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Careers standOur students often do group presentations as part of their course work and we support them with material on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)’s LRC English, Maths & Study Skills page. On Monday 11 November Simon Armitage presented a fantastic programme on  BBC 4 called Speeches that Shook the World. The programme looked at speeches and speech makers that have had great impact. These included speech writers for Tony Blair when he was prime minister as well as famous speeches like Martin Luther King’s I had a Dream SpeechEarl Spencer’s speech at Prince Diana’s funeral and Emeline Pankhurst.

The programme gives you tips on building a speech to wow your audience. Here’s a taster of material you can borrow from us on public speaking and presenting.

Stack of careers booksOver the spring term there are a number of courses running helping you to kick start your working life. Our Ready steady work course supports you in the job market. Helping you build up your confidence and interview skills to get that job.

We’ve started adding a number of Viewtech Educational Medias DVDs so you can get tips on preparing for interviews, researching the job, deciding how to dress and talk about your skills and  training in a winning way.

We also support you with our Virtual Learning Environment’s LRC Careers advice page that lists employment agencies, websites and has links to assist you with writing Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) and covering letters.

Stack of paperback booksThis month we’re busy promoting our magazine collection to our staff and students. You can read our story on the home page of our Virtual Learning Enviroment (VLE).

In addition to those listed on our promotion is the arts magazine Aesthetica. Every year Aesthetica runs a Creative Writing Competition and we’ve just received the 2013 Creative writing annual which contains short stories and poems from competition winners.


Careers materialWe’ve been updating and adding to our material on careers. We not only have material if you’re thinking about studying at university but we’ve also got material if you’re returning to work after a career break or looking for a new area to work in.

Babcock’s Working in series is great for giving you:

  • skills
  • qualities
  • training
  • qualifications
  • you need for a job.

Read more about their material on the Babcock Lifeskills website.

As usual we try to make as much as we can available in different formats so we’ve added these ebooks

Plus we add to our LRC Careers advice page on the Virtual Learning Environment.

Shelf of books with ebooksAt Hillcroft Learning Resources Centre we create monthly stories on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) home page to highlight ebooks for students.

Over the past month we’ve been promoting ebooks on performance management for our Women in Management students. As a Hillcroft student you can get an OpenAthens username and password which enable you to use ebooks inside and outside college.

Why are ebooks useful?
Ever tried to borrow a book and it was out on loan to someone else? And have you ever had to reserve a book that’s on loan and got it after your essay deadline? Ebooks take all that hassle away as you can use them 24/7 at the same time as other students.

Ever tried to find what you want in a book and there was no index in the back? Or if there was an index what if the topic you were looking for wasn’t listed? Ebooks allow you to search across the whole book quickly.

Ever made notes on a book and then found you cannot read your hand writing later? Or ever photocopied chunks from a book and not made a note of the author or the title and only discovered this the night before your essay was due in? Ebooks allow you to highlight information and add on post it notes which stay there until you take them off. Plus when you print pages  you print the book details too.


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