Knowing our Ps and Qs . . . . . . a strange phrase which doesn’t actually seem to have a difinitive explanation but generally is taken to mean watching one’s language when out socialising and with family. This is all part of the rich […]
There really isn’t anything better than being amongst friends and colleagues when there are training courses to be undertaken. I remember the days of moving en-masse from our usual office block in town, to another one miles off, with all the time, cost and […]
We of a certain age are very familiar with the old style classroom scenario – teacher up the front of the class, chalk in hand and chalk board rubber in the other. One particular one was really excellent at writing behind her with her right hand whilst swinging round to almost face us all – I could never sit comfortably in that class – mathematics. After losing my way a bit quite early on in senior school, I should have had the courage to go to her and say I didn’t understand how she did this or that calculation – I now know that getting personal tutoring of difficult subjects need not be a problem. This can be the same with top up electronic learning schemes. Children having to take milestone tests or sit entry exams for top schools will really benefit from this additional coaching, especially if its geared to the establishment being applied to.
When I was leaving school I decided I’d like to go into the airforce. I used to take a teenage comic/magazine every week and they always had recruitment ads in them. They made it all look so glamorous and I decided to apply. My parents […]
Some years ago, due to conflicts of interest in a take over situation, I had to be ‘got rid of’. I was deeply upset as I really loved my job – or so I thought. It involved a lot of customer contact, my excellent powers […]
In this period of commemoration of the Armistice in 1918 we have been totally swamped on tv and radio with memories, tapes, recordings and words that have been hitherto squirrelled away in attics, store cupboards, precious memory boxes. Technical advances have meant we can confidently play back bits of old tape. Great grandchildren re now hearing their elders and seeing them in a whole new light. If only there had been the wonder of ancestry and heritage web sites available in those early days. But then the mystery and eerie dignity in the face of defeat would be less poiniant and their losses would have been explained away sooner. Their stories from the most terrifying parts of the first and second world wars. E-learning resources and hom study courses are available to help families make the most of this information – now we’ve got it, we need to keep and nuture it. Lest we ever forget
One of the more fascinating aspects of getting older is looking back and seeing what we thought we knew from years ago, how relevant it is to today’s learning. Having to learn times tables in arithmetic – these have been one of the best things […]
I very happily belong to most of the heritage organisations in this country. I made the decision some years ago that I would try to support anything to do with historic houses, gardens and properties in general, within my very limited scope as an untrained […]
I was talking recently to a couple of very aged ladies – we were on a European coach trip, and were just getting to know each other – as you do on tours. These ladies had both been civil servants, back in the day when, according to anyone over 50 years old, things were done better. No mention was made of additional career progression training courses or means of advancement. Their office managers ruled the roost and from their jolly memories, the supervisory staff sounded like absolute ogres. But of course, easy to recall with somewhat rose tinted glasses. It would seem that both these ladies had taken Pitman typewriting and commercial subjects whilst at secretarial college. Whilst this bit was being bantered about, a young passenger down the aisle exclaimed that her mum and nan had both gone to secretarial college and how she wished she’d been able to do the same. Online course for secrtaries these days are absolutely fantastic.
One of my best pals from many years ago has just decided she wants to go back to work after some years away from the humdrum world of office work. She was very surprised how much she has to prepare for even going in to […]