Professional Development and Careers Advice

How you can invest in your marketing team in 2017


No matter what type of business you’re in, one of the most beneficial areas that you can focus your time, money and effort on is marketing. With the advent of the digital age, everything is quick, easy and at your fingertips, and because of this, it has never been more important to invest in your marketing team to give you [...]

5 Tips to Help You Write Better Reflective Statements for CPD


CIM Professional Marketing Standards Framework (copyright CIM, 2014) In the fast-moving industry of marketing, there is nowhere to hide. It’s a marathon and a sprint at the same time and skills need to be updated continuously to both keep up the pace and manage your own career path. A key part of this is reflecting on your development [...]

North-based Students – A Marketing Bursary Could Help To Fund Your Studies


In the past, a small number of Oxford College of Marketing students based in the North of England have found that they were eligible for a marketing bursary to help fund their studies with us. The MPA Educational Trust are a registered charity and their main mission is to nurture creative talent through student bursaries, educational events and support for work based-training opportunities. The [...]

3 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Job Search


So you are at that stage in your career when it’s time to take the next step. Maybe you have just finished studying or have spent a few years gaining experience at your current level. So how do you progress? A job search seems like the natural starting point when looking to move on in your career, but there is [...]

6 Tips For Planning Your Next Career Move While You Are Still In Employment


People say it’s always say that it’s easier to find a job when you already have one. To some extent, this is actually true because hiring managers often find employed candidates more attractive. There is also an argument for job searching while you still have one, as you are making a smooth transition and not putting your income or career [...]

6 Reasons Why Online Learning Is The Best Option For Marketing Professionals


In the digital age, it is easier than ever to access high quality courses via online learning. Gone are the days when you had to enrol in full or part time university or college courses to gain a recognisable qualification to forward your career. You can now access highly regarded courses online, making learning much more flexible and less costly [...]

5 Tips For Getting Over Your Networking Fears


For some, the idea of mulling around in a room full of strangers and trying to sell themselves is like a nightmare come true. It’s a daunting prospect having to introduce yourself and make a great first impression. At some events, you may even be asked to give a short talk about your specialism. But it doesn’t have to be [...]

3 Mid-Year Resolutions For Job Hunters in 2015


Resolutions aren’t just for making at the start of a new year. Making mid-year resolutions reminds you what you have achieved already this year and, more importantly, what you have yet to achieve. Setting yourself some new resolutions will help to refresh your outlook on your job search and give you a new focus to help you find new and [...]

4 Tips For Networking Your Way To Your Next Career Move


When looking for a new career opportunity, it’s often not just about what you know, but also WHO you know. Making the right connections and growing your contact list is key when it comes to finding new opportunities for career progression. Especially if you have your sights set on a particular organisation or sector. Here are our tips for networking [...]

How Your LinkedIn Headline Could Make Or Break Your Career


LinkedIn has revolutionised the way progress our careers, both when we are actively seeking a new opportunity and when we are being headhunted for our next potential career move. LinkedIn is the first port of call for recruiters and employers when looking for the right candidate to fill an exciting new position, which makes the first line they read about [...]

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