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Monday, 14 September 2015

Banks get top marks for student satisfaction

1 in 3 students score their bank at least 9 out of 10 for satisfaction
  • NatWest top of the class, but Santander most popular
  • Majority stick with their existing bank when they go to university
A third of UK students are extremely satisfied with their bank, according to a new survey by money advice site www.savethestudent.org – yet many risk missing out on better deals.
The survey of 1,097 students reveals the most popular banks in which to stash cash at university, along with how highly they were rated.

Top 5 banks for overall student satisfaction:

  1. NatWest (6.7)
  2. Santander (6.65)
  3. RBS (6.64)
  4. The Co-operative Bank (6.47)
  5. Halifax (6.2)
Santander, Save the Student’s best value student account this year, is also by far the most popular bank among students: 23% of those surveyed bank there. Second and third are NatWest (16%) and Lloyds (13%).
 
Only 1 in 5 are currently looking to switch their account, so it appears banks are successfully wooing – and winning – the student buck, especially through new technology. Third-year Savannah Turner comments, “You now get a contactless card which makes you feel like a wizard when you're buying a McDonald’s!”.
 
Not all students are so pleased with their bank, however. “It can be hard to get advice, especially as most banks have premium rate phone numbers and most students can only call from mobiles,” 4th-year Becky adds.

Top 5 reasons for choosing an account

  1. Already banked here (54%)
  2. 0% overdraft (41%)
  3. Friends or family bank here (36%)
  4. Freebies or discounts (33%)
  5. Online or smartphone access (28%)
With the average student short £265 a month after the Maintenance Loan, banks play a very important role in bridging the gap.

Savannah also says, “It's hard to manage money because I'm really poor and Student Finance do everything physically possible to be difficult, but the overdraft is a beautiful thing.”

An interest-free overdraft is a huge privilege only available to students, but a third of those surveyed don’t even have a ‘student account’ – meaning they miss out on cost-free borrowing.

On the other hand it could indicate financial discipline. Postgrad Emma explains: “I opted out of the student account because I didn't want to allow myself to go overdrawn.”

Jess adds: “I chose my own overdraft limit of £200. I went overdrawn quite a few times but I think the higher the overdraft limit the more I would've gone in to it. Two of my housemates had £2.5k overdrafts and used them to go to America!”

Owen Burek, Editor-in-Chief at Save the Student:

“It’s actually a very nice surprise to hear most students are happy with their bank, but loyalty also comes with a risk of missing out on better deals – namely getting the highest possible interest-free overdraft.

If you’re lucky enough not to need the cash, still take what you can and stick it in a tax-free ISA to earn interest on it!

Just one key warning: many students get stung after graduating with sudden demands for repayments or additional charges, so make sure you’re well aware of the conditions before signing up for an overdraft.”

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Need to Retake Your A Levels? Choose Boarding College Study

Now that teenagers across Britain have finished their A level exams all that's left is for them to open those dreaded brown envelopes on results day in August.

A huge amount of pressure is placed on young people to do well during their studies and A Level period is arguably the most stressful of all, with future university study hanging in the balance.

Many students find themselves in a mind-set where their results seem to determine their entire future. What they are not told is that second chances are always available should they need them. It's never too late to try again.

The notion that a student's future should rest upon how they perform during one period of study is
both widely exaggerated and a potentially dangerous idea to put into a young person's head.

There are always going to be a few students who don't achieve the results they desire, and this could very well be because of circumstances beyond their control. Their study time could have been affected by a personal circumstance like a family issue, or it might just be that a school environment was too distracting for them to fully concentrate and as a result they didn't perform as well as they could of.

No matter what the reason for failing A Levels, enrolling in an A Level retake programme can be the simple solution to the problem.


The advantages of A Level Retakes

Retaking A Levels can make all the difference to a student's future. When an employer sees that a student has passed their A Levels on a second attempt it immediately reveals a certain level of academic capability.

When making an application for a university place or a job, retaking A Levels shows that a candidate is determined to succeed and has a strong work ethic towards reaching their goals. The value of such persistence can also set a student apart from their peers.

The boarding college experience


There are many different places for a student to retake their A Levels, and one of the most popular places to do so in recent years is to enrol in a boarding college.

