Optimising your LinkedIn profile for recruiters

Job hunting on LinkedIn can happen in more ways than one. While you might use the site to actively look for jobs and make new valuable connections, opportunities might also come to you through recruiters approaching your directly for a role. That is, if they can find you. Just because you have a profile on LinkedIn doesn't necessarily mean that you are coming up in recruiters' searches. Without knowing it, you might therefore be missing out on opportunities that aren't advertised or you simply missed in your search.

The role of learning in the 100-year life

If you were born in 2007 in the UK, there is now a 50% chance that you will live to be 103. That means that your 10-year-old brother, cousin or child will live for 38 years after the traditional retirement age. As you can imagine, this means that their working lives will change. They may have to work for longer to fund a longer retirement or explore a variety of jobs at different points in their lives. The upshot of this is that the role of learning will change. Pearson’s mantra of #AlwaysLearning will become even more of a reality and lifelong learning could really mean learning throughout your whole life. So how will the role of learning play out if you live to be 103?

‘A Day in The Life’ of Andy Reynolds

Andy Reynolds has worked as an international concert tour manager and audio engineer for over 25 years. He has toured continuously during this time, working on an average of 200 shows per year. Andy has worked for such bands as Maribou State, The Pierces, Maverick Sabre, All-American Rejects, House of Pain, Machine Head, Nightmares On Wax, Pavement, Roots Manuva, Super Furry Animals, Skunk Anansie, Squarepusher, and The White Stripes. He has worked with bands on tours by such acts as U2, Whitney Houston, Manic Street Preachers, and Foo Fighters. His touring experience encompasses stadiums, arenas, theatres, pubs, bars, clubs, outdoor festivals, rooftops, subway stations, cruise ships, mountainsides, and very, very muddy fields. Andy is also the author of the following Music Industry books: The Tour Book: How To Get Your Music On The Road Playing Your First Music Festival: A Mini-Guide To Performing At Open-Air, Green-Field, Music Festivals Roadie, Inc Second Edition: How to Gain and Keep a Career in the Live Music Busines

Top tips on how to ace your assignments

For the majority of us completing assignments may seem daunting or even impossible at some points. However, you will come across assignments during your HN, so you will have to face up to your fear of them. Having completed assignments for many years, I thought it would be useful to share my top tips on how to ace your assignments. So fear not, and follow my top tips...

How to attract potential employers on LinkedIn

A LinkedIn profile can be a pretty handy addition to your life. With around 500 million members, chances are the companies and employers you want to attract are out there somewhere. That also means there are close to 500 million potential competitors also vying for their attention, so you need to play smart by giving off all the right signals. Here are some useful steps for snaring your top target:

The University Challenge

Studying at a University and obtaining a degree can sometimes seem unattainable - financially, academically and socially. This is fortunately becoming an ever-growing myth. In a globalised, modern world, the options available are becoming increasingly broader and exciting. “How?”, “Why?” and “What are my options?” should be questions you ask yourself when you’re thinking about your opportunities after completing a BTEC Higher National. Hopefully, I’ll help you realise that anything is possible when it comes to Higher Education.

How to get the best result from your references

Ask job seekers what they find the most tedious part of the application process and the answer is usually asking for references. Dreary as the process may seem, having the right people to backup your application is one of the most important elements of the process. Indeed, research shows that 85% of employers check at least one reference before offering a role to a candidate. As with everything in life, there is a certain knack to collating references that should make the process run smoother for all those involved. Here are our main DOs and DON'Ts for optimum referee management:

Interview with Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington is a GRAMMY award-winning drummer, educator and producer and was the first woman to win the Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. She has worked with an extensive and highly impressive catalogue of outstanding artists – Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, to name a few – and has won three Grammys in total so far. I caught up with her to talk to her about life as a musician in today’s industry and to ask if she had any advice and guidance for Higher National Music students.