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Take a new path as a career guide

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Daniel at 2:08 am

The climate is changing for those looking to offer guidance counselling

Recession has left many looking for fresh opportunities and the call for advisers to help them on their way is growing The climate is changing for those looking to offer guidance counselling

There are careers. And then there are careers in careers. You can be a guidance counsellor in a school, a careers officer at a third-level college, an internal coach in a big company or set up on your own as a specialist in career coaching or career management.

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My career in legal aid

Posted on April 25, 2013 by Daniel at 2:13 am

foldersLegal aid work is tiring, frustrating and, at times, emotionally difficult – but worth pursuing, says Lizzie Dilks

With multimillion-pound cuts to the legal aid scheme, you might think that there’s little point going into publicly funded work. But if you can land a placement, then there’s still a good career to be had, even in some of the less fashionable areas of law.

Lizzie Dilks, 25, is halfway through her training contract with Hereward & Foster, a law firm in the East End of London. She read psychology at the University of Nottingham, then took the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law, Bloomsbury. She worked as a paralegal for a year at Hereward & Foster before she was offered a training contract.

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How long can you wait to have a baby?

Posted on April 5, 2013 by Daniel at 2:22 am

familyLike many single women in their early thirties, Jean Twenge worried that she would miss out on motherhood. Recently divorced, she would be hit by bouts of full-on baby panic. She remembers having conflicting emotions when friends gave birth, casting longing looks at toddlers in the street and anxiously reading a magazine article about the state of her biological clock. The message was loud and clear; time was running out.

Today, at 41 and remarried, she is the mother of three beautiful daughters. “I needn’t have worried after all,” she laughs.

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How the UK can engineer better jobs for girls

Posted on March 16, 2013 by Daniel at 3:09 am

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In other parts of Europe, employers are working with schools and universities on programmes to attract girls into engineering

Sir, The CBI is right to criticise the quality of careers guidance (“MPs call for culture change to engineer better jobs for girls”, June 20), but this is something that schools and colleges cannot do on their own. It’s a problem for employers and education to solve together, and there is no point in expecting the Government to do it for them.

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Starstruck teenagers fail to grasp the reality of future jobs market

Posted on February 24, 2013 by Daniel at 12:52 am

starTeenagers want to be musicians, actors, teachers and police, but have no interest in the fields of hospitality, care, administration and management, where they are far more likely to find work.

A study of 11,000 young people aged 13 to 18 found no link between careers that young people want and the jobs that experts think will exist for them in the future. Acting was the most popular job for 13 and 14-year-olds and still 11th most popular among 17 and 18-year-olds.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, (ASCL) said: “Young people of that age group are very easily influenced, for wholly understandable reasons, by the circumstances in which they grow up. Yes, they see celebrity culture and are attracted to those sorts of things. They tend to go for stereotypical ideas of what might be the right career, things that their friends have said. We need really high quality careers advice.”

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Work experience helps graduates

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Daniel at 12:58 am

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Getting an internship or a holiday job while at university makes students three times more likely to get a well-paid job on graduating, a survey found.

Among final-year undergraduates, 36 per cent who had work experience with a leading employer while at university received at least one offer of a graduate-level post. The figure dropped to 11 per cent among third or fourth-year students with no careers-related work experience.

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