MidKent College https://www.midkent.ac.uk MidKent College : Blog Feed Copyright 2022, MidKent College. Mon, 27 Jun 202215:39:35 GMT Level 3 apprentice Ethan Lane is our apprentice of the month!

Ethan is currently completing the Level 3 Apprenticeship Software Development Technician at the College.

His tutor Karen said “Ethan has demonstrated a real commitment to learning both at work and in training. He has achieved a great set of results in his on-programme external assessments and has worked hard to prepare for gateway. 

He puts every effort into every task and has developed strategies for working at his best through a constantly changing work landscape, adapting to working in a new team, then working from home, hybrid working, change of office location, changes in the apprenticeship team and a new qualification.  

He is always positive, wanting to learn and wanting to work to the best of his ability. This month especially, he has prepared for a new type of online assessment for his apprenticeship, with the retention of a lot of knowledge, with a high level of demand in the types of question he was asked (quite a few multi-layered multiple choice questions).  He had faced it all with a calm attitude and a determination to do well. He very much deserves to be apprentice of the month.” 

Magdalena from Influential said “We are incredibly proud of Ethan’s nomination for the apprentice of the month and his impressive results on the exams. At the same time, we wouldn’t expect anything less, witnessing his daily, strenuous dedication to work and his studies.

Ethan is self-motivated, always eager to learn and improve, skilfully using best practices, and proactively taking up more advanced projects. It has been a great pleasure to work with Ethan; he has become an integral part of the Influential team over the years. Congratulations Ethan!”

Ethan said "Programming and computers have always been an interest to me and I knew I wanted to pursue this as a career. I enjoy being able to create a piece of software through code and seeing my additions helping to bring the final product together.

My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to gain experience from real life, some confidence with my communication skills with clients and to work within a supportive understanding team.”

Well done Ethan!


Find out more information if you’re thinking about hiring an apprentice or whether an apprenticeship could be the option for you.

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Looking for an alternative to A Levels this September?

Are you thinking of going to university in the future, but not sure if A Levels are the right choice for you?   

Here at MidKent College, we offer a wide range of Level 3 BTEC and four new T Level qualifications. These are well regarded by universities and you can use them to gain UCAS points.

As with A Levels, universities are usually looking for you to achieve grades in the higher ranges for entry onto their degree programmes. BTEC Diplomas are graded differently to A Levels and at the end of your two-year programme you will receive three grades of either Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction*. For example, you may achieve MDD, which would be Merit, Distinction, Distinction.  

T Levels are graded in a similar way with students receiving an overall grade of either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

The UCAS website has a very handy tariff calculator which helps you to work out how many points you would get for each grade in your BTEC Diploma or T Level, which you can find here.

Remember all universities have different entry requirements and are looking for other skills and attributes as well as grades. Think about what transferable skills you will gain while you are studying on your level 3 programme either through a part-time job, your industry placement or a volunteering role. These are crucial to help make you stand out as a well-rounded candidate.  

At MidKent College you will be learning in industry-standard workshops, labs, studios, and ICT suites with state-of-the-art equipment and tutors who have worked in the field. If you prefer a more hands-on approach to learning, want to learn skills as well as theory, and gain valuable work experience, then a BTECs or T Level could be for you!  

If you want to discuss your options further, our Careers Team are available for one to one support.  You can call them on 01634 383636 or email careersadviser@midkent.ac.uk to make an appointment.


Looking for a BTEC or T Level qualification near you? Check availability and apply online here.

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Staff focus - Paolo Bottiglieri

We caught up with Paolo Bottiglieri, a Progress & Performance Tutor within our Health, Social & Childcare Department recently to find out more about his role and what inspired him to work in education.

Please explain a bit about what your role as a PPT involves

A Progress & Performance Tutor (PPT) is a unique role that is a part of a College study programme. We work alongside vocational and English & Maths tutors and run weekly PPT lessons to ensure that students’ pastoral needs are being met, and progress is being made within their programme. This is achieved by attending 1:1 PPT meetings where performance is discussed and checked. Students also attend weekly lessons where a wide range of real-life topics are discussed and explored either as a class or with employer involvement. It is also an invaluable time for students to share their thoughts and for us to identify any barriers to learning that we may need to support.

