Communication skills are at a premium in this digital age. Knowing how to argue a point, to think independently, to summarise, to write reports and speak well are all important skills. Ability and competence in English is the starting point not only for writing a good CV, but also for careers in journalism and advertising, marketing, sales and many other occupations.
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Grant Ferrier is a Coffin Maker for The Co-operative Funeralcare. He's been making coffins for eighteen years. He originally had a career in catering, but got fed up of working evenings and weekends. "You don't think four or five years down the line, I can't go out with my friends on a Friday night because I'm working."
Diane Catterson is an Embalmer for The Co-operative Funeralcare. She takes care of the appearance of bodies, according to the family's wishes. "I think people should be aware of what an embalmer does. It's not like the Egyptians where they would use a hook and take out people's brains and things like that... It's a modern art and we do take a lot of pride in what we do."
Cathy Smith is a Funeral Home Manager for The Co-operative Funeralcare. She was intrigued by the industry when she first came for an interview, "It wasn't a particularly female environment, it was very male-orientated, so I really thought there was something I could bring as a woman."
Diane Parker is a creative career coach. Whilst working on a careers website she did a big research project on coaching and mentoring for the creative and cultural industries. She liked the ideas so much that she took a course and became a coach herself.
Ian Mander is an Assistant Editor on the TV series Primeval. He's also been a builder, in fact he was a builder for seven years. But then he went back to college and spent five years in full-time education to qualify in television and video production.
Matt Storey is a floor runner on a TV set. He started off doing computing at university, but the lure of the media was too great. He started working as an extra, and had to put in a lot of effort to get his first job in production, which was unpaid. "I just knew that showing the enthusiasm for the job would get me future work and show that I was willing, more than willing, to do anything for the job."
Jason Flemyng is an Actor, currently working on the TV series Primeval. "I thought I wanted to be a stuntman but I kind of stood on the top board at Putney swimming pool completely dry for 20 minutes looking down and this was at the age of kind 10 or 11 and went, 'This is probably not going to be the job that I'm going to really succeed at.' So, I came back down the ladder and decided to be the actor."
Gemma Bennett is an Athlete and a Customer Service Assistant at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. She hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympics as a hurdler, but after that she is planning on retiring from athletics to take up sports psychology or education psychology. "I'm not interested in the idea of becoming a coach. I think when I retire from athletics that will be it."
Hannah Lobeson is Wardrobe Manager at The Globe Theatre. "If I could do anything job-wise it would be Costume Design, ultimately, because at the moment I'm organising and fulfilling someone else's vision, someone else's dream."
Francesca Eyles is the Press and PR manager for The Globe Theatre. "Thank goodness I had great parents who sort of trusted the fact that I wanted to do Theatre Studies at University, even though it wasn't actually going to give me a trade at the end of it."