A boarding college environment is not the same as a school or traditional college as boarding colleges provides an experience similar to that of university study where students live in campus halls.

This experience is ideal for students hoping to attend university after their A Levels because it's ideal for preparing for university life, which will ultimately give them an advantage of other university students who will be new to the lifestyle. Experiencing a university aesthetic early can also allow a student to decide whether this lifestyle is right for them while they study.

It should be noted that boarding colleges are very different to boarding schools. There are no strict regiments and there is a generally relaxed approach to studying which requires students to be self-disciplined in regards to attending classes, much like a university does.

Boarding colleges also boast an excellent range of amenities that benefit both a student's studies while allowing them to socialise with their peers. This can include facilities like cinemas, gyms, sports grounds, and art studios.

Study new subjects

Arguably the best parts of undertaking a course in A Level retakes is the chance to study new subjects different to those studied on the first A Level attempt .This is valuable because it not only allows a student to get a better idea of what their academic strengths are in preparation for the course they study at university, but it also allows them to avoid the issue of studying subjects they previously struggled with.

International students

One great benefit of boarding college study is the opportunity to mix with students from all over the globe, as these institutions attract students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Retaking A Levels can be the best decision a student ever makes. The disappointment of failing can be turned into an amazing experience that will give direction to a student's life and provide them with some truly memorable experiences.

Boarding colleges are recruiting now for September 2015 study.

The Many Benefits of Part-time Catering Work For Students

There are plenty of part-time job options available to students in need of extra money, but the most flexible, well-paid of all these is working within the catering industry. Regardless of whether a student is self-employed or is working as a member of a team, they will be guaranteed a good wage with plenty of benefits.

With accommodation and tuition fees higher than ever it's no secret that a student-loan is barely enough to allow students an experience of university that will let them take care of their living expenses while enjoying the social side of university life.

The flexible nature of catering roles can be arranged so they don't interfere with study time. Catering
jobs can also be arranged at short notice, allowing a student to comfortably fit their work around studying.

Skills beyond the catering industry


Working a part-time catering job provides numerous skills that can translate to many different areas of customer service, preparing them for a career in positions that involve direct interaction with the public, such as marketing and human resources careers.

Having this experience is also an instrumental way to help a graduate stand out from their peers once they enter the working world. A background in catering shows self-discipline and responsibility, especially as they handled such duties while still at university.

Learn valuable responsibilities

Another great benefit of working within the catering sector is the exposure to different event types. These different occasions require a worker to cater their demeanour in opposing professional attitudes. For example, catering at a wedding will require a jovial professionalism completely at odds with the necessary conduct of serving at a funeral.

The ability to adapt behaviour to the different tones of various occasions shows that a candidate has the skills to work in a variety of environments, thereby demonstrating greater ability for client interaction.


Climbing the industry ladder
A career in catering may sound pretty standard, but there are opportunities available that reach far beyond basic waiting roles should a graduate wish to climb the career ladder within the industry.

Many employees who start off as part-time waiting assistants later progress into high level employment roles, such as executive and managerial roles. This wealth of opportunity can give a graduate numerous directions in which to explore their career.

Other benefits available

In addition to boasting career benefits within the catering industry, part-time catering work has opportunities of other kinds too. Students will regularly find themselves working alongside other students in the same position as them, helping them to establish long-lasting friendships that evolve as they learn and work together.

Having catering experience is also brilliant if a student plans to spend a gap year travelling and wants to work during their travels, as catering jobs are a valuable means of finding temporary work.

Even if a student chooses not to further their career in catering, there are skills they can gain from the industry that will enhance their lives forever. This includes gaining knowledge of how to professionally serve various kinds of food, learning how to mix cocktails, and understanding the best way to organise parties.

The benefit of joining a catering agency

Finding part-time catering work is not difficult when a student joins a catering agency. These organisations appreciate the individual needs of staff and know how to arrange a candidate's work schedule so that it fits around their studies while leaving plenty of time for a private life.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

University rugby clubs: The path to professional rugby?

Whilst university rugby players don’t always have the best reputations, playing in college games can lead to being talented spotted. This isn't surprising given the wealth of training support and specialised programmes which university clubs offer those who are good enough to be selected. As some of the best rugby players in history got their break on the university team, perhaps this is a good way to transfer from amateur to professional rugby.

