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Rebecca Joy Novell shares the best advice she was given while looking for a job as a newly qualified social worker Approaching the end of my masters was a very daunting experience. As soon as I mentioned to qualified practitioners that I was trying to find work as a newly…
We are currently in the age of digital technology, an age where we’re presented with many opportunities to connect to events, resources and people virtually. One way in which a lot of people do this is to join online membership clubs. Virtual career development clubs are a particularly popular type…
When is the last time you had to organise a hospital discharge at short notice or skip lunch in order to type up a backlog of needs assessments? Perhaps you’ve just come from a home visit where you spent half an hour convincing an elderly service user that they really…
Skills for Care & Development (SfC&D) have released a new online tool to assist people considering a career in the sector. A Question of Care: a Career for YOU? is designed to help people find out what work in social care and early years settings is really like, and to…
Sometimes the biggest enemy of the social worker or professional caregiver appears to be time. There are simply not enough hours in the day to complete all the home visits, needs assessments and care plans to the standard that you’d like to. However, by reviewing your time management practices and…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council project ‘Recruiting a World Class Workforce’ will be launched during March 2014. This project is a partnership between sector employers and education providers which has been led by NISCC, as the Sector Skills Council for the Social Work, Social Care and Children’s Services Workforce…
Even if we think we’re charming, there are times when we know we could have done better. If we are being told we’re not charming, these tips may well be helpful. 1. Be Present One thing that’s rude – and we don’t always realise how rude – is when we’re…
You may be somebody who has concluded they’re in the wrong part of the employment market. Periodically there may be friends and family who conclude same. Sometimes it’s really surprising because somebody can be taking the vocation route and be highly qualified only to then realize they aren’t doing what…
Sometimes in our careers we end up in a place in which we never planned to be, a bit like driving up a cul-de-sac and having to do a U-turn to get out of it. How on earth did we get here? It’s quite possible that this question is pointless.…
Branding is no longer just for companies, products and services, if it ever was just for them. ‘Personal brand’ has become an increasingly common phrase and for good reason. Just as more traditional branding helps organizations to draw market awareness, public recognition and customer loyalty to them, building your own…
Many people tend to coast through their careers, from the time they leave school or university and get their first job to the time they retire. Although they go to work day in and day out and do what they’re paid to do, they aren’t really conscious of their career…
1.    Set a target for building your network. You will understand that the size of your network is less important than the quality of it. It’s worth setting a target for how to build the most appropriate network for you at any moment in time. Chucking people out of your…
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