What did you do before working at MidKent College?

I’ve worked in education since 2010 in a number of different educational settings and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting students in their journey in all my roles. Being at MidKent College, I can continue this either by assisting students to progress onto university via UCAS, or applying for different employment opportunities, or engaging with employers explaining their job roles.

What inspired you to teach?

Being a youth worker before going into the education sector allowed me to experience working alongside young people, which showed that each day is different. This is especially true in education which is something I thoroughly enjoy in my current role. I have a passion for supporting young people and ensuring that they can achieve and reach their potential in any of their chosen career paths.

What do you enjoy about the role - please tell us about any success stories you've been involved with

I enjoy working alongside different students across all the groups that I’ve been assigned. Each student is different and tailoring the support they need, no matter how big or small, is what makes my role unique and special.

I started working at MidKent College in 2017 and since then I have seen students progress from our Level 1 programmes, right through to our Level 3 programmes and they are now at university. I have been able to support Level 3 students, who are now doing well at a nursery setting or studying Midwifery at university and being a COVID vaccinator alongside their studies. Most recently, I was able to invite a previous Level 3 student back to assist with our work ready interviews, as they now work for a care provider as a supervisor alongside studying Criminology at university. They were able to provide feedback to our current students, having experienced the same college journey previously, which is brilliant inspiration for them.

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Sport & Exercise Science students feel the heat in our

What's the best way to cool down after a training session in the heat?

This was the question our Level 3 Sport & Exercise Science students were looking to answer during a lesson in our amazing environment chamber recently for their Research Methods unit.

They were testing different cooling strategies using the exercise bike, first warming up for 3 minutes, then continuing with a 12 minute cycling trial, with the temperature in the chamber at 30 degrees Celsius. They then had a recovery period of 15 minutes before repeating the 3 minute warm-up and tackling another 12 minute cycling trial.

Whilst they were riding, their partner tested and noted their temperature and heart rate. During the recovery period, the students each tried a different strategy to help them cool down, with some drinking iced water, some being wrapped in wet towels and some being a control group only drinking room temperature water, so that they could test their different hypotheses.

The expectation was that the students would not be able to cycle as far or as fast on the second attempt, but that those who had access to the iced water or wet towels during the recovery period would perform better than those in the control group.

Sports Science Study Programme Coordinator Vickie Sampson said,

"Our first year sports science students spent many weeks planning their research to ensure this activity was safe and effective. On the day each student had a specific role to fulfil and they worked very hard in the heat to ensure that the data they collected was recorded accurately. Next week we will be analysing the data and conducting statistical tests so that they can accept or disprove their hypotheses. It is amazing to have this high spec environmental chamber for our students to use as part of their studies."

Students from our sport study programmes progress into a variety of careers, with many going on to study at university.  Find out more here - there's still time to apply and start this September!

 

 

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Level 3 apprentice in Accounting Grace Cox is our apprentice of the

Grace is currently studying for her apprenticeship with MidKent College Training Services in Gillingham.

Grace’s manager Abi Olabiyi said “It has been a pleasure working with Grace. She shows a positive attitude to work and has demonstrated her willingness to learn new skills and techniques.

She always puts herself out there, going above and beyond my expectations as her line manager. She is very proactive in resolving queries from suppliers and staff. I’m amazed at how quickly she picked up new things, especially when I trained her remotely due to Covid.

I have had many good comments from staff regarding how professional and efficient Grace is.”

Grace says “Working for MKCTS has been my best workplace experience to date. It is a welcoming and supportive environment to work in, with friendly and caring staff. Our team is MIS, finance and commercial, so rather than the sole focus of finance like many of the other apprentices in my class, we have a mix of roles and skills that blend together.”

Commercial director Peter Cox comments “Grace has been a fantastic addition to our team. From the very beginning she has been keen to learn and it has been great to see her level of knowledge and confidence grow over time.

Grace provides a very effective, efficient and polite service to everyone she deals with on a day-to-day basis, and I regularly receive very positive feedback.

