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issue 02 | november 2007


INTRODUCTION

WELCOME to W2G North West, a new inspirational magazine aimed at giving teenagers help and advice when it comes to careers and education.

You will have just got back from your half term break and now its time to get your nose to the grindstone once again, but Hey don’t worry there are only 5-6 weeks before Santa comes down your chimney.

In issue 2 we take a look at careers in healthcare, and retail. Over the next three issues we look at the dangers of Drugs thanks to talk to frank. We have advice on managing your money, handling peer pressure and being street wise and safe at night. To help you chill out a bit, we have playtime, this month we cast our eye over some of the latest Games, DVD’S, CD’s and film reviews to hit the streets.

P.S. Check out the inside back page for this month’s homework, we are giving away an I-pod shuffle to the best picture sent in.

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MOVIE REVIEW Ratatouille After taking audiences on incredible journeys to the worlds of cars, superheroes, fish and toys, only the amazing storytellers at Pixar Animation Studios (“Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles”) could create an entirely new and original world where the unthinkable combination of 5-star restaurants and rats come together for the ultimate fish-out-of-water tale. In the new animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. Remy finds himself torn between his calling and passion in life or returning forever to his previous existence as a rat. He learns the truth about friendship, family and having no choice but to be who he really is, a rat who wants to be a chef. Directed by Academy Award™winning Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”) and co-directed by Academy Award™-winning Jan Pinkava (“Geri’s Game”).

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DVD REVIEW Hairspray (PG) Brilliantly written, superbly acted and achingly funny, this is a terrifically entertaining musical that will have you grinning from ear to ear throughout. Based on the 1988 John Waters movie and the awardwinning Broadway musical, Hairspray is set in Baltimore in 1962 and stars newcomer Nikki Blonsky as big-haired, big-hearted Tracy Turnblad, a full-figured girl whose only dream is to be a dancer on the Corny Collins Show – a dream that’s encouraged by her loving parents, Edna (John Travolta in a dress and a fat suit) and Wilbur (Christopher Walken). However, after winning a spot on the show, Tracy has her eyes opened to the issue of racial inequality and vows to do something about it, much to the consternation of the show’s scheming producer Velma (Michelle Pfeiffer). The songs are toe-tappingly terrific throughout and the cast perform with such joyously infectious enthusiasm that’s impossible not to be swept along. The script is screamingly funny and there are several wonderful gags and quotable lines. This is a terrific film that will have you singing, dancing and laughing all the way home. It’s easily one of the best films of the year. Unmissable.

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MUSIC REVIEW Leona Lewis - Spirit When, Leona Lewis, the Hackney native first came into our lives over a year ago, it was clear that there was something extraordinary about her; Leona was the first X Factor winner with international potential. Even before the night of the final, American music mogul Clive Davis had called Simon Cowell saying, “I think you might have the next Whitney on your hands”. In December 2006, she won the X Factor and had a massive Christmas Number 1 hit with ‘A Moment Like This’, the most downloaded track in the UK of last year, with an amazing 50,000 downloads in the first half hour alone. Suddenly Leona scored the biggest ever debut single for a female artist. People were quick to compare Leona to the likes of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, good company to be in, but ‘Spirit’ is set to remind people that she has her own unique sound. 
Leona took her time to make the best possible album. Working alongside the world’s biggest producers and songwriters, Leona has put together an unrivaled collection of songs. Jetting off to the US in February of this year to perform an intimate industry only showcase hosted by the legendary Clive Davis, Leona won the hearts of the world’s biggest songwriters and producers. Consequently the album plays host to a veritable ‘who’s who’ of writers and producers, with the likes of Dallas Austin, Soulshock and Carlin, Jam and Lewis, Walter Afanasieff And Salaam Remi all having lined up to work with Leona. 
Each of the tracks on ‘Spirit’ has the potential to be a single. The leading track ‘Bleeding Love’ is just an example of the quality that typifies the album. ‘Homeless’ is an emotional melody driven ballad and ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ is Leona’s take on the classic Roberta Flack track. Throughout ‘Spirit’ Leona displays her signature vocal abilities and stunning range. It’s clear that with or without the X Factor, Leona’s extraordinary talent would not have gone unnoticed.

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GAME REVIEW Rock Band Special Edition Tap into your Rock & Roll fantasy as you pick your axe, form a band and tour for fame and fortune, all while sticking the rock credo of learning your instrument as you go in Rock Band. Developed by Harmonix, creators of the blockbuster Guitar Hero franchise, Rock Band is an all-new platform for gamers ready to take on the challenges of the Rock & Roll lifestyle. Instruments available to players are guitar, bass, drums or vocals as they hit the road as either an aspiring superstar solo act, or for the first time in game genre history take on the true collaborative and challenging nature of music as they form a band and jam together in multiplayer action from home or around the world. Either way players will need to master their stage presence through the various game modes and polish their rock chops via the unrivaled Rock Band song list if they hope to make it out of the garage, into the clubs and finally on to the main stage. * Rock Band Special Edition for Xbox 360 includes: guitar, mic, drum kit peripherals plus software. A Song List That Goes to Eleven! Built on unprecedented deals with top record labels and music publishers, the mix of remastered originals and covers that make up the epic Rock Band song list puts players in the shoes of legendary artists from day one. And with the promise of additional downloadable songs and albums you are sure to be rockin’ for some time to come. A partial list of the initial song list includes: n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult Won’t Get Fooled Again - The Who Suffragette City - David Bowie Paranoid - Black Sabbath Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones Mississippi Queen - Mountain Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi Tom Sawyer - Rush In Bloom - Nirvana Vasoline - Stone Temple Pilots Say It Ain’t So - Weezer Main Offender - The Hives Reptilla - The Strokes Go with the Flow - Queens of the Stone Age Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters Enter Sandman - Metallica Highway Star - Deep Purple Epic - Faith No More Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet Here It Goes Again - OK Go! Creep - Radiohead Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins Sabotage - Beastie Boys The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails I Think I’m Paranoid - Garbage Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs Celebrity Skin - Hole

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If you’re expecting that it will include an interesting well-paid job, then it will almost certainly mean some sort of Higher Education (HE). HE isn’t just another word for university. You can study one of 50,000 HE courses at a university, a Higher Education college or a Further Education (FE) college, either locally or further afield. Study can be full-time, or part-time, combined with a job. Many careers can be entered in a variety of ways. A vocational media course, for instance, could be as highly regarded as an English degree in the world of television. You will need to develop the practical skills that employers are looking for, as well as the knowledge and understanding that HE will give you. HE is all about furthering your education, learning new things, being in charge of your choices and getting to where you want to be in the future - whatever stage you’re at, whatever age you are. If you are thinking about continuing your studies, then your head is probably full of questions. What course should I do? Where shall I go? How much will it cost?