A good way to get noticed

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Whilst most players will maintain a lifelong interest in the sport after playing at university, checking Coral for the latest fixtures that they can perhaps place a bet (or two) on, a lucky few will use their time with the University club to gain exposure. Professional rugby conditioning Coach Ben Wilson offers invaluable advice for those wanting to become a professional rugby player. Amateur clubs, for Wilson, are brilliant places to get noticed once you are over 20 years old as they offer the opportunity for players to “excel at the lower levels and then be invited to train with the professional teams and thus go on to win a contract”. Of course, Wilson is quick to point out that this will require dedication to the game through a rigorous training and fitness programme but if you are good enough university clubs are a perfect spot to be scouted.

Will Greenwood’s history with Durham University Rugby Club

Will Greenwood, Charlie Hodgson and Will Carling (among others) have all played with Durham University’s rugby club; unsurprisingly, the standard of players picked is very high but once selected the club offers access to “some of Britain’s finest and most experienced coaches” as well as weekly specialist clinics for players. In an interview, Will remembered his days with the club at Durham with fondness saying “We had a small group of players who really made the most out of ourselves. We never had any floodlights, so we used to pull all the cars up to the touchline and turn the headlights on to train.”

Joe Ansbro shone under the varsity match spotlight

After making his debut with the Cambridge University rugby senior team against an Australian University’s team back in 2005, Ansbro found himself well on the way to his professional rugby career with the likes of London Irish and Northampton Saints. For Ansbro, it isn’t just the talent and potential to succeed which is important for success but also the ability to play under pressure, and the varsity match can provide an excellent initial introduction to the sensation of participating in a big match for the players, speaking back in 2013 Ansbro stated that players should “never underestimate the Varsity Match.” And whilst an unfortunate injury caused a premature retirement from the game, Ansbro still remains involved and interested in rugby.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Is it too late for a career change?

You might assume that once you’re past your first flush of youth, you’re too long in the tooth to alter the course of your career.  However, this simply isn’t the case. It doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s never too late for a career change.

Retraining may be easier than you think

For a start, retraining might be much easier than you think. Even if you have financial or family commitments that mean you can’t return to full-time study at school, college or university, there are other options out there. For example, distance learning gives you the chance to study at a time and place that suits you, and there’s no shortage of these courses on offer either. If you’re interested in completing GCSEs, IGCSEs or A levels, you can visit websites like www.ool.co.uk to check out your options. There are also a variety of degree-level or vocational training courses available.

By opting for a distance learning programme, you should be able to fit your studies around your
existing schedule, minimising any disruptions to your life and earnings.

Take inspiration from the stars

It does require courage to take the plunge and embark on a new career path, but there are lots of examples to follow. Cartoon legend Walt Disney is one of those who dramatically changed his work. He once held a position at a newspaper, but things didn’t go quite to plan while he was there and he eventually found himself fired from his role. Amazingly, according to his editor, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”.

Another celeb to have changed direction is comedian and TV personality Ellen Degeneres. Before making it big on screen, she once worked as a paralegal. She also tried her hand at waitressing and was even an oyster shucker.

Seek some sage advice

Before changing your career, it’s wise to seek advice from people who know what they’re talking about and who can provide you with useful guidance. If you know someone who’s been through a major career change, chat to them. The will probably be happy to share their experiences and they should have some words of wisdom for you to bear in mind. You can also find plenty of information and advice online, and you might benefit from speaking to a professional careers advisor.

The benefits of starting a new chapter


There’s no getting around the fact that starting a new chapter in your career can be a daunting prospect. However, by making the effort to change your working life, you could dramatically increase your job satisfaction and you might find you’re much happier and more fulfilled overall as a result. It’s certainly well worth investigating your options.  

Monday, 1 June 2015

Why choose a career in sales?

If you’re in the process of choosing a career, it’s well worth considering sales. It’s true that these roles aren’t suitable for everyone, but as long as you have the relevant skills and qualities, working in this field could bring a whole range of rewards. Here are just a few of the reasons why it may pay off to pursue a career in sales.

The satisfaction of success

One of the best things about these roles is the sense of satisfaction they can bring. Using your powers of persuasion to land a deal can be a real thrill. Meanwhile, as well as the pride and enjoyment you can get from individual sales successes, you’re bound to feel an extra boost when you make any targets set by your employer.

