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.
icould Video Interviews
Alison James is Head of Learning and Teaching at the London College of Fashion, "I do teacher training, I teach on dissertations, I do educational projects and innovations, I work with course teams on curriculum designer delivery, I work with students on projects, on reflective practice, I make the tea". It took some time, and various different jobs, before Alison found her 'spiritual home' in education.
Jean Wainwright is a Senior Lecturer at UCA Rochester and an Art Critic. Jean did her doctorate on Andy Warhol's audio tapes, and has worked on programmes for Channel 4 as a specialist.
Vittoria Rubino is a Senior Manager at icould and a single mum. She manages to balance her time between her job and her son - "every minute that I have spare, I spend time with him". Vittoria came here from Italy with no plan, and after several unsatisfying jobs she taught herself about computers and eventually found her place at icould - "...the project itself was so inspiring and it gave me a chance to give back lots, especially to young people who, like me, had no idea who they wanted to be".
Tim Lovejoy is a TV Presenter, Producer and Writer, who also owns his own internet channel. When he left school he went to work at a company selling mortgages, but knew this wasn't his dream job. So he decided to try to get a job as a TV presenter - "I was working for free during the days at any TV company I could get my hands on, and then at night I'd do bar jobs or I'd try and go on tour flogging t-shirts with bands". His hard work paid off, as he has now fused his dream job as a presenter with his personal passion - football.
Louise Andronicou is a law lecturer at London South Bank University and a director of recruitment. Her father said "best if you get yourselves a good education because your life will be so much easier" and she is very grateful for the advice. Now she thinks "what I'm most passionate about in my job is to see the difference that we make to our students."
Alice Moore is a research Assistant at London South Bank University. She says "I never thought when I was younger that I wanted to go to uni, but I never really thought that I didn't either." However she did better than expected at Art and that set her on her track to College.
Jeni Bolton is a designer at Boden. She designs girlswear - t-shirts and sweatshirts and nightwear, swimwear and knitwear. She did art foundation, "the textiles element of the course was definitely the thing that inspired me most." She thinks the industrial placement on her degree was a huge help in getting a job.
Marcus Dawson manages Business Analysis at Boden, the online clothes company. His manager at his first job with John Lewis was a mentor. "I had certain skills and I was good at stuff that analysts had to be good at, and (she) just kind of coached me in to that role." However he says "I felt like this urge to do something a bit more creative."
Dave Bagnall is a technical officer for Auto Windscreens. He didn't want to go to university because he didn't want to run up a student debt. He worked on cars with his Dad, so he did an apprenticeship in that area, and then moved on to training so he could pass his knowledge on to other people.
Lisa Ball finds and tells the stories of people who have benefitted from money raised by Comic Relief. "I think my wanderlust probably came from growing up in a town outside Croyden with absolutely nothing going on in it, thinking the pinnacle of weekends was going to the department stores and having a McDonalds."