To answer these questions, talk to teachers, parents and friends; contact Connexions or LearnDirect, and use the internet. Take time to think through what your future holds. Here are some web sites that can help you: www.uni4me.com Uni4me has lots of useful information about studying in HE, life at university and practical information about financial support. If you live in Greater Manchester, you can also use it to contact an adviser by e-mail. www.college4us.com College4us is for you if you’re still at school or are not yet studying for a level 3 qualification like A-levels or a BTec national. www.aimhigher.ac.uk The Aimhigher web site is a goldmine of information and the gateway to lots of detail about courses, universities and colleges.


Sector

Examples of professions

Biomedical

Immunologists, haematologists, toxicologists, pharmacologists, microbiologists and geneticists.

Energy & Environmental Technologies

Surveyors, IT specialists, economists, engineering technicians, environmental consultants, product design engineer, research assistant, environmental scientists and environmental lawyers.

Advanced Engineering

Quality control inspectors, engineers, production managers, measurement and control managers.

Digital & Creative Industries

Food & Drink

Career Opportunities Here are just some of the professional jobs that will offering great opportunities to young people in the North West over the coming years. They are all in sectors that either already employ lots of people, or are likely to be growing strongly in this region. Some professions, such as lawyers, accountants, marketing managers and IT specialists, are needed in many sectors.

Advertising executives, architects, writers, press officers, designers, journalists, photographers, film directors, producers and games developers. Food technologists, purchasing managers, quality assurance, research and product development managers.

Business & Professional Services

Accountants, auditors, bank managers, insurance underwriters, stockbrokers, financial analysts.

Distribution & Logistics

Transport managers, warehouse managers and operations managers.

Construction

Surveyors, architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, town planners, valuers.

Visitor Economy

Hotel managers, conference and exhibition managers, HR, finance, IT and legal services.

Retail

Store managers, purchasing, supply, distribution, marketing and human resources.

Public Sector

Town planners, environmental health officers, conservation officers, building inspectors, researchers and school inspectors.

Healthcare

Counsellors, occupational therapists, doctors (general practice, pathology, psychiatry, paediatrics and surgery), nurses (adult, mental health, care of children & learning disabilities), speech therapists, scientists, radiographers, chiropodists and dentists.

All these jobs require professional qualifications. Most entrants to these careers stay in education and study full-time at university. But it is also possible to study part-time alongside work. You can find out more about these opportunities in Way 2 Go, or by visiting web sites such as www.aimhigher.ac.uk or www.careersnorthwest.com

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Whether you realise it or not, retail plays a vital part in your life. Shopping is one of the most popular and best-loved hobbies in the UK and, with over £250 billion spent at the tills each year, there is a lot more to life on the other side of the checkout than you think. From the stunning graphics of the new Xbox 360 and that designer jacket you just saw in the sales to the food we buy and eat every day, retail has to be in tune with every fashion and trend to meet consumer demand for the best and the best-priced goods. Whether you start working on the shop floor of a local supermarket or enter the industry as a graduate trainee in a leading fashion house, choosing a career in retail means being involved in a dynamic and fast-paced environment that offers a real opportunity to make your mark in an area that interests you. It is hard work sometimes and requires commitment, but with quick progression, early responsibility and impressive financial rewards, it is a fascinating and fun place to work… and you get the benefit of brilliant staff perks! With over 3 million people working in the industry in the UK, the variety of jobs is enormous. They range from working as an international buyer or designing shop fronts as a visual merchandiser, to managing people in human resources or being a website editor for a large megastore. But whatever the position, the retail industry employs and trains quality people with many types of skills but who are all capable of making an impact and driving the industry forward. New developments such as online retailing or ‘etailing’ mean that the old image of a job in retail as just stacking shelves is a misconception. You could just as easily find yourself organising the distribution of the latest mobile phone handset at Carphone Warehouse or managing the MP3 sales of your favourite band online at HMV. In fact, it doesn’t matter what you study, where your interests lie or what skills you have, if you are shopping for an interesting and rewarding career… retail is the perfect fit.

Earning Curve £17 - £26,000 Graduate training schemes £30 - £60,000 After 10 to 15 years £70,000+ Area Managers and managers of large food retail stores

Useful Websites www.skillsmartretail.com

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England’s Northwest is one the largest regions outside of London and the South East. With a population of almost seven million people, the region’s economy is currently worth £102 billion and is under going a significant period of growth. The region has an impressive reputation as a highly successful business location, home to 230,000 businesses renowned for continually attracting highly skilled, innovative and entrepreneurial people to locate here. It is no surprise that England’s Northwest is one of Europe’s leading locations for dynamic businesses and vibrant people. To find out more about the exciting career opportunities in the Northwest visit www.careersnorthwest.com Careers Northwest offers a comprehensive careers information website for young people, adults and advisers. Whether you are looking for ideas about possible careers, looking to change career or simply want to know more about careers, training and job opportunities in the area, Careers Northwest will help you along the way. Visit: www.careersnorthwest.com Careers Northwest Surf the Careers Northwest website to find out all you need to know about future career options – search the A-Z directory of over 1,000 career choices from advertising executive to zoologist and learn about the skills and the entry requirements you will need for these jobs. Play the tower of strength – build your very own personality tower and learn about the characteristics that make you the perfect career. Visit www.careersnorthwest.com to help you explore the opportunities that the Northwest region has to other.

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Doctor Doctors are concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, diseases, disorders and injuries. For most people, General Practitioners (GPs) are the first point of contact. However, a greater number of doctors are hospital-based. Doctors can specialise in around 60 areas of medicine Doctors have traditionally worked very long hours. However, under European regulations, junior doctors should not now work more than an average of 58 hours a week. Hours of work are often irregular and can include nights and weekends. Doctors work in different settings, including hospital consulting rooms, wards, operating theatres and general practices. Salaries range from around £20,741 a year for the most junior posts (plus supplements) up to £160,000 for top consultants. A doctor should have: n n

scientific ability and be able to absorb and draw on large amounts of scientific and technical information excellent communication skills and be able to put people at their ease

The main employer is the National Health Service (NHS). Other employers include the Armed Forces, the Prison Service, pharmaceutical companies, universities and research organisations. Numbers have increased steadily over the past few years, but there is still a shortage of doctors. All entrants to medical training need to take an undergraduate course, normally lasting five years, leading to a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. Entry is highly competitive. Candidates normally have three A levels/five H grades, usually with high grades in chemistry and biology. Candidates without science A levels/H grades can take pre-medical courses, lasting 30 weeks. After graduation, all doctors now undertake a two-year Foundation programme of general training. From 2007, doctors who have completed the Foundation programme will then compete for entry into specialist or GP training. The length of this training varies depending on the specialism. These new arrangements are expected to improve opportunities for career progression, but many doctors may still have to relocate in order to take up more senior positions. There are opportunities to work abroad.