There’s another way in which sales roles can offer fulfilment. You might also get a good feeling by helping your customers to buy products or services that will have a positive impact on their lives. For example, if you are a contractor associated with field marketing specialists such as Appco UK, you may be involved in selling home efficiency solutions such as boiler replacements and solar panels. As well as benefiting the environment, these property improvements can bring down consumers’ utility bills.

So, if you’re the sort of person who thrives on meeting targets and you want to make a difference on a daily basis, sales could be the ideal route for you.

Impressive earning potential  

Then there is earning potential to consider. Sales roles often come with competitive salaries, and when combined with commission and bonuses, they can be highly lucrative. If you’re prepared to work hard and to hone your skills, you could earn a very good income. After all, effective sales personnel are highly valued by companies because of the direct benefit they have on their bottom lines.

On a related point, you should have plenty of opportunities to progress within this field. With a strong record, you should stand a good chance of landing management positions.

Varied working days

Unlike many other jobs, sales roles can be highly varied too. You’ll get to speak to different people on a daily basis and, depending on the type of roles you take, you might get to deal with a range of different products and services. You may also have the opportunity to travel. Many sales personnel find that no two working days are the same. They experience an array of different scenarios and challenges that help to keep their roles interesting.


Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the reasons why it may pay off to start a career in sales. However, it should give you an insight into why these roles are so popular.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easy ways to supplement your student income

We all know that being a student can be something of a financial headache. With the rising costs of tuition fees, expensive textbooks and all of those enticing entertainment options, it can leave us feeling a little stretched!

However, there are some ways that you can earn money as a student without necessarily having to take a full-time job. It’s about finding a balance between your studies and getting work that is flexible enough to fit around your schedule.

So here are a few ideas that could bring in a bit of extra cash.

Freelance writing


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There are many firms out there that offer good incentives for students to become freelance writers for a variety of projects. By being able to work when you want you’ll be able to focus on your studies, and the writing projects will also give you a little bit of practice with your essays. This article provides a little more information about freelance writing.

Online activity


Whilst it may seem like a bit of harmless fun, spending your time online wisely can hold real financial rewards.

Whether it be through using your knowledge to provide handy Youtube tutorials that can then be monetised through Adsense, or even creating a blog that reaches a specialised audience, there is real money to be made online.

If that sounds like too much like hard work, then it’s important to understand the importance of mixing business with pleasure. Going online and checking out some live casino games where the action is broadcast directly into your home is a great way to unwind. You could even be working and have the live casino open in another window on your PC, so that you can always keep up with the gaming action!

Babysitting


And then there’s the somewhat more traditional way of boosting your student income – babysitting. This can be a reliable and stimulating method of working. There are helpful government websites that can help you understand the process of becoming a registered child-minder, and also provide you with links to professional babysitting associations.

Tutoring


Another traditional way for students to enter the working world easily is that of tutoring. Student tutoring is in high demand as younger students will always be keen to learn the study methods of those who have successfully navigated the examination process.

This has led to a boom in home tuition as 23% of 11 to 16 year olds in the UK now receive home tuition. So not only can this earn you as much as £40 per hour session, but it can act as helpful revision tool too!

Friday, 27 March 2015

5 Jobseeking Pitfalls

In today’s competitive market, finding a job can seem harder than ever. Employers often receive hundreds of applications for the same position, placing even more importance on the need to make yourself stand out from the crowd. To increase your chances of securing the right role for you, here are five common job seeking pitfalls and how to avoid them.

1. The passive approach

Rather than actively seeking out opportunities, many job-seekers make the mistake of sitting around and waiting for the perfect position to fall into their laps. This can lead to wasted potential and valuable talents, skills and experience going unutilised or undervalued.
To bolster your chances of finding your next job, it’s useful to take a proactive approach. The Anglo Technical Recruitment can help make finding a suitable job easier. You might also want to consider attending organised networking events to speak to people in your chosen industry. And of course, completing freelance jobs and projects through StudentGems will help you develop your portfolio and your network of relevant contacts.
importance of building a strong network of professional connections cannot be overstated as you never know who will be able to help you find the perfect job for you. For example, developing relationships with recruitment specialists such as

2. CV mistakes

All too often, people send their CVs to employers without thoroughly checking them for errors. Even if you are applying for roles where the ability to write well is not an essential skill, spelling mistakes, grammar errors and inconsistencies may signal to an employer that you are negligent and cannot be trusted to complete a task properly. Even a single error may result in an employer casting your CV aside in favour of that of someone who has shown due care. Before applying for a job, it’s crucial to proofread your CV and cover letter several times. Remember that even grammar pendants can make mistakes now and again so it’s worth getting someone else to check your application too.

