Disappointing A-level results? What are the alternatives?

A-levels – what are the next steps?

I remember my A-level results day only too well. I was in Scotland on holiday. My time away was going really well, up until the point when I called my parents to find out how I did, and then everything changed. Instead of predicted B-grades, I got D’s. I was gutted, and all my plans came to a shuddering halt!

Looking back, I can now see that this was probably for the best, because only three years later I embarked on a degree course at another university to which I was better suited. However, at the time, I thought my life, my plans and my whole future held little for me. As it turned out, nothing was further from the truth.

Here are some fantastic sites that can offer some great help not only to disappointed want-to-be undergraduates but also to their bewildered parents! If you find you find you are in this position, then here are some alternatives to going to Uni.

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Volunteering – making a career by what we give


Looking for a career break? Volunteering is a great way to give and importantly to receive.

Volunteering – what a way to develop your career!

Before you think “boring”, hang on; this blog could do many good things for you – in fact, it could change the whole course of your life.

Join UK’s 13 million volunteers!

First of all, what do you get when you cross a CEO, a volunteer manager, and a cleaner? Answer: A situation that is not too uncommon in most voluntary organisations! There’s no doubt that this sector could do with your time and expertise; so why not join the estimated 19 million Brits who volunteer at least once a year and the 13 million-plus who do it regularly?

This is what the Bible has to say about giving our time to others: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others … (1 Peter 4:10).

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Want a career change but you reckon you’re over the hill? Think again!

Over the hill

If you feel you’re ‘over the hill’ and a career change is impossible, then here are some top tips to help you apply your past experience & skills to a new venture

Time for career change?

As 1.00am approached the time for banter was over. The night was clear, the fire pit was homely and the cigars and whisky mellow, and I have to say that us chaps started to come out with some fairly wise reflections on life.

All of us were approaching a certain major age milestone that can only be said whilst coughing into your hand, and one of our wise men confessed that he now feared that he was over the hill. He was unhappy in his career, felt that God had something more in store for him and yet he didn’t know how to make the jump from one job to another and make that much needed career change.

We nodded sympathetically and puffed away, looking for more wisdom to tackle what is probably a common anxiety: Late career change syndrome.

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LinkedIn – a job seeker’s best friend!

LinkedIn as a job search toolThis is the 3rd in a series of three blogs looking at how to use social media in your job search. In this one we’ll look at LinkedIn.

LinkedIn as a job search tool

In can be argued that LinkedIn is not really social media because its emphasis is business as opposed to social links that you find in Facebook and Twitter. However, it is all about networking – knowing people and being known by people. And importantly, the right people.

LinkedIn will help those searching within a professional career. We’re talking about a big reach…

LinkedIn as a job search tool

Meet LinkedIn!
LinkedIn as job search tool

  • Over 238 Million professional world-wide
  • 3 million+ company profiles
  • Executives from every Fortune 500 firm
  • 64% outside the U.S.
  • 200+ countries

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A job seeker’s best friend is Twitter!

Twitter - a job seeker's best friend!

This is the second in a series of three blogs looking at how to use social media in your job search. In this one we’ll look at Twitter.

Question: If you are a job seeker, have you made Twitter your best friend?

Twitter as a job search tool

Twitter - a job seeker's best friend!With over 12 million users in the UK alone, like it or not – it’s where people and companies gather, and where this happens there you will find business and job opportunities!

The research (conducted by Nielsen @Nielsen) highlights how Twitter is now an everyday business tool for thousands of UK SMEs that use it for marketing, sales, and customer service, for starters. Increasingly UK businesses use it to advertise as well.

34% use Twitter in to find work – 67% of males use Twitter in for job search as opposed to 33% of women

Tip – You could put your job pitch in your Twitter bio including a link to an online CV or LinkedIn profile. Tweet about your work and experiences in your chosen industry – it may attract interest.

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A job seeker’s best friend is Facebook!

Facebook and job searching

This is the first in a series of three blogs looking at how to use social media in your job search. In this one we’ll look at Facebook.

Question: If you are a job seeker, have you made Facebook your best friend? 🙂

With a staggering 42 million people using Facebook in the UK (68% of population), 12 million micro-blogging on Twitter and over 4 million engaging on LinkedIn, like it or loathe it, it’s difficult to dispute the power and reach of social media. Interesting research (Jobvite) shows how people are using social media to reach out and find work, and many would argue that it’s something about which we all have to become familiar when looking for work or wanting to develop our career.

Some hard facts about Facebook:                

  • 69% of those in work are seeking or open to a new job
  • 61% of job-seekers say finding work has been more difficult in the last year
  • 1 in 6 job-seekers found their last job through an on-line social network
  • 88% of job-seekers have at least one social networking profile

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Job hunting with a difference

Job hunting with a difference

Job hunting is often slow and frustrating – however, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how!

It was one of those supremely character-forming days. In my hand was a card for my first Job Centre appointment, and what made it so embarrassing was that I had been a careers adviser at this same Job Centre only a few short weeks ago before losing my job! Phrases such as “physician heal thyself” and “surely it can’t be that difficult to find a job?” churned around inside my skull like the National Lottery balls, and I wondered how long it would take for my lucky numbers to be chosen – and find a new job!

When your back is against the wall – when your credit card bills and your self-esteem need paying off – you simply want a job-search technique that works, and fast! Here are some job hunting secrets that real people have used to find work in a very tough job market.

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