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Pharmacist Pharmacists are experts in medicines. They are concerned with the development of medicines, their preparation, dispensing and eventual use. There are three main types of pharmacist: n n n

Community pharmacists sell and supply medicines. They check prescriptions from doctors, advise people on minor ailments, make up, mix and supply medicines prescribed by doctors, and sell other medicines over the counter. Hospital pharmacists make sure patients get the most appropriate medicines. They visit patients on hospital wards and monitor how they respond to medication. They also advise doctors and nurses on the best drugs for patients. Industrial pharmacists might be involved in researching and developing new drugs, clinical trials or quality control.

Working hours vary, but are around 37.5 to 39 hours a week. Community and hospital pharmacy may include some evening and weekend work. Industrial pharmacists usually work 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Depending on the type of work, pharmacists might work in a shop, hospital or laboratory. Salaries range from around £22,000 for a newly qualified industrial pharmacist, to over £70,000 a year for some consultant pharmacists in hospitals. A pharmacist should: n be good at science n be accurate and methodical n enjoy chemistry and biology


Pharmacists work throughout the UK. There are currently around 40,000 practising pharmacists registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB). Although the number of pharmacists has grown steadily over the past few years, there is a shortage, particularly in hospitals.

£44,000 a year. They may be eligible for additional banding supplements. Basic salaries for surgical consultants start at around £70,000; the most senior consultants can earn over £160,000.

To become a pharmacist, applicants need a degree in pharmacy approved by the RPSGB. Entry requirements for a pharmacy degree are usually three A levels/four H grades and five GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3) or equivalent qualifications. A levels/H grades should include chemistry and one other science subject (preferably biology).

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Graduates must spend a pre-registration year in practical training in a community or hospital pharmacy. They must then pass a registration exam. All pharmacists must keep up to date through Continuing Professional Development. to a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. Entry is highly competitive. Candidates normally have three A levels/five H grades, usually with high grades in chemistry and biology. Candidates without science A levels/H grades can take pre-medical courses, lasting 30 weeks. After graduation, all doctors now undertake a two-year Foundation programme of general training. From 2007, doctors who have completed the Foundation programme will then compete for entry into specialist or GP training. The length of this training varies depending on the specialism. These new arrangements are expected to improve opportunities for career progression, but many doctors may still have to relocate in order to take up more senior positions. There are opportunities to work abroad.

Surgeon

A surgeon should: Have excellent manual, technical and communication skills Be able to make clinical decisions quickly and accurately Have the ability to work well in, and lead, a team Work consistently to high professional standards. Most surgeons work in the National Health Service (NHS). Some combine their NHS duties with work in private hospitals.

To become a surgeon, it is first necessary to study for a degree in medicine. Medical degrees normally take five years, although there are accelerated courses available for graduate entrants. After completing the medical degree, all doctors now undertake a two-year Foundation programme of general training. Towards the end of the Foundation programme doctors decide whether to train in surgery or another specialty. New arrangements for specialist training will start in 2007. The length of specialist training will vary, but is expected to last around five to seven years. The Royal Colleges are producing new specialist curricula for approval by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB). For further information see www.pmetb.org.uk . On successful completion, surgeons will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training and can apply for posts as consultants.

Surgeons operate on patients in order to treat injuries, diseases and degenerative conditions. They diagnose patients’ problems by talking to them and taking case histories, and by making examinations. When necessary, they operate on patients and monitor their progress after surgery. Surgeons work in one of nine surgical specialities: n n n n n n n n n

general surgery trauma and orthopaedic surgery urological surgery otorhinolaryngology (head, neck and ear, nose and throat surgery) oral and maxillofacial (upper jawbone and face) surgery plastic surgery cardiothoracic (heart and chest) surgery neurosurgery paediatric surgery.

Most surgeons work long hours, which may include nights and weekends. They work in consulting rooms, hospital wards and operating theatres. Surgeons can earn a basic salary of between £29,000 and

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Dentist Dentists diagnose and treat a range of problems that affect the mouth, teeth and gums. They also advise people how to care for their mouths and teeth. Most dentists work as family general dental practitioners ( GDP). They check the patient’s mouth, teeth and gums for signs of problems and give treatment. They may: n n n

take x-rays drill away decayed parts of teeth and fill cavities fit crowns, bridges and dentures to replace teeth or parts of teeth.

They are helped in the surgery by dental nurses. Some dentists work in other settings, including: n n n n

the Community Dental Service (CDS), treating patients who cannot attend a GDP the Hospital Dental Service, carrying out highly specialised dental treatment the Armed Forces universities, in teaching and research.

General dental practitioners choose the hours they work, though many are on call for emergency treatment. Hospital dentists have less flexible hours and usually spend some time on call. Dentists in the CDS, universities and industry work more regular hours. Part-time work is possible. Salaries range from around £24,500 to over £90,000 a year. A dentist should: n n n n

have manual dexterity, good eyesight and a steady hand be able to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds have excellent communication skills be concerned for people’s health and well-being.

There are around 35,000 dentists throughout the UK. The number of dentists is increasing but there is still a shortage. The standard dentistry course is a five-year degree for people with science A levels/H grades. The minimum qualifications tend to be three A levels including two sciences or maths. Most universities require chemistry, and biology is often required or preferred. Candidates with Scottish qualifications usually need five H grades, and sometimes two or three science Advanced Highers, including chemistry and often biology. Competition for entry is fierce and high grades are needed. There are also some six-year courses with a pre-dental year, intended for people who have not studied all the subjects required for the five-year degree. The qualifications are usually high grade A levels/H grades in any subjects. Some dental schools accept other qualifications, either on their own or in combination with A levels/H grades. They include relevant AS levels, applied A levels, BTEC national and higher national diplomas, and the International Baccalaureate. Dental schools usually insist that applicants have done work experience or work shadowing in a dental practice. The exact entry requirements vary between dental schools, so candidates must check carefully. GCSE/S grade subjects and grades are also taken into account.