3. Forgetting to research the employer

Even if you have an impressive CV, a lack of knowledge or understanding of the organisation you’re applying to work for may cause you trip up at the interview stage. To put yourself in the best position for success, take the time to gather as much information as possible on what exactly the company does, how it operates, how it has evolved and what direction it is moving in. Take the time to study the organisation’s website and make use of resources such as downloadable ebooks, guides or leaflets or other such materials to ensure you are well versed on the firm. It’s also worth exploring the organisation’s social media page in order to get a good feel for the business.

4. Not reading the job specification

Casting the net too wide and applying for jobs that you are not qualified for is a sure fire way to ensure your CV is ignored. That’s not to say you shouldn’t reach out and apply to a number of different jobs; just try to make your search as focused as possible. For each role, take the time to thoroughly read the job description to make sure you fit the criteria. While you may not have every ‘desirable’ skill, experience and qualification the employer lists, you should ensure that you meet the essential criteria as employers and recruiters are likely to dismiss applicants that do not have the basic qualifications or experience to fulfil the role.

5. The ‘one size fits all’ approach

Using just one CV for every application is one of the most common job seeking pitfalls, and one that is easily picked-up by employers. If you want you to get noticed, it’s important to make alterations to your CV for each job to show that you are interested in the specific role. However, be careful not to exaggerate the truth to fit the job description - always keep your CV as honest and accurate as possible.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Studying Engineering? This one’s for you…

If you’re an engineering student or graduate, here’s a brilliant infographic for you from Stem Graduates:

Monday, 2 March 2015

Over half of the British Isles is superstitious

Survey reveals most people living in the UK and Ireland still believe in at least one superstition

· More than half of people still have a superstition
· Parents are passing their superstitions on to children – but trends are changing with time
· The biggest factor in which superstitions people have is where they live
· Men are more likely to rely on lucky clothing than women, though both genders favour lucky underwear

In a time where a slab of pocket-sized plastic can provide the answers to any question about the
world, it seems unlikely that traditional superstitions would endure. However, they have not disappeared, surviving through the same oral traditions that have kept them alive throughout history.

New research by Ladbrokes Games into superstitions held by people who play online games aimed to find out what people did to bring them good luck, or avoid bad luck, when they played. Carried out on behalf of the betting expert by TLF, the survey found that over half of people in the UK and Ireland (54%) still believe in at least one superstition, mostly inheriting them from their parents. It is also rare for someone to just have one; people believe in an average of five, if they are advocates in the first place.

The UK’s top ten superstitions are:
1. You touch wood for good luck 54.0%
2. If you walk under a ladder you will have bad luck 51.6%
3. Opening an umbrella in the house is bad luck 49.6%
4. Breaking a mirror will bring you seven years of bad luck 46.3%
5. Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day 43.6%
6. To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck 39.4%
7. The number 13 is unlucky 34.1%
8. Horseshoes are lucky 32.7%
9. A groom seeing the bride's dress before the wedding day is bad luck 32.4%
10. Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck 32.4%

Parents vs. children

Parents are usually to blame for passing on superstitions. 46% of people surveyed reported that their parents had instilled their superstitions in them, compared to 14% receiving them from grandparents and 26% subconsciously picking up superstitions from ‘tradition’. While as many as 71% of over-65s still have superstitions, the numbers fall to 52% of those aged between 35 and 44.

Millennials are about 10% less likely to believe in superstitions than their parents; 40% of those under 34 are superstitious, with a preference for lucky clothing (45% of 18 to 24 year olds, much higher than any other age group) over traditional dos and don’ts. Research suggests parents pass along a tendency to be superstitious rather than actual superstitions, which are changing over time.

Out with the old?

Superstitions that have remained strongest are simple and timeless – 54% believe in touching wood for good luck, whereas 52% believe in receiving bad luck for walking under ladders. Half of all people avoid opening umbrellas indoors for the same reason.

