My taste of the working world

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By Olivia Parmenter


After studying my Level 3 Childcare Learning and Development course at Seevic College I then continued with my studies as I wanted to pursue my career in becoming a Primary School teacher.

I decided to continue studying at Seevic as I felt the college has a thriving environment with fantastic facilities which were extremely beneficial to me. Seevic College offers a part time Foundation Degree in Early Years which suited me greatly which is why I chose to do this. The Early Years Degree enables me to work alongside my studies allowing me to begin to earn my own money, which I feel is a bonus being able to study and earn money at the same time.

I consider myself as very lucky, being offered this job and it was Seevic College who provided me with this job opportunity.

I have recently been offered a job as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) in Thundersley Primary School which I am due to start in September. I will be working in the school four days a week and on a Thursday I will be returning to Seevic to continue with my Degree.

I consider myself as very lucky, being offered this job, and it was Seevic College who provided me with this job opportunity. The reason being that Thundersley Primary School was where I completed one of my work experience placements, allowing me to express my skills and capabilities, resulting in the Head Teacher offering me a job at the school.

From my work experience I gained a great amount of knowledge, experience and responsibilities which I feel helped me to develop into the ambitious person I am today, with a goal of becoming a Primary School Teacher.

During my placements I volunteered in various childcare settings such as nurseries, preschools and primary schools which encouraged me to decide what aged children I would like to work with in the future.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Seevic College for providing me with a great opportunity which is allowing to fulfill my dream.

Summer Plans

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By Helena Wood


It’s finally summer.

After a long year of hard work it’s finally time to chill out, relax, and basically sleep for 11 weeks.

Or is it? In reality, there’s a lot to do over the summer that can help you to prepare for the challenging year ahead.

Obviously, what you do is going to depend on whether or not you finished college this year. If you have: congratulations! Whether you’re going to university or not, good luck, and have fun venturing out into the big wide world. If, like me, you’ve just finished your first year, the work isn’t over yet. It’s time to get ready for next year.

There’s a lot to do over the summer that can help you to prepare for the challenging year ahead.

One thing you can do is get work experience, if you don’t already have a job. This is useful for the future because experience is highly valued by potential future employers. It also helps because you can gain skills, which will also help in future employment. Plus, you can potentially get paid! And who doesn’t want some extra cash for summer?

Another thing to do over summer is to go to university taster/open days. These help you get a feel of the place you might potentially be studying and living in for a long time, so it’s important to choose the right university for you. You can also discover more about the course you want to study, which is obviously important. I’ve been to two so far, and can vouch for how useful they are, both to get information about the course and also to get a general feel for the campus, atmosphere, and accommodation, etc. You don’t want to end up going somewhere you hate for 3+ years.

While there’s a lot to keep you busy over the summer, it’s important that you do take time to relax, and to enjoy your free time. You’ve earned it! You’ve dealt with the doom and gloom of exams and coursework, and so you deserve to have as stress-free of a summer as possible.

Have fun!

My time on the Student Union

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By Denni-Lee Hughes


When I first joined Seevic College I was a shy and quiet person; I didn’t know anyone at Seevic apart from my friends from secondary school.

One day I heard they were looking for a representative for key areas in the college so I decided to go to Student Services and apply for the role of Executive Representative of Learning Plus and Personalised Pathways – and luckily I got it!

Since I’ve joined the Student Union I have become a much more confident person and have made a lot of new friends as well as new skills and qualities.

If you are thinking of applying to join the Student Union, you will find yourself much busier than normal.  Alongside a weekly meeting with the member of staff in charge of the Union and conference meetings for staff and students, you’ll also have termly meetings with the Principal about what has been raised at your weekly drop-in centre in the college from other students.

Since I’ve joined the Student Union I have become a much more confident person and have made a lot of new friends as well as new skills and qualities.

You’ll also be involved in fundraising for lots of different charities.  My favourite fundraising activity that we have done is the Christmas Jumper Day, where you come into college wearing your favourite Christmas jumper to raise money for a good cause.

