We all want the best for our children, but sometimes academic excellence isn’t always achievable.

Some parents might consider ‘the best’ career to be in medicine, law, dentistry, teaching etc, but that’s not to say that the child wants this future for his or herself. Perhaps your child doesn’t possess the skills and strengths required for that career?

If your child’s strengths suggest that their future ought to take a different direction, inspiring and encouraging them to grow is the healthy way forward.

However, it can be difficult to identify exactly what those strengths are and how they might take shape into a career - perhaps not even the child knows where these hidden skills might lie.

But they are dwelling inside them somewhere, and this article hopes to shed some light on how to get your child onto the right career path. More...

Since 1932, Battersea Power Station has been a familiar sight in the very centre of London. Having been decommissioned in 1983, it has become one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city, and remained largely untouched by the bustling city it lives in - that is, aside from its successful career in showbiz, featuring an appearance on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, and its cameo in The Beatles’ 1965 film Help!

However, all this has begun to change. In 2014, plans to develop the half-forgotten area of central London were approved. Once a perfect location for a power station, now it is hoped it will be an ideal residential community that is fully-equipped with bustling shops, comfortable neighbourhoods, and leafy park walks, all in the vicinity of the beautiful riverside. More...

With the Rio Olympics now finished, one can’t help but watch in awe and wonder at the immense scale of such an event. Its worldwide significance is unparalleled - nowhere else on Earth is there to be found an event more significant than the Olympics, with nations around the world uniting to compete in a truly inspiring performance of passion, determination, respect and talent.

The demands for any Olympic hosting nation are extremely high - in 7 years, Brazil have had to complete a staggering amount of preparation for this year’s event, dubbed as the biggest race in Olympic history . For a country which has certainly seen its fair share of difficulties in recent years, both politically and socially, and not to mention the recent Zika virus and terrorist threats, the demand could hardly have been higher.

But ultimately, the unsung heroes in making the Olympics a reality were the 90,000 or so tradespeople who were employed to perform a feat just as incredible as any Olympic event: building the Olympics itself. More...

If you’re reading this article, the chances are you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped in your exams. But that’s okay - if might have been a rough day at the office or maybe exams aren’t your thing.

Regardless of why your exams didn’t go to plan, you might want to start thinking about what options you have in front of you. If you didn’t get the grades to get into your first choice uni, there are still several other routes you can take - it isn’t the end of the world, even though it might feel like it.

Read on to find out what you can still do to provide yourself with a secure career and future prospects. More...

Thousands of UK students will be heading to university this autumn, but is it really worth the time, expense and years of debt that follow? 
A degree certainly can give our youth a great start in their career and can provide a wealth of fantastic opportunities, rewarding salaries and job security for life. However for many young people, who may not be suited to university life or more advanced subjects such as medicine or architecture, a degree and three years at university can come at a hefty price. More...

It’s fast approaching that dreaded time of year. Those weeks since your last exam have flown by, and now you’re faced with the day you never thought would actually come: #ALevelResults.

Yes, Results Day. It’s here, and now the reality kicks in. Some of you, of course, might feel confident driving to the school to pick up your results, happy with your effort and confident that you’ll get the results you need to do whatever it is you’d like to do, whether you go on to university or not. If this is the case, congratulations!

However, there will be many who are quite naturally dreading the prospect of opening that envelope and reading those fatal letters. With the heap of pressure placed on that very moment, it might feel like your whole world is ready to collapse, and all prospect of a decent future hanging on by a single thread.

But that certainly is not the case. Regardless of your results, happy with them or not, there are always other open routes through life which don’t depend on your ability to perform well in exams.

Read this article to refresh your mind of the options open to you; and remember, it isn’t the end of the world if results day isn’t how you hoped it would be. More...


Every job has its difficulties, and no single job offers pure enjoyment each and every single day.

Having said that, there is a crucial difference between facing challenges and difficulties in your job, and being unhappy, overworked and dissatisfied in your day-to-day working life.

Sometimes, the answer isn’t to grin and bear what hardships your job throws at you. If it means sacrificing your health and happiness, it might be about time to consider leaving it for something better suited to you and your life.

Read on to discover some common issues in the workplace, as well as learning the difference between the natural challenge of work and an unhealthy and dissatisfying battle with your job. More...


The search for the 2016 UK plumber of the year is on, but who will become this year’s winner? Let’s take a closer look at the competition and who has been nominated. More...


In the UK, a ‘white van man’ is stereotype typically applied to independent tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians or gas engineers. They are often dubbed as being inconsiderate, rude, aggressive, and just generally unpleasant.

It is fair to say that this stereotype has sadly and unfairly tarnished the reputation of tradespeople with the same unfortunate brush. But is it an unfair portrayal? Or are the white van men of Great Britain really just as bad as they’re made out to be?

Here are the most common ‘white van man’ stereotypes that simply aren’t true: More...

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