Useful Stuff

Get Wordy And Improve Your Vocab Online

Discombobulate, prestigiditation, supercalifragi...ok we'll stop there. If those first two words got you in a bind, you might what to exercise your vocabulary muscle. Knowing a lot of words can not only be helpful for subjects like English but can help you express your thoughts in a concise and articulate way. This is especially useful in job interview situations! Just maybe don't use 'discombobulate'.... Vocabulary.com is an app that helps your improve your word-bank through... 

Build Your Skills: Game Your Way To Becoming A Coding Master

We’ve told you about online coding courses but did you know you can learn to code….while gaming? Well, you can! CodeCombat is a browser based roleplaying game that teaches you basic programming skills while you play. In order to solve puzzles or defeat enemies, you must write in some code to progress to the next level. What’s even cooler is that there is a multiplayer option so you can battle your coding skills against your friends. The best... 

Build Your Skills: Free Course - Intro To Public Speaking

  If you want to be anything from a Politician to a Teacher, public speaking is a skill you should brush up on. And it's not just for your career: many university courses require you to make presentations to your class.  In fact, learning how to deliver speeches and make presentations can improve your communication skills and prepare you for situations like job interviews.  Problem is, public speaking isn't as easy as it looks. From sweaty palms to butterflies... 

Read Up: Three Free Ways To Build Your Book List

  Whether you’re studying GCSE English Literature or heading off to university, buying your book list can be a bit of a pain.  But as always, the internet has some ways to cut the costs and make the whole process a lot easier. And even if it’s not for school, it’s still a great way to find new things to read.  So, without further ado, here is our small list of the best free online tools to get you reading. Open Library From Shakespeare to... 

Compete: Young Fashion Designer Awards

  If you’re an aspiring fashion designer, you’ve probably been told just how hard it can be to get into the fashion industry. There are plenty of courses to get you started but if you already have some skills, one of the best ways to get your work recognised is through competitions. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some fashion competitions that cater specifically to young people. So, get your scissors and sewing machines out - and getting crafting! St... 

Get Involved: Work Experience Week 2014

    Have you ever been scared off by the phrase “work experience”? No need to worry, Work Experience Week is here to fix that. Created by the organisation Fair Train, Work Experience Week aims to get employers and young people talking about the benefits of good quality work experience.  From the 13th - 17th of October 2014, employers all around the UK will be pledging to provide the kind of work experience that equips young people with the... 

Infographic: How to Find the Right Career for Me

Not sure where to start when it comes to thinking about what careers you might want to get into? Well, have no fear, this handy interactive infographic will help get you going no matter what stage you're at at school. Start at the top and click on the boxes and they'll take you straight to some useful areas on the site for advice, including subject choices, work experience and building up your soft skills. Just a note: Some sections can only be accessed if you are... 

Build Your Skills Online: Free Course - Making Sense of Data

Being able to work with data is a great skill for lots of jobs. It involves technical knowledge but it also comes down to asking the right questions to discover stories hidden within spreadsheets of facts and figures. Researchers gather data on all kinds of things from health to exam results, prices and the things we spend our money on. They then analyse the data look for interesting patterns and connections. This could be to see if something is getting better or worse... 

Get Experience & Build Your Skills: National Citizen Service

Looking to get some work experience, boost your confidence or just searching for a bit of inspiration? National Citizen Service could be the thing for you. What is National Citizen Service?National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all students aged 15-17 in England and Northern Ireland and is designed to give young people experience living away from home, developing their skills for work and volunteering in their community. What does it involve?Students who sign up get to... 

Game: Practise Your Pilot Skills

Think you might have what it takes to be a pilot? Have a go at landing a plane in this simulation game from pilot training company CTC Wings. It's a deceptively simple game and could take longer than you think to land that plane straight (We crashed three times and gave up... ed.) Find out more about becoming a pilot in our Transport & Logistics career zone.