I personally think that becoming a part of the Student Union is a very good idea to put on your CV because when you go and apply for jobs they can see that you took part in extracurricular activities which were your choice.

I would absolutely recommend being part of Student Union to a friend because you are part of the learner’s voice, representing the opinions of the students across college.

And the best bit? You get paid depending on how many hours you work over the month!

Get involved by visiting Michelle or Sarah in Student Services!

Goodbye Seevic College!

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By Denni-Lee Hughes


Well, what can I say about Seevic College?

It’s fair to say that I’ve had some ups and some down days here, but overall Seevic has helped become a much better person and more confident.  All of the tutors have helped me on my journey, and I can’t believe it is my very last year at Seevic.

I have made so many new friends at the college and gained loads of new skills and qualities to help me in the future – whatever I choose to do.

I will leave with a sad but happy face knowing that, although this chapter is ending, there’s a new one beginning.

I see both the tutors and my friends at Seevic like part of my family, and it will be a shame to leave them behind.  On my last day I’m looking forward to saying a massive thank you everyone who has helped me during my last two years at the college.

At 4.30pm on Monday 27 June 2016 I’ll be coming to an end of my time at Seevic and, as I look around, I’m sure that I’ll say to myself how much I’ll miss everyone here.

I will leave with a sad but happy face knowing that, although this chapter is ending, there’s a new one beginning.  I hope all of my friends and tutors here at Seevic College never forget me, because I know I will never forget them for helping me so much.

So, farewell friends and tutors at Seevic College.  Thank you for everything you have done.

Your next steps…

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By Beth Peacher


For some, finishing college is not far out of sight.

On one hand, it’s exciting.  Starting a new chapter and taking the next steps towards your future career; whether that be getting a full-time job or progressing onto further education to gain those extra qualifications, degrees and experience.

On the other hand, it’s unforgettable.  For those friends, memories and funny moments created and shared during your time at college.

So what is the main thing people may miss?  Definitely not the hours of writing/typing up coursework or the hours spent revising for exams, but most likely, the atmosphere.  As it’s the friends and class members you have that make your time at college the funniest and most interesting, wouldn’t you agree?

Your path is dependent on the choices you make and how hard you work towards what you want to achieve.

So when it comes to walking out those doors for the last time, where will your next year be taking you?  Everyone will take a different path – some succeeding, some sitting on the fence and some who perhaps are still not sure of what they want to do.  In my opinion, there are three types of college leavers, these being: the ambitious achievers, the indecisive individuals and the pessimistic people.  Most of which will have achieved their full potential at college; some perhaps will be disappointed with their qualifications; some of which may have left without a qualification as they found college was not for them.

Your path is dependent on the choices you make and how hard you work towards what you want to achieve.  College is one of the final reminders that these free opportunities you have only come once, therefore you should take them openly to gain and achieve those qualifications that will support you and provide you with mass opportunities throughout your life.

Managing your time

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By Lacey Cottle


Do you struggle to stay managed and organised every day? Do you forget or lose information? If you do, you are not alone.

Many students, including myself, experience times of stress and begin to lose control of the vital objectives from time to time. Time management is an important element to complete work or/and coursework effectively – although, you still need to allocate yourself time to carry out personal tasks, such as times to self-indulge and enjoy your favourite activity; whether it be to shop, dance, or go kart!

You will forever worry and doubt yourself for lacking various qualities that those surrounding you have. However, don’t forget that you are in charge of your own time. You can dictate at precisely what hour and minute you aim to achieve an objective of yours. All the tasks you need to achieve by a set date will be successfully completed if you allocate time effectively.

Breaks are vital in order for you to relax and allow yourself time to refresh before trying to absorb another load of information or complete another task. If you do not provide yourself with a break, you can tire yourself out.

Dismissing your workload could potentially lead your health to deteriorate, due to stress and other related problems. This, in turn, will force a strain on yourself as you will not be capable to focus and carry out tasks as efficiently.

