Monday, 28 January 2013

Looking for a job? Are you employable? Some skills you need to get into and stay in employment.

Last weeks blog post looked at why we should continue learning throughout life. Learning doesn't end when you leave school or college. Those are your foundations and just the beginning. 
This week we will look at some of the skills you need to impress an employer so much that you will get the job that you have been chasing. Remember, you one of a thousand applicants. Make sure that you are one in a thousand.

Skills for Employability Part One: Pre Employment targets a diverse audience . This includes those at pre-employment stage such as:
  • School leavers up to graduates 
  • 16-18 year old unemployed who have not obtained sufficient grades to follow their preferred path
  • Returners to work; those with disabilities who are seeking a change of employment
  • Those in employment and seeking to enhance their prospects or are between jobs.

When I wrote this book in early 2012 there were over 1 million people in the UK who are ‘Not in Employment, Education, or Training’ (NEETS).
Many do not have the life skills and/or a basic understanding of what is required to become and stay employed and enhance their future. Skills for Employability Part One: Pre Employment will provide essential information to fill the gaps identified through research and enhance the prospects of a successful interview.

You may be on the verge of leaving school and looking for employment. Or you may have completed a course of study following leaving school or not worked at all. On the other hand, you may be in employment and are looking to better yourself and achieve those goals that you have only previously dreamed of achieving. The aim of this book is to fill any gaps in skills or knowledge and understanding you may have which prevent you from gaining employment or progressing in your current or future employment. It will prepare you for the world of work beyond your present horizons and set you on the road to achieve your full potential.'

You do want that job don't you? It might not be your dream job but while you keep hold of your dreams, you need to get your foot in the door. Get onto the first rung of the ladder. And if you have managed to get onto the first rung, you will want to climb up slowly and surely to something better.

Is this you? Read on.

Preparing for Work covers: identifying what employers are looking for, looking at job vacancies, identifying personal skills and qualities, a self assessment check-list,what do I need to do better/learn? Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.

Job Applications covers: writing a CV and covering letter, how to structure a CV., Pen Picture & strengths/weaknesses, going for an interview. Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.

Working Effectively in the Workplace covers: attitude and behaviour, getting to work, effective communication, working effectively. Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.

ICT Skills in the Workplace covers a self-assessment check-list of ICT skills, e-mail, Internet, health, safety, and security relating to ICT and how to set up a basic spreadsheet.( There are screen shots at each stage to explain what you are reading and so that you can practice.) Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.
There is also a section for useful links and resources. Web links are live in the e-Books.

Progression. Where do I go from here? points you to the next stage of your journey.

Each chapter will detail the learning outcome (tell you what you will be learning). There will be a series of tasks for you to complete along the way as well as some links to the Internet where you can explore the topics in more detail. This is to give you some variety in your learning journey and to check your progress. In turn, you will have a sense of achievement and will be able to see how far you have travelled.'

Do you want to know more about this user-friendly workbook style of learning? It comes in paperback or an eBook in ePub, Kindle or *pdf digital formats and more; available worldwide for PC Mac and multiple devices.(Download Adobe Digital Editions free) 

So get ahead and get that job!
Parts of the above article are extracts from Skills for Employability Part One: Pre:Employment.

978-1-908302-16-8 Print
978-1-908302-17-5  Kindle
978-1-908302-18-2  Adobe PDF 

ePub for most readers.  

Monday, 21 January 2013

Not 'What is Lifelong Learning?' Rather 'Why Lifelong Learning?'

In September 2011, I launched the Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides which were to cover many aspects of learning and development and designed primarily for the home learner - someone could not attend formal training courses. They are also a useful resource for current learning programmes.

The springboard of the series is Lifelong Learning: A View From the Coal Face. Essentially a research paper undertaken some years ago, it looked at how the then government initiatives in education could contribute to the development of human potential and the whole person. This last point 'the whole person' emerged after wide research from a cross section of mature learners and specialists in the field. 

Before  we were born all out attributes were set into the pattern of our character. All our potential skills and qualities were there in that cluster of unique cells which make us what we are, or could be. 

The following are extracts from the conclusion of my research which:

'Looked at lifelong learning in the context of how human potential could be released and thus realised for the individual. How we all as individuals can grow, develop, absorb, and learn from life’s experiences, thus satisfying all the facets, which form the embryo.
The general view emerged that we must constantly seek new information (otherwise “what is the point of life?”); that individuals have differing motivating factors in the search for new knowledge.
I remain convinced that the varying strands of lifelong learning are interwoven. They should not focus solely on qualifications to underpin economic prosperity. To do so, is to ignore the impact of the ripples, which stem from this learning.
To ignore other aspects of personal development however, is also to ignore the contribution this in turn can make in prompting learners to aspire to higher skills and achievement, with its subsequent contribution to economic prosperity. Clearly, as this research has identified, it is evident that the issue of basic skills must be addressed; but people must be encouraged to see that they can achieve.
The unexpected theme of 'confidence’ and a belief of what can be achieved, leads me to conclude that this must be fostered from a very young age, not only in the home, but also in schools. It must not only be addressed retrospectively during adult life. 

In looking at what lifelong learning is, I revert to Comenius:
“Just as the whole world is a school for the whole of the human race, . . . so the whole of a person’s life is a school for everyone of us, from the cradle to the grave . . . nor is a person given other goals in learning than in life itself.” (Comenius, 1609, quoted in Longworth & Davies 1996 p8)' [end of extract]

Earlier I said that "before  we were born all out attributes were set into the pattern of our character. All our potential skills and qualities were there in that cluster of unique cells which make us what we are, or could be". 
The key is to undertake learning and development activities to release and realise that potential with which we were born and become the best that we can be.

This will be the focus of the next blog on Lifelong Learning. 

Rosalie xx

Lifelong Learning: A View From the Coal face ISBN 9778-1-908302-04-5 (Paperback)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Guest Article in Well Tree Learning

Getting That First Job. How We As a Family Can Support Young School Leavers.
Article posted in You and Your Workplace in Well Tree Learning.

Judith makes some important comments.


Monday, 14 January 2013

Nonsense Chatter.

We are well into January and settled into 2013. Have your kept your resolutions so far?
The danger is that we will make too many when it is easier to make a few and stick to them.
I thought I would have a cup of green tea every day. I started off well but things got in the way and I lapsed. The best sort is one flavoured with a fruit such as cranberries, to take away the bitter taste. Back to the grindstone (green tea) tomorrow!
After four weeks in Spain followed by two weeks of 'special meals' over Christmas the pounds are hard to shift when it is so cold.
Oranges ripening in the Spanish winter sun.- in town.

I have spent the last week or so catching up on this and that, marketing and checking the all important rankings etc, which, I might say, are pleasing with good rankings in both print and digital. Thank you readers for your support.
I have scheduled in writing slots to finish 'Oranges'. No not a gardening book but a fiction/fantasy short story with a big dollop of the inevitable travel adventures. Charlotte and Daisy have boundless energy I am having a job keeping up with them!
So, with determination and a Do Not Disturb sign on the door, I will endeavour to meet targets and finish by the end of the month. Watch out for it on Kindle first whilst being re-formatted for other formats.
As well as Amazon, Apple and Kobo are going well through distributor Smashwords but you can download multiple formats direct from the Smashwords site.

After a busy weekend, I have caught up, well almost, with recorded programmes on TV. What do you think of Mr Selfridge? Different!