My journey through HNC

My employer has fully funded the course for me and pays me one day a week to go to college in Bedford.  In return, my position in the company is, as far as can be predicted, guaranteed for the duration of the course, and a further year after that. Along with doing other professional courses along the way, I can look forward to more responsibility, pay rises and the ability to do my job well.

Streaming into the future - Part 1: Music

In a relatively short period of time the media industry has gone through a fundamental change. While the transition from physical to digital is still ongoing, the industry has clearly moved beyond the ‘tipping point’ and everything is heading towards digital. But this transition is not just about a change of format (from physical media to digital media),  it is transforming many other aspects; from models of production, distribution, consumption and ownership. New industries have arisen as older industries struggle to change their approach.

Play Safe Now - Hear Tomorrow

Imagine having a ringing in your head..... all the time? Chronic Tinnitus

Imagine not being able to hear music properly or conversations with friends? Music Induced Hearing Loss.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states there's more than 1.1 billion young people at risk from hearing loss, with 40% of these exposed to damaging levels of sound from entertainment venues. Musicians and DJs are 3.5 times more likely to suffer from hearing loss and 1.5 times more likely to develop Tinnitus than the general population.

The gender representation debate in the Creative Arts Industry

Articulating social change in the Theatre

The new London West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company sees the role of Bobby, a previously male lead, changed into a female. 

Originally opening on Broadway in 1970, Company was ‘non traditional’ at that time as it was one of the first musicals to openly tackle adult contemporary relationship issues of the time.

How to get rid of your 'ums' and 'likes'

Though certainly not the most criminal of linguistic lapses, this habit can be a drawback in professional life, detracting from the value of what is being said and often detrimentally affecting the listener's perception of the speaker's eloquence. It is something especially important to be aware of when it comes to job interviews or speaking in front of groups of people.

Here's how to rid yourself of this small, but annoying verbal tic:

Discussing graduate skills and industry needs at Bett Show 2019

It was a great opportunity to bring together a recent Pearson College London graduate, James Wright, who is a Senior Associate at Carmichael Fisher; and a representative from the technology industry, Nuno Guara, Head of Corporate Affairs at Cisco. We were also joined by my colleague, Rebecca Mamelli, Head of Higher Education Research and Qualifications at Pearson. 

Balancing work, study and family life as an HN student

I became a father in December 2015 when my son was born, which was a proud moment. This made me consider my future, with little thought I approached a local apprenticeship representative and asked, ‘how do I go about studying for my National Diploma and onto HNC?’ It was September of 2016 I enrolled on the 2-year part time National Diploma course in order to work towards my HNC.

Mind the gaps: skills development in the construction industry

In a global economy, a shift in competitive advantage, particularly in industries that play a large role in national economies, can have a large impact.

Construction drives the economy

The construction industry is a global economic engine. When a nation’s construction industry thrives, that nation’s economy will tend to have a solid basis on which other industries can also benefit. The reason for this is that the scope of the construction industry is not comprised of only those companies that build things. 

Can’t decide on one career path? Maybe you don’t need to

What is the multi-hyphenate method? 

The dictionary meaning of the word ‘multi-hyphenate’ is ‘a person, especially a celebrity with several professions or skills’. Although the meaning makes a specific reference to celebrities, this is also relevant to people from all walks of life who are pursuing different professions or using their skills to do different jobs. 

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