The Blog

Month: October 2017

Could you change your career?

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The short answer is yes, but you’ll probably need a bit more information to assist in making such a big decision. There are many reasons why you may be considering a career change. If one of the following applies to you, read on for our advice on deciding on your next career move, and find [Read more…]

What you need to know about hiring an apprentice

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

What is an apprenticeship? Let’s start with the basics. An apprenticeship programme combines working and work-based training with studying for a qualification from GCSE to degree level. What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice? Think of it like investing in the future of your business. Your new employee is more likely to be loyal [Read more…]

LinkedIn Masterclass: Writing your summary on LinkedIn

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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…]

Techniques to improve your time management at work or college

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

In our recent alumni survey, we asked you what advice you would like to see in our monthly alumni articles. Help with time management was a popular request amongst the Oldham College alumni community, so here are our tips for using your time wisely, whether you’re at work or college.   Set clear short-term and [Read more…]

Cutting edge jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

New technology means new jobs. We explore some of the job roles that have come into existence over the last decade.   App Developer “The iPhone arrived in 2007 and the Android shortly after, and now nearly half the world’s adults have a smartphone,” say the World Economic Forum. There are now over 2.2million apps available through the [Read more…]

How to get your first work experience

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Getting your first working experience is a challenge for new jobseekers in almost every industry. How do you get a job without previous experience and how do you get experience without a job? Having work experience is even a prerequisite for getting internships these days, as competition for graduate opportunities continues to rise. It’s a frustrating Catch 22 for those [Read more…]

Tips on being a career mentor

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

“A career mentor is someone who agrees to share their skills, knowledge, expertise, and professional contacts with you,” say Idealistcareers.com. “People with mentors earn higher salaries, are promoted more frequently, and report higher job satisfaction than those without mentors.” The benefits to the mentee are therefore very clear. But how does the mentor benefit from the arrangement? Admore [Read more…]

6 things you need to know about your digital footprint

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Did you know that everything you do online leaves a trail of data behind that employers can access? As we spend more and more of our lives online, if you’re on the hunt for a new job, you need to be considering what conclusions your digital footprint is leading potential employers to make about you. [Read more…]

4 proactive ways to climb the career ladder

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

If you want to advance your career, you can’t just sit there and wait for that promotion to be handed to you. Being proactive about your career not only gives you the tools you need to move your career in the right direction, such as skills and contacts, but it demonstrates to the people that [Read more…]