I have been particularly impressed with Grace’s ability to adapt to different ways of working during Covid, her excellent academic results, work ethic, tenacity in problem solving and superb customer service approach. Grace has quickly become a highly valued part of the team.”

Well done Grace!


Thinking about hiring an apprentice? Or interested in an Accounting apprenticeship? Find out more here.

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Level 5 apprentice Emily Smyth is our apprentice of the month!

Emily is currently studying for her apprenticeship to be an HR consultant/partner with Valcon.

Lewis Hudson, lead HR business partner at Valcon, said “I’m delighted to hear that Emily has been nominated for the apprentice of the month! 

Emily’s practical knowledge and experience has continued to go from strength to strength since starting her CIPD apprenticeship. This is reflected in the number of effective working relationships Emily has built with managers and employees; offering reliable and trusted advice.

During her time with Valcon Emily has utilised her apprenticeship to support the business launch and implement a number of initiatives from embedding new talent management practices and deploying employment engagement activities through to successfully achieving our Investors in People certification. Well done Emily!“ 

Tutor Carl Wickham-Downes said “Emily has had a very successful first year on the CIPD apprenticeship programme. Emily consistently produces class and practice-based work to an exemplary standard.

The excellent and well-contextualised work that reflects her highly professional approach to her studies and to the people management profession. She is on course to complete the full qualification well within the set timescale. This reflects her task-focussed work ethic and professionalism. She is a credit to her employer and the HR profession.”

Emily said “I feel very proud and also excited to have been recognised as apprentice of the month! It’s a fantastic achievement. I left school not knowing what I wanted to do, and started working full-time. The apprenticeship has been an amazing experience.

I started working for Valcon during the pandemic, and it has been a brilliant experience. I’m constantly learning and applying the skills I’ve learnt during my apprenticeship. No day is ever the same for me at Valcon, and I have a lot of variety in my role which keeps me engaged, and busy!

I’ve built some strong relationships and enjoy supporting others in my role as much as I can. We have a great company culture and work well together, promoting and actively demonstrating our core values.“


Thinking about hiring an apprentice? Or looking for an apprenticeship in Kent? Find out more here.

 

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Parents - why are GCSEs so important?

If school is a distant memory and you left without many qualifications, it can be difficult to understand the fuss about GCSEs - particularly if you feel you did very well without them! 

These days, the need for qualificaitons is much more apparent. We’ve put together some facts and figures to highlight their importance below: 

  • Recent research has shown that there is a direct link between GCSE grades and earning potential: “[students] who perform just one GCSE grade better than their counterparts across nine subjects have been shown to earn on average over £200,000 more throughout their lives.” * 
  • A Government survey has revealed that the majority of employers find GCSEs useful in selecting candidates, with 1 in 4 saying they are “very useful." *
  • Maths and English are considered to be the most important subjects for candidates to have by employers. 

It’s not all about money though! Having some qualifications under our belt generally makes us feel more confident and also gives us more freedom in our choice of career. 

A higher level of parental support is linked with higher attainment in GCSEs, so how can you help as a parent? Here are a few simple tips: 

  1. Know the dates for the exams. Stick them on the fridge or even better pop them into your phone’s calendar.  This will reduce the chance of them being unprepared, late for an exam or missing it altogether! 
  2. Make sure your child is not having too many late nights, is drinking plenty of water and is eating reasonably healthy. Not easy with teenagers, we know! 
  3. Plan holidays and days out carefully - they shouldn’t clash with exams or revision time. 
  4. Get them out in the fresh air for breaks during revision.

Remember, we're here to help too, not just with academic support, but also with exam stress and other worries.  Contact our Student Services Team for more details.

If things are a bit hectic at home, our LRCs are a brilliant place to study with lots of resources to help. They are available at Medway, Maidstone and UCM campuses and are open on Mondays & Fridays from 8.30 am - 4.00 pm and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8.30 am - 4.30 pm.

 

* Information from www.gov.uk 

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Have I left it too late to revise?

Smart Studying Tips & Advice

It's not too late to pick up some last minute tips and info! However you will need to prioritise. You will need to decide on your key subjects and main topics and focus on them. Some learning/revising is always possible, no matter how little time you think you have left, it is always possible to learn something! 