Superstitions that may be considered a little more dated today are on the way out – only 13% would still carry a rabbit’s foot and just 32% believe a groom seeing the bride’s dress before the wedding is bad luck. Only 8% of people still believe that the Irish bring good luck, but this superstition oddly endures the most in Ireland – 19% in Northern Ireland and 14% in the Republic of Ireland believe their very presence is all the luck they need.

Regional differences

Levels of superstition change in different areas of the British Isles. The least superstitious city is Dublin; only 39% of residents hold even one superstition. Southampton, on the other hand, is the most superstitious thanks to 69% of its residents' beliefs.

Superstitions vary by region more than any other factor. Capital cities, for example, inspire reliance on a lucky item of clothing; 30% of Belfast residents have one – more than anywhere else – as well as 27% in Edinburgh and London. The South West of England is the most superstitious area, whereas Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are the least.

However, the few superstitions that the Republic of Ireland have stuck with are fairly unique to them – black cats, rabbits' feet and a lock of loved one’s hair are much more common in the ROI than anywhere else.

The survey found the top ten cities in the UK and Ireland by the percentage of residents who believe in at least one superstition:
1. Southampton (69.2%)
2. Bristol (68.9%)
3. Leeds (68.5%)
4. Nottingham (68.4%)
5. Cardiff (65%)

The five least superstitious cities were also identified:
1. Dublin (39%)
2. Birmingham (50%)
3. Edinburgh (51%)
4. London (52%)
5. Belfast (54%)


Lucky pants

Women are much more superstitious than men – 59% compared to 47%. The main superstition that splits the genders is seeing the wedding dress; 41% of women believe it is bad luck compared to 19% of men. However, men are not immune to clothing-based superstitions; one in five people own a lucky item of clothing, but that increases to 29% for men alone and falls to 15% for women. Regardless of gender, though, it’s most likely to be underwear that brings good fortune.

Still a numbers game

Men are also more likely to believe number-based superstitions than women – 47% of men believe Friday the 13th is unlucky compared to 42% of women and 34% of men believe that the number seven is lucky (only 27% of women agreed). Seven is still the UK and Ireland’s luckiest number, with one in five making it their go-to choice for games and lotteries.

Commenting on the findings, Alex Donohue at Ladbrokes, said: “The figures show that we’re still a superstitious bunch in the UK and Ireland, and our beliefs are definitely changing with the times. Even as we leave old methods behind, we’re finding new ways to improve our luck.”

Monday, 23 February 2015

Looking for a career solution as student? Try freelancing

Looking for a career solution as student?

After the recession, many people who had previously only known life as an employee were forced to diversify. This resulted in a workforce alive to the possibilities of freelancing, aware of their talents, and willing to capitalise on them. It also meant that companies had to adjust their attitude to outsourcing work. This increased flexibility has benefitted both parties. The good news for students is that you might not necessarily have to don a crusty apron and dish out cappuccinos for the next few years to supplement your student loan: there are now plenty of opportunities to freelance. So what do you need to work from home, and what needs to be remembered?

The set up

In order to freelance successfully, you don’t need any specialist equipment; just the basics. First and foremost, you’ll need reliable, affordable internet, so explore the broadband and phone deals on offer to your business premises (okay: crumbling student flat!) and be prepared to negotiate for the best price. It will stand you in good stead for when you’re trying to negotiate your fees with clients. You’ll also need a cheap but reliable laptop, and, crucially, some clients with which to negotiate.

Prospect, hard

Compile a list of viable companies that might need your services, and apply speculatively. Whether your skillset is in writing, graphic design or programming, know what you can bring to a potential employer, and make sure you can articulate it, fast. Phone first in order to introduce yourself and identify the person in the company to whom you should direct your enquiry, and if you can, speak to them directly. Follow up immediately with an email. If you’re meeting with some resistance, offer to complete your first assignment pro-bono, and include samples of your work to back up your claims.

Prove your worth

Congratulations: you’ve received your first assignment. Now the hard graft really begins. It goes without saying that you should treat freelance work as you would any employment. Complete the tasks at hand in a timely manner, and you will excel, and win more work. Slack off, fail to meet deadlines and prove yourself unreliable, and the damage to your earnings can be catastrophic. It’s up to you.

