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Should you add colleagues on Facebook?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:59 -- nick

Throughout your uni or college years Facebook was where you headed whenever you needed to have a bit of a moan about your workload or the hangover from the night before and the perfect place to have all the embarrassing shots of nights out displayed. After all everyone who can see your profile is your friend so what does it matter if you end up looking a bit nuts?

How can I choose the right company?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:34 -- nick

There's a vast range of potential employers out there, from small start-ups to the biggest multinationals. Which type best suits you is for you to decide, based on your personality, your likes and dislikes and, of course, your experience. If you're unsure, take the time to do as much research as you can.

What should I choose as my first job?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:29 -- nick

The job market is a wide world of opportunities and challenges, ready and waiting for you to make your mark. The first thing is work out what you would like to do, based on your interests and skills. Make positive decisions, and don't take the first job that comes your way if it doesn't suit you.

Is the public sector a good place to work?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:06 -- nick

There is such a variety of careers in the public services that you really could do anything. Salaries above the national average, excellent benefits packages and the ‘feel good' factor associated with giving something back to society combine to make the public sector an increasingly attractive employer.

Although the sector is reducing more than 5.5 million people still work on it. Find out how to join them here.

What does it take to be a contract worker?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:57 -- nick

Moving from one short term contract to another can be an ideal way of preventing career boredom whilst earning good money.

By working as a contractor, you can experience a wider range of opportunities and acquire a broader range of transferable skills to use to your advantage.

You'll have a degree of real control over when and where you work, sometimes taking those opportunities which not only earn you money but also improve your skills, experience - and even enjoyment.

How can I develop a socially responsible career?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:54 -- nick

It's a well documented sociological trend that today's work seekers, especially new graduates, have a strong social conscience and are unwilling to make career choices at any cost.

In line with this trend are many investment groups which only invest ethically, and organisations which are specifically guided by charitable and environmental policies and aims. There are then an ever growing number of organisations who, whilst not having social responsibility as their main product or service, include it as a pivotal part of their company ethos.



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