Pick the important topics, revise and move on and quickly brainstorm the next topic.

Focus on the key areas and centre your attention on a smaller variety of topic areas but understand them well. 

Create good revision notes 

Whilst some favour long lists of dates, facts and topics, others prefer coloured mind maps or doodles. When you create your revision notes, try and get into the habit of creating a summary too. These are mini sections that contain all of the important things you need to know. Don't feel the urge to compare yours to your friends – we all learn differently so your notes will likely look different to your fellow students. 

You have to test yourself in a variety of ways. 

Use a variety of friends and family to test you, as everyone will have a slightly different technique and order of testing you and you will learn from a different perspective.

Don't just study the easy bits.

You may think...little time left = revise everything that's easy. While it's good to skim read notes around some of your more comfortable topics, do not put off tackling some of the more challenging ones!

Take breaks, eat healthily and exercise

You may not have loads of time left, but your brain will become overloaded quickly if you try and cram too much too quickly! Ensure you keep hydrated, exercise and allow yourself short breaks.

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Tips for dealing with exam stress

Stress can be a good thing, but sometimes it can get too much.

When it comes to exams, the feeling of being out of control is one of the main symptoms of stress. Stress can trigger reactions like being unable to eat or sleep, tearfulness, panicking and generally not feeling happy. There are a number of things you can do to help alleviate stress or even prevent it occurring in the first place.

Plan

A revision plan is invaluable. A revision timetable can be a key help in dealing with stress caused by exams and revising. Break your revision down into manageable chunks and keep it varied so that you don’t get bored.

Take regular breaks

It is scientifically proven that the longer we try to concentrate on something, the less our brains can deal with it effectively. It is important to take regular breaks. 45 minutes is generally perceived as the maximum time to concentrate without a break. When you start to feel panic or your mind wandering, just stop and do something else for a bit.

Preparation is key

Revision is important but preparing for the actual exam is the key part that is often overlooked. Exams can all be structured in different ways. Make sure you know the type of exam, the marking structure and how the marks will be allocated.

Look after yourself – in other words, eat and drink well!

You need plenty of energy to prepare for and to take exams but it is also important to plan to eat and drink effectively so that you sleep properly too. Processed and sugary foods are not a good idea. The far better route is a diet of lean proteins and slow release carbohydrates and lots of vegetables. Eating is naturally something that is the last thing on your mind when you are nervous but that is understandable and perfectly ok. The important thing is to drink plenty and to stay hydrated. Water and herbal tea are your best options. Coffee, tea and fizzy drinks can be full of caffeine and sugar and can actually make you overstimulated and far worse.

Learn to relax

If you feel really anxious, find a quiet calm space and try taking some deep breaths for a few minutes. Focus your mind on something pleasant – anywhere that makes you happy and this will naturally wind you down.

Sleep

Worrying and tossing and turning during sleep before an exam is understandable. A warm bath and avoiding TV, mobile phones, computers and tablets can assist restful sleep. Don’t panic if you find it difficult to sleep, adrenaline will get you through the exam – you just might need a nap afterward!

Talking is good for you

Everyone feels the same about exams or tests. Talk to friends, chat to your tutors and lecturers and your friends and family – they have all been in your position at some point in their lives.

Treat yourself

Rewards are always a nice thing; build a series of treats into your revision timetable and give yourself a reward for sticking to the timetable. Then plan a whole day out as a treat after the exams are over too. Try and keep your perspective logical. If an exam doesn’t go quite as you hoped, make yourself realise there is nothing you can do until the results. Getting upset after an exam may affect your chances in another exam you may have. And don’t forget that exams are not the only thing an employer is interested in. Employers also look for a great attitude, natural ability, and the all-important exemplary work ethic.

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Ten tips for succeeding on exam day.

Are your GCSE exams coming up? Here's what you can do on the day...

