 May 2018

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