Keep yourself on the right side of the law

The great thing about working while you’re a student is that you probably won’t have to pay taxes on your freelancing work. However, you still need to declare your earnings and keep records of your business incomings and outgoings. This is excellent business practice, and will equip you with a gamut of skills like accounting and invoicing with which you can impress future employers after you graduate.

With a bit of hard work, networking and a good internet connection, you will find yourself escaping the dreaded student overdraft quicker than you first thought.

Friday, 6 February 2015

7 Tips for Writing Marketing Papers

Marketing needs must be fresh and enticing if you really want to attract your potential customers with marketing papers. Anyone can write a marketing paper if they follow these tips. You might have seen lots of marketing material and from the writing skills you can get an idea whether you are impressed or not. Whether it is an email, a brochure, an article or anything else, writing marketing material is always a daunting process. Here are 7 tips that will help you write effectively.

1. Determine the needs of customers
First of all you will have to find out what your potential clients want. There are so many tools such as Word cracker, ask.com, Amazon and many others that will help you determine your market and your customer’s needs. These are effective tools that will help you to know what is required and after that you can begin to charm your audience!

2. Start with the headline
All marketing materials need a headline. This is one of the most important components that will introduce your clients to your content and will also build up or lose interest among them. From here the reading needs to continue. After figuring out your potential clients’ needs you can address them with the headline of your content. “How to”, “10 tips”, “you must” are going to make attractive headlines.

3. Express compassion
Your content must be clear and should be capable of showing your desires and feelings. This is one single step that is going a very long what with your readers. One of the best ways to create compassion is write a story and relate your prospects to it.

4. Offer value
Humans tend to be selfish. You can use this to your advantages by offering valuable information. Make sure that it is unique and difficult to find anywhere else.

5. Incorporate proof elements
This step is going to build more and more confidence among the prospects and you can use success stories, statistics guarantees and testimonials. This will help in getting them to an informed decision. Your services and products should provide them with the proof of why they are best in the market.

6. Call to action
There is nothing that you can assume in business and you can never assume that you know what your prospects want to do next. This is the reason where it becomes important to provide them with a direct command and also make sure that you tell them the benefits of that action in your marketing paper if they choose to take that action.

7. Lead the competition
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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Considering London? Make sure you know your options

When it comes to choosing where you study in London, there's so much to think about. Do you want to be central, or on the outskirts? Should you decide on where to go based on the course alone? Do the institution's facilities make a difference? With so much swimming around your brain at this time of year, the London School of Business and Finance gives the low down on shopping around for the best education for you.

London - a city of opportunity, the financial hub of the country, and one of the best places to study. But with such a big city come so many options for education, but most importantly, it's your decision. Make sure you've had a look at all the possibilities, visited a few places and had a good chat with your friends and family about it too. Let's have a look at some of the options:

The Big Three

If you're looking at a bigger institution, the London School of Economics scores highly in the league tables, with Imperial College London and University College London closely following. Bigger places such as these boast thousands of students, and tend to have higher entry requirements, but the central location and academic environment attract many. Other high-scoring universities in the Complete University Guide's league include King's College London and City University London.

On The Outskirts

Deciding on whereabouts you'd like to be can often influence your decision. Choosing a campus that's easy to get to cheaply can save you money in the long run. If you want to get involved, but not too involved, in central London life, a university on the outskirts may just be for you. Brunel University is in Uxbridge, and boasts a wide range of courses. Middlesex University, in north
London, is another option if you'd rather not be bang in the middle of London, too.

Colleges and Specialisms

If you have a semi-clear idea of where you want to head career-wise, something more specific at one of London's colleges might be more your cup of tea. For example, a course at a school such as the London School of Business and Finance can give you the skills you need for the best possible start in the wild world that is life after education. London is also the home of many institutions that attract those with a clear specialism. Other examples of those providing specific sector courses include the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Veterinary College.

Opportunities for graduates is another aspect you may wish to find out about when narrowing down your choices; you can read about what some LSBF alumni thought about returning to work there after studying.

Living the London Life

Wherever you choose to spend the next few years of your educational journey, life in London is something you're sure to enjoy. Choosing a less-central institution can offer certain financial benefits, but either way, you certainly won't be bored.