  1. Wake up earlier than normal and whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast.
  2. Double check the date, time and location of your exam.
  3. Avoid people who panic. Give anyone likely to make you feel worse a wide berth! Find a quiet place before the exam or seek out likeminded calm people.
  4. Make sure you frequent the loo before the exam!
  5. Don’t forget to write your name on the exam paper – you would be amazed at the number of people who do this…..
  6. Read all of the questions through on the paper and plan your time for each question carefully.
  7. There is nothing to say you have to answer questions on the exam in a set order. If it helps you feel more comfortable, answer all of the questions you are confident about first.
  8. If you get a brain block, try and keep writing as generally, the right information will come flooding back.
  9. Keep strictly to your plan and try not to spend extra time on a section. Move on and answer as many questions on the exam paper as possible.
  10. Use all of the exam time given to you. If you complete it ahead of the given time then use that spare time to review your answers.

Could College be an option for you this September? Find out more about your options here.

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GCSE results day FAQs

We asked Principal Simon Cook some of the common questions and worries we get asked around results days... 

What would be your advice to students who may not have performed as well as they’d hoped?

Don’t panic, and don’t give up. The results you receive now don’t define your future. Hold on to the aspirations you have for the future. I see many young people believe that there are no good quality options available now. Colleges will enrol students throughout September and beyond in many cases on all types of programmes so there is definitely no need to panic. There are options available locally for you to keep studying subjects that you enjoy, find interesting, and will open up career opportunities.

Some may think they have to go down the academic route and forget about an apprenticeship or a practical course? What would be your advice/what are your thoughts?

An academic route doesn’t suit everyone, and every year we see young people absolutely flourish in an environment where they focus on technical and professional skills or study alongside work. Our economy needs skilled employees and an academic route does not always prepare young people for the world of work as well as technical programmes can. I’m a case in point. I left school and went to college, which lead me into a career that I love and that took me around the world. Now I’m passionate about providing those opportunities to others, which is why I’m so proud to lead MidKent College.

What can MidKent College offer students that other colleges can’t?

We’re fully invested in our communities and are the local College for Maidstone and Medway. We start working with our students long before they turn 16, and in some cases we’ve been a part of their lives and involved in their education since primary school. We’ve got great relationships with schools, and with local employers. That’s vital because we want to help our students transfer from school to college, and from college to work or university, as smoothly as possible. 

Who should teenagers chat to if they need to get in touch with the College before/following their GCSE results?

We have a course enquiries team who can help explain how individual programmes work, and what students can expect to study. For those who are unsure of their future prospects, our careers team offers independent advice and guidance to help map out a way forward. We’ve also got a great Career Coach tool on our website where young people can explore their options, find out how much they can expect to earn in a particular career and understand what qualifications will help them to succeed in that career.

Contact us today if you think we can help.

Is it too late for students to change plans for September?

Not at all. We start enrolling students from results day onwards and will keep enrolling through September. The best thing to do is speak to us, or complete an application form through the website, and we’ll advise you when to come in and enrol. It’s also possible to transfer, so if you start a course somewhere else in September and decide you want to come to College, just get in touch and we’ll help you swap.

We have a range of courses available to choose from, so if you'd like to swap, contact a member of our team.

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Healthy eating for exam success

Boost your concentration by improving your diet

There's so many factors that can help you to ace those all-important exams - including your diet! Here's our top tips to help you during your revision and before the exam itself:

Eat plenty of wholegrains

What do they do?

Wholegrains can help to improve your focus and concentration. Eat a good bowl of wholegrain cereal or porridge before your exam.

What foods are included?

Keep your sugar levels steady with brown bread, porridge, brown pasta, brown rice and wholegrain cereals.

Try some oily fish

What do they do?

They're high in omega-3 fatty acids which help to boost your brain power. They're also high is other minerals and vitamins such as B12 which are essential for brain function.

What foods are included?

Mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines and tuna.

Keep hydrated

What does water do?

Drinking plenty of water helps to alleviate stress and anxiety, and improves your focus. You don't want a dehydration headache during your exam! 

Eating blueberries

Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants which improve brain function and boost your memory.

Keep a healthy balance

It's so important that you don't skip meals - especially breakfast! Try to get a balance of food groups, and treat yourself after your exam!

 

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What are my options after studying a Sport programme?

Whether you are currently studying a sports related course or thinking about applying to start one in this September, one of the big questions you’ll have is, “what can I do once I have completed my programme?” 