My top tips:

  • Have an organisation chart or schedule – this will allow you to ensure you accomplish all you aim to by the deadline
  • Have a break every 30 minutes – this provides the body with the ability to stretch and re-charge, as well as for our brains cognitive purpose
  • Ensure your breaks are around 15 minutes – this allows you to have a break, yet is quick so you can achieve what you want tto in the given time
  • Prioritise your tasks – completion of the most important task/s will reduce your stress.

If you use your time effectively you will accomplish all you want to. Time management is a key to your own success, so it’s crucial to arrange your time efficiently to further achieve your goals.

Bullying

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By Lacey Cottle


Bullying and cyber-bullying is common throughout all age groups. Has is happened to you? What age were you? What were they bullying you about? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even matter who they are or how you know them. The purpose is irrelevant.

Bullies thrive off the reaction they receive from those they undermine. They have support from those in their group or those they’re trying to impress. It’s appalling that individuals are belittled because bullies believe they are superior. Reputations are destroyed by manipulation and jealousy.

Bullying comes in all forms, including:

  • inappropriate verbal abuse and taunting,
  • stealing, physical violence and assault
  • rumours and insults being spread or shared across social media and other forms of technology.

All these occur on a daily basis, yet are hardly ever spoken of.

Those victims, as well as those witnessing bulling, are afraid of the further consequences they might face by saying something. However, don’t be. Don’t be scared. Don’t worry. You are worth more than the insecurities and pain you endure. You deserve to see and experience happiness.

Speak up.

There are many to go to people if you are experiencing bullying first-hand, or know someone who is. You can tell a family member, teacher or friends. You can even contact many different helplines to talk to about the situation, and how to tell someone if you are too scared to.

Our Wellbeing Team at Seevic, based in Student Services, also provide a place to go where you can get advice and support for both current and historical bullying.

The majority of individuals have experienced some form of bullying throughout their life, so help put an end to bullying. As generations enter the world, help them learn the values of a human being. Allow them the importance of knowing somebody, instead of judging a character before knowing them.

“I have been bullied for several years in many forms. The verbal abuse and cyber bullying I encountered was vile. I struggled to feel ok about myself. I was insecure and my head remained low. I didn’t deserve it. No one does. But I wasn’t alone, many others suffer from it. Stand up for yourself or those suffering; before it is too late.”  Anonymous

Bullying isn’t about making you stronger; it’s about learning that it does not need to continue or occur in the first place. You are worthy of anything. You are an amazing individual and you don’t need bullies to make you feel any different. They haven’t made you or broken you. You have the ability to be whoever you want to be. You are in charge of your own decisions. You made yourself. Now be you.

Visit some websites for further information:

Benefits of studying A-Levels

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By Helena Wood


A-Levels are a good way to get relevant qualifications that contribute to your future career, and so, after finishing my GCSEs, I knew that was the right thing for me to do.  I was also quite lucky as I even knew  exactly what subjects I wanted to take; Physics, Maths, Psychology, and Economics.

A lot of sixth forms and colleges weren’t able to offer me all of these due to them either not offering the subject at all, or the fact that it wouldn’t fit into any of the pre-made schedules/blocks.  But this is one of the many benefits of doing A-Levels at Seevic – there are unrestricted options on what A-Levels you can choose in any combination, so you’re able to study any subjects you want to, even if you want to study some more uncommon subjects such as Anthropology or Geology.  These are often called specialist subjects, and very few other sixth forms or colleges offer them.

It’s true that exams are looming over you from the start of the year, and exam time is often very stressful, but the Tutors and other members of staff at Seevic are dedicated to keep your mental health top notch while also helping you to achieve the best grades possible.

[At Seevic], there are unrestricted options on what A-Levels you can choose in any combination, so you’re able to study any subjects you want to.

Overall at Seevic there is an A-Level pass rate of 99%, and a 100% pass rate on 32 individual A-Level subjects which shows how good the support from Tutors is.

If you want to go to university in the future, A-Levels are one of the best ways to get there. Seevic has a lot of university support from staff, and already has established links with top universities in the country, including Oxford, Cambridge, and other Russell Group universities.

