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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Gabby Logan is a BBC Sports Presenter, Radio Broadcaster and Times Journalist. She comes from a family of famous sports personalities. "I'm really proud that I was the first woman to host a live football match on terrestrial television." But she recognises that television is a fickle medium. "When... they don't want you, then you have to go with that."
Deborah Kuiper is a Media Officer for Northumbria Police. It's a job in journalism. When she was working for a local newspaper she felt that she was often intruding on people's privacy, and this is why she now works for the police instead.
Scott McCann is a Print Finisher at JW Northend. "I found it's not just a little photocopying machine that's in a corner. It's actually a massive production company and I just enjoyed the variety of works that were being done".
Lee Hall is a Graphic Designer at Northend Creative Print Solutions. He says "When I left university I applied for about 80 jobs. I got ten letters back, 70 no replies and I got about four or five interviews and I got a job... I'm happy doing what I'm doing. It's always what I've wanted".
Neil Watkinson is a Pre-Press Operator at JW Northend. He takes the artwork from clients and prepares it for printing. He loves graphic design and went to College for 3 years. He has progressed from designing club flyers to his current job - with a 'lucky redundancy' along the way.
Steven Heald is Press Room Team Leader at Northend Creative Print Solutions. He runs the presses, and orders the ink. He has been to Germany 5 times to train on new print technologies and he expects more change. "It's important to me that I'm happy and I'm happy at Northend". He started as an apprentice and has been there ever since.
Emma Nunnington is a Client Service Support Advisor at Northend Creative Print Solutions. She is a sales person and also makes sure the client's work is being done. She trained as a designer and had her own greetings card company. She decided she wanted more stability after marrying and having children.
Andrew McWilliam is a Funeral Service Operative for The Co-operative Funeralcare. He's had a lot of jobs and he's always worked hard and enjoyed them, but this is the first chance he's had to move up the ladder. He's now being trained as a funeral director.
David Wallace is a Funeral Director at The Co-operative Funeralcare. He started working in the retail sector after a spell on the dole, and he realised that's where his talents lay. But he wanted a job where talking to people and helping them was more important than meeting sales targets.
Brian Litster is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at The Co-operative Funeralcare. He'd tried various jobs such as a mechanic and a bingo caller before he joined the funeral service. He likes the fact that the work-based training is very good, so you can become a really good funeral director without having a lot of academic qualifications.