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Top 10 Student Discounts for August

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The way we here at Online Business School see it, hardworking students deserve to get something back for their dedication to those long study sessions. So, we have put together a list of our top 10 student discounts for you to enjoy in August.

Remember to sign up for a Student Beans account – it’s free with your NUS card and gives you access to exclusive student discounts at over 10,000 stores online.

 

Burton Menswear – Get 10% off clothing all year round.

Domino’s Pizza – Receive a massive 35% online student discount at Domino’s Pizza when you spend £25.

Dorothy Perkins – All students get an exclusive 10% off.

Hotels.com – 10% student discount at Hotels.com with Student Beans.

KFC – Get 15% off when you spend £5 or more at participating stores.

Las Iguanas – Enjoy 25% off your food bill. Offer valid Sunday – Thursday for up to 6 people.

Ted Baker – 15% student discount on full price items.

The Body Shop – Enjoy 25% off your purchases.

The Co-op – Get 10% off your food shop. Become a member, and you’ll earn another 5% – as well as giving 1% back to local causes.

Uber –  £15 off your first journey with Uber.

 

To find out more about registering for an NUS card with Online Business School, click here. Don’t forget that the NUS card comes with a free ISIC card, so our international students can still benefit from thousands of discounts.

Five typical jobs for IT graduates

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Whether you’re coding sites or developing software, the IT sector is dynamic. If you’re technically minded, then a career in IT can be financially – and personally – rewarding.

Here are five common roles you might find yourself in as a IT graduate.

  1. Software developer

A software developer plays a key role in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems. You will develop a range of software solutions, from operating systems and databases to mobile applications and games. You will find employment across many industry sectors, from finance and retail to engineering, transport and public organisations, so the projects you work on can be highly varied.

  1. IT Consultant

An IT consultant works to improve the efficiency of IT systems in various organisations. You will provide technical expertise and strategic guidance to industrial and commercial clients. You may be responsible for designing and installing new systems, repairing computer problems and training new users. The main appeal of consulting for many people is that you work on new and different projects all the time.

  1. Web developer

A web developer builds a website fashioning everything from the home page to site layout and function. Responsibilities include coding and modifying the site, fixing bugs and running performance tests. This type of work is particularly rewarding for those who want to balance technical challenges with creative work.

  1. Network engineer

Network engineers are responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining communication systems for an organisation, both internally and externally. Tasks may involve installing new software, overseeing security of all the accounts and fixing network faults. This is one of the more demanding IT jobs as it is a highly technical role.

  1. Systems analyst

A systems analyst examines an organisation’s current computer systems and designs new information solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Typical duties include undertaking product development, overseeing the configuration of new systems and conducting testing. This role requires a mix of business and technical knowledge.

 

Check out our Undergraduate Level 4/5 IT and Computing Diploma. This course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to top up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional.

Five questions to ask yourself before choosing a career

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Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions we have to make in our lives.

The average person will spend 72,000 hours at work over a 40-year period, so it’s absolutely essential to find a career that is the right fit for you.

Before making any career decisions, consider:

  1. What are your interests?

You may have heard it before: ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ The people who are most satisfied with their jobs are usually those that enjoy what they do. When you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll be more motivated and feel more fulfilled.

  1. What are your personal strengths?

Consider careers where you could best utilise your skills and strengths. What are you naturally good at? Investing in your strongest skills will help you choose a job wisely and excel in it. You’ll more than likely enjoy a job if you’re good at it.

  1. What education or training do I need?

Education credentials often guide our career choices. Consider what qualifications you’ll need to pursue your desired career path. If it is likely that you will need additional training, think about how much time and money you’re willing to invest. There are plenty of inexpensive options such as online learning programmes to expand your career prospects beyond those defined by your education.

  1. What is the job outlook?

It’s important to know your job prospects before entering a profession; you don’t want to go through years of studying to find no jobs at the end. You want to avoid entering a dwindling industry, think about your long-term possibilities. Pursue a career with projected job growth, not one that will be obsolete years from now.

  1. What are your salary needs?

Salary shouldn’t be the deciding factor for a career choice but earning potential is a factor to consider. See if your salary expectations can be met within your career field so you can make an informed decision before embarking on a career path. Use a site like PayScale to figure out the average income of mid-career professionals.

Receive a free laptop when you enrol on a programme this July

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For a very limited time, we are offering a brand new laptop when you enrol on a course with us.

A laptop is undeniably a necessity for online learners. Laptops give our students the flexibility and freedom they need to study anytime, anywhere. We recognise the value of a laptop for educational success and we want our students to have the best start possible.

Got a question? Here are some FAQs that may help.

Is it completely free?

The laptop is complimentary but we have some eligibility conditions:

  • The course must be over £1000.
  • Course fees must be paid in a single transaction with no discounts applied.
  • UK delivery is free but overseas students will need to pay insured shipping costs.

Can I keep the laptop?

Yes, the laptop is yours to keep – even after you have finished your course.

What is the catch?

No catches. Laptops can be expensive so we want to help our new students offset that cost.

For more information about our laptop offer, please email [email protected]

How to avoid the top six most common job interview mistakes

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It’s essential to use an interview to showcase your best qualities and ensure you’re memorable for all the right reasons. Here are the mistakes made time and time again by candidates.

  1. Failing to prepare

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Think about the questions you’ll be asked and go to the interview with a few anecdotes to show off your experience. Go the extra mile when researching the company – find out everything you possibly can. Familiarise yourself with the company’s online presence and make sure to research your interviewers on LinkedIn and Twitter.

  1. Asking no questions

To an employer, no questions signal no interest. An interview is a two-way street, you should ask questions as well as answer them. This is your chance to assess if this company is a good employer so ask the questions that occurred to you as you were doing your pre-interview research.

  1. Dressing inappropriately

The general rule of thumb is formal clothing. First impressions are, by definition, instant; before you have had a chance to discuss your experience, you have already been judged on your appearance. Play it safe and go for a suit; smart attire will demonstrate that you can fit into a professional environment.

  1. Criticising previous employers

You may have bad personal feelings about current/previous employers but never bad-mouth them in an interview. You don’t want to give a potential employer the impression that you’re difficult to work with. Be diplomatic and don’t draw attention to negative aspects of your current/previous job.

  1. Talking too much or too little

Don’t talk yourself out of a job. Stay composed and think before you answer, you don’t want to bore the interviewer. Make sure you give enough information but don’t waffle and miss the point.

  1. Negative body language

Body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived so think about how you express yourself. Maintain eye contact, sit up straight and mirror your interviewer. Be sure to smile, too!

Learn how to impress your interviewer in our blog: How to impress in your interview.

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