Careers

How to make a living from your art: young artists share their stories | Education

The painter: ‘I let my first success go to my head’ After I graduated I tried a couple of odd jobs doing coffee work and even a marketing internship, but that wasn’t for me. One day I found the confidence to organise my own solo show at a local gallery in south London. (I had been painting the whole time.) I sold 90% of the work and thought I could take about two months off before I ran out of…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #118 – Education Article

Welcome to my 118th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Area and PerimeterThanks to @thatboycanteach for sharing an area and perimeter investigation here (see his tweet for the whole activity). This was inspired by Simon Gregg (@Simon_Gregg) sharing #numbersearch images – you can read about #numbersearch and find resources here. 2. Reasoning Tasks I like this new resource idea from Andy Lutwyche (@andylutwyche). There are eight slides – each…

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Poor careers advice at university hits minority students hardest | Education

When black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students come to my careers consultancy, it means they haven’t been hearing the right things from their uni. One student told me he didn’t feel his white careers advisors could relate to his experience of life as a young black male. They couldn’t quite grasp why he struggled with being assertive on paper and in interviews, which he said was a result of adapting in order to come across as likeable and counteract…

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The sandwich degree: how to fill your course with a dream placement | Education

When Heidi Hawkins applied for her degree in business management at the University of Huddersfield, the sandwich year was the main appeal. “I was interested in marketing, but didn’t take it as a degree subject. I thought spending a year working in the industry would confirm whether it should be my future career,” she says. “The application procedure was draining. Eventually I secured my placement in communications at an NHS hospital after endless applications and four interviews. But it was…

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The trouble with ‘side hustles’ at university | Education

They’re known as “side hustles”, but more often than not, they’re lifelines for students and young people. The side hustle is a way to make money from a hobby or skill and comes in many forms, from artwork to running a start-up. They can provide relief for those under financial stress – but they can also leave students thinly stretched. Oxford PhD student Chelsea Haith was already spending the main portion of her day on her laptop, so she reasoned…

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What are your biggest career regrets? Share your stories | Guardian Careers

Hindsight is a wonderful thing – but it can also shine an unflattering light on the decisions we’ve made. Ask yourself the “what if” question and there’s always a risk of opening up an endless pit of regrets. But every choice – be it a good or bad one – is a lesson, right? And we’ve all had a few regrets we can learn from. As many as nine out of 10 people in the UK regret rushing their choice…

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How much part-time work should I take on while studying? | Education

“I couldn’t afford to be at uni if I didn’t work,” says Mathilda Wilde, who graduated from the University of Manchester last year. “The loan didn’t cover my rent.” Wilde worked two jobs – one as a lifeguard and one as a waitress for a catering company – during her studies; both were on zero-hour contracts. “I was under 21 so I was earning about £6.50 an hour and often working 5am to 3pm,” she says. “I was always envious…

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‘I wish I’d delayed coming to the UK’ : overseas students call for further visa extensions | Education

International students at British universities fear the government’s plan to offer two-year post-study work visas to future students could leave them worse off if the extra time is not given to them too. Last week the government said foreign students will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university. But the new policy will only apply to those graduating from summer 2021, according to the announcement. The current immigration policy, controversially put in place by Theresa…

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Teaching Pupils About The Realities Of Work – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How easy is it to link careers to the curriculum? Careers advice in schools is a challenging and critical aspect of the curriculum to help offer pupils develop their employability skills. These soft skills help students become employable, but curriculum restraint is difficult for schools. These free activities from IGD can help teachers develop these skills with our pupils within a congested curriculum. Curriculum planning Career planning in schools used to be the domain of specialist…

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