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The pros and cons of some jobs

Jobs for StudentsImagine 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:

  1. Salary: Badly paid, well paid
  2. Role: Opportunity to practise foreign languages, develop new skills and abilities
  3. Type of job – skills and knowledge required: Low skilled work, technical job, strong communication skills, great interpersonal skills,
  4. Working Conditions: temporary contract, flexible working hours, unsociable working hours, no sick pay, great holiday allowance,
  5. 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
  6. 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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Why are talented people discriminated against?

Talented people and jobsYes, 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.

 

Unemployment statistics do not show the real truth!

working contractsAlthough, 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.

 

 

Modal Mania: Employability abilities: Can you speak English?

Employability SkillsAccording 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:

  1. Can work in a team structure
  2. Can make decisions and solve problems with little supervision
  3. Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
  4. Can plan, organise and prioritise work independently
  5. Can obtain and process information
  6. Can analyse quantitative data
  7. Can use computer software programmes
  8. Can create and/or edit written reports
  9. Can sell and influence others
  10. Can think for themselves
  11. 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!

Factors important in a job

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:

  1. Which three aspects are the most important for you, and why?
  2. Whether your thoughts have changed from when you were younger?
  3. Whether you think they will change when you are older?

A workaholic

A workaholic is a person who works compulsively. While the term generally implies that the person enjoys their work, it can also alternately imply that they simply feel compelled to do it

Volunteer for a local charity: Bancosol

Unfortunately, the biggest constant in society, from the origins of civilisation to the present digital age, is the systematic presence of inequality. Man has actively coveted and nurtured the continued existence of inequality. We live in a world where wealth, power, knowledge and justice are in the hands of the few to the detriment of the majority.

Regrettably, it appears to be an insurmountable challenge to change this, partially as a result of man´s natural instinct for greed. However, it seems to me that we can all make a massive difference on a local level.  There are lots of local charities that need your time and your altruism; today say NO to hunger and support Bancosol; it´s time to have a heart of gold.  The big food collection takes place on December the 1st and December the 2nd, and you can make a difference. To find out more about this charity, click here.

Modal Mania: Employability abilities: Can you?

Employability SkillsAccording to the American business magazine, Forbes, the most important abilities or skills that employers want are as follows:
1. Can work in a team structure
2. Can make decisions and solve problems
3. Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
4. Can plan, organise and prioritise work
5. Can obtain and process information
6. Can analyse quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programmes
9. Can create and/or edit written reports
10. Can sell and influence others

So, do you have the above abilities?  Do you agree?

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.

Workplace Problem: Company Merger

Imagine the big cheese has just informed you that your company has merged with another competitor and that your post is going to be terminated.  What do you do?

 

Workplace Problem: The office chatterbox

Imagine you work in an open-plan office and the staff member who works opposite you is a gigantic chatterbox. This is becoming a huge problem for you because you are finding it increasingly difficult to concentrate on your work. Indeed, most days you don’t finish your daily tasks and consequently have to work unpaid overtime.  And, last but not least, it’s costing you a fortune in headache painkillers. What would you do?