Do I need to be a graduate?

One of the big decisions you face is do you need to be a graduate? Not necessarily.

A recent UK survey showed that a quarter of University graduates earn less than people who have completed an apprenticeship.

And the lowest earning 40% of graduates are more likely to have part-time roles than people with an apprenticeship.

Why do employers value a degree?

Employers face a dilemma when looking for staff –how do they know who has the qualities they need from their staff? A degree acts as a filter for them, they know anyone who has achieved a degree has a certain level of intelligence, and the tenacity to start something and complete it.

But that’s about all it does tell them. Doesn’t seem much to show for all those years of studying, does it? Obviously you have the body of knowledge that goes with your degree subject, and the ability to carry out research too. You probably have maturity, the ability to absorb and assess information, and argue a case.

Essentially though it is a filter. It indicates a level of ambition, the ability to take on a project and manage it through a period of time. So it will get you through the door in a lot of companies, and get you to interview stage at least.

Graduate career schemes

But you still need to make the decision about the job itself. What exactly are you going to do?

Many large corporations run a graduate entry scheme, which is purpose built for this situation. They usually run for 2 or 3 years, and allow for each graduate to spend some time in each of about six departments, which will obviously depend on the company’s business. For example in a retail organisation it would include Buying, Merchandising, Store Management, Warehouse Management, Logistics, and Marketing.

The aim is for the graduate and the company to have a good look at each other, and find the best match for the graduate’s skills and the company’s requirements. At the end of the scheme the graduate will be placed in a department that ideally suits both them and the company. The bonus for the organisation is that there is a body of people recruited into the company in this way who have risen to become middle and senior management, who understand how all the departments work and fit together, which is vital in a large company.

It has other less tangible benefits too, in that people who have been through the graduate scheme will tend to know each other and as they will be the senior and executive managers of the future, can help immensely with interdepartmental cooperation.

It is not what you know, but who you know, in all walks of life, and many situations.

Graduate jobs

There is another dilemma once you have achieved your degree, and now need to get a graduate job. Unless you have studied a vocational degree such as nursing or paramedic, then the value of your degree is more difficult to define. You need to decide what your goals are, where you want to work, what kind of work are you interested in.

Look at job sites, and see what kind of work is available. Read the detail of the job specification to give you an understanding of what you would be expected to do on a daily basis. Check you have the skills required, if not, try to acquire them by taking a relevant internship or part time job, possibly unpaid. Or volunteer, or join professional clubs or networking groups that might help to build your skills.

List employers that interest you. Research them using company review site such as Glassdoor. Try to find out about the company, its values and culture, management, opportunities there.

Talk to anyone you know who works in a company you are interested in, and get feedback from them about the company and the work. You might even get to spend a few hours in the company.

Rapper Nelly arrested for alleged rape

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TMZ is exclusively reporting that rapper Nelly has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Washington.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the women claims the incident occurred while on the hip hop star’s tour bus in Washington, where he’s been performing with Florida Georgia Line, as they were set to hit the stage on Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington.

TMZ added that the alleged rape occurred early Saturday morning at about 3:45 AM, and that Nelly has been specifically said to be the one who committed the act.

And TMZ also posted a video of Nelly appearing in good spirits while taking hits and blowing out smoke, hours before the arrest, telling fans that the first one to come up to him and say “all work and no play,” would be given four free tickets to “tomorrow’s” Ridgefield show.

Professionally known as Nelly, 42, the rapper, singer and actor whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM, TMZ reports, adding that he was in custody at the time their news story broke.

TMZ added that the alleged rape occurred early Saturday morning at about 3:45 AM, and that Nelly has been specifically said to be the one who committed the act.

And TMZ also posted a video of Nelly appearing in good spirits while taking hits and blowing out smoke, hours before the arrest, telling fans that the first one to come up to him and say “all work and no play,” would be given four free tickets to “tomorrow’s” Ridgefield show.

Professionally known as Nelly, 42, the rapper, singer and actor whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM, TMZ reports, adding that he was in custody at the time their news story broke.

Born in Austin, Texas, the rapper is best known for his Midwest sound, busting on to the scene with 2000 album “Country Grammar,” which sold over 8.4 million copies. His follow-up in 2002 “Nellyville,” brought memorable number one hits like “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland).’

Nelly’s lawyer commented to TMZ: “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.

Everyone’s career is unique

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If you consider twins who have been at school together and even took the same degree at the same university, they would have had slightly different life experiences at that point and would bring slightly differing skills and experiences to an employer.

