Could handouts be the solution to getting the long-term unemployed back in to work? Well, in 2017 Finland began a radical experiment: the government started paying 2000 unemployed Finns basic income. They each get a guaranteed 560 euros a month, for two years. It’s free money – it comes with no strings attached.
If you are curious, why not take a look at the full video report?
Inglés Málaga says: Congratulations Fabián. You have passed your Cambridge FCE B2 exam, and I am on cloud 9 for you. Without a shadow of a doubt, you should feel over the moon with your success and achievements.
Finally, good luck with your next objective to become a high school teacher; you will be amazing. The children of Andalusia will be lucky to have a teacher like you who has experience of working in the private sector, and a natural talent for engaging and inspiring people.
My journey with you has been an honour!
Are you looking for a change? Are you bored with your life? Do you want to be your own boss? If the answer to these questions is yes, then why not buy an existing business? You could even buy a gentleman´s club. However, my first question is:” What is that? And, why does it need bedrooms?”
OMG, I am so, so, so, very naive!
Inglés Málaga says: Congratulations Elena, your new teaching post as a bi-lingual Biology teacher is awe-inspiring news. I am over the moon for you, and extremely proud of your achievements.
Your journey to achieve your ambitions has not been easy, and you have overcome a lot of challenges and adversity with grace and determination.
Your pupils are lucky to have access to your incredible intellect, wisdom, and the way you communicate complex knowledge. Today Elena, I bow down to the goddess in you. You have inspired me.
Imagine you are a careers adviser and you are talking to a group of students about getting work during their free time.
First, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of these jobs. Then decide which two jobs would be the best for students.
Here are some ideas to help you:
- Salary: Badly paid, well paid
- Role: Opportunity to practise foreign languages, develop new skills and abilities
- Type of job – skills and knowledge required: Low skilled work, technical job, strong communication skills, great interpersonal skills,
- Working Conditions: temporary contract, flexible working hours, unsociable working hours, no sick pay, great holiday allowance,
- Type of person required: Ability to work under pressure, adaptable, creative, a people person, flexible, ability to work as part of team, ability to work independently, inventive, physically fit, strong emotional intelligence
- Additional: Challenging, boring, interesting, rewarding, educational, stressful, physically demanding, monotonous, wide variety of daily tasks
If you are interested in the topic of work, jobs and employment, why not check out the Work and Jobs section of this website.
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Yes, it’s time for us all to wake up and smell the coffee; just because we all don’t fit into the ‘square box’ doesn’t make us any less intelligent, creative, productive or human. It’s time for everyone to recognise that difference is what makes life interesting, progressive and innovative. Read the full article here.
Worryingly, I had never heard about Asperger´s syndrome until the issue was tackled on Boston Legal, one of my favourite USA TV series. Indeed, if you have some spare time, I would wholeheartedly recommend watching this show because it deals with very topical and controversial issues in a very humourous way. Not to mention, the second-to-none acting and the ground-breaking script.
Although, statistically speaking, the UK has the lowest unemployment rate (5.8%) in the last 6 years, what actually does this really mean? Well, according to these researchers, absolutely nothing good! If you have enthusiasm, you can read the full article here.
According to a well-respected international business magazine, the most important abilities that employers want from their employees are transferable skills. For example, employers want people who:
- Can work in a team structure
- Can make decisions and solve problems with little supervision
- Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
- Can plan, organise and prioritise work independently
- Can obtain and process information
- Can analyse quantitative data
- Can use computer software programmes
- Can create and/or edit written reports
- Can sell and influence others
- Can think for themselves
- Can adapt to new ideas, systems and processes
So, what do you think? Do you agree with the opinions of this magazine? And, as importantly, do you have any of the above abilities?
Experientially speaking, I can’t work in a team structure, I’m brilliant at making decisions but they aren’t always the right ones, I’m hooked on planning and organising, but I couldn’t sell an igloo to an Inuit. So, in a nutshell, it’s a good job I’m self-employed.
I want a good job?
OK, but seriously, who wants to have a bad job?! So, with this in mind, what does it mean to have a good job? Have you ever considered what makes a good job? Is it more than just the salary and the holiday allowance?
From this list of key factors, how would you rate their level of importance? You might want to consider:
- Which three aspects are the most important for you, and why?
- Whether your thoughts have changed from when you were younger?
- Whether you think they will change when you are older?
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”You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him.
A reporter for more than 30 years, Ramos believes that a journalist’s responsibility is to question and challenge those in power. In this compelling talk — which earned him a standing ovation midway through — Ramos explains why, in certain circumstances, he believes journalists must take sides.” (In Spanish with English subtitles)