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The dead body being dragged out of the water on a dark and foggy night. The ‘forensic scientist’ with their green wellies and briefcase is on the scene looking for the cause of death. But the CSI of the forensic world – the pathologists and forensic medical examiners – are just the tip of the iceberg. In the crime-solving world police, pathologists, and forensic scientists all work together to solve crimes and bring criminals to justice. Proof is the all important ingredient in a case – you can’t convict off a hunch so gathering all the clues from the scene of a crime are essential. Recent advances in DNA testing also mean that cases can be solved which would have been impossible ten years ago.

Mike is now more involved with managing the analysis for certain cases, writing the reports for the courts, and giving evidence as an ‘expert witness’. Mike said, ‘I love the challenge of managing and working on many cases at once with tight deadlines, writing the scientific results in layman’s terms so the jury can understand it, and presenting evidence in court.’

I spoke to a man last week who told me he was in to drugs, in fact all narcotics! I was shocked at first, until I discovered he was part of the forensic science service. Mike Anderson decided on his career very early, just before his ‘O’ Levels, after a talk given by a forensic scientist at his school captured his imagination. He went on to do a degree in Biomedical Sciences at The University of Manchesterr. Afterwards, he joined the Civil Service forensic laboratories to do research work.

This is just one career path at the forensic science service. There are now five departments of solving crimes: serious crime, volume crime, toxicology, drugs and DNA testing.

Mikes’s aim was to find out whether the use of illegal drugs was on the increase, and to chase the drug distribution around the country as regular information was sent in from the regions. The next move was into toxicology, researching ways of identifying morphine in the blood using antibodies. The Drugs Operational Department then pulled Mike to more case driven work. He has proved links between drug suppliers and buyers by analysing the tiny amounts of drugs found on packaging, using techniques such as mass spectrometry (looking at the masses of chemicals), gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography.

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Jobs are advertised in the press and candidates should have a science degree, ideally in the area you’re most interested in. Graduate entrants start as analytical assistants to gain experience before becoming a reporting officer like Mike. Trained medical doctors can apply to become forensic medical examiners (FME). They do five days training, work experience and then join the rotating team of FMEs. About 75 per cent of their work is at the police station giving medical help and advice to victims, prisoners and police. The rest of their work is at the scene of the crime, giving any necessary medical observations. Pathologists are also trained doctors who carry out postmortems and determine the cause of death, if necessary, with the help of forensic scientists.


For information on courses in your area contact: learndirect on 0800 100 900 (UK only)

RELEVANT UNIVERSITY COURSES IN THE NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Contact 0161 2752077

LANCASHIRE UNIVERSITY BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Contact 01524 65201

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL Biomedical Sciences Mphil/PhD Contact 0151 7945927

UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Contact 01244 511000

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The Jive NW Hub Women in SECT exhibition celebrates the contribution of women to Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology. In this issue we bring you another four women who are leading the way in SECT today. From antiquity, women have been active in the world of SECT, but there contributions have often been unrecognised and unrewarded.

Many pioneering women were excluded from formal education, which drastically restricted the contribution of women to SECT. In the latter half of the 20th Century, opportunities for women in SECT multiplied. The outbreak of war provided opportunities to women that were not available before. Yet there is still an under representation of women in these areas today.

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In 2003, the Government launched its strategy for women in Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology. The strategy aims to redress the imbalance of women in SECT, retain qualified women, and return qualified women following a career break. The exhibition is designed to provide visible female role models in the field of SECT, to inspire and encourage young women and girls into a rewarding and challenging career.

www.jivenorthwest.co.uk or the UK Resource Centre For Women www.setwomenresource.org.uk for more information

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The next time you find yourself walking late at night not paying attention to what you are doing listening to your MP3 player and texting your friends on your mobile, consider this: You’ve got Mugging/Attack Victim written all over you. Yes, even you, Mr. Superman / Superwoman But it doesn’t have to be that way. Investigate what security options are available to you. Figure out where you need to be and get there—fast, efficiently and, preferably, with a mate. Leave your MP3 and phone in your bag and trust your instincts while you walk to and from home. And if something or someone looks or feels wrong, it probably is. Get somewhere safe, and don’t EVER feel too self-conscious or afraid to ask for help. Here are our 20 Top Tips for getting home safely: 1. If you are at college find out what kind of security/safety programmes your campus runs. Some colleges have late-night buses to take students to and from certain areas, others have security guards who can be booked to walk you to across campuses 2. Investigate whether your college, school, nearby gym or YMCA offers self-defence courses. These are not only great for improving your health, but they can also increase your selfconfidence and make you appear less of a victim 3. Stick to main roads and forsake all shortcuts. Take a route home that has the most traffic 4. Put aside a bit of extra money in a separate pocket of your purse or wallet at the beginning of the night. That way, if you are out late, you’ll remember that extra £20 and you can take a taxi home 5. Find a friend to share a taxi with or who is going back in your direction and leave with them. Better to leave a bit early than not get home at all 6. Choose black or licensed taxis over mini-cabs, unless you’re travelling with friends. You don’t want to find yourself late at night, in a slightly dodgy car with a stranger who may not know your direct route home. And certainly don’t give away any personal information about yourself during the ride 7. If you are travelling alone on a Metro or a train, stay near the ticket collector until the train arrives, and get on at the first carriage near the driver 8. Ask your bus driver politely if they can let you off at the stop closest to your street. They are not usually allowed to do this

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but it can’t hurt to ask 9. If you walk home and think someone is following you, cross the road or duck into a shop or restaurant until they pass. If they still linger, call a friend to see if they can come meet you or pick you up, or report it to someone in the shop or restaurant 10. Keep your belongings close to your body, and don’t faff about looking for keys, your mobile or anything else while you walk. If you seem distracted, you will make for easier prey. Have your keys ready. These can also be used as a handy weapon if necessary 11. Do not consult maps or directions out on the street; make sure you know where you are going before you leave from anywhere 12. Walk confidently, and look from side to side regularly. Victims become so because they appear weak and/or afraid 13. Do not wear a MP3 or talk on your mobile, unless absolutely necessary. Your sense of hearing is one of the greatest tools you can use to protect yourself 14. Trust your instincts at all costs. Foresight can be your best defence. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help or refuse the attention of a stranger 15. If a stranger does approach you, remember that you didn’t ask for help and they are not someone you know. Decline the offer, no matter how charming or compelling it may seem, by using strong verbal and body language. Raise your hand up and say things like “No, I don’t want your help” rather than, “No thanks, that’s fine, really” etc. It is better to be on the safe side and be harsh to someone who may have been genuine, rather than be too nice to someone who is out to harm you 16. If you feel you are in danger of being attacked, shout loudly words such as “Stop! Stay Away! Do not come any closer!” repeatedly. Shouting “Help!” or “Save Me!” may make you seem even more a victim, so use aggressive language and it may work to your advantage 17. Activate a personal alarm if you have one. Any distraction may give you a few extra seconds to get away 18. If you get grabbed from behind, try kicking into your assailant’s shin and scraping downwards from the knee to the ankle, or skewer their foot with your shoe heel 19. If must use self-defence, aim higher, rather than lower. Kneeing someone in the groin may be painful, but often it only makes your attacker’s adrenalin kick in and can make them angrier. Try striking bony parts of their body (knees, elbows,


ankles etc.) or claw at their eyes. A hard punch on the bridge of the nose will usually do the trick. 20. If you ever feel frightened or in danger, phone 999 on your mobile and give them your location before any other details