Once they enter the world of work, experiences diverge further .There are different clients to work with, different staff to manage, different managers to report to, different products to work with , different problems encountered and overcome, different marketing campaigns to plan and execute.

So everyone’s career is unique because it is made up of many components. Their education, life experience, talents, and work experience, as well as their skills, knowledge and personality.

Career advice for teenagers

So how can you plan? The best advice I can give you is to get the best education you can. Study subjects that interest you. Keep as many doors open as possible.

This means keeping your options wide open. Don’t specialise too early. Try to learn a little about as many subjects as you can.

What if Albert Einstein had never studied theoretical physics? We would not have his famous theory of relativity, and quantum theory might never have been developed – maybe we would not have space travel.

Or if Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, had never become a pharmacologist? Medicine would be completely different. Many people’s lives would not have been saved by penicillin.

Or if John Lennon and Paul McCartney had never learnt to play the guitar? The rich and diverse world of music we enjoy would just not be the same.

So try as many things as you can, leisure activities as well as educational. Join in at sports, learn a musical instrument, go ice-skating and swimming, take up golf –perhaps you will find a career in leisure?

What about politics and current affairs –do they interest you –maybe you are a future Prime minister or news reporter?

And take your education seriously too .Qualifications can open doors for you, and lack of qualifications can mean some doors remain closed.

For example many large corporations have graduate entry schemes, and these are the best route to management. We will look at that in more detail later.

But not everyone is academic, and some of us are destined to work in other sectors, perhaps the caring sector, or leisure. So be realistic, assess your academic ability with career advisors, family and teachers. Go as far as you can with education, but when you are no longer enjoying your studies, perhaps it is time to look for something else.

Lifetime learning is a well-accepted principle now, and you can always come back to studying later. Bear in mind though that “later” you may have family and responsibilities that will make returning to study a challenge economically .That’s why it is best to go as far as you can in your youth when you don’t have any other responsibilities.

More Radio Stations To Be Closed Down By NCA

The National Communication Authority (NCA) is said to be preparing for another round of mass clampdown on radio stations after sanctioning 131 last week.

Newspapers with ties to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are quoting “a source at the NCA” as indicating plans to takedown radio stations that violate aspects of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775.

The Daily Statesman and the Daily Guide newspapers both report in their Monday, October 2, 2017, publications that the source, who is also a member of the board, has revealed that frequency holders who do not respect the rules will be yanked off air.

If those given those frequencies do not respect the rules, should we just leave it to God and wring our hands? Heck no,” the Daily Statesman quoted the unnamed source.

The airwaves regulator last week published a list of 131 FM Authorisation Holders it has sanctioned for violating various aspects of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775.XGltYWdlc1xjb250ZW50XDEwMjIwMTc4MzYxOF8xNTMyMDQyMTgzMDMzXzMxNjU4MjI3MDc2ODUuanBnfDc3MHwxMC8zLzIwMTc=

Joe Anokye is the Acting Director-General of the NCA

A further 13 FM Authorisation Holders are said to have been issued with reprieves as pertains to their authorisations.

The NCA also revoked completely the authorisations of 21 FM stations whose authorisations had expired over several years and were operating illegally.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), a media rights champion, has backed the move by the NCA.

The Foundation believes freedom of speech must be practiced in an atmosphere of rules and regulations, law and order.

However, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority in Parliament has described the sanctions as “draconian” , kicking against the fines slapped on defaulting radio stations by the NCA.

In a statement, the group insists the action by the regulator is “troubling” and may have “grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism.”

Meanwhile, the source being quoted by the Daily Guide and Daily Statesman newspapers say the NCA is committed to making the laws work and build strong institutions.

R. Kelly’s Latest Legal Trouble

19-r-kelly-3.w710.h473After keeping a low profile for years, Kelly returned the headlines in 2017, when he was accused of abusing women and holding them in a “cult,” parents and former members of his inner circle claimed in a new report. The R&B singer, who has homes near Chicago and Atlanta, reportedly houses up to six women and controls what they eat and what they sexually, A lawyer for the singer denied the shocking report, telling TMZ, “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

Mynyster is out again with his latez single entitle My Girl which is engineerd by Lazzybeat,this time Mynyster switched lane a lil bit from our usual ridim,and steps to Afrocentic Rnb,and stiil the Do the Bumping singer rocks.

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