One of my favourite things about studying A-Levels at Seevic is how you’re treated like an adult and you are given a lot of independence.  At many other sixth forms and colleges, you are still treated as you were in secondary school.  For example you’re often told what do to all the time, whereas at Seevic the responsibility is left with you.  Also, everyone is really friendly, so the environment is welcoming and there are many opportunities to meet new people and make new friends.

Studying A-Levels was a very smart decision for me as it will help in the future and also help me gain confidence in a lot of social situations.  I personally would recommend taking A-Levels, but remember to broaden your horizons and consider other options that may be better suited for you!

Your CV is the game changer

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By Beth Peacher


Writing a CV isn’t always easy for some – especially when it comes to cover letters, personal statements and the format.  However if you haven’t figured already, it is always the difference between succeeding in getting an interview or failing to get one.

When applying for a job, you rely on your CV to make a good impression and get you that job interview right?  So, never let it fail you.  Most importantly your CV depends on your time and effort.  Anyone can write a CV in 10 minutes but then is it really going to reflect your skills, experience and personality?  My guess is… not really.  Making a CV relevant to the job you’re applying for will always take more time, but trust me – it’s worth it.

After recently reading through a numerous amount of CVs myself for a new job role within the company, it was an unexpected shock to read so many applicants that had no interest in the role they were applying for, were written with grammatical errors or did not include a personal statement or cover letter.  Most of which are just standard points to cover when writing a CV.

Making a CV relevant to the job you’re applying for will always take more time, but trust me – it’s worth it.

It’s not easy to write a CV, especially for the younger generation that may have little to no experience on what an impressionable CV consists of.  Some of you may be unsure on how to write a professional-looking CV or how you can make a good impression through it, so to make sure you stay clear of making some of those mistakes mentioned earlier I have a few top tips for you to follow.

My Top 5 Tips

  • Always include a personal statement.  Reading through work experience and qualifications is great if it’s relevant, but letting your personality shine through is key.
  • Always make it relevant.  If you’re applying for a job make sure you are not just sending your CV to everyone for the sake of finding a job.  Be precise in the jobs you apply for and make sure your experience is relevant.
  • Always have a professional email.  If your email contains inappropriate or silly words this will instantly be noticed and put someone off.
  • Always proofread.  I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, but it’s vital. Once someone sees a spelling or grammatical error, it will immediately put them off -which is never a good start!
  • Always keep your CV to 1-2 pages long.  Your CV shouldn’t be 3 pages long. Sometimes people won’t bother to read it all.  You want to make an impression quickly -not over 3 pages.

Remember: Your CV is the game changer. Any mistakes made will be noticed and not forgotten.  Always strive to make the best impression, not the worst.  Always reflect your work ethic and personality.

All of these contribute to that difference between failing or succeeding.

A placement at a bakery.. What’s not to like?

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By Denni Hughes


Work experience is important in gaining employability skills, and Seevic has helped in finding me a placement during my course to do just that.  When thinking about what I wanted to do, my Tutors listened to and encouraged me to speak to staff at The Barkes Craft Bakery in Wickford.

Having done other placements with Seevic before with my course, the bakery is definitely my favourite so far.  I get to do lots of baking during my time there, including making bread, putting sugar on the doughnuts and finishing off the cakes and decorating the biscuits.  My favourite cake at the shop is definitely the Wickford bun, which I like to call the messy bun!!!

I think that everyone should have the chance to carry out a placement during their time at College – if I can do it, so can you!

A great part of my placement is getting to know the team, as I am not only learning valuable skills but also making friends and building my communication skills.  The manager also lets me have a free lunch when I work there which is really lovely of him, and another perk!

My placement has helped me to learn lots of new skills and techniques on how to make certain products and how they should be presented, which is valuable for someone looking to go into this area of work.

The bakery has been a really useful and friendly experience for me.  It has fitted in with my course and I now have an understanding of the working world and how products looking presentable are important in the bakery.

In the future, I would really like to do an apprenticeship at the bakery, as I have started to feel like part of the family there and would love to learn more about the industry.

I think that everyone should have the chance to carry out a placement during their time at College – if I can do it, so can you!