ARM YOUSELF They say it’s better to be safe than sorry, and for once, we agree. There are many things you can do to stay safe when out at night or on your own as we have highlighted above But for that extra bit of Superhero-ness you may want to consider getting a Personal Attack Alarm. They’re inexpensive, legal, small and most importantly, they make enough obnoxious noise enough to distract or draw attention in a scary situation. Of the companies we investigated, our favourite is Cambridge-based walkeasy ltd (www.walkeasy.ltd.uk) It sells about eight different types of alarms, including aerosol and key-ring-sized screechers but we dig their triple-action Trident Personal Attack Deterrent. Not only does the Trident belt out a 138db scream but it also releases a foul, Resident-Evil-esque stench and covers your assailant in an ultra-violent identifier spray that adheres to skin and clothing and can be viewed under police lamps.

SELF DEFENCE On guard! ncrease strength, boost self-confidence, learn how to give a damn good kicking and reduce your chances of being attacked by taking a self-defence course. The best place to start is with your campus student union. See if there are any programmes offered through the uni or college’s sport or security departments because these are more likely to be affordable and convenient. Failing that, snoop around your local health club or ring up the local council. Some self-defence courses are open only to women, so if you’re male, make sure you ask whether you can participate. Or, if Bruce Lee-stylee action is more your thing, try a Martial Arts course, such as Ju Jitsu, Karate, Aikido, Judo, Atemi-Jutsu, Kempo, Shiai (Competitive), Iaido, Ken-Jutsu or Kung Fu. These are generally for people serious about training and are put on by specialist clubs, so check the Yellow Pages or wander around your neighbourhood to find out if there are any beginners courses. But if you can’t commit to training every week, for example, you may want to take a shorter-term class. And soon you’ll be ready to go forth, and conquer.

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My name is Daniel Steward, I have Cerebral Palsy, which is a disability that affects the strength of my leg muscles and my balance. This means I walk with the aid of crutches and occasionally use a wheelchair. I am currently entering the 3rd and final year of my Apprenticeship and I am based in Oxford. Before joining BT I had been doing a little bit of weightlifting; to cope with my mother’s cancer and just to keep myself fit and healthy. Some of the National Coaches had approached me and encouraged to take it seriously, with nothing to lose they entered me into the National Championships where I was so amazed to win bronze. From there the Apprenticeship team have been an incredible support to me. Letting me go to France to represent Great Britain’s development squad at the French Finals, where I shocked everyone and went one better winning silver. They continued to support me with internal and external publicity through interviews and national magazines. I was then rewarded with a Scholarship from UK Sport, which included some money to help cover training and traveling costs

Within my job, as well as completing all my milestones and targets for the Apprenticeship I work in Newsites planning, we are the first point of contact whenever new houses, flats or businesses are being built and require telephone service. Although I enjoy this particular job because of the amount of opportunities the Apprenticeship gives you I will be looking to move on and learn more new skills soon. I chose the Apprenticeship because although I had got some good GCSE and A-level results and was all set for university; I felt I had taken my formal education as far as it could go. However, I didn’t want to completely stop education, BT offers good qualifications such as BTEC, NVQ and further education if you wish. Not only that but you are learning job skills and getting paid for it at the same time.

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However, my greatest experience so far was being promoted to the Great Britain senior squad and selected for the European Championships in Greece, June 2007. The whole experience was amazing, being part of the team, the publicity, the crowds; even children asking me for autographs, which was so humbling. In the championships I came 15th in the senior division but somehow managed to win silver in the junior division; breaking the European Junior Record. This was all made possible by BT allowing me to go and giving me the chance to develop not only my weightlifting skills but more importantly my personal skills and independence. My weightlifting funding has recently been extended, which brings more pressure but had it not been for BT’s commitment to me I wouldn’t have been able to get the opportunity. The profile and publicity has helped me in so many ways; being


able to help SCOPE a charity for people with Cerebral Palsy, we at BT are helping SCOPE by funding a project to help develop communication aids for those who can’t communicate. Also it has improved my training as I have been able to develop links with the local football club and their fitness coaches. Selection to a Paralympics in the future is my ultimate goal and now I train 7 days a week it is a possibility. I want to do it not only for myself but to repay some of the faith that BT have shown in me. It shows me that they are not only committed to helping you reach your full potential in terms of work but more importantly as a person in whatever you can achieve. It also proves that anything is possible if you have the right support.

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If you think Apprenticeships are all about ‘traditional’ occupations such as motor vehicle and hairdressing, then think again! A brand new Media Apprenticeship, which has seen 20 young people from the North West break into the world of broadcast production, is helping to dispel oldfashioned notions of Apprenticeships. According to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in the North West, young people could be missing out on the opportunity to achieve their career goals because they have outdated ideas of what an Apprenticeship is. Explains John Korzeniewski, Regional Director for the LSC North West, “The belief that Apprenticeships offer training that only prepares you for a ‘trade’ is no longer true. In fact, Apprenticeships are used to train people in a wide range of occupations, from traditional skills like joinery through to twenty-first century skills like developing IT systems and communication technology.” The young people on the new Media Apprenticeship will work with organisations like the BBC, ITV Granada, Lime Pictures and the Red Production Company. It will give the apprentices the chance to study and work in TV, radio, post-production, online and in new devices such as mobile technology/ gaming. Funded by the LSC, BBC, Skillset and Northwest Vision and Media, the Apprenticeship has involved leading media organisations and agencies across the North West working

together to make their vision a reality. Other partners include Connexions, Oldham College and City College. Margaret McClelland, Development Executive, BBC North Project said: “The BBC has been delighted to spearhead this industry initiative from its initial conception through to the identification and recruitment of a new generation of exciting young talent from across the North West. “Recruiting young people from different backgrounds, different cultures and with different life experiences will ensure that our programming continues to be innovative and forward thinking.” The 18-month programme, which got underway on 24 September, will offer the selected young people the chance to develop a wide range of skills through a combination of college based learning and work experience to include the essentials of journalism, technical skills and production. The apprentices will work towards an NVQ Level 3 qualification.

