Doing an Open University Course

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

If you are thinking about going back into education as a mature student you may think about doing an Open University course. The Open University offer a wide range of courses which can be done in sections and split over a number of years for those who cannot commit to it full time. Once you have completed one course you can then go on to complete another course towards you degree.
Funding study can be expensive and often puts many people off, but you may be eligible for a student loan which will cover your tuition fees. These loans often do not need to be paid back for a number of years after you have completed the course and usually not until you are earning above a certain amount. It is often based on a percentage, so the more you earn the quicker you will pay the loan off.
Completing an Open University course or a course at college or university can help improve your job prospects and allow you to apply for positions that you may not previously have had the qualifications for. It can help you get in to a job that you enjoy and also earn more money in the long run.

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Why is maths such an important skill to have when it comes to finding a job?

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

If you are currently looking for a job vacancy, then you will probably have noticed that many employers ask for a min maths qualification such as a GCSE level C or above. Many colleges and sixth forms also request this as a minimum entry requirement and there is a good reason why.

Maths is used in everyday life more than you may even realise. Simply working out the time you need to set off to arrive to your destination on time or adding up the cost of items in your trolley to check you have enough money to buy them all involve a certain degree of maths and calculation.

At school you will often be taught a wide range of Maths skills, some of which you may not use again, but many of which you will use day in day out.

If you have always struggled with maths, then you may want to try and improve your skills to further yourself and improve your job prospects. If you failed your Maths GCSE then you can return to a college at any time to restudy for it and you may find it easier when you are older than you did as a young person.

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Can you retrain for a career at any age?

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 11:44 pm

Training for a new job can be done at any time during your life but as you get older and have more commitments you may find that you simply cannot afford to have the time off work or that you have children to look after etc, making it more difficult. Many people who are already working full time feel that they cannot train for another job without leaving their current position. For many people, this is simply not possible as they still need to have a decent income to meet their current financial commitments.

If this is the case, then all is not lost. You can still look to study in the evenings or find a job that will allow you to train whilst earning such as an apprenticeship. Although you may be on a quite a low wage, during this time you may be able to have help off the government in terms of tax credits etc to top up your income. If you feel that you need to gain more experience before applying for a new job, then you could try doing some volunteer work in that industry first.


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Returning to education or carrying on with education after school

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 11:26 am

The government have recently introduced a law to say that all students must stay on in education following GCSE’s unless they have a job lined up to go in to or an apprenticeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training. This is until they reach the age of 18.

This law was introduced to cut down on the number of young people who become unemployed at the age of 16. Some people decide tot to stay on after you GCSE’s and do A-levels or decide that a college setting is more suited to them and chose to enrol in one of those. For some people, they have simply had enough of school and the education system and would rather work. The government website has a place where you can search for current apprenticeships being offered in your area. You can usually type in your postcode and search within a radius of your address. You can then click through to apply for the position or find out more information.

Finding work is not easy, and returning to education after leaving can be hard especially if you are relying on an income, so it is worth spending some time really thinking about what it is you want to do before making any decisions.

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Why is it important to get a varied education?

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Some people have a good idea of what they want to do in later life from a young age. Often this will change over time but for some, they have their heart set on one particular job.

Regardless of if you think you know what you want to do career wise or not, it is vital to get a varied education and broaden your horizons.

For example, someone may know that they want to get in to acting and therefore concentrate on drama and possibly English but nothing else. If you later change your mind then you may have limited yourself by not gaining qualifications in other areas.

If you do a degree at university, you may have the chance to add an additional year on to the end of your degree to gain a teaching qualification. This will again give you options to fall back on should you want a change in career path. You may find that you actually enjoy teaching more than you think and want to continue to do that as a job rather than what you actually did your main degree in.



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Tips To Help You Land A Teaching Job

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Finding education jobs can be challenging, more so since seasoned teachers with long standing success or tenure are typically re-called to teach each school every year. This means that available teaching vacancies can be limited, & the competition for these vacancies are fierce.

Huge part of the teaching job hunt process is knowing where to search for these positions.

The below tips are designed to get rid of some of the stresses out of your job hunt by, by offering you some guidelines on the stages you can follow to ultimately find education job.

Make HR Rounds

Pay a visit to the recruitment department or Human Resource of local school systems & universities to ask about available vacant positions. In case there aren’t no current vacancies, inquire if you can leave behind your resume to stay on the file should future openings match your speciality. Have it in mind that most schools do the bulk recruiting a couple of months before new school year begins. (more…)

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Fancy teaching?

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm

With many teachers leaving the industry in the first year, the UK is calling out for people to start training to work in schools as teachers. Some schools are having to rely heavily on teaching assistants to spend a significant period of time teaching the class on their own rather than actually assisting the teacher, which is not ideal.

If you fancy a change in career and are up for a challenge, then why not train to be a teacher. I think the main issue is people going in to teaching not fully aware of what it entails and the amount of hours you need to out in. Too many people comment on how teachers have it easy, finishing work at 3.30pm and with long school holidays, but don’t see the early mornings and late finishes plus weekend work that goes on behind closed doors.

If you are not sure if teaching is for you, you could volunteer to be a teaching assistant for a few weeks or months, to get more of a true picture of what you will be doing.


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Teaching agencies

Posted on October 31, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Teacher agencies have received some bad press over the last few months with many of them being branded as a money grabbing and not treating the teachers on their register fairly. It has to be said, that although there are some teaching agencies out there like that (as within any industry) not all of them are, but it does confirm the importance of shopping around.

A good teaching agency will find you work that is in your selected location quickly. They often already work with a number of schools and have many staff that they send out on a daily basis to cover supply teaching jobs.

Some agencies also offer a service to find permanent teaching jobs for people and often they will even assist with the initially interview process. Most good teaching agencies will not only find their teachers work but will also offer them support in terms of legal advice and stress management advice. They sometimes even have a bank of information that you can access to find ideas for lessons or lesson materials.


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Do you need to know what career you want when at school?

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

These days there is so much pressure to chose the correct GCSE and A Level subjects that some students find the whole process very daunting, I know I did.

You may feel like you need to have a good idea of what career path you wish to take from an early age and the subjects you chose at 15 will decide the job you will have for the rest of your life.

This is not always the case and regardless of how old you are, most of the time you can take a total change in jobs.

You my find it slightly harder to return to studying when you are older as you may have more responsibilities like a family or financial commitments and often as an adult you will have to pay for all or most of your further education. This being said, there are sometimes other ways round a change in career such as on the job training or evening studies that will allow you to progress in a career without having to worry about the issues above.

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What age pupils should you teach?

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

When it comes to teaching, you do not have to train differently to teach different aged pupils. Regardless of whether you teach secondary school children or a reception class, the degree is the same, it is your teaching style that needs to change.

It is totally different teaching classes of different age ranges and you must be able to adapt accordingly to suit the requirements of each class as and when it is needed. If you are a supply teacher, you may go from teaching five year olds to teaching fifteen year olds within a few days. The planning of work and how you actually teach subjects will vary greatly.

Often in a class with younger pupils in, the ability varies greatly so you may need to split the class in to groups and give them each a slightly different task according to ability. Normally in secondary school the classes have already been split up in to sets.

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