We’re here to help!  We’ve put together some ideas for you to consider and explore. 

Want to head straight into work after College? Here are three options for you: 

  • Sports Administrator 

Work in a gym, leisure centre or sports club dealing with customer enquiries. co-ordinating fitness classes and dealing with bookings. 

  • Fitness Instructor 

Help individual or groups of clients achieve their fitness goals by leading an exercise or sports class, supporting and motivating along the way.

  • Sports Coach 

Work in schools, leisure centres, holiday resorts, adventure centres, children’s clubs or sports clubs providing support and expertise with specific sports, either on an amateur or professional basis. 

Think you’d like to progress to university for further study before going into work? Here are three options for degree courses that you can consider after completion of a Level 3 Diploma in Sport or Sport & Exercise Sciences at the College: 

  • BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences 

Learn in more depth about health and nutrition, biomechanics, sport psychology, physiology and fitness testing for careers in sports therapy, advanced coaching or teaching. 

  • BA Sport & Leisure Management 

Learn about leadership, finance and management, sport marketing and leisure event management for careers in local government, leisure centre management, sports agencies or marketing departments in gyms, leisure centres or sports clubs. 

  • BA Sports Education 

Want to be a PE Teacher – this could be the course for you!  

There are lots more options for you to consider too, why not use our Career Coach tool to help you search and explore further?


Looking for a Sport programme near you? Find further information and APPLY NOW!

 

 

 

 

 

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Five careers you can explore when studying Beauty Therapy

Are you currently studying Beauty and not sure which path to take when completing your programme?

The list is ever-growing as the beauty industry continues to grow rapidly.

We’ve put together five different careers you could undertake when finishing your programme:

  • Eyelash Technician – a career in enhancing people’s eyelashes using extensions or other methods of treatment
     
  • Nail Technician – working in this career you’ll be able to create unique designs and nail art
     
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist – in this industry you’ll need to have the artistic talent to transform faces and bodies to fit a certain brief
     
  • Massage Therapist – in this career you’ll be able to help relieve stress and knots from their muscles making them feel more relaxed
     
  • Laser Hair Removal Technician – in this industry you’ll be carrying out permanent hair removal methods.

 

Do you want to learn the art of Beauty Therapy? Are you looking for a Beauty course near you? We’ve got you covered; we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time beauty programmes here at MidKent College so apply now.

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Tips on maintaining a work-life balance when studying as an adult

Finding time to focus on your study whilst managing your workload and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be hard but we’ve put together some tips which might help.
 

Plan your workload

At the start of every term try to plan your workload from the offset so you’re on top of it. Write down your assignment deadlines and write them in your calendar so you don’t forget. Schedule time in your calendar for study time so you can work it around other life commitments.
 

Establish a routine

Once you’ve planned your workload you can now set aside time each week for your study sessions. To do this, make sure you think about the following:

  • What do I need to achieve by the end of each session?
  • How long will it take me?
  • Where does this fit in with your current work/life commitments?
     

Realistic timings

Scheduling 8 hours of pure study time in a day doesn’t necessarily mean you will be productive for those 8 hours. So, try and do it in smaller chunks with short breaks to use your energy more effectively.

Try not to cram too much into your day either, you need to be realistic when it comes to giving yourself time to study.
 

Finding extra time

When looking at your calendar can you find extra time in the day to study? You could potentially get up earlier in the morning to give yourself extra time to revise or read.
 

Look after your relationships

It is important to make sure you stay connected to family and friends, but it is worth discussing how these relationships might be affected temporarily whilst you are studying.
 

Try and make friends with people on your programme

Getting to know other people on your course can be motivating. You can share ideas, support one another, and help each other revise if you’re struggling.
 

Getting into a study mindset

It can be difficult to concentrate on your study when you’re balancing it with work, home life, outside relationships and more. So, getting your mindset right is key to being productive in a study session.

If you find yourself struggling with motivation, remind yourself why you chose this path and why you chose to study the programme. Think about the benefits once you’ve finished and where it can lead you afterwards.
 

Have a dedicated space to study

Having somewhere you can escape getting into the study mode is crucial. This could be a solution if you are struggling to study at home with distractions.
 