If you would like to get paid while you learn, and get the best of both worlds, log on to www. apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600.

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Is that all the Nuclear industry offers? The National Skills Academy for Nuclear is a new organisation which has been developed by Nuclear employers to aid in the training of people in the Nuclear sector. The Skills Academy works with employers and partner organisations to ensure that the Nuclear industry has the skills and resources it needs to remain a World-Class industry. One of the main concerns of nuclear employers is that statistics show the number of people choosing to study Science each year remain relatively the same, and the nuclear industry need an increase in new recruits- around 1500. So we thought that we would work with our partner organisations to provide you with further information on what the nuclear sector has to offer. But firstly…… What do you know about the nuclear industry? Cogent Sector Skills Council did some research into young peoples’ views of the nuclear industry, here are a few words used to describe it: Controversial Uncertain Explosive Scientists in white coats Men with radioactive power suits Nuclear waste …. Homer Simpson!

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There is much more to this industry than meets the eye… it’s a big and economically important sector with around 56,000 employees around the UK, with 50% based around the Northwest. It’s got an exciting future and there are a range of roles for those interested in getting on the career ladder. In fact many of the students who were interviewed said they would like to know more about this important industry – admitting they did not really understand what it was all about. And some said they’d already had great experience of guest speakers from the nuclear industry at their school. Despite what many people might think, nuclear has one of the best safety records going. It also produces fewer greenhouse gases, unlike all the fossil fuels and is considered to be a “greener” form of energy.

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All UK nuclear wastes are safely managed; in fact the UK has managed its radioactive waste safely for over half a century! You might not know that the UK’s nuclear industry provides the country with about 20 per cent of its electricity via the National Grid and the electricity distribution companies. This saves the equivalent of the carbon emissions from all the UK’s cars on the road Nuclear energy is based on uranium, which provides an important long term energy supply, The biggest challenge for the industry is the decommissioning of the older nuclear power stations which were built in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, a programme which is already underway. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has the responsibility for managing this and is decommissioning 20 nuclear sites safely, securely, and cost effectively, while at the same time protecting the environment. This is an extremely long term plan which includes activities well into the next century. It needs many qualified and highly skilled people to make sure that the work is carried out safely and securely. And this workforce will need to be replenished by new recruits coming on board for a long, long time to come. Other important areas of the industry include the fuel cycle, where uranium is made into fuel, used in the power station to produce electricity and recycled or disposed and the defence industry – the sector also provides the power for all the Royal Navy’s submarines. The industry also includes a wide variety of contractor companies such as engineering and construction companies, makers of specialist equipment and providers of expert services. What has the Nuclear industry got to offer? There is a dedicated website www.cogent-careers.com which shows all the roles in the nuclear industry - including where the job fits into the organisation, the work area, the key responsibilities, and the typical day-to-day duties which the post-holder will be expected to carry out. Education and qualification requirements are also set out – and of course the salaries.


If you joined the industry you could start out, for example, as an Operations Support worker, carrying out checks and applying safety rules. You could end up as the Site Director – overseeing everything! For the entry roles you’ll need good GCSEs and higher up the ladder you’ll need a Degree in Engineering or Science and for the very senior jobs you’ll need to be a Chartered Engineer or Scientist. The Future The government is considering increasing the use of nuclear power plants within the UK. Supporters of nuclear power say that it provides a key component of a balanced energy portfolio, which will result in a reduction of emissions of green house gasses. Whilst renewables such as wind and solar power will also contribute significantly to cleaner energy, they cannot produce enough to meet UK demands. Interested in science? The nuclear industry needs more young people to take up science, engineering and technology subjects. Our research shows that the industry needs about 1500 recruits per annum – at a time when the uptake of science is fairly static. If you are interesting in science you might want to check out……. Sellafield Visitors Centre in Cumbria. With interactive exhibits, exciting science workshops, plenty of hands – on fun and Europe’s first Immersion Cinema, Sellafield Visitors Centre is the educational and entertaining day out for budding scientists of all ages. Plus it’s also a great place to discover how you can save electricity and join in the energy debate. 019467 27027 (it is essential to phone in advance as they may be closed for a scheduled event.)

Catalyst Museum in Widnes in Cheshire. It is a science centre (and museum) and its exciting, state-ofthe-art Catalytic Discovery Lab hosts a range of workshops and hands-on activities for students. With its modern design and funky colours it’s like no other lab you will have ever seen! www.catalyst.org.uk The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) have produced 4 information booklets detailing further information on the nuclear sector. Nuclear Energy Past, Present and Future Energy, Society and the Nuclear Alternative Nuclear Energy in the environment Radiation, Health and Nuclear Safety If you would like a copy of these please e-mail: nikki.powney@niauk.org And finally… Complete Cogent’s questionnaire for a chance of winning a PS3. Cogent have asked employers what they want from you so that you can make the best choice about your future. Now, they would like to hear what you think of our industries, and about your experience of learning science, technology engineering and maths. Go to: www.cogent-careers.com/quexis

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Most people don’t, and many talk up what they’ve really done. So how do you know what’s fact and what’s fiction? Over the next three issues of W2G thanks to talkfrank.com we will provide you with the lowdown on lots of the more commonly used legal and illegal drugs. We will tell you about the effects and their risks and also give you information on other things to do with drug use that you might find interesting. Like what to do if you’re worried about a mate. Or what happens if you mix drugs. We will also look at people who have been there, done that. And details on where to go for help and advice so that, when it comes to drugs, you know the score.

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You already know that the teen years can be tough. You’re figuring out who you are, what you believe, what you’re good at, what your responsibilities are, and what your place in the world is going to be. Who Are Your Peers? Your friends — your peers — are people your age or close to it who have experiences and interests similar to yours. You and your friends make dozens of decisions every day, and you influence each other’s choices and behaviors. This is often positive — it’s human nature to listen to and learn from other people in your age group.

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As you become more independent, your peers naturally play a greater role in your life. As school and other activities take you away from home, you may spend more time with peers than you do with your parents and siblings. You’ll probably develop close friendships with some of your peers, and you may feel so connected to them that they are like an extended family. It’s natural for people to identify with and compare themselves to their peers as they consider how they wish to be (or think they should be), or what they want to achieve. People are influenced by peers because they want to fit in, be like peers they admire, do what others are doing, or have what others have.

