Want to get into teaching?(5th October 2018)

With today being World Teachers Day we thought it’d be a good time to fire out a quick guide for anyone who fancies becoming a teacher themselves. Here are a few things to think about.

Remember your favourite teacher?

Have a think about your favourite teachers and what makes them stand out. What do you think makes a “good” teacher?

  • Can they make a subject come alive, even during the last period of a long day?
  • Is it because you know they want to help you improve?
  • Do they have a way of communicating complex subjects or theories?

Getting things in order.

As a teacher you’ll have a lot on your plate. Those brilliant lessons you’ll be delivering will need to be planned ahead, then there’s that assembly you’ve just been asked to do tomorrow. And what about that homework that needs marking?

Things could get tense...

 Most of us can remember awkward standoffs between a teacher and a student. How would you manage someone with challenging behaviour? Would you stay calm and be patient? No matter how good you are at planning it’s impossible to predict how your students will be all the time.

...but things can also be really rewarding.

Seeing students improve and thrive can be really rewarding, especially if some of that’s down to an amazing lesson you delivered or the passion you showed over a certain subject. Becoming a teacher is a great way to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Want to know more?

You can contact us at Connexions Wakefield - get in touch on Facebook or give us a ring on 01924 371579


Ever thought of being a Social Media Manager? (29th June 2018)

There’s a strong chance that you’ve landed on this blog through one of our Connexions Wakefield social media platforms. You might follow us on Twitter, be friends with us on Facebook or a visitor to our website.

(And if you’re not, you should be, so do all of that follow and share stuff after you’ve read this.)

Social Media isn’t just about posting photos of your tea on Insta, Tweeting about the World Cup or watching cat videos on YouTube anymore. These days, people do it as a job.

Most businesses and organisations have a Social Media Manager whose job is to engage with customers and communities over social media platforms.

That might mean responding to customers on Twitter or Facebook, creating snappy website content and coming up with imaginative marketing campaigns.

What skills does a Social Media Manager need?


Top 5 Revision Hacks (8th May 2018)
No matter how many times people say "you'll be fine", that list of exam dates can still look pretty daunting.

But even though you may never love exams (who does?) this doesn't have to be a time for stress and anxiety.

Try our revision tips to see you through.

Get organised

There's no such thing as being fashionably late to an exam.  Take a photo of your exam timetable and make sure you know where you need to be, on which day and at what time.

Get going

Would you suggest that a marathon runner does 26 miles the night before a big race? Nope. Chances are that cramming the night before an exam will leave you feeling just as exhausted, so start revising in good time. Which leads us on to...

Get some kip

Your brain works better after a full night's sleep, so go to bed at a decent time and those important revision notes will come flooding back when you need them.

Get some help

Believe it or not, mates can be useful. If you're struggling to get your head around a subject, or to remember certain facts and figures, try explaining it to a friend or get them to test you. Speaking out loud can help to make things clear.

Get outside

Even if it's raining. A quick walk around the block (or to your mate's for the tip above) can be just enough to reboot the system and get your brain back in gear.

Over to you. Get cracking and good luck!


*It's worth saying, sometimes things don't go to plan. If you want a chat with a Connexions Careers Adviser you can give us a ring on 01924 371579 or message us on Facebook.