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09September

Nervous First Days? You're not the only one!

Posted in General Advice

Nervous First Days? You're not the only one!

There is not much that is scarier than your first day at a new school, college or university (other than spiders or snakes!), especially if you are venturing into this new place without your friends. Starting out in a new place is daunting, having to make new friends, but think of it another way, it is the start of a whole new adventure.

 

12August

Results Day – planning what's next

Posted in Careers

Results Day – planning what's next

GCSE results day is just around the corner. On the 20 August you will find out how well you have done. Whatever your results there are still lots of options open to you.

10June

Relax your exams are over

Posted in General Advice

Relax your exams are over

Now that the stress of sitting exams is behind you, before you start thinking about what you want to do next, it might be time to have a little fun! So here are a few things you might like to do…

24April

Cambridge GAPS learners raise money for Cambs Children's Hospice

Written by Vega Sims Posted in General Advice, Learners' Stories

Cambridge GAPS learners raise money for Cambs Children's Hospice

Our Cambs Gaps learners handed over a cheque for £303 to the East Anglia Children’s Hospice. The money was raised with support from Circuit where they developed handmade gifts which they sold at their “Pop-Up-Shop” in Cambridge earlier this year.

16April

Mastering the Art of Telephone Interviews

Posted in Interviews

If you're looking for work, you may find yourself on the other end of a telephone interview. Employers are using these more as it is a quick and easy way to shortlist potentials for the job. If you have never had a telephone interview, here are a few good pointers to consider.

31March

Learners Run Pop-Up Shop

Posted in My MGN Journey

Learners Run Pop-Up Shop

Learners on our My Gaps programme in Cambridge set up their own shop in the city centre. The pop-up shop which they organised, promoted and ran for 2 days, was a great way to show off the skills they had learned from their retail training.

09March

National Apprenticeship Week 2015

Posted in Apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week 2015

Its National Apprenticeship week! A week to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, business and the economy.

Apprenticeships now come in all shapes and sizes, with 170 industries covered including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance and over 1500 different job roles.

In the last 100 years apprenticeships have changed dramatically, no longer are they just the hands-on practical professions such as tailor, carpenter or engineer, but now you can develop skills in catering, media, business administration and IT to name a few. Last year the most popular apprenticeship was health and social care. Today 55% of apprentices are women.
Of those who complete an apprenticeship 90% stayed in employment, 71% of which remained with the same employer. There were 850,000 apprenticeships available in 2013-14.

There are lots of events happening in apprentceship week, so if you would like to go along to one and find out more about apprenticeships, you can find out what apprenticeship events are happening near you.

There are a wide range of apprenticeships and many employers recruit throughout the year, so if you are looking for an apprenticeship or just interested to see what is available check out the apprenticeship website.

28January

International fun at work day

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Work

International fun at work day

January 28, the day to celebrate fun at work internationally, (yes that is a real thing). That considered it would be a good opportunity to look at the jobs that don’t adhere to the monotonous 9-5 routine and are not the usual jobs you see advertised on search engines. But here are three jobs that are out there and sound pretty fun; in no particular order:

06January

Dealing with anxiety

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Health

Dealing with anxiety

A lot of us can suffer from anxiety but don’t recognise it for what it really is. It can make you feel that you are weak or there is even something wrong with you. It is easy to dismiss it as something no one else will understand but it is far from that with a huge percentage of us dealing with it everyday. But there are ways that we can identify the triggers and the type of anxiety you may be battling with.

02December

What can I do now?

Written by Matthew Webb Posted in General Advice

What can I do now?

Yes, applying for something to do for next September needs to be thought about now.  Next September may seem a long way off but colleges and training providers will be receiving applications for next year’s intake.  

27October

How do I get seasonal work?

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Work

How do I get seasonal work?

With the winter months upon us there will be high demand for workers in retail to fill temporary seasonal jobs. How do you feel about earning some extra cash alongside your studies or as an opportunity to gain employment; could it benefit you in the long run?

15October

How do you prevent a cold or flu this season?

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Health

How do you prevent a cold or flu this season?

As the seasons are changing; becoming colder, darker and the days are left getting shorter. It is hard to surpass that distant memory of your cold and flu filled season last year. But with so much school work, college work or your employment at hand, how can you be one step ahead of being bedridden? 

18September

My rights from 16 - 21, what can I do and when?

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in General Advice

My rights from 16 - 21, what can I do and when?

When you reach your later teenage years it can be rather daunting and exciting at the same time. When you turn 16 you begin to gain rights to do things you wouldn’t have been able to do before, legally. So whether you are 16 or 21, and anywhere in between I’m sure there are quite a few rights that you didn’t know you had.

03September

Dream Career Vs Your Skills

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Careers

Dream Career Vs Your Skills

When you’re at school you are constantly being asked what you want to do with your life. It can be really hard to side line the input from your parents, teachers and peers that say you should follow a particular path. How do you decide what is right for you; do you take the path for doing something you’re really passionate about?

20August

'Help! I'm stressed out'

Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Health

'Help! I'm stressed out'

Sometimes life can feel very doom and gloom, with one thing after another bringing you down. Whether it is your relationship, school, job or your lifestyle that is causing you stress or perhaps you cannot even put your finger on what it is making you feel on edge; how can you deal with the imploding stress?

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