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01March

Confidence v Rejection: The never-ending Battle

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, General Advice, Careers

Confidence v Rejection: The never-ending Battle

Confidence is tricky; particularly when other people are doing you down, you have low self-esteem or haven’t formed a very high opinion of yourself.

I never had enough confidence as a child, and this bred a shy girl, always hidden within a shell to protect myself from the criticism and opinions of others, wilting in the shadow of social and parental expectation. If your experiences are similar to mine, then I would like to tell you about the wonder that just having confidence can bring.

18February

Being NEET in Cambridge: Day One

Written by Kyle Posted in General Advice, Being NEET, Learners' Stories

Thank you for reading this blog about myself. I’m hoping to explain to you and everyone else who chooses to read this, how I became N.E.E.T and how my life is now getting back on track.

I will be splitting this into different entries. Thanks once again and read on!

15February

Things they don't teach you at school

Written by Vega Sims Posted in General Advice

Things they don't teach you at school

In the past few months there has been a post circulating the internet talking about the rules they never teach you in school. I came across it, and even though it’s very directly put, I wanted to post it here.

As a young person you might think that it’s all rubbish, but these are life lessons I had to learn on my own, and I’m sure this is true for many people. I think if someone said these words to me at the age of 17 it would’ve made a big difference not just in my career, but also in my personal life. It would’ve saved me a lot of heartache and trouble along the way.  

04February

16 and Homeless

Written by Paula Charalambous Posted in Homelessness and Social Care

16 and Homeless

The thought of being locked out of one’s home and having nowhere to go is pretty scary. It’s even worse during all the cold weather we’ve been having.

People find it easy to ignore those who sleep rough on the streets, touting the passers-by for spare change. Often they think these people are responsible for their situation or if they are given money they will just abuse it, spending it on drugs or alcohol rather than food and shelter.

01February

Peer Pressure

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, Sex and Relationships, Beat bullying

Peer Pressure

What are the effects of peer pressure?

In some cases, peer pressure can be positive. For example, you might be encouraged by your friends to watch a certain TV programme or listen to a particular band. The effect of this is harmless. However, peer pressure can sometimes have a negative effect that is dangerous or harmful. Some people may be influenced by their friends to do something that they don’t want to do in order to fit in. Or they may influence others to act in a certain way because they want to feel better about themselves.

25January

How to deal with feeling Stuck

Written by Vega Sims Posted in Mental Illness, Careers

How to deal with feeling Stuck

Feeling like you’re stuck is definitely not a unique problem, whether you’ve grown up with very little or come from a middle class working family, many people get to a point where they feel stuck in a situation and can’t see a way out. Learning how to deal with the feeling of being stuck is perhaps one of life’s most important lessons because if you know how to deal with this, no matter at what point in your life, you’ll be able to get “un-stuck”.

21January

Getting Paid

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Financial Planning, Careers

Getting Paid

It’s good to have a rough idea of what money you can earn or are entitled to when looking for a job. Starting a course or apprenticeship can be expensive, transport in particular. It’s great to aim for the sky and it’s fine if you want to earn lots of money but you also need to be realistic about salaries and what to expect when looking for work or entering training.

10January

"I don't know what to do with my life!"

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Career Planning, Careers

Let’s face it, you are going to need a job at some point! There is only so far that living on benefits can get you, and having a steady career is a sure fire way to success and happiness in other aspects of your future.

04January

Exercise your way to a healthier lifestyle in 2013

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Health

Exercise your way to a healthier lifestyle in 2013

The festive period has been a time to eat too much, drink too much and spend far too much time watching TV!

However, if you are feeling overwhelmed by the January blues and cursing that newly-formed post-Christmas belly, then never fear, for we have a number of solutions that will get you in shape in no time.

20December

Don't Stay Silent: Remember No Means No

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, Sex and Relationships

Don't Stay Silent: Remember No Means No

In October of this year, the country was shocked by allegations made against Sir Jimmy Saville, the late BBC TV and radio presenter, as police pursued 120 leads of sexual abuse that were made against him. The abuse spanned decades and involved more than 50 potential victims, from Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Saville volunteered, to the BBC’s Corporation House.

14December

Budgeting for your future

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Career Planning, Financial Planning, Careers

Budgeting for your future

Why should you budget?

Whether you are living with parents or in your own housing, it is important to learn how to budget in order to keep on top of finances. It is one thing that all adults must learn to do, some of you may already be doing it. It is particularly important if you already have to look after someone else, such as a baby.

07December

When social drinking becomes a serious problem

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction

When social drinking becomes a serious problem

Although the legal age to purchase alcohol is 18, statistics show that few young people wait that long to start drinking. By the age of 15, 80 per cent have already tried alcohol, so perhaps you have started drinking too.

26November

Success for Young Disabled People

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Mental Illness, Disability

Success for Young Disabled People

What do these successful people have in common other than being well known?  Beethoven, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Christopher Reeve (Superman), David Blunkett and Admiral Lord Nelson....they all are/were disabled.

23November

Goal Setting

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Career Planning, Careers

Goal Setting

When it comes to choices about what career to follow, this can often be a difficult thing to do. The decisions we make when we are 16 and 17 years old can affect the rest of our lives, so it is important to think long and hard about the type of work you might enjoy and what steps you are going to take to get there.

16November

How to achieve success

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Careers

How to achieve success

I was brought up believing that to be successful I needed to be clever and achieve good grades at school. For some people academic success might be important, but it is not for everyone. Success means different things to different people.

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