Peer Influence Isn’t All Bad It’s comforting to face your challenges with friends who are into the same things that you are. But you probably hear adults — parents, teachers, guidance counselors, etc. — talk about peer pressure more than the benefits of belonging to a peer group. You might not hear a lot about it, but peers have a profoundly positive influence on each other and play important roles in each other’s lives: n Friendship. Among peers you can find friendship and

acceptance, and share experiences that can build lasting bonds. n Positive Examples. Having peers who are committed to doing well in school or to doing their best in a sport can influence you to be more goal-oriented, too. Peers who are kind and loyal influence you to build these qualities in yourself.

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feedback as you try out new ideas, explore belief, and discuss problems. Peers can help you make decisions, too: what courses to take; whether to get your hair cut, let it grow, or dye it; how to handle a family argument. You might turn to your peers for all sorts of advice — even about intimate or potentially risky decisions like whether to have sex or try drugs. Socializing. Getting to know lots of different people — such as classmates or teammates — gives you a chance to learn how to expand your circle of friends, build relationships, and work out differences. Encouragement. Peers encourage you to work hard to get the solo in the concert, help you study, listen and support you when you’re upset or troubled, and empathize with you when they’ve experienced similar difficulties. New Experiences. Your peers might get you involved in clubs, sports, or religious groups. Your world would be far less rich without peers to encourage you listen to a CD you’ve never heard before. Good Advice. Peers often give each other good advice. Your friends will be quick to tell you when they think you’re making a mistake or doing something risky.

When the Pressure’s On Sometimes, though, the stresses in your life can actually come from your peers. They may pressure you into doing something you’re uncomfortable with, such as shoplifting, doing drugs or drinking, taking dangerous risks when driving a car, or having sex before you feel ready. People may feel pressure to conform so they fit in or are accepted, or so they don’t feel awkward or uncomfortable. When people are unsure of what to do in a social situation, they naturally look to others for cues about what is and isn’t acceptable. Responding to peer pressure is part of human nature — but some people are more likely to give in, and others are better able to resist and stand their ground. People who are low on confidence and those who tend to follow rather than lead could be more likely to seek their peers’ approval by


giving in to a risky challenge or suggestion. People who are unsure of themselves, new to the group, or inexperienced with peer pressure may also be more likely to give in. Using alcohol or drugs increases anyone’s chances of giving in to peer pressure. Substance use impairs judgment and interferes with the ability to make good decisions.

Pressure Pointers Nearly everyone ends up in a sticky peer pressure situation at some point. No matter how wisely you choose your friends, or how well you think you know them, sooner or later you’ll have to make decisions that are difficult and could be unpopular. But this could be an opportunity to figure out what is right for you. There’s no magic to standing up to peer pressure, but it does take courage — yours: n Listen to your gut. If you feel uncomfortable, even if your friends seem to be OK with what’s going on, it means that something about the situation is wrong for you. n Plan for possible pressure situations. If you’d like to go to a party but you believe you may be offered alcohol or drugs there, think ahead about how you’ll handle this challenge. Decide ahead of time — and even rehearse — what you’ll say and do. Learn a few tricks. If you’re holding a bottle of water or a can of soda, for instance, you’re less likely to be offered a drink you don’t want. n Learn to feel comfortable saying “no.” With good friends you should never have to offer an explanation or apology. But if you feel you need an excuse for, say, turning down a drink or smoke, think up a few lines you can use casually such as “No, thanks, I’ve got a belt test in karate next week and I’m in training,” . n Hang with people who feel the same way you do. Choose friends who will speak up with you when you’re in need of moral support, and be quick to speak up for a friend in the same way. If you’re hearing that little voice telling you a situation’s not right, chances are others hear it, too. Just having one other person stand with you against peer pressure makes it much easier for both people to resist. n Blame your parents: “Are you kidding? If my mom found out, she’d kill me, and her spies are everywhere.” n If a situation seems dangerous, don’t hesitate to get an adult’s help.

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What are you looking for from a career? Good prospects? Competitive salaries? The opportunity to gain qualifications? Travel? Status? What if we told you that there is one career that encompasses all this and more – with the British Army? Strong Career Path

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Education plays an important role in Army life and we are fully committed in helping you further your qualifications and skills, and build a strong career path. The opportunities really are endless – why not study for an NVQ, HND or even a degree? Whatever you choose, you will be paid as you study and there will be support and guidance every step of the way.

In the Army, each new day will bring a fresh challenge, whether physical or mental. But whatever the challenge, you won’t face it alone, because from day one you will be part of one of the toughest teams in the world. Our strength comes from the role each individual plays, at every level - from your own unit through to the Army as a whole. What’s more, the Army welcomes applications from young men and women no matter what their marital status, race, ethnic origin or religious belief. No account is taken of sexual orientation or social background in considering applications. To help anyone interested in an Army career, there is also a new on-line psychometric test called Pathfinder at www. armyjobs.mod.uk. This aims to find the best job offer to suit your personality. Also on the site are two other sections called “Job Explorer” and “Ask a Question” where people interested in the army can find out more.

Excellent training is yet another reason why Army life can be so fulfilling and rewarding. Both practical and professional qualifications can be gained to ensure you really are set for life and, should you ever want to go back to civilian life, all qualifications are transferable.

Make a Difference If you thought that a career in the Army is all about front line combat, think again. Soldiers participate in numerous peacekeeping missions across the world and help to make a difference in the countries they visit, implementing peace agreements and delivering life-saving humanitarian aid. They also undertake extensive reconstruction work, encourage refugees to return to their homes and help with community projects such as re-decorating schools and building roads.

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Call your local Army Careers Office or Territorial Centre and visit www.armyjobs.mod.uk for more information.


Hot on Emma’s heals Crewing Director, Tom Graves and the Marine HR Manager Grace Eames. Grace, another former Maersk Cadet, explains the structure of the fleet and how everyone including the Trainees fit in. A&Q brings out a lot of educated questions from the trainees. What vaccinations do we need? What Countries do we travel to? What is life like onboard?

1600, Thursday, 6th September 2007 the small village of Longhurst, Northumberland is invaded by 100 Maersk Officer Trainees, coming from every corner of the UK. The Induction day is a unique opportunity to meet fellow trainees and office staff, who will be working closely for the next 3 years and beyond. In the surroundings of the Court Suite, Mark Malone a former Maersk Trainee and now Managing Director of Maersk Marine Services welcomes the participants with a presentation mapping out the next 3 years and the endless possibilities ahead. Ending the first day is a three course meal and a chance to relax. A new day begins After a hearty breakfast the trainees are given the opportunity to gain further knowledge and background of the company and the industry they will be joining. First up Emma Howarth the Trainee HR Officer, what course will you be doing HND or degree, when will your sea time begin, for how long and most importantly what support you will receive.

