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Friday, 23 October 2009

Studentgems - mining the wealth of student talent




You just have to look through some of the amazing student profiles on studentgems to realise what a mine of student talent we have. The ever-deepening student talent pool of uncut diamonds offers 76,000 skills and services between them.
Recent research carried out by us, reveals that 79% of all university students work whilst studying to support themselves. Over half are juggling the hours in the day to fit in both their job and their lectures. Some students are working more than 20 hours each week. A massive 3 out of 4 students suggest that their job commitment is disruptive to their academic studies but they have no choice as 42% of students receive no financial help. It is no surprise that the majority of student jobs are working in bars and waiting on tables. Only 3% of students are actually working in jobs that relate to their courses.
Students can do so much more than pulling pints and taking orders. In fact, everything from blogging to bridal hairdressing, animation to fantasy illustration, calligraphy to catering and translations of endless languages. Then of course there is website design, logo design, garden design, interior design and jewellery design. You can even have your i-pod uploaded and be taught from a range of hi-tech tutors including Twitterers to cheerfully bring the terminally unenlightened into the twenty-first century.
We have a wealth of student talent in the UK and it is something to shout about.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Win A Behind The Scenes at Hollyoaks - National Colleges Week Is Upon Us!

As part of the Colleges Week celebration, a nationwide competition is being launched called ‘I’m running the show’. The competition is calling on students to submit a video, up to 2 minutes, of what they would do if they were ‘running the show’ for a day. Students are invited to answer the question in any way and as creatively as they’d like, from a simple speech or presentation to a song and dance routine; from an animation to a practical demonstration of the skills you are learning. Winning students will get a fantastic prize, see the list below.
Students can submit their video up until 31st October via the Colleges week website. The Competition is open to all students currently enrolled on a college course at a general or tertiary further education College, sixth form College or specialist College in England.
Prizes include an in-depth visit to the UK Parliament; the chance to go on set and meet the cast and crew of Hollyoaks; shadow Sven-Göran Eriksson; chat with an astronaut and take a tour with the British National Space Centre; go behind the scenes of a theatre; read between the lines at top magazine Top Santé; spend a day with the chief executive of BAA Airports; spend the day with the Chief Executive of the 5,000 acres of historic royal parkland exploring how they combine culture and conservation; spend a day with Sir Stuart Rose, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer.
Phew... what a prize list!