3 tips to network your way to success

It’s that time of year when freshers take their first steps into our universities, heads buzzing with excitement and trepidation in equal measures. As a first year student, your focus (perhaps after freshers’ week is over) is on getting the qualifications and skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. But this is also a critical time to start building a network of personal and professional contacts you can call upon to support you in climbing the ladder to your future career. But to differentiate yourself in today’s competitive jobs landscape, taking a more global approach may reap big…

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Why we don’t learn about money in school

Schools have failed us. We’re not taught how to do taxes, what a mortgage is or even how to get a good job. All everyone seems to say is: go to university, get good grades and get a stable job. No one tells us how to save, how to budget and whether we should be thinking about retirement. And that scares me. There’s a ton of financial knowledge that I lack because of this. And I’ve had to teach myself how to start investing, how to budget, how to earn good money and even how to open a bank account….

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How to make money as a freelance writer

Are you thinking about becoming a freelance writer, but worried that you won’t be able to make a living? Quitting your job tomorrow probably isn’t the best idea, but if you have excellent writing skills, a strong work ethic, and a computer, over time, you should be able to earn a decent living as a freelance writer. Tips for becoming a successful freelance writer: Write a lot. Start here. Before you look for job websites. Whether you volunteer to take on writing responsibilities at work, start your own blog, or just keep a dream journal, writing takes practice. The more…

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5 ways to become a better essay writer

Writing a compelling academic essay can be a complex process. Learning how to become a better essay writer relies upon a comprehensive understanding of the criteria used in the grading process. Here are 5 tips and techniques that will help you refine your writing process and deliver more polished, engaging and convincing essays. Spend time developing your thesis The primary objective of writing any essay is to demonstrate that you have developed a clear thesis through critical engagement with your subject matter. Your thesis is the heart of your essay; the point you are attempting to prove or the statement…

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The Graduate Book – All You Need to Know to Do Really Well at Work by Chris Davies

The transition from university to the workplace can be tricky to say the least, with multiple surveys of graduate employers over the years finding time and again that none or few of their new intake were ‘work ready’ when leaving the halls of academia. The essential skills such as being able to work effectively in a team, having determination and a good work ethic, or even simply being able to communicate with colleagues, are often lacking , much to the frustration of bosses.  The graduate market is flooded with far more potential candidates than positions available, so it’s never been…

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