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All these and more where answered by Captain Steve Gudgeon and Training Officer Michael Mullen or should we say Laurel and Hardy! LUNCH TIME and then the hard work!!! Out in the very fresh air of Northumberland the trainees embark on team building exercises. Shelve It – promoting team work and communication Roller Ball – Communication, Navigation and team work all needed for this task. 1700, Friday 7th September 2007 100 motivated, confident, enthusiastic Maersk Officer Trainees leave the small village of Longhust ready to begin a new exciting and fulfilling life as a seafarer. First year Trainee Andrew Edwards of South Tyneside College gave us his views on the Induction day. “I enjoyed the Team Dynamics, team building activities throughout the two days, the two days also showed that Maersk cares about and values their trainees. It definitely helped to meet fellow trainees before college and to put a face to the names of the office staff”


“I enjoyed the Team Dynamics, team building activities throughout the two days, the two days also showed that Maersk cares about and values their trainees�

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Money issues can be worrying during your time at university and surviving on just the student loan can be very difficult. After rent is accounted for, full-time undergraduate students, on average, have less than 30 pounds a week to live on. It is vital that students do not wait and let debts get out of control. The problem will not go away and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. There are a variety of places to go for advice on problems with debt, but the first port of call should be your local students’ union. Your local union has student officers and staff on hand who are used to dealing with these problems. They may well refer you to hardship schemes, which can help tide you over until you get back on your feet. They will offer sound advice on how to budget and manage your money.

The Dos and Don’ts of debt Do... Budget The modern university experience requires excellent budgeting skills. Work out exactly what essential costs you have each month (rent, food, bills etc) and then divide what you have left into weekly amounts. Try taking that amount out at the start of the week and sticking to it, rather than making numerous trips to the cash point. Choose your bank carefully People are more likely to divorce than change banks according to one old adage so think carefully about who you choose to bank with. Don’t be sucked in by free promotional offers when you open the account. Find out what the deal is for repaying that interest-free student overdraft, you may end up with a whacking interest rate the minute you leave your final exam. Check everything you’re entitled to Speak to your students’ union who may have financial experts on hand who can tell you if you’re getting everything you’re entitled to. They can also advise you about your eligibility to apply for hardship loan schemes that may be available.

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Work sensibly 90% of students are now forced to work during their course just to keep their heads above water. Think about when you are likely to be most busy with exams and essays and try to fit in more hours in the quieter periods.

Don’t... Think you’re loaded The first instalment of a student loan may look like a considerable amount of money. However remember this has to last you all term and once the essentials are taken out it is clearly not a ticket to go on a spending spree. Keep quiet about financial problems Not everyone finds it easy to talk candidly about his or her financial situation. Do not bottle these problems up in the hope they will go away - they won’t. Speak to your students’ union who will be able to advise you how to go about managing your money. They will also be able to point you towards any hardship schemes that they or the university run. Spend money you don’t have Spending money you know you don’t have in your bank account is a very expensive way of solving any short-term problems. Many banks charge big fees for any unauthorised transaction. In some cases you could be paying a daily charge if you have gone over your limit, as well as administration costs of around £20 a letter should the bank decide to write and inform you of your misdemeanour. Give into peer pressure University is a fantastic experience and there is generally something going on 24-hours a day. However when you cannot afford to do something, you cannot afford to do it. Don’t accept loans from friends to fund an evening out - they may not be quite so friendly when you cannot pay them back.


Other useful contacts Consumer Credit Counseling Service Freephone: 0800 1381111 (Mon-Fri 9am- 5pm) Credit Action Student Freephone Helpline Tel: 0800 591 084 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm) National Consumer Council 20 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1 0DH Tel: 020 7730 3469 National Debtline Tel: 08088 084 000 Mon-Fri 9am -9pm and Sat 9.30am - 1pm. There is a 24-hour voicemail service. You can also email us for advice via our website nationaldebtline.co.uk

Student Helpline

Tel: 0800 328 1813 (Mon to Fri 8am to 8pm)

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Teach First is a unique two-year opportunity for you to be different and to achieve something special. Your energy, intelligence and creativity can transform the futures of students in challenging schools around the UK. At the same time it’s an opportunity to dramatically enhance your own career potential and to make a tangible difference to our society. Consider the way your life has been changed by the education you have received. Knowledge and the tools to solve problems, insight and appreciation of the world around you, and above all opportunity. Imagine if you could help other young people to access all that. Teach First takes exceptional graduates and transforms them into inspiring leaders – your leadership, inspiration and above all your example can be the key that unlocks the future for students confronted by a wide range of personal and social issues.

Work locations London, the North West and the Midlands Number of graduate vacancies 360 Disciplines recruited from All disciplines – greatest demand in Maths, Science, English and ICT Minimum degree required 2.1 Minimum UCAS points required 300 Starting salary Competitive Other benefits Training to achieve OTS, opportunity to pursue third year Masters

Your development And while you are transforming the lives of young people in schools around the country, Teach First will help you to maximise your own potential, discover new skills and build on those you already have. High-profile recruiters from all sectors recognise that the skills and strategies developed in the classroom are highly relevant and applicable to management careers. That’s why over 80 companies, government agencies and public bodies back Teach First to develop top talent for the future. Put simply, if you can engage, manage and stimulate a class of under-performing teenagers, you can handle pretty well any situation in any business. How it works Teach First recruits high-calibre graduates for two years to train and qualify as teachers. Initially you will attend six weeks of intensive training at one of the UK’s leading teacher-training institutions before being assigned to a school. Parallel to your teaching experience you will participate in the Teach First leadership programme – designed and delivered in collaboration with our business supporters and education partners. This will further develop your leadership skills and provide you with valuable contacts, coaching and internship opportunities, and business training. And, as a Teach First Ambassador, you will continue to benefit from engagement with the Teach First network of supporters and alumni long after you complete the programme.

To apply for Teach First or the Accenture/Deloitte/JPMorgan deferred-entry schemes visit www.teachfirst.org.uk Final deadline 28 March 2008


Here’s your homework for this month guys and girls. See if you can bring this crazy creature to life for a chance to get your hands on a cool new ipod shuffle! If you manage to tackle this monster then send us pics of you and your new mate to: production@distinctivepublishing.co.uk



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