Dealing with distractions

To avoid distractions, we recommend leaving your phone outside of your study space, this can stop the temptation of picking your phone up and falling down a rabbit hole of social media or other unnecessary distractions whilst studying.

If you’re living with others, make sure they know you’re studying and not to disturb you.
 

Learn to manage a high workload

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling with work deadlines and studying. Don’t suffer in silence, always ask someone for help if needed.
 

Take breaks

It’s okay to step away from the screen or books for a break when studying. Make sure you set break times every few hours when planning your study schedule.

Choose something that doesn’t involve your brain processing information but something that will help you switch off and relax for a bit. That could be sitting down to watch a boxset or going for a walk.


Keeping fit

Exercises will help release endorphins which help you destress, stimulate your brain, and clear your mind. Keeping fit helps keep you healthy and helps you stay on track with work and study.
 

For more information about studying at MidKent College as an adult, click here.

If you’re looking for financial support as an adult learner, you can find out more here.

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Five careers you can explore when studying Applied Science

Have you ever wondered what career paths you could go down after studying Applied Science?

We’ve done some digging and have found five careers you could go into after completing your Applied Science programme:

  1. Aerospace Engineer – this career uses applied sciences such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics to design and develop aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles
     
  2. Forensic Scientist – this career involves preparing traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law
     
  3. Biomedical Engineer – this career involves many sides of scientific and medical research and aims to produce medical discoveries and innovations
     
  4. Pathologist – this career will involve you working in hospitals and labs specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases
     
  5. Pharmacist – this career involves being the point of call for providing expert advice to patients on their medicines alongside dispensing them.

If you’re looking for an Applied Science course near you then you’re in the right place. We offer Applied Science courses and a T-Level Science course.

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Are you asking the right questions to recruitment consultants?

If you’re currently looking for work and have recruiters sliding into your emails left right and centre, you need to make sure you are asking the right questions to make sure they are legit and the job role they are recruiting for exists.

Unfortunately, some scammers pose as recruiters so they can access your personal information. Sometimes scammers are difficult to spot as they often use information from real companies but there are some signs you can pick up on to avoid falling for the scam.

  • Fake emails - Make sure emails are from a business email address rather than a free e-mail account like Gmail or Hotmail
  • Being asked for money upfront - When discussing job opportunities, you should NOT be asked for any kind of payment before being submitted for the job role
  • Not knowing the job description - Recruiters should always be knowledgeable in the job they are offering to you, if they fail to answer your questions or miss out on the finer details this should ring alarm bells
  • Too good to be true - Look out for fake jobs that seem too good to be true as scammers will try to make the job offer as enticing as possible
  • Offering high salaries - Look out for recruiters offering a high salary that is 50-100% above the average rate. If the salary seems too good to be true it’s worth questioning
  • No interview being offered - If you are offered a job without an interview – be cautious. 

How to know if the recruitment agency is legit?

Make sure you are asking the right questions when discussing a role. Good questions to ask if you suspect you are being targeted by a scam:

  • Have you placed any previous candidates with this client?
  • Can you tell me about the company’s culture?
  • What opportunities are there for growth within this role?
  • Can you tell me more about the role?
  • How long has the company been operating/trading? Make sure you confirm this by looking online

Legitimate recruitments agencies will always invest time and effort into their recruitment process. Although sometimes if the role is confidential, they might not be able to tell you everything but will be able to answer the majority of your questions.

Make sure you check their LinkedIn profile – this can be a huge indicator as to whether they are legitimate or not. If they have an incomplete profile and not many connections this could be a warning sign.

If you’re looking for some career guidance, then have a chat with one of our impartial careers advisers who can help point you in the right direction. Phone our team on 01634 383636 or send them an email

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Apprentice of the Month James Vernon

Level 3 in Site Carpentry apprentice James Vernon is our apprentice of the month for March!

His training officer Richard Mills said

“James is a progressing apprentice who achieved his Level 2 in Site Carpentry last year at MidKent College.

He is currently approaching his College course, which is the advanced Level 3 in Site Carpentry, with a dedicated and mature attitude.  

James currently has 100% attendance and punctuality which is excellent and shows his dedication. He also regularly produces work to a good standard and is keen to learn.”

James’ employer, JJ Sweeney LTD, said

“James is a hard-working individual who is very motivated to learn and to improve on this craft. he always arrives early , willing to put in the hours and hard-working. Also very well mannered and polite

James said:

“I am enjoying my work and gaining more knowledge of carpentry. I am very grateful for my company to be giving me the opportunity to carry out an apprenticeship with them and appreciative of all of the staff at College that help me to get through my course.” 

Are you interested in a Carpentry apprenticeship? Or are you an employer looking to offer an apprenticeship? Get in touch with us today!

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Why being resilient is so important when you are job-searching

Resilience is important in two main ways when you are job searching. Firstly in how you demonstrate your resilience to employers during the application process (in your CV, covering letter, application form or the interview itself) and secondly in the way that you deal with the disappointment of rejection after an unsuccessful job interview.

What is resilience?

Ask yourself these three questions:

How do you feel when you come up against a challenge?
How quickly do you recover from failure?
How do you respond to constructive criticism?

If you are able to adapt to changes and challenges, pick yourself up and bounce back from failure and use criticism in a positive way, then you are already a pretty resilient person!  It’s a bit of a cliché, but resilience is the ability to "keep calm and carry on" despite setbacks. Resilience can be something you have naturally but it is also possible to learn to be more resilient.

Resilience is important to employers as it demonstrates that you can deal with challenges and that you believe in yourself. It shows a positive mental attitude and that you’re generally a pretty optimistic, flexible and responsible person – all valuable traits to employers!

How to demonstrate resilience in your job application

  • Show how you adapt to change by giving examples of when you’ve reacted positively to a new challenge
  • If asked how you would respond to criticism at work, demonstrate how you’ve used this in a positive way and what steps you’ve taken to overcome any issues
  • Give examples of times you’ve worked extra hours, covered for a colleague, taken on new responsibilities or learnt new skills for your job.

If this is your first job then remember to use examples from school, College, any clubs, societies or voluntary positions you’ve held – these are transferable skills that are important to employers and show a "can-do" attitude. Use examples to show how you’ve grown in confidence during your time at College.

Annoyingly, it’s unlikely that you’ll get the first job you apply for and it can be very discouraging to get that first rejection email or phone call after a job interview.  However, this is another example of the importance of resilience! Try to turn it into a positive; you’ve gained really useful experience by even attending an interview. You’ll be more aware of what to expect next time and feel more confident in answering questions and understanding the process.


Need more help?  Contact our impartial Careers Advisers who can make an appointment for you to discuss your job search further.

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Women in Construction - Kerry-Ann Still

Women in Construction week runs from 6-12 March and this year the theme is "break the bias".  We caught up with Construction student Kerry to find out more about her career journey in this typically male-dominated industry.

"I have been working for Kent County Council for the past 14 years, working my way through from our Contact Centre until 2012 where I transferred to Kent Highways, starting in the Network Response Team. There we arranged works for the networks' permanent traffic signals, variable message signs, and coordinated incidents on the Highway network. I've also worked in the Priority Response Team. In 2016 I became a Highway Steward responsible for the maintenance and repair of the highway in Maidstone town centre. Day to day I am out inspecting.

I have been studying for the past 4 years with the College, completing my Level 3 Construction & Built Environment and I am currently completing my Level 4 HNC. So far it has been a very good experience. Fitting it around my job, which is very high paced, has been a challenge. Charlotte has been a great help and also is a great inspiration, sharing knowledge of her past jobs and showing us that we can find our way through in a male-dominated environment. Also my manager is a female Engineer who has pushed and supported me through this course and my day to day work. When I first started out in the industry it was a very scary prospect as I lacked confidence in my self and was intimidated. Since then and with the help of my time at College, I have grown in confidence.

In the future, my aim is to become a Highway Operations Engineer or a Resurfacing Engineer within KCC.

My advice to any woman thinking of entering the Construction industry is don't be intimidated, stand your ground and look forward."


Apply now for one of our